August 2010

Find the articles these features relate to in the August 2010 issue of America in WWII, available at Borders and Barnes & Noble stores.

Photo gallery: Victory mania!

Americans cut loose around the world as they learn of Japan’s surrender and start the countdown to a new life and a brighter future.

Footage: The big, mighty B-29

Pull down the blackout shades and watch the artful wartime propaganda film Birth of the B-29. You’ll be in 1945 faster than you can decipher MCMXLV!


Article: Lucky Louie

Captured by the Japanese, Olympic-athlete-turned-bombardier Louie Zamperini made up his mind: he was going to survive his captors’ cruelty.

Documents: Secret psywar reports (PDF)

Peek at the secret research of a US Army unit that made psychological warfare pamphlets to be dropped on Japanese soldiers and civilians.

Link: Kamikaze skies

The US Fast Carrier Task Force battled Japanese kamikazes off Okinawa in spring 1945. Follow the fiery action on this page from the USS Astoria (CL-90) website.

Footage: The Bomb Is Born

On a test site in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on July 16, 1945, men of science and men of war watched the world change forever when they witnessed the first explosion of an atomic bomb. The blast begins about 8:50 in this cut of US government footage.


Footage: The surrender is signed

This United News newsreel puts you aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, as a witness to Japan’s official surrender.