Military History

Life Magazine ANZAC Cover, Feb. 1941

Life Magazine ANZAC Cover, Feb. 1941

The oldest wartime Life Magazine I have in my small collection is from February, 1941. That’s at least 10 months before the US entered WW2 and so the articles in Life that deal with the war do not have the American focus they would a year later. In this particular issue (February, 24, 1941) the […]

Life Magazine: Aftermath in North Africa, June, 1943

Life Magazine: Aftermath in North Africa, June, 1943

The Axis forces in Tunisia,  North Africa finally surrendered on May 12th, 1943 after more than 3 years of fighting. A month after the surrender Life Magazine (June 14th, 1943 issue) did a photo spread on the aftermath. Below I captured some of the photos from that spread that feature some of the war hardware […]

The Cost

The Cost

I recently found a treasure trove of WW2 Life Magazines as well as a number of pre-war magazines for a marginal cost. The issue below caught my eye because it is dated July 19th, 1944 thirteen days after the Normandy Invasion which took place on June 6th, 1944. Life Magazines in the war years are […]

The Ghost Mountain Boys_Book Review

The Ghost Mountain Boys_Book Review

There is a roadside monument in my area dedicated to the 32nd US Infantry Division. The monument lists all the campaigns the 32nd fought in WW1 and WW2. The Battle for New Guinea  (Buna) is among the honors. The 32nd ID was a National Guard outfit recruited in Wisconsin and Michigan. Along with 17 other […]

WW2 War Ads_ Veedol Motor Oil

WW2 War Ads_ Veedol Motor Oil

My July 26. 1943 issue of Life Magazine has yielded a harvest of great color advertisements and color illustrations that add to the stories in Life. I found this ad from Veedol Motor Oil to be interesting given the subject matter. As you can see it’s titled, “When Lighting Strikes a Messerschmitt.” The “Lighting” is […]

Brutal Valor Review

Brutal Valour: The Tragedy of Isandlwana by James Mace I just finished the Kindle Edition and have to say I enjoyed the book immensely. The Zulu War has been an interest of mine since the movies Zulu and Zulu Dawn came out many moons ago. I’ve read The Washing of the Spears by Morris twice […]

WW2 Ads_Willard Battery

WW2 Ads_Willard Battery

During WW2 Americans received their war news from short movie clips when they went to the theater, from radio and from print media such as Life Magazine. Life Magazine not only brought the war home to civilians via news stories but also encouraged public support for the war effort through the advertisers. The below ad […]