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October 2013 - America in WWII magazine

 

 

October 2013

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Features

BURNED ON HELL ISLAND

Taking Peleliu was supposed to be easy. Instead, marines had to take out dug-in Japanese, cluster by cluster, with bombs and flamethrowers. By Brian John Murphy

Web Extra: Footage

PELELIU FIGHTING CAUGHT ON FILM

The Department of Defense short documentary “Fury in the Pacific” features live combat footage to tell the story of the US military struggles for Peleliu and Angaur in the Palau Islands.

 

THE BIRTH OF SINATRAMANIA

One winter’s night in 1942 a horde of screaming bobby-soxers turned young Frank Sinatra from a singer into an idol. By Tom Huntington

THE BALTIMORE BOMBER

The Germans might have taken North Africa if not for the Allied Desert Air Force and its forgotten warbird from Maryland. By Joe Razes

ENOUGH FOOD TO FEED AN ARMY

How US farmers kept GIs overseas and families at home fed and fighting. By Melissa Amateis Marsh

Web Extra: From Our Articles Archive

OPERATION RUTABAGA

As farmers worked to produce enough food to supply soldier and civilian alike, Americans at home put food on their own tables by planting family and community Victory Gardens.
 

Departments

Kilroy

Notes from our publisher: “Red Kepis and Superforts”

V-Mail

Letters from Our Readers

Home Front

Wartime Marriages

Web Extra: From Our Articles Archive

WAR BRIDES

Many GIs rushed to marry their sweethearts before they shipped out overseas. Many who didn’t found love where landed and returned home with foreign wives. By Brenda Wilt

Pinup

Joan Leslie

The Unofficial Joan Leslie Website

 

THE FUNNIES

Donald Duck

Web Extra: Footage

Raspberries for Hitler

Ever the patriot, Disney’s famous fowl braves a Nazi war factory to take a satiric jab at Adolf Hitler in the film short “Der Fuehrer’s Face.”

 

Landings

Connecticut’s Tank Destroyer Museum

Military Museum of Southern New England Website

 

I Was There

“Three Times a POW”

War Stories

Memories from the War Years

Books and Media

Our latest reviews

Theater of War

None but the Brave

Web Extra: Footage

None but the Brave official trailer

Frank Sinatra directs his only film, starring none other than Frank Sinatra as one of a group of American GIs who strike a tense truce with Japanese soldiers stranded on an island with them.

 

78 RPM

Dick Haymes

Web Extra: Recording

“You’ll Never Know”

Dick Haymes sings his biggest solo hit in 1943.

 

WWII Events

A Calendar of Present-Day Happenings

GIs

“A Lucky B-24 Gunner”