Books were important to the servicemen and women of WWII



I follow author Sarah Sundin on Twitter (I posted a review of her WWII romance novel The Sky Above Us a few weeks ago) and saw mention of an interesting post she recently made. She only posted it a few days ago. In it, she talked about the importance of books in WWII.

The post is titled “Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #10“. Her discussion of books and their importance to WWII soldiers begins just a short distance from the top.




I encourage you to read the full post, but the highlights are:

  • few soldiers read for pleasure before the war
  • before the war books were relatively expensive
  • those in the service often found themselves with time on their hands and many servicemen looked to libraries and books to help fill these idle hours


  • the National Defense Book Campaign was founded in November 1941 to gather more books for the military


  • in March of 1943 the Council on Books in Wartime was founded – special Armed Services Editions of many popular books were published, By 1947 when the Armed Services Editions program ended, 123 million books had been published.

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

    • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 360 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
    • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
    • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

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