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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

The Sea Before Us – Tour of 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 one of the most pivotal events of World War II and modern history.... Read Article
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 - D-day at Sea!

The Sea Before Us Tour – D-Day at Sea

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 7—London! February 8—Southwick House near Portsmouth Today—D-day at Sea February 10—Omaha Beach In The Sea Before Us, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton serves first in London with the naval planning for D-day and later on a... Read Article
To celebrate the release of The Sea Before Us, author Sarah Sundin is conducting a photo tour of locations from the novel from her research trip to England and Normandy. Today—the historic D-day site of Southwick House!

The Sea Before Us – Tour of Southwick House

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 7—London! Today—Southwick House near Portsmouth February 9—D-day at Sea February 10—Omaha Beach Southwick House in the village of Southwick, not far north of Portsmouth, England, is not a common tourist site—but it has great hi... Read Article

Make It Do – Shoe Rationing in World War II

During World War II, many items were rationed in the United States, including shoes. Why Shoe Rationing? Due to the serious rubber shortage (Make It Do-Tire Rationing in World War II), footwear made of rubber or with rubber soles was rationed or unavailable. Also, the military had a high need for leather, not just for shoes and combat boots, but for those popular leather flight jackets. As a result, civilians made do... Read Article
US War Bond poster, WWII

World War II War Bonds

Seventy-five years ago this week, the United States held its first War Loan Drive. The Second World War cost the United States $300 billion dollars, with the federal budget rising from $9 billion in 1939 to $98 billion in 1945. How was the nation to pay for that? Taxes were increased with an additional 5 percent Victory Tax. To assure payment, on June 10, 1943 the government approved the first automatic deduction of ... Read Article
US poster, 1943

Make It Do – Coffee Rationing in World War II

Seventy-five years ago, coffee rationing began in the United States. 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, and those countries were Allies or neutral. However, all coffee came to Ame... Read Article
Victory Gardens in World War II, on Sarah Sundin's blog

Victory Gardens in World War II

For the average American in World War II, the Victory Garden was a practical way to contribute to the war effort. Some 20 million Victory Gardens were planted (US population in 1940 was 132 million), and by 1943, these little plots produced 40 percent of all vegetables consumed in the US. It’s estimated that 9-10 million tons of vegetables were grown. The Need for Victory Gardens Wartime needs stretched agricul... Read Article
Troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, US 1st Infantry Division approach Fox Green section of Omaha Beach in an LCVP landing craft, Normandy, 6 Jun 1944 (US National Archives: 195515)

D-Day Anniversary

Today we commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day landings. On June 6, 1944, the Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from Nazi power. As I’ve researched D-Day for my upcoming Sunrise at Normandy series, I’ve been deeply affected by the stories I’ve read – stories of courage, tragedy, nobility, selflessness, and determination. Stories of ordinary men who found them... Read Article
See pictures from inside German U-boat U-505 and read the story of its capture!

When Tides Turn U-Boat Tour, Part 2

In When Tides Turn, my fictional hero, Lt. Dan Avery, serves aboard the auxiliary carrier USS Bogue. The aircraft of the Bogue were the first to sink a German U-boat without assistance from surface ships. The escort carriers soon became the nuclei of “hunter-killer” groups, along with destroyers or destroyer escorts. These groups not only escorted convoys, but were sent to hunt down U-boats based on intelligence ... Read Article
See German U-boat U-505 and read the story of her capture by escort carrier USS Guadalcanal in 1944.

When Tides Turn U-Boat Tour, Part 1

In my novel When Tides Turn, my fictional hero, Lt. Dan Avery, serves aboard the auxiliary carrier USS Bogue (later called an escort carrier). The aircraft of the Bogue were the first to sink a German U-boat without assistance from surface ships. The escort carriers soon became the nuclei of “hunter-killer” groups, along with destroyers or destroyer escorts. These groups not only escorted convoys, but were sent... Read Article