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Today in World War II History—Dec. 18, 1943

V-disc with Bing Crosby recordings of “White Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” 1945 (public domain via Wikipedia)

V-disc with Bing Crosby recordings of “White Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” 1945 (public domain via Wikipedia)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 18, 1943: Chiang Kai-shek gives US Gen. Joseph Stilwell full command of Chinese troops in India & Burma.

New song in Top Ten: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

Gen. and Madame Chiang Kai-shek and Gen. Joseph Stilwell, April 1942 (US National Archives)

Gen. and Madame Chiang Kai-shek and Gen. Joseph Stilwell, April 1942 (US National Archives)

4 Responses to “Today in World War II History—Dec. 18, 1943”

    • Sarah Sundin

      Mine too 🙂 It inspired my novella, also called “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” in Where Treetops Glisten.

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    Love the song and there was a TV movie with Eva Marie Saint that I loved about a family anticipating their son coming home from the war.
    Did I ever tell you that my mother grew up in China as a missionary kid?Their summer home was right next store to Chaing and Mrs Chaing.

    • Sarah Sundin

      I’ll have to look for that movie! No, I don’t think I’ve heard about your mother – how interesting!