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Posts Tagged: World War II

Lessons from the 1940s – Don’t Lose Heart

British poster, 1942

In 1940, things looked bleak in the United Kingdom. Hitler had swallowed up Poland, Norway, Denmark, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. In July, the Battle of Britain began as the Luftwaffe began attacking British shipping. In August the target shifted to the RAF, and by September 6, the British had lost 466 planes. Then… Read more »

Happy V-J Day!

The famous kiss at Times Square, New York City, 14 Aug 1945 (Photographer: Victor Jorgensen; US National Archives: 80-G-413998)

Seventy-five 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 7 pm Eastern War Savings Time. The following day, August 15, was officially proclaimed… Read more »

V-E Day 75th Anniversary Giveaway!

Today is the 75th Anniversary of V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day), which marked the end of World War II in Europe, on May 8, 1945. To celebrate, author Julie Lessman and I are teaming up with an amazing giveaway! Julie and I both have recent releases of novels set during World War II. Prizes:… Read more »

Books in World War II

Poster for the US Victory Book Campaign, 1942-43

Books in World War II When the United States entered World War II in 1941, the average American soldier had an eleventh-grade education and didn’t read for pleasure. Hardback books cost $2, expensive considering the average yearly wages of about $2000. Pocket Books had begun publishing the first mass market paperback books in the United… Read more »

The B-17 Flying Fortress, Part 2 – Crew

Cutaway diagram of a B-17G Flying Fortress (Sarah Sundin)

Few World War II airplanes have captured the imagination like the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. I’ve enjoyed walking through many of these planes, and in 2011 I had the awesome privilege of flying in the Experimental Aircraft Association‘s Aluminum Overcast. You can read about my flight and watch a video here. To celebrate the brand-new audio book version of my… Read more »

The B-17 Flying Fortress, Part 1

B-17G Flying Fortress Shoo Shoo Baby of the 91st Bomb Group (USAF Museum)

Few World War II airplanes have captured the imagination like the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. I’ve enjoyed walking through many of these planes, and in 2011 I had the awesome privilege of flying in the Experimental Aircraft Association‘s Aluminum Overcast. You can read about my flight and watch a video here. To celebrate the brand-new… Read more »

The Land Beneath Us – Tour of Pointe du Hoc, Part 2

To celebrate the release of The Land Beneath Us, I’m conducting a photo tour of locations from the novel that I saw on my research trips to England, Normandy, Tennessee and more. From the previous books in the Sunrise at Normandy series: Tour of London Part 1 Tour of London, Part 2 Tour: D-Day at… Read more »

The Land Beneath Us – Tour of Pointe du Hoc, Part 1

To celebrate the release of The Land Beneath Us, I’m conducting a photo tour of locations from the novel that I saw on my research trips to England, Normandy, Tennessee and more. From the previous books in the Sunrise at Normandy series: Tour of London Part 1 Tour of London, Part 2 Tour: D-Day at… Read more »

The Land Beneath Us – Tour of Tullahoma, Tennessee

To celebrate the release of The Land Beneath Us, I’m conducting a photo tour of locations from the novel that I saw on my research trips to England, Normandy, Tennessee and more. From the previous books in the Sunrise at Normandy series: Tour of London Part 1 Tour of London, Part 2 Tour: D-Day at… Read more »

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

A Dog, the President's Son, and a Grieving Sailor, an Incredible Story from World War II

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 Wings of Glory series. A bit of time over microfiche… Read more »