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Posts Categorized: WWII Articles

Make It Do – Meat and Cheese Rationing in World War II

This week I’m celebrating the second anniversary of my blog! Leave a comment on any of this week’s posts here or on Facebook for a chance to win a copy of your choice of my three novels: A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us (available now), or Blue Skies Tomorrow (coming August 2011). Please leave… Read more »

Make It Do – Rationing of Canned Goods in World War II

Rationing of processed foods was an important part of life on the US Home Front. A complex and constantly changing system kept the grocery shopper on her toes. Why processed foods? Tin was short. The Japanese controlled 70 percent of the world’s tin supply. Tin’s resistance to temperature, shock, and moisture made it an ideal… Read more »

Pharmacy in World War II

As a pharmacist and a World War II buff, naturally I’m interested in how pharmacy was practiced during the war. Last week I was a guest blogger on Jordyn’s Medical Edge, a blog which provides medical facts for fiction writers, with a three-part series about pharmacy in World War II. The first post covered the… Read more »

Love Letters and Victory Mail

There’s nothing like a love letter. When you write one, you dwell on the qualities you adore in the person you love. When you receive one, you feel warm and gooey inside. Letters in World War II During World War II, letters were more than romantic—they were essential to the health of a relationship. Soldiers… Read more »

A Dog, the President’s Son, and a Grieving Sailor

Sometimes historical research is dry, but often it brings up fascinating stories. While reading excerpts from 1945 issues of Time Magazine, a story grabbed my attention. It involved Antioch, California—the small (at the time) town I used as the hometown for the heroes in my novels. A bit of time over microfiche copies of the… Read more »

Make It Do – Coffee Rationing in World War II

Rationing was an important part of life in the United States during World War II. Although not necessary for survival—though that’s debatable—coffee has been a staple in the American diet since the Boston Tea Party, and coffee rationing was extremely unpopular. Why Coffee? During World War II, Latin America produced bumper crops of coffee beans,… Read more »

Make It Do – Sugar Rationing in World War II

What could be more American than Hershey bars, homemade cookies, and birthday cake? During World War II these items were hard to come by. Short on Sugar When the Japanese conquered the Philippines in the early months of 1942, the United States lost a major source of sugar imports. Shipments from Hawaii and Central and… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Freedom from Fear

Seventy years ago, the world was a fearsome place. Nazi Germany controlled most of western continental Europe and pummeled Britain with almost daily bombings, militarist Japan was brutalizing coastal China, and Fascist Italy was making dangerous progress in eastern Africa toward Britain’s vital Suez Canal. The United States wasn’t at war, but faced two terrifying… Read more »

World War II Army Hospitals

During World War II, medical care was required as never before. Medics administered first aid on muddy battlegrounds, surgeons operated in tent hospitals near the front under bombardment, and stateside hospitals provided modern care in sterile environments. All three books of my Wings of Glory series required medical scenes, especially A Memory Between Us, since… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Remember Pearl Harbor

On December 6, 1941, twelve B-17 Flying Fortresses left Hamilton Field, north of San Francisco, bound for their new station on Mindanao in the Philippines. My great-uncle, Roderick M. Stewart, was a second lieutenant with one of the crews. The first leg of their journey would take them to Hickam Field in Honolulu. Weighted down… Read more »