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Posts Categorized: WWII Articles

Lessons from the 1940s – Labor Counts

On Labor Day I thought it was appropriate to honor the vital role of production in the Allied victory in World War II. The United States was well situated to become the “Arsenal of Democracy.” Other than a handful of bombings from Japanese submarine-based planes and shellings from submarines, America was undamaged. The factories and shipyards functioned… Read more »

Happy V-J Day!

Sixty-seven years ago, on August 14, 1945, World War II came to an end when Emperor Hirohito of Japan signed his acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration demanding unconditional surrender to the Allies. The surrender was announced in the United States at 7pm Eastern War Savings Time. The following day, August 15, was officially proclaimed V-J… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Yes, I Can!

I’m giving away a copy of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving! Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing. Please include your email address in the following format: sarah[at]sarahsundin[dot]com. US only please. The winner will be posted on Friday, August 10. My plum tree overfloweth. Right now, two bags full of ripe… Read more »

Make It Do – Gasoline Rationing in World War II

Seventy-five years ago this week, gasoline rationing began in the United States. Rationing was an important part of life in America during World War II. However, the government was apprehensive about gasoline rationing. As a symbol of freedom of movement, the automobile represented everything American, and politicians feared riots and rebellion if they curtailed that… Read more »

Of Terns and Planes

Seventy years ago, in July 1942, the armies of democracy battled the armies of totalitarianism, but a smaller battle raged between US Army Engineers and a little bird called the sooty tern. While researching the Army engineers for my upcoming novel With Every Letter (Revell, September 2012), I ran into an intriguing little story in Barry Fowle’s… Read more »

Happy Independence Day – Look Back for Inspiration

Happy Independence Day! This poster seemed appropriate with its Revolutionary War theme. In 1943, the United States and the rest of the world, faced its greatest threat. Germany, Japan, and Italy with the other Axis powers, had conquered vast areas of the globe. The Allies were beginning to make progress, clearing North Africa, invading Sicily… Read more »

Make It Do – Scrap Drives in World War II

Perhaps nothing represents the community-minded patriotism of the US Home Front in World War II better than the scrap drive. Seventy years ago, the United States was in the middle of its first major national scrap drive – for rubber. Enemy conquests cut off supplies of crucial raw materials such as tin and rubber, and… Read more »

Never Forget

Today we commemorate the 68th anniversary of the D-Day landings. On June 6, 1944, the Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from Nazi power. In August 2007, I was privileged to stand on Omaha Beach on a misty, overcast morning not unlike the men faced that historic day. As I stood… Read more »

The B-17 Flying Fortress, Part 2 – Crew

B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby at the US Air Force Museum, Dayton OH USAF Photo Few World War II airplanes have captured the imagination like the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Springtime means the B-17s are on tour! Several organizations have beautifully restored B-17s that tour the country. For years, I’ve enjoyed walking through these planes, and… Read more »

The B-17 Flying Fortress, Part 1

B-17 Shoo Shoo Baby of the US Air Force Museum, Dayton OH (USAF Photo) Few World War II airplanes have captured the imagination like the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Springtime means the B-17s are on tour! Several organizations have beautifully restored B-17s that tour the country. For years, I’ve enjoyed walking through these planes, and last… Read more »