Category Archives: 40s

D-DAY 2014

Seventy years ago 24,000 airborne troops from Canada, Britain, and the USA parachuted over the Normandy Peninsula to seize strategic positions from the undermanned German occupation army. That morning over 150,000 soldiers embarked from the greatest invasion naval force ever assembled in history. The attack caught the Nazis off-guard and by the evening the Allies […]

A FLYING DIME by Peter Nolan Smith

One April night in 1939 my uncle and three of his friends exited from State Theater’s double western matinee of STAGECOACH and JESSE JAMES in a state of cinematic exhilaration. Gunfights had had funny effect on their blood. War was looming across the Atlantic and young men were seeking adventure far from home. The sun […]

Day Of Infamy

“December 7th will live forever as a day of infamy.” President Roosevelt predicted before Congress in his declaration of war on Japan the attack after the attack. Infamy in Thai is cheu sia and this year I asked several Thais about Pearl Harbor. My question stumped them all and I repeated the question to several […]

Nagasaki Plus One Month 1945

This rare photo of the Hiroshima mushroom cloud was taken on August 6, 1945. The Hiroshima bombing claimed approximately 120,000 lives and the subsequent leveling of Nagasaki annihilated 80,000. The US military strategists have long held that these two attacks saved over a million US troops by forcing the Japanese Empire to surrender to the […]

La Marseillaise CASABLANCA