History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part 1)

Today I'm pleased to revisit this post from author and blogger Mike Biles. In 2019, he graciously provided two posts on the fascinating history of Bletchley Park, the headquarters of WWII code breakers. Since many of you have joined me since then, he's allowed me to give them another run. I hope you enjoy reading about… Continue reading Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part 1)

History Class, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

Three Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Research Sources

Hello Readers and Writers! Today, I'm revisiting and refreshing a post from 3 years ago. In a period where news stories diverge widely depending on where they come from and even Facebook (that authoritative pinnacle of reliable information) is busy "fact-checking,"  exploring the reliability of sources isn't just for writers—though it's still awfully important for us! I… Continue reading Three Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Research Sources

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part 1

"Tanks of an Armored regiment are debarking from an LST [US 77] in Anzio harbor [Italy] and added strength to the U.S. Fifth Army [VI Corps] forces on the beachead (WWII Signal Corps Photograph Collection)" Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Yesterday marked the 77th anniversary of Operation Shingle, the Allied landings on the beaches of… Continue reading It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part 1

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Guam — Pacific Paratrooper

The WWII story of the island of Guam is fascinating, but not well known. It's a good thing we have people like GP Cox who share stories like these! I hope you'll head over to his blog "Pacific Paratrooper" to check out the full post—it's well worth the read. Guam In a lot of Pacific… Continue reading Guam — Pacific Paratrooper

Books, Family History, History Class, Life, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Preserving a Piece of History

"Troops of the US Army 2nd Infantry Division march up the bluff at the E-1 draw in the Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on D+1, June 7, 1944. They are going past the German bunker, Widerstandsnest 65 (WN 65), that defended the route up the Ruquet Valley to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer." US Army Signal Corps, Public domain, via… Continue reading Preserving a Piece of History

History Class, Music, Uncategorized, World War 2, World War I

Musical Interlude: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

"Bing Crosby, stage, screen and radio star, sings to Allied troops at the opening of the London stage door canteen in Piccadilly, London, England." Pearson, August 31, 1944. 111-SC-193249.Source: NARA World War II Photos - ARC Identifier: 531210 Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Every year, the day after Thanksgiving brings changes in the Clare household. First the… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Books, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Blog Tour: BENEATH A STARLESS SKY by Tessa Harris

Well, Readers, I am not certain how we can be this far into December already! As much as I wouldn't mind moving past 2020, there's too much to do before the end. I still need to finish some writing projects—my NaNoWriMo recap, a piece on a bit of WWII history linked to a beloved Christmas… Continue reading Blog Tour: BENEATH A STARLESS SKY by Tessa Harris

Books, Publishing, Short Fiction, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing

A Christmas Gift from Me to You

Happy December! 2020 has been full many interesting surprises, but today I'm excited to share a pleasant one! I hadn't expected to have a publication announcement this year. My second novel, Where Shall I Flee? is with beta readers who have already given me lots of things to think about. I hope to hit the… Continue reading A Christmas Gift from Me to You

Books, Uncategorized, World War 2

Who Else Needs Some WWII Themed Christmas Gift Ideas?

Photo by Hert Niks on Unsplash November is speeding away, and the Clares are busy preparing for Christmas. Over the last years, friends and family who know my interest in the Second World War have gifted me with some interesting items and fantastic reads. I thought I'd share a few of them with you today, in case you… Continue reading Who Else Needs Some WWII Themed Christmas Gift Ideas?

History Class, Memorials, Uncategorized, World War 2, World War I

Stars of Blue and Gold

A family heirloom: This banner was used by author Joy Neal Kidney's family during WWI, then repurposed by her grandmother who added two stars and used it during WWII. You can read about it in her excellent book Leora's Letters. Many thanks to Joy for allowing me to use this image! One hundred and two… Continue reading Stars of Blue and Gold