Category Archives: History

1938 European Air Force Insignia

(See my other WWII related posts) – I came across this infographic a few days ago. I thought that the variety of Air Force insignia was interesting.


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 340 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.

Fatalities of WWII by Country

(See my other WWII related posts) – I came across “The Fallen of World War II“, an 18:16 long video, a few days ago. I thought it was very interesting. The synopsis:

An animated data-driven documentary about war and peace, The Fallen of World War II looks at the human cost of the Second World War and sizes up the numbers to other wars in history, including trends in recent conflicts.

This film was uploaded to Vimeo in 2015 by Neil Halloran. It has been recognized by various awards. An interactive version of this video is available on the website.


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 340 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.

See “Close Assault 1944” this Veteran’s Day Weekend

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(See my other Texas Military Forces Museum related posts) – This coming Monday is Veterans Day in the US. In celebration, the Texas Military Forces Museum in Austin, TX will present “Close Assault 1944”. The Museum will be open 10 AM until 4PM both Saturday and Sunday.

Come and visit the Museum and enjoy the reenactment presented by the Museum volunteers. The Museum is always FREE and open to the public on Tuesday thru Sundays.

 

Music from WWII: “Smoke on the Water”

(See my other Music related posts) – The song “Smoke on the Water” was written in 1944 by Zeke Clements and recorded a short time later by Red Foley. This is a bit of a deviation from many of the songs I have posted about earlier as this is ‘country western’ while they were mostly ‘jazz’.

This is a patriotic song predicting the fall of the Axis powers, particularly Japan and was Foley’s first #1 hit. It stayed at the top of the music charts for 13 consecutive weeks in 1945.


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 340 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.

 

Video Summary of WWII

(See my other WWII related posts) – I came across this 11:21 video today and wanted to share it. It was published on Youtube in October of 2018 by Geo History. The synopsis of the video:

This video is a summary of the main stages of the Second World War. Let’s retrace on a map the origins, course, and consequences of the deadliest war in history.

While this is not a very detailed examination of WWII, but it does give a quick history. This would be good for someone just beginning to investigate the war.


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 340 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.

 

Music of World War II: “Any Bonds Today?”

(See my other Music related posts) – The song “Any Bonds Today?” was based on Irving Berlin’s “Any Yams Today”. The song was adopted as the official song of the National Defense Savings Program in 1941. This version is sung by the Andrews Sisters.

The cartoon above was commissioned by the Treasury to encourage movie audiences to buy defense bonds and stamps. It was released in April of 1942.


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 340 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.

Book Review: “The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Evan Hawdsley. Mr. Hawdsley had published more than ten books.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘G’. The book covers World War II at sea around the world. All the major players in WWII maritime warfare are covered. This book gives the reader a very comprehensive look at the naval action of WWII.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 25+ hours I spent reading this 568-page comprehensive history of WWII at sea. While this book is full of details, it read well. I think that better cover art could have been selected. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).


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 340 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.

Music of WWII – Czerwone Maki na Monte Cassino (Red Poppy Flowers on Monte Cassino)

(See my other Music related posts) – Czerwone Maki na Monte Cassino (or in English Red Poppy Flowers on Monte Cassino) was written in 1944 shortly after the Polish Army had captured the German stronghold in Monte Cassino, Italy. The melody was composed during the night of 17–18 May 1944 by Polish soldier Alfred Schütz. Schütz was a composer and actor stationed in Campobasso. The first two stanzas of the song were written by poet and song-writer Feliks Konarski. Konarski was another Polish soldier stationed in Italy.

On May 18 the troops of the Second Polish Corps attacked the German position in Monte Cassino and captured the Monte Cassino monastery. The song was performed for the first time later that day to celebrate their victory. The battle had been very costly for the Polish forces. This is one of the best known Polish military songs of WWII.


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 340 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.

 

Book Review: “Timepiece: A Steampunk Time-travel Adventure”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Timepiece: A Steampunk Time-travel Adventure ” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Heather Albano (http://www.heatheralbano.com/). This is Ms. Albano’s first publication and the first in her “Keeping Time” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in a variety of times and places in Europe. It begins in 1815 with the primary character 17-year-old Elizabeth Barton receiving a very special pocket watch.

In this alternate reality, the monsters of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein are real. The British have created an enslaved army of them to counter Napolean. After that victory, they are employed as forced labor in mines, but soon they rebel. England is desperate to control them. A brilliant inventor steps in with mechanical men, not quite robots as they are controlled by a human crew.

That allows the monsters to be brought under control, but the mechanicals are then used by the government to control the populace. As more and more work is done by the mechanicals and other automation the displaced are kept in check by the mechanicals.

Into this steps Barton and her new acquaintance, 21-year-old Willaim Carrington. Carrington had been a soldier but a wound to his arm caused him to be discharged. The unlikely pair soon discover that the watch has the astounding ability to travel through time.

They discover the plight of future inhabitants of England and try to change history to prevent the mechanical men. They also attempt to stop the use or even the creation of the monsters used to beat Napolean. Their travels are not without risk but they do find allies in other timelines. They also discover that theirs is not the only special pocket watch.

I enjoyed the 8 hours I spent reading this 264-page steampunk fantasy. While this has a touch of Romance and appeals to the Young Adult, it was an enjoyable story. I liked this slightly new take on time travel with the travelers starting off in the past. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

USA, Colorado, Durango – Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

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While on our 2019 Road Trip we stopped in Durango to visit the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. Many ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, but it was an all-day commitment and we didn’t have the time on this trip.

The Museum is free and is open 10-4 Mon-Sat during the winter season and 7-7 daily during peak season (Check the website before you visit). The Museum is located at 479 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301.

The 12,000 square foot museum was created in 1998 in what was once the roundhouse. It includes railway memorabilia, such as the two locomotives above. As they say on their website:

The Durango & Silverton Railroad is proud to share the fascinated history of railroading, transportation, and mining with people from around the world.

The Museum contains a large and detailed working model train display.

The Museum also has many other items on display. They claim to be frequently updating the exhibits.

Outside there is some rolling stock that the Museum maintains. These are in addition to those used in the train that travels between Durango and Silverson.

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There is also an enclosed shop for restoration and maintenance.

We enjoyed the time we spent at the Museum and will probably visit it again the next time we are in Durango. If you have an interest in trains, particularly of the steam variety, then you will enjoy a stop at the Museum.


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