Does anyone know the history behind this poem? I know that he wrote it for a fiance that died in a plane crash and that it was written on Christmas Eve 1943, but wondering about its involvement during WWII? I have heard it was used for codes but am looking for a little more depth of information. I am planning to read it at my grandmother's memorial service and she was a history buff so I would love to talk briefly about it's background and story. Thanks so much!
posted by Hmeleu
on Aug 13, 2013 -
I just finished watching The First World War
and now I want more! Can you recommend your favourite documentaries on History, particularly conflicts/war? I prefer a geopolitical focus (as in maps of the territories, graphic representations of strategies, what countries unied, what empires were divided in to what, etc.) [more inside]
posted by Tarumba
on Sep 23, 2012 -
I am looking for book recommendations that might be suitable to read aloud to an elderly man who served six years in WWII as a Marine, he has dementia, but has some very alert periods of time. He loves war movies (and MASH), and is still very much interested in the war.
posted by nanook
on May 18, 2012 -
HistoryFilter: help me solve a family mystery. Was there an organized IRA presence in Palestine in 1946? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67
on Jun 13, 2010 -
I'm preparing for a massive personal archiving/interviewing trip with my grandparents and need advice regarding many aspects of the project. [more inside]
posted by ikahime
on Aug 18, 2009 -
I want to see some WWII-era propaganda (or at least pro-war, pro-service) films on DVD, especially those with musical interludes in the style of the Andrews Sisters. Any recommendations beyond Buck Privates
, which I unfortunately cannot easily find in Canada? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet
on Jul 28, 2009 -
Where can I find lots of historical media? I'm looking for any kind of photos or film, newsreels, anything. [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm
on Jan 6, 2009 -
is a recording of the CBS radio announcement of the Pearl Harbor bombings. I remember having a longer version of this exact clip, and right where this one ends an announcer with a classic American radio accent says "We take you now, to Washington". Where could I find that again? (I've googled, and all I can find is the abridged version). [more inside]
posted by phrontist
on Apr 3, 2008 -
Why were the Germans allied with the Japanese in WWII?
Why were the Americans at war with the Japanese?
posted by TigerCrane
on Dec 22, 2007 -
History-Filter: Post WWII riots by soldiers in Europe... I need to find out the exact where, when, etc. for the mustering out riots that took place after the end of WWII. From what little I know, soldiers were upset about not being able to go home once the war was over, and riots broke out. History Buffs - help!
posted by Corky
on Jul 12, 2006 -
Inspired by the question about publicly available news footage
: Is it possible to download somewhere all 7 (?) parts of Frank Capra's WWII series "Why We Fight"? I know it's in the public domain, having been produced with taxpayer dollars, but all I can find is people selling it on DVD and VHS, with the exception of the final title, which Prelinger has. Are there MPEG-2 or avi versions of the other titles somewhere?
Also, if I could sneak in a twofer -- Where do Jon Stewart, SNL, etc. get the video and stills they use in their news parodies? I know parody is protected, so they probably don't have to clear rights, but do they just copy it down from regular programming? Or is there some kind of archive they're tapping? Does CBS, for instance, just give you this stuff if you ask for it?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders
on Dec 16, 2004 -