Category Archives: WWII

Music of WWII: “I’ll Walk Beside You”

(See my other Music and WWII related posts) – The song “I’ll Walk Beside You” was written by Alan Murray and Edward Lockton. It is usually associated with singer John McCormack.

The song was introduced in 1939 and was popular in the UK during WWII. A British movie with the same name, “I’ll Walk Beside You“, came out in 1943 and featured the song. The movie was moderately successful rating 5.2/10 on IMDB.


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 320 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.

Friday WWII Flix: “The Wackiest Ship in the Army”

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(See my other WWII  related posts) – A few weeks back I pulled out this old movie from my collection “The Wackiest Ship in the Army”. It came out in 1960 and the synopsis per IMDB:

During WW2, Lt. Rip Crandall, who was a yachtsman before the war, takes command of the USS Echo, a sailing ship, for a secret mission in waters patrolled by Japanese warships.

This is a little different for a WWII movie in that it is as much a comedy as it is a drama about the war. I have seen this movie a few times and I still like it. On IMDB it has a rating of 6.3/10.


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 320 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:​ “Der Fuehrer’s Face”

(See my other Music and WWII related posts) – I posted yesterday about the Disney short animated film “Der Fuehrer’s Face“. This video is the Spike Jones and His City Slickers recording that was published before the film and which inspired Disney to change the name of their film from “Donald Duck in Nutzi Land” to “Der Fuehrer’s Face”.

This recording was released in September of 1942. It is a parody of the Nazi anthem, “Horst Wessel Song”. Unlike the Disney version, Jones included a rude sound effect (known popularly as “Bronx Cheer”) every time “Heil” was in the lyrics to show further contempt for Hitler. This recording was very popular and reached #3 on the US music charts.


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

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 320 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.

 

Disney 1943 anti-Nazi Animated Sort “Der Fuehrer’s Face”

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(See my other WWII and Disney  related posts) – The animated short (07:52) film “Der Fuehrer’s Face” was released January 1, 1943. It features the popular Donald Duck having a nightmare about working in a WWII Nazi factory. This American propaganda film was intended to help sell war bonds.

The film was originally titled “Donald Duck in Nutzi Land”. The title was changed to “Der Fuehrer’s Face” after Spike Jones released a version of the song “Der Fuehrer’s Face” in September of 1942 that was written for the film. The film “Der Fuehrer’s Face” won an Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film at the 15th Academy Awards in March of 1943.


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

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 320 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.

A Look Back at ‘John’s Notes’ for June 2019

I have been seeing other Bloggers post a monthly review of what they have posted. I thought that I would give that a try. This is my first monthly summary and I will see how you, my readers react to it. You may see some posts listed more than once when they fit into multiple categories. 

If you have an opinion one way or the other about my monthly summary, please give me your feedback.


What I’ve read and reviewed:

Believe it or not, publishing book reviews was how I started Blogging. My first review appeared in Spring 2014. Since then I have been able to complete more than 100 books each year and write a review of each. 

  1. Book Review: “Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War”
  2. Book Review: “The Atlantis Deception”
  3. Book Review: “Conspiracy of Lies”
  4. Book Review: “The Oppressed”
  5. Book Review: “The Darkest Year: The American Home Front 1941-1942”
  6. Book Review: “Darkness” 

The Mac and iOS

The second area I began posting about was Mac and iOS devices. I have posted a number of articles over the years. I also began a couple of years ago to publish a few Mac related Product Announcements. I have always felt that many simply don’t realize the breadth of the OS X software library. 

macOS/iOS Apps, Reviews and Tech Tips:

  1. Do you need a better clipboard?
  2. FREE iOS, tvOS AND macOS SOFTWARE for 04/2019

Product Announcements:

  1. macOS New app Release – GraphicConverter 11
  2. macOS New App Release – MacDraft 7
  3. macOS New App Release – fmESignature Link
  4. Mac and iPad Accessories – Developer’s Gear Case
  5. macOS New app Releaser – Machines at War 3 v3.1
  6. macOS New App Release – IconMenu 1.0
  7. macOS New App Release – TopXNotes 1.8.8
  8. macOS New app Release – ChronoSync 4.9.3
  9. macOS New app Release – UI Browser 2.8.1
  10. macOS New App Release – Mirror for Hisense TV
  11. macOS New App Release – Path Finder 8.5
  12. macOS New app Release – SessionRestore
  13. macOS New app Release – Lyttony 1.0
  14. macOS Software Sale – Xwavesoft Products
  15. macOS New App Release – Sparkle 2.8
  16. macOS New app Release – Cisdem Video Converter for Mac 4.0.0
  17. macOS New app Release – Default Folder X 5.3.7
  18. macOS New App Release – PDFpen and PDFpenPro 11
  19. macOS New app Release – Pixelmator Pro 1.3.4
  20. macOS New App Release – BatchOutput PDF 2.2.37

Related to WWII:

I have always been interested in the WWII period of history. In the past year or so I have “raised the bar” so to speak and have begun to read, watch and visit WWII related sites. 

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 320 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.

