Throughout the Second World War, the Allies tried to spy on Hitler and his generals. They went to extraordinary lengths to understand what the Führer was thinking, using intercepted messages, intelligence from inside Germany, and the advanced decryption facilities at Bletchley Park. Ironically, some of their best intelligence on Hitler’s thinking came not from spying […] … Continue reading How Japan Helped the Allies Spy on Hitler — Pacific Paratrooper
Anne Clare, The Naptime Author, was kind enough to allow me to steal this article off her site, so Pacific Paratrooper could deliver a sweetheart of a post! Please go visit her and enjoy her other historical posts! Does your family own any jewelry from World War II? Curator Kathleen Golden shares a few […]Here's another … Continue reading Home Front – WWII Sweetheart Jewelry — Pacific Paratrooper
n a 1958 interview, Truman was asked about the soul-searching decision he went through to decide on dropping the bomb. He replied, “Hell no, I made it like _ (snapped his fingers) _ that!” One year later at Columbia University, he said, “The atom bomb was no great decision.”
This is an odd story that involves a flight instructor, his family, and a single-minded request. The whole thing was so strange, in fact, that the Japanese government censored it at the time.
After heavy preliminary bombardment, the Americans began the invasion of Iwo Jima… Not a single Japanese warship was sent to oppose this enemy landing, only 700 miles from the homeland.
It’s easy to forget, sometimes that other societies have a perspective on things that is very different from our own. It’s probably a major reason why we have so much conflict in the world.
Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis: Even though pamphlets and softcover books have been available in Europe since the 16th century, US readers looked down on them until well into the 20th century. As a recent Atlas Obscura post by Cara Giaimo explains, without a mass-market distribution model in place, it was difficult to make money… … Continue reading The Soldiers’ Pocket Books That Legitimized Paperbacks — Pacific Paratrooper
First of all I want to personally thank Everett "Smitty" Smith for his service and his family's sacrifice in supporting him and worrying about him while he was away fighting for our freedom. I understand the thinking behind the protest of taking a knee during the National Anthem, however, I don't think it's appropriate … Continue reading Women and Computers in WWII – Intermission Story (22)