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   WWII involved the common people.  

   On Sunday December 7, 1941, a new element of warfare--long-range air navigation bombing from aircraft carriers--was first burned into the inhabitants of Hawaii that Sunday, and then it spread to the rest of the American people.

    For all those too young to know that In 1941, Hawaii was not even a U.S. state, read on.  Hawaii was a territory of the United States.  This website is a reference source which offers an outstanding detail on the Second World War.  Expertly guided.  Author researched for over 30 years.   The presentation of WW II is for both history buffs, and the youth of today who know very little about the subject of WW II; it is an excellent resource for gen X, gen Y, gen Z, the Indigo children, the millennials—the largest group after the baby postwar generation, and we know there is a lot of information here, but it is spicy and not boring.  

    An entire generation of Americans brought up on peace felt the seriousness.   



    I have always treated Hawaii special in my history reports and modern Hawaii of Dec. 2021, stands outs because of its relation to WW II, and should not be forgotten.

Three minutes from a rainy Pearl Harbor (courtesy CBS Mornings).  A few remaining WW II veterans headed for Hawaii (courtesy 2 mins NBC News) on the 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  However, early Dec. of 2021 is also memorable for other reasons, the weather.  December 2021 posted even a blizzard.  First is December 6th (1.35 mins by Jerry Rigging in Hawaii who braved it all.)  

    Some items may appear simple to the casual observer, others not. Blizzard warning on Hawaii (courtesy NBC).   It appeared at the higher elevation. The wind gusts report for the month of Dec. 2021 were astronomical and rather historic.   From the island of Maui, natives tell you nothing like that they ever seen before.  No lie. (courtesy Hawaii Real EstateORG).  Another individual eyewitness  (5 mins courtesy Hanacal).   The worse was yet to come. Yes it came and the Hawaiian islands were hit hard (1.39 mins courtesy of chave weather and KHON2, 1.50 mins).  Wind gusts report for the month of December were not just excessive in Hawaii but also historic for other parts of the nation, see Intro of the Contemporary and Climate under menu.


   This website is a labor of love and it centers on the people. If you are a teacher or a student who will use the information on this site, don't forget to see the informative timelines.   Please give credit. 

    Anniversaries are usually special, and the real 75th Anniversary of Dec. 7th was very momentous and special: [Don’t miss the video Anniversary from the 1 hr and 4 mins mark.] The following stations are a few who did not forget, ABC,  CBS, and KHON2.  Youth, the future, at the USS Missouri,  looks at a commemorative activity while being a part of history.  "Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with me."  This video includes the Star Spangled Banner, Hawaiian Hawai'I Pono'I and Texans' Kilgore College Rