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New Cars for 1940!

New Cars for 1940!

“Hitler sure made a mistake fighting us. Every kid from age 14 on knows how to drive a car or a truck. We are a nation on wheels!” (line in a movie from a US tank driver somewhere in France in 1944.) As a kid I think I watched every World War 2 movie ever […]

Life Advertisements, 1943

Life Advertisements, 1943

Below is a collection of World War Two ads from the same issue of Life Magazine, September 13, 1943. Most if not all US industries were on a war footing and produced equipment to be used in various weapon’s systems and support systems. The goal was to inform the public as to what they were […]

H.M.S. Aboukir

H.M.S. Aboukir

Illustrated London News October 21, 1914 Dead on the Filed of Honor: Naval and Military Officers who have been killed on active service In the October 3, 1914 issue of my London Illustrated News there is a two page photograph record of the British Army and Navy officers killed in combat in the preceding month. […]

The Illustrated London News, Oct. 17, 1914 and CH Collett

The Illustrated London News, Oct. 17, 1914 and CH Collett

This past summer I found what I consider an amazing find-a World War One copy of The Illustrated London News. It’s marked on the inside, Sante Fe Reading Room and somehow it made it to an obscure antique store in SW Wisconsin. I picked it up for the sum of $10.00. The Illustrated London News […]

The Ghosts of Cannae_Book Review

The Ghosts of Cannae_Book Review

The Ghosts of Cannae-Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic by Robert O’Connell Imagine if you will being one of the few survivors of perhaps the worst military disaster  of all time-a disaster that saw 90% of  your comrades killed! Then imagine your government blaming you and the other survivors for the disaster […]

The Last Indian War-The Nez Perce Story_book review

The Last Indian War-The Nez Perce Story_book review

“War” said Yellow Wolf of the Nez Perce,” is made to take something not your own.” That simple statement summed up what is now referred to by author Elliot West as The Last Indian War. West is referring to the war against the Nez Perce of what is now Idaho in 1877. The statement could […]

Army Nurses Captured in the Philippines_1942

Army Nurses Captured in the Philippines_1942

My mother-in-law joined the Woman’s Army Corp (WACs) late in World War 2. After training in Georgia as a nurse’s aide she would be stationed in Seattle, Washington at an army hospital that received casualties from the War in the Pacific. She always spoke in such way as to reveal the great compassion she had […]