Saturday, May 18, 2013

May 19, 1943 - Winston Churchill addresses U.S. Congress

Winston Churchill addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress. He praises the partnership of the two Allies.

May 18, 1944 - Allied Victory at Monte Cassino

Battle of Monte Cassino ends with an Allied victory; Polish troops hoist their red and white flag on the ruins of Monte Cassino. The Germans have ceded it and departed.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

May 16, 1940 - Churchill receives bad news

Churchill visits Paris and hears that the French war is as good as over; The United Kingdom stands alone in Europe.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

May 15, 1942 - Women's Auxiliary Army Corps

In the United States, a bill creating the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) is signed into law.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother's Day letter home

Staff Sgt. Crawford A. Smith was stationed at Camp Carson, Colorado in May of 1944.  He penned a letter to his mother on that Mother's Day, recounting his day, and hoping his mother had, "...a beautiful day today and everyone was well and you really enjoyed the day."

Letters home (usually V-Mail from overseas) were the main method of communication for troops and their families during World War II.  Phone service was possibly available for some still stationed in the United States, but as in the case with the Smith family, they did not have a phone.  The days of e-mail, tweeting, Skype and other methods that today keep our military more in touch with happenings at home were far, far away.  

The article below details the letter, that unfortunately would be one of the last correspondences he had with his mother as she died from an apparent heart attack within the month.  The devastation of troops while away losing family members back home cannot be forgotten.  Focus, while worthy of the recognition, has always been on the family losing a son, daughter, sibling, etc. killed in action.  But, the loss of a parent or other family member while stationed away, with no way to come home must be equally as tragic.

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May 14, 1940 - Churchill reaches out for help

Churchill asks President Roosevelt and Canada for aid in these dark days. Outlines of the new British coalition, which includes Labour, Liberal, and Conservative members, is made public.

Monday, May 13, 2013

May 13, 1943 - Afrika Korps surrenders

Remaining German Afrika Korps and Italian troops in North Africa surrender to Allied forces. The Allies take over 250,000 prisoners.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

May 12, 1942 - Battle of St. Lawrence

German U-boat U-553, commanded by Kapitanleutnant Karl Thurmann, sinks British freighter Nicoya near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, signalling the opening of the Battle of St. Lawrence.