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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 […]

First to Fall: the American Volunteers who Gave their Lives for France

Originally posted on History & Lore of the Old World War:
One hundred years ago, by the Spring of 1915, a full two years before America’s declaration of war against Germany, hundreds of young American men were already serving in or near the front lines— as infantrymen in the French Foreign Legion, as aviators in…

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 […]

The Cumberland Clerk of Clark Field

Originally posted on The American Warrior:
Confession: Part of the perils of conducting archival research far from home is that I get easily distracted. I’ll be plowing through piles of government documents looking for nuggets relevant to my next book, then I’ll stumble across an insanely cool story that I can’t help but to track…