Archive for the ‘World Wars’ Category

Wartime Conferences Chart

Here it is in a simple format. Just click and it will pop open!

Allied Wartime Conferences in World War II


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The All American Girls Professional Baseball League

During the war, professional baseball for women began as a way for baseball team owners to keep some income coming in while many of their brightest stars were involved in the war.

Here is the link for the real website for the league: It is fascinating!

Here is an overview of the League:

Here is a clip from A League of Their Own, in which director Penny Marshall tells the story of the League from a historical fiction viewpoint. The older ladies at the beginning of this clip were actual players in the League and were playing on the field at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York. A permanent exhibit on women in baseball has been in place there since 1988 and is depicted at the end of the film.

How Wash U sheltered Japanese Americans from relocation

Here is an amazing bit of video from the Post-Dispatch’s website. Gyo Obata and Richard Henmi are world famous architects still based here in St. Louis.

Here’s the link:

Here’s an entire interactive site from It’s got all kinds of great stuff, plus some of the pictures by Ansel Adams:

About Monsieur Batignole- A movie about the Resistance to the Nazis

Go here:

FDR Warns About Spies

Zoot suits!

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Here is an overview of what happened from PBS:

And of course, here is the song from the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies:

“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”

Roosevelt addresses Congress on December 8 to ask for a declaration of war.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

Here is the story from today’s paper about the survivor who has spent his life trying to identify those buried in unmarked graves:

And here is a great youtube link showing actual reports from that day 71 years ago. I will try to actually insert the video when I get home tonight. I cannot edit this the way I want to at school: This includes the original NBC footage of the attack, as well as the Day of Infamy speech. 


Then here’s the story of the ships damaged at Pearl Harbor that were repaired to fight again (only three ships were a total loss on that day!);

Images from Manzanar

An excellent book about the tension against Japanese- Americans is Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson. It’s also a pretty good movie, although it takes out much of the discussion about how the war affected the main characters.

The famous landscape photographer Ansel Adams produced 209 photographs documenting life in Manzanar Relocation Camp, one of the camps where Japanese Americans had been forced to relocate under Executive Order 9066. The collection in the American Memory project can be found here:

1.Being loaded up for “relocation”

2. The entrance to Manzanar:

3. Dwellings– exterior

4. and interior of dwellings. Here’s how the Miyatake family lived:

5. While in camps, internees worked and went to school….

6. And even played sports and exercised

7. They also volunteered to serve the US in the military.

The 442nd Regimental Combat team served only in the European theatre, and was one of the most decorated in the war:

Here is a link to a map that shows where the relocation camps were in the US. Note the dates when they closed:

Patton’s Fake Army

Here’s the whole story of Operation Fortitude: