America in WWII

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Alone We Fight and Air Strike
Movie titles, slogans, and advertising copy are usually developed with a great deal of care, but there are times when a title or description can create false anticipation. Of course, not all text is literal. Nightmare in a title usually denotes horror,...
An Ordinary Fellow with Silver Wings
AS any fan OF THE 1980s movie Top Gun knows, the crackerjack pilot gets the girl, the girl who has purposefully sought out this prime-of-life male with the superior intellect and physical prowess. That's primal truth, it seems, not invented yesterday,...
A WWII Scrapbook
'SHRAPNEL WAS WHIZZING BY US' I WILL TELL YOU in my own words what I saw in taking the island of Betio, one of the Tarawa islands, situated in the Gilberts. All of this started on November 20, 1943. We had joined a task force, the largest I had...
Beyond Battleship Row
Japan started a war by bombing the US Pacific Fleet. But there was more infamy that morning of December 7, 1941, as planes pummeled Oahu's air bases. Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor was shocked awake. AS A SERENE DAWN BROKE on Oahu's eastern horizon...
Ghost Riders: When US and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of World War II
Ghost Riders: When US and German Soldiers Fought Together to Save the World's Most Beautiful Horses in the Last Days of World War II by Mark Felton, Da Capo Press, 304 Pages, $27 PUBLISHING BOOKS two years apart on the same subject is a somewhat...
Is History History?
It takes SOME guts TO declare "THE END OF HISTORY." The journalist Fareed Zakaria had them when he titled his 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man. The idea behind this work published after the breakup of America's old frenemy the Soviet Union...
Kangaroo Squadron: American Courage in the Darkest Days of World War II
Kangaroo Squadron: American Courage in the Darkest Days of World War II by Bruce Gamble, Da Capo Press, 416 pages, $28 THE MEANING OF the word luck varies according to perspective. Regarding WWII military service, one person might say a man was...
Mail Call!
Nothing made the GIs' day like letters and packages from home. But how did the post office ever manage all those deliveries all over the world? Second Lieutenant Paul Boesch was a long way from home. More than 3,000 miles of saltwater separated...
One Mic against the Reich: CBS Radio Newsman Edward R. Murrow Brought the Ugly Truth about Nazi Aggression to America's Living Rooms Direct from Burning London
EDWARD R. Murrow, CBS Radio's London bureau chief, drove out to a plateau overlooking England's Thames River estuary on the morning of September 7, 1940, together with Ben Robertson of New York City's PM newspaper and Vincent Sheean of the North American...
Prepared for Takeoff
WILLIAM T. Larkin WAS ONE OF those young Americans who wanted to fly planes in combat before the United States joined World War II. So, in mid-1941, at 20 years old, he left his native Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, and traveled north to enlist in Canada,...
Rosie's Babysitter
ROSIE IS famous for riveting, for working on WWII assembly lines, making big bombers. The size of the war and the urgent demand for fleets of warbirds made for long work hours. That left little free time outside the factory for the 300,000 women employed...
The Allies: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won World War II
The Allies: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance that Won World War II by Winston Groom, National Geographic, 463 pages, $30 THE TITLE OF prolific, best-selling author Winston Groom's new book says it all, or at least a lot...
The SHARK-CATCHERS
Captain Daniel Gallery and his hunter-group were out to capture a Nazi submarine intact. When U-505 popped to the surface, they pounced. A HANDFUL OF American SAILORS scrambled down the hatch of a foundering, wave-tossed German submarine and disappeared...
Under a Darkening Sky: The American Experience in Nazi Europe 1939-1941
Under a Darkening Sky: The American Experience in Nazi Europe 1939-1941 by Robert Lyman, Pegasus Books, 332 pages, $27.95 The first Americans in Europe during World War II were not the liberators of Sicily or Italy or France. Rather, they were...
Welcome to Shangri-La
JAMES RIZZO GREW UP NEAR the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Maybe that had nothing to do with his wartime fate, but when he was drafted into the military in 1942, at age 20, he landed in the army. After basic training at Camp Crowder in Neosho, Missouri, Jimmy...
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