History Class, Music, Uncategorized, World War 2

Musical Interlude: Artie Shaw’s “Star Dust”

With all of the extra time my family's been spending at home this summer, I've become aware of how addicted I am to good music. Every day in my house has a soundtrack. Heavy cleaning days require something loud and peppy—one of the many 80's mixes on CD shelf will usually do (yes, I still… Continue reading Musical Interlude: Artie Shaw’s “Star Dust”

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Battle of Midway Part I: On the Screen and in History

  Hollywood's at it again. This Veteran's Day weekend will see the release of another film depicting events from the Second World War: Midway.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9laReRAYFk The Battle of Midway- a major turning point for the United States in the Pacific Theater- has already been made into at least one motion picture. Released in 1976,… Continue reading The Battle of Midway Part I: On the Screen and in History

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The “Forgotten War”:WW2 in the Aleutians Part 2

France. North Africa. Singapore. Burma. The bloodiest war in human history, World War 2 spread over vast stretches of our little planet. It's unfortuante, but not surprising with the scope of the conflict, that some of the struggles and sacrifices have faded from collective memory. For instance, as I mentioned my first article on WW2… Continue reading The “Forgotten War”:WW2 in the Aleutians Part 2

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Laurie Calkhoven’s G.I. DOGS: JUDY, PRISONER OF WAR

I didn't expect my next World War 2 read to come from the book orders my child brought home from school. However, my husband spotted Laurie Calkhoven's middle grade book G.I. Dogs: Judy, Prisoner of War in the form, and it found its way into my Christmas stocking! https://www.amazon.com/G-I-Dogs-Judy-Prisoner-War/dp/1338185233/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0/132-9180241-5738858?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=KEA9JN99BD4VASAK7JPG While the intended audience for this book… Continue reading Laurie Calkhoven’s G.I. DOGS: JUDY, PRISONER OF WAR

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

BATAAN: A SURVIVOR’S STORY

Going to the library used to be a restful outing. I loved meandering through the shelves, surrounded by the smell of books. Familiar titles called out like old friends, while the unfamiliar ones promised new stories and adventures. After having kids, going to the library is a bit different. They love stories too, and browsing… Continue reading BATAAN: A SURVIVOR’S STORY

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Fall of Singapore and the Bataan Peninsula, 1941-42

Welcome to another installment of my little history of World War 2! As these accounts move into the early 40's, keeping a straightforward, easy-to-follow time line becomes difficult. Europe was overrun, the Atlantic under constant U-boat assault, Britain besieged, Hitler's forces engaged on the enormous Eastern Front, Rommel still vying for North Africa, and the… Continue reading The Fall of Singapore and the Bataan Peninsula, 1941-42

Books, Family History, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Memorial Day and Adam Makos’ VOICES OF THE PACIFIC

Tomorrow is Memorial Day, the day the U.S. sets aside to remember those who've given their lives in service to their country. Growing up, I spent a portion of each Memorial Day bumping slowly along winding cemetery roads. If we were visiting Minnesota's north woods, we'd also visit Great-Grandpa's graveside, tidying around his and Great-Grandma's… Continue reading Memorial Day and Adam Makos’ VOICES OF THE PACIFIC

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

December 1941: The United States Enters the Second World War

Welcome to another installment of World War 2 history! Last time I wrote about Hitler's surprise attack on the USSR, and how it drew Stalin into the war on the Allied side. The United States was still technically neutral as 1941 drew to a close. After all, they had their President's promise. "I have said this… Continue reading December 1941: The United States Enters the Second World War