  1. Book Review: “Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War”Friday WWII Flix: “World War II in Colour”
  2. Music of WWII: “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
  3. Friday WWII Flix: “D-Day 6.6.1944”
  4. Some Interesting Facts about “The Longest Day”
  5. Music from WWII – “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition”
  6. A Relic of WWII is Returned
  7. Book Review: “The Darkest Year: The American Home Front 1941-1942”
  8. A Podcast about Kristallnacht
  9. Friday WWII Flix: “36 Hours of Hell”
  10. 3D Comparison of WWII German Armor
  11. WWII German POW returns to say Thanks – Intermission Story (27)
  12. Friday WWII Flix: “La Dernière Section”
  13. D-Day  from a different view
  14. The Numbers for D-Day
  15. 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Music:

  1. Music of WWII: “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
  2. Instrumental Music on YouTube: “Ya Bassa” by Clanadonia
  3. Music from WWII – “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition”
  4. Instrumental Music on YouTube: “Dancing on the Moon”
  5. Instrumental Music on YouTube: “Of Gods and Men”

Automation, Robots, and Drones – Oh My!:

  1. Uber Eats Planning Delivery by Drone

Space and Rockets:

  1. Nuclear Rockets, the Future of Space Propulsion?
  2. Sailing in Space on Light

Health and Coffee:

  1. Are 8 Glasses of Water Per Day Needed?
  2. 2B-Alert Web 2.0 Better Predicts When to Take Caffeine
  3. Want a Perfect Cup of Coffee?

 


Miscellaneous:

  1. Mixer last night at the Texas Military Forces Museum
  2. Flag Day
  3. Wednesday SciFi Flix: “Rim of the World”
  4. Hurricane Season 2019 has Begun

Limited to 35 mph?

images(See my other WWII related posts) – We are currently used to legally driving between 60 and 85 miles per hour (depending on your location) on highways in the US. That freedom was not allowed during the years of WWII.

The US had been at war for almost a year when the decision was made to set a national speed limit to reduce the consumption of tires and gasoline, both of which were being rationed. The new “Patriotic Speed Limit” of 35 mph (56 km/h) was put in place in May of 1942 and lasted until August of 1945 [1]. This was called the “Victory Speed” and was implemented nationwide and rolled out across the various states [2]. A year later though the US Public Roads Administration found that the law was being frequently ignored [3].

That low speed drastically impacted driving times, even within metropolitan areas. Imagine driving across the state of Texas at its widest point – 880 miles from roughly Orange in the east to El Paso in the west. Today that drive at our speeds can take 12.5 hours on I-10. That same distance driving 35 mph would take over 25 hours and of course, they didn’t have Interstate highways back then so the drive would even have been longer.

Just one more sacrifice people suffered through during WWII.

 

References

  1. Home Front Friday: The “Victory Speed” Limit
  2. ‘Patriotic Speed Limit’ was 35 mph
  3. On the Home Front – Speed Limits

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 320 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: “Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Fighting the People’s War: The British and Commonwealth Armies and the Second World War” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Jonathan Fennell. This is Mr. Fennell’s second published book.

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 the British and Commonwealth Armies in both theaters during the course of World War II.

Considerable time is spent with the British, Canadian, South African, Australian, New Zealand, and Indian forces. While the book is full of numbers and facts, it is very readable, though long. I was surprised to see repeated references to the sick numbers and censor reports. The censors made monthly reports of the general feelings and attitudes of the soldiers in their letters to friends and loved ones back home. These reports were able to provide the higher echelons of the army with feedback on the morale of their troops.

I had not known about the manpower resource problems, that is a reluctance to volunteer for overseas duty, that plagued the Commonwealth military. Nor had I been aware of the growing shortage of replacements for the British in Europe following the D-Day invasion. I can see why the story of WWII told D-Day forward is mostly an American story.

I found the 25.5 hours I spent reading this 966-page history very interesting. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) 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 320 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.

Friday WWII Flix: “World War​ II in Colour”​

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(See my other WWII related posts) – I came across this series on NetFlix a short time ago and have been enjoying the 13 episodes of the mini-series. The series has an 8.7/10 rating on IMDB. The series was released in 2009 and the synopsis per IMDB:

Recounts the events of World War II in color.

That is a very brief but direct statement. NetFlix says:

Rare footage, state-of-the-art colorization and newly uncovered documents are used in this examination of the strategies and battles of World War II.

 The episodes are each 51 minutes long and are titled:

  1. The Gathering Storm
  2. Lightning War
  3. Britain at Bay
  4. Hitler Strikes East Red Sun Rampant
  5. The Mediterranean and North Africa
  6. Turning the Tide
  7. The Soviet Steamroller
  8. Overlord
  9. Closing the Ring
  10. The Island War
  11. Victory in Europe
  12. Victory in the Pacific

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

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 320 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: “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”

(See my other Music and WWII related posts) – “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” is one of the most recognizable songs from the WWII era. There have been several recordings made over the years, but this one is by The Andrew Sisters and was made in 1941. This recording reached the 6th place spot on the US music charts in 1941.


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

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 310 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 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.

Friday WWII Flix: “D-Day 6.6.1944”

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(See my other WWII related posts) – A couple of nights ago I watched “D-Day 6.6.44” on NetFlix. While this 2:0:0 film was produced back in 2004, I found it still very enjoyable. It is rated 7.2/10 on IMDB. The synopsis per IMDB:

Dramatized documentary, based on the experiences of the soldiers who invaded France in the D-Day Normandy Landings on 6 June 1944 which were instrumental in ending World War II.

If you are interested in WWII and have NetFlix I think you will find the 2 hrs spent watching the film enjoyable.


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

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 310 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 shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.