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The Skirted Soldiers: Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps

The Skirted Soldiers: Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps

In a previous blog, we covered the various roles women had during World War II. The war brought a change in the workforce for Americans. While young men left for the war, women, many of who were homemakers, took over the civilian jobs that were left behind. Women...

Female Empowerment: The Impact of World War II

Female Empowerment: The Impact of World War II

Opportunities for women were few and far between before World War II. For the most part, women during this time were homemakers that focused on their families. If they did work professionally outside of their homes, jobs were generally limited to secretarial work....

The Ghost Army of WWII

The Ghost Army of WWII

For centuries, military units used camouflage and concealment techniques to thwart the enemy. Ongoing advancements in technology enable soldiers to more effectively hide themselves and their equipment during battle. However, until 1996, little was known of the Ghost...

US Airplanes in World War II

US Airplanes in World War II

During World War II, aircraft became more important than ever before. This was particularly true for the US armed forces. Over the course of the war, US factories churned out hundreds of thousands of planes. These include several different models that were used in a...

WWII Still Impacts Us Today—Here’s How

WWII Still Impacts Us Today—Here’s How

On September 1st, 1939, German forces invaded Poland, officially starting what would become the largest and most devastating war in human history. Over the following five years, approximately 70 million people died as a result of WWII—an estimated 40-50 million of...

2 People from WWII Whose Names You Should Know

2 People from WWII Whose Names You Should Know

Considering the scale and caliber of WWII, it’s reasonable to assume that many of those who fought in and survived the war would go on to be household names. In fact, that assumption would be entirely accurate. A quick search of “notable people who survived WWII” will...

3 Important Battles of WWII

3 Important Battles of WWII

During WWII, from 1939 to 1945, there were over 90 battles fought. Of course, this number doesn’t count the hundreds of smaller fights that occurred virtually every hour of every day, or the smaller battles between citizens fighting for a semblance of normalcy. There...

The Manhattan Project

The Manhattan Project

It was 1939 and U.S. intelligence operatives had just informed President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Adolf Hitler’s scientists were working on a nuclear weapon. Roosevelt then formed the Advisory Committee on Uranium. Comprised of military officials and scientists, the...

4 WWII Movies for Your Next Movie Night

4 WWII Movies for Your Next Movie Night

If you’re a fellow WWII history buff, you know the appeal of a great period piece movie. If you are searching for a movie to watch on the next rainy day, when you’re sick, or for your weekly movie night, consider some of the movies below. Instead of action films, the...