History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Getting a Foothold: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part II

“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 Hello Readers! Happy first day of Spring! Time has flown. Between finishing the third quarter of… Continue reading Getting a Foothold: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part II

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, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Avis D. Schorer’s A HALF ACRE OF HELL: A COMBAT NURSE IN WWII

In 1941, the United States entered the Second World War and the "war effort" became the job of the entire nation. From altered shopping choices on the homefront, to the call for volunteer plane spotters near the cost, to the military-themed songs on the radio, American life changed in countless ways. The role of American… Continue reading Avis D. Schorer’s A HALF ACRE OF HELL: A COMBAT NURSE IN WWII

Cooking, History Class, Life, Uncategorized, World War 2

Ration Books and Smart Shopping: Stretching U.S. Resources During WWII

2020 has done a great job of reminding me just how spoiled I am. (Maybe I should say "richly blessed with material goods." That sounds better.) I can't recall another time in my life when I wanted a staple item at the store (for instance, toilet paper) and was unable to find it. Those of… Continue reading Ration Books and Smart Shopping: Stretching U.S. Resources During WWII

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”

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

D-Day, 2020

June 6, 2020, marks the 76th anniversary of D-Day. On this day, after being ousted from Europe in 1939, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. If you're rusty on the events of D-Day, I highly recommend checking out this link to a slideshow prepared by the U.S. National Archives last year. It's an… Continue reading D-Day, 2020

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Before He Was Scotty: James Doohan and World War II

Some familiar faces showed up recently in my Facebook feed*. Of course, I'd guess that the faces of the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series would be familiar to almost any "Trekkie,"  even if these photos are from before their days of space exploration. While I've been a lifelong Trek fan, the crew of… Continue reading Before He Was Scotty: James Doohan and World War II

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

World War II in Norway: ANOTHER MAN’S SHOES by Sven Sømme

I'm always on the lookout for true stories of the Second World War--whether stories of a family heirloom's history, tales of spies and subterfuge, or histories of courage even in the face of imprisonment. Today I'd like to share one of these stories with you-- Sven Sømme's, Another Man's Shoes. https://www.amazon.com/Another-Mans-Shoes-Sven-Somme-ebook/dp/B078CZ341W/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Another+man%27s+shoes+sven+somme&qid=1587257615&s=dmusic&sr=8-1 Twenty years after her father's… Continue reading World War II in Norway: ANOTHER MAN’S SHOES by Sven Sømme

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

The Bride’s Trunk: A Story of War and Reconciliation

The simplest objects can hold a great deal of history. While decorating for Christmas this year, I couldn't help but recall the stories behind every piece I unwrapped and aired out from another year's attic storage: the colorful crocheted and hand-sewn ornaments from my grandmothers, the personalized stockings my own mom presented the kids with… Continue reading The Bride’s Trunk: A Story of War and Reconciliation