I will shortly be in Okinawa and am very interested in visiting the Maeda escarpment -- specifically the summit where Desmond Doss
earned his Medal Of Honor. I'd like to arrive there confidently knowing I am in the right place and oriented such that I could find the referenced cliff with certainty. Is there a right way to gather the information I need?
posted by Tell Me No Lies
on May 26, 2014 -
Help me track down a WWII propaganda cartoon that played in the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts' entrance gallery, probably sometime in 2006?
I have a memory of watching a WWII propaganda cartoon on an early date with my eventual wife. We sat & chatted on the bench in the entrance gallery while the cartoon was projected onto the big wall in between the entrance & exit thresholds.
I remember an imp-like creature, possibly doing some sabotage. I'm pretty sure it wasn't Dr. Seuss' "Private SNAFU", although I suppose I could be wrong. I don't remember it being particularly racist, which ought to help narrow it down a bit.
Do you know which cartoon that was? I'd really like to get a picture of that imp from my memory.
posted by mmc
on May 19, 2014 -
Does anyone know of a documentary film that compares the Allied occupations (and "rehabilitation") of Germany and Japan after World War II? Bonus if it's about 50 minutes in length. [more inside]
posted by dhens
on Apr 15, 2014 -
It's a long shot, but does anyone have any ideas about this drawing from WWII? [more inside]
posted by lharmon
on Mar 25, 2014 -
I'm looking for non-fiction books that describe the day-to-day life of an allied tanker (guy in a tank or other AFV) in World War II. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff
on Mar 14, 2014 -
I've been looking into certain aspects of my family history and I'd like to learn more about one particular person, who I'm told left Poland in about 1941, after members of his family were sent to Theresienstadt, and went on to serve in the British army as a cryptographer. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on
on Mar 1, 2014 -
Are there any books or other resources about the links American businesses had with Germany leading up to and during WWII? [more inside]
posted by Ickster
on Feb 6, 2014 -
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 -
Japan and the Japanese public are often portrayed as being admirers of the culture of the United States. But within living memory the two countries were involved in a brutal
war, which culminated in conventional and nuclear bombings targeting Japan's citizenry and devastating their country
. In Japan's case, how did a societal contempt sufficient to wage and sustain total war turn, in such
a short time, into a societal affinity sufficient for some to embrace
many parts of the culture of the nation that had dealt them destruction on such a massive scale? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj
on Jul 1, 2013 -
My mother got a long letter describing his experiences as a pilot in World War II. He's interested in contributing that story to a public archive of some sort. Is there anything we could contribute it to? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on May 27, 2013 -
I'm trying to find some specific government-produced maps of Allied progress in Western Europe in World War 2 that I saw online once. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man
on Mar 21, 2013 -
Looking for memoirs or histories (or fiction, if necessary) of Berlin from the period between the April/May 1945 collapse to the Potsdam conference told from the Russian perspective. Also interested in the first Americans to show up and how they were or were not accommodated. [more inside]
posted by BWA
on Feb 25, 2013 -
The last Cavalry Charge. That's how I remember it, but I can't find it anywhere anymore. In the winter of 1941 a troop of cavalry attacked a German armored column. They were not successful. [more inside]
posted by mule98J
on Dec 11, 2012 -
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 -
What was this long essay about World War II that I read on the internet a few years ago? [more inside]
posted by theodolite
on Aug 21, 2012 -
I'd like some topnotch resources, whether books, websites, possibly videos, movies or other, to help me understand my father's experiences in World War II. I'm not looking for the tactical or strategic elements of the military campaigns that he was part of, but what his role and experience was like. [more inside]
posted by vers
on May 28, 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 -
Documentary filter: MrK heard glowing description of a history documentary about Nazi propaganda in 1936 in Berlin. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing
on May 4, 2012 -
What are the best resources and online communities focused around WWII veteran research? [more inside]
posted by aheckler
on Feb 27, 2012 -
Is it in poor taste or offensive to pass around this photo in a class presentation? [more inside]
posted by Sayuri.
on Feb 14, 2012 -
My grandfather was a German POW in England during WWII, and he would really like some help finding out what happened to some of his old campmates. [more inside]
posted by Jehan
on Aug 2, 2011 -
Anyone able to help with naval coordinates from WWII? I'm writing a play set in WWII and I want to make it more authentic by using the technical jargon of the time. It's set in the pacific and I'm coming up empty-handed with other searches on how they plotted courses and the coordinate systems used.
If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated!
posted by rawredmeat
on Aug 2, 2011 -
I'm looking for anything - websites, nonfiction, fiction - that would give me an idea of what daily life was like for the British in India in the first half of the 20th century. [more inside]
posted by Gori Girl
on Jul 15, 2011 -
[WWII/Band of Brothers filter] At the end of BoB, we're told about each of the characters' lives after the war. I can't help but feel a bit... disappointed? to hear that, say, this soldier returned and worked as a cab driver, or as a mill worker. It feels anticlimactic and un-glamorous. Yes, I realize that may be a by-product of the hero- or myth-building that (intentionally or not) goes into WWII movies. Are there any books or articles that explore this area? [more inside]
posted by TangoCharlie
on May 28, 2011 -
My friend, Hilary asks, "Does anyone have any idea what these
are? They were found, strung together like this, in the pocket of a Japanese soldier's overcoat during WWII. My Mother's friend worked for the Red Cross during the war, and found them, and they eventually came to me. I'm guessing they are coral....but what was their use?"
posted by nickyskye
on May 26, 2011 -
NAVY TERMINOLOGY HELP! I'm reading through my grandpa's old flight logs (he was on the crew of a PBY during WWII), and just need help deciphering a couple of terms I see again and again. Both are located in the "Remarks" column of the logbook:
Other terms like Ferry, Scouting, Patrol, and Photography are pretty self explanatory, but I have no idea what these two mean.
posted by rawredmeat
on Apr 7, 2011 -
Who could this be? A relatively famous scientist or mathematician who was a German refugee in the Second World War, whose name sounds something like Buchholt? [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Jan 16, 2011 -
There's a quote about how years were a poor measure of the length of WWII, and for the life of me I can't find it again. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty!
on Nov 13, 2010 -
Can anyone recommend good books covering the North African campaign of the Second World War? [more inside]
posted by markr
on Nov 13, 2010 -
My daughter's birthday is coming up, and I'm looking for book recs. Lately, she's fascinated by time travel and, to a lesser extent, World War II. I'd love to buy her some books about these subjects, but am sort of stuck on what, exactly, to buy. [more inside]
posted by MeghanC
on Oct 24, 2010 -
WW2 books? Especially looking for anything that features a good amount of material on Rommel, though that is not required. Hoping to do a two-person book club sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by marble
on Oct 17, 2010 -
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 -
What book is this? Kid's fiction set in WWII Britain, featuring a crashed german plane and a salvaged machine gun. [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger
on May 22, 2010 -
In which black and white film (Probably from the 40s, UK) were german spies detected by their mispronounciation of "Slough"?
posted by Artw
on Feb 20, 2010 -