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Posts Categorized: WWII Articles

Hospitalization in World War II – Evacuation of the Wounded

US Army Hospitals in WWII: Evacuation of the Wounded

Unlike the US Fifth Army, Hutch crossed the Volturno River backward. While the Allies crossed under machine-gun fire eleven days earlier, Hutch rode in a jeep, turned in the front seat to face little Lucia. Her litter was strapped across the backseat, while two more litters were strapped on the hood. A furrow raced up… Read more »

Hospitalization in World War II – Mobile and Fixed Hospitals

US Army Hospitals in WWII: Mobile & Fixed Hospitals

Hutch crossed his arms over his soggy mackinaw and gave Bergie half a smile. “You said you’d take over. Ever pitch a tent before?” “In Boy Scouts.” The surgeon raised a three-finger salute. “On my honor–“ “A big old Army ward tent?” “Nope. But I’m willing to get dirty. What’s mud compared to the blood… Read more »

Hospitalization in World War II – Chain of Evacuation

US Army Hospitals in WWII: From the Battlefield to the Hospital, the Chain of Evacuation

Planes thundered overhead, artillery rumbled in the distance, and cries of wounded soldiers pierced Georgie’s ears. “Coming through.” Two medics rushed past with a litter. A man writhed on top, a shock of red on his gray-green field jacket. Another medic assisted a soldier who clutched his twisted, bloodstained arm to his chest. Georgie took a… Read more »

Lessons from the 1940s – Labor Counts

US poster 1943

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, American soil was unscathed by the… Read more »

A Tribute to Rosie the Riveter

US poster by J. Howard Miller, 1943

Rosie the Riveter has come to represent the women of World War II. We all love Rosie. She’s strong but cute. She has biceps, but she curls her hair and does her nails. And look at that chin—she won’t let anyone tell her what she can or can’t do. She is woman; hear her riveting… Read more »

Royal Wedding Giveaway!

Royal Wedding Giveaway, May 15-19, 2018

To celebrate the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and America’s Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018, five authors of novels set in Britain are holding the Royal Wedding Giveaway! Each of us is sharing about the Royal Family in our novel’s era—and giving away a copy of the book! Hear from… Sarah Ladd, author of… Read more »

Make It Do – Rationing of Butter, Fats & Oils in World War II

US poster, World War II

Rationing was part of life on the US Home Front during World War II. Along with gasoline, sugar, coffee, canned and processed foods, meat, and cheese—butter, fats, and oils were rationed. To help produce the glycerin needed by the military, housewives also collected kitchen waste fats. Why Fats? Shortages of butter and oils began early… Read more »

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

Rationing of meat and cheese was an important part of life on the US Home Front. A complex and constantly changing system kept grocery shoppers on their toes. Why meat and cheese? The United States produced meat and cheese for her civilians and military, and also for her Allies. During World War I, food shortages… Read more »

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

US poster, WWII

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 »

The Sea Before Us – Tour of Omaha Beach

To celebrate the release of The Sea Before Us, Sarah Sundin is conducting a photo tour of locations from the novel from her research trip. Today - Omaha Beach

To celebrate the release of The Sea Before Us, I’m conducting a photo tour of locations from the novel that I saw on my research trip to England and Normandy in September. February—London! February 8—Southwick House near Portsmouth February 9—D-day at Sea Today—Omaha Beach D-Day on the Ground – Omaha Beach D-day, Operation Overlord, is… Read more »