Tag Archives: Military

How Capitalism helped to win the war

I liked this post by GP Cox. Surely the American industrial complex was a substantial factor in the outcome of WWII. Converting the focus of Detroit from building autos to cranking out a complete B-24 Liberator bomber every 60 minutes says a lot of what American industry accomplished and how they literally buried the Axis powers in our output.


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.

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The Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, MD – cargo vessels in 24/7 production

“We won because we smothered the enemy in an avalanche of production, the like of which he had never seen, nor dreamed possible.”  ___ William Knudsen, Pres. of G.M.

William ‘Bill’ Knudsen’s story is detailed in the video Capitalism in World War II: The Arsenal of Democracy.

Capitalism in WWII: Andrew Higgins “The Man Who Won WWII” covers Andrew Higgins, whose landing craft designs, based on his own experiences building shallow-water boats in New Orleans, dramatically shaped the way the U.S. military fought World War II. With its enemies oceans away, the U.S. military relied on these small, purpose-built crafts to put boots on the ground.

Rob Citino

Rob Citino:

Well first of all, what America was able to do as a result of individuals like Bill Knudsen and Andrew Higgins, and also as a result of our…

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Military during Thanksgiving

I’m a couple of days late reblogging this, but I still wanted to share it and add my own thanks to those who are serving away from their families during this US Holiday.


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.


 

Pacific Paratrooper

The Thanksgiving Day card GP Cox received from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans

I WISH TO EXPRESS MY THANKS TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU !!!  AND MAY WE ALL THANK THOSE VETERANS WHO FIGHT FOR US !!!

Thanksgiving during WWII…

They’re celebrating Thanksgiving on this very day,

My thoughts are at home, though I’m far away;

I can see everyone, eating dinner deluxe,

Whether it be chicken, turkey or even duck;

The fellows over here won’t whimper or moan,

They’ll look to the next one and hope to be home.

 

Truly and honestly, from way down deep,

They want you to be happy and enjoy your feast.

These holidays are remembered by one and all,

Those happy days we can always recall.

The ones in the future, will be happier, I know

When we all come back from defeating the foe.

_______Poem by an Anonymous WWII…

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Free Hillsdale College Course: “The Second World Wars”

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(See my other WWII related posts) – A few weeks ago I came across an online course offered by Hillsdale College on World War II. Hillsdale College is a private conservative college in Hillsdale, Michigan that was founded in 1844.

The Second World Wars is a seven lecture course: The Stakes of World War II, Air, Water, Earth, Fire, People, and Ends. The lectures are each less than an hour in length (346 total minutes) and the suggested reading material took me another 100 minutes in total to complete. The course is free, but you do have to register. This is one of the 27 free courses that Hillsdale offers.

I thought that this was a very interesting course. It wasn’t very long but there were several things that I learned from it. I recommend it to anyone interested in the World War II period of history.


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.

Navy Rank: A History

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I came across the article “The History of Navy Rank (or Rate): Enlisted Personnel” a couple of days ago. It is actually the first of three articles (The other two are “The History of Navy Rank: Warrant Officers” and “The History of Navy Rank: The Officer Corps“). I found these articles interesting and thought that others interested in military history might also enjoy reading them.


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: “Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Giles Milton (http://www.gilesmilton.com). Mr. Milton has published a dozen non-fiction history 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 ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The book tells the story of D-Day in June of 1944.

The book includes scenes that remind me of the opening shots from the “Saving Private Ryan” movie which visualizes the brutality of the D-Day landing. There are also scenes in the book that were depicted in one of my favorite WWII movies “The Longest Day”. This book is a collection of stories of different people on both sides and their actions on June 6.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 13.5 hours I spent reading this 512-page history book. I found this book to be very interesting with a mix of stories I have heard before and new material. This is the second book of Milton’s that I have read (the other being “Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare“) and I have enjoyed them both. I will be keeping an eye out for anything he writes in the future. I like the selected cover art and I recommend this book to any interested in WWII. 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.

A Very Good WWII Documentary Series: “The War”


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(See my other WWII related posts) – I came across “The War” by Ken Burns on Netflix a short time ago. I finished watching the seven-part series last night. The series was first aired on PBS on September 23, 2007, and won several awards. This is one of the best documentary series I have seen on WWII. It has a 9/10 rating on IMDB but only 67% on Rotten Tomatoes. The synopsis per IMDB:

A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

The series follows people, both military and civilian, from the four cities of Luverne, MinnesotaMobile, AlabamaSacramento, California, and Waterbury, Connecticut during WWII. If you are interested in the WWII era in history, have access to Netflix, and have the 14+ hours to dedicate to watching it, I highly recommend this series.


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.

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.

 

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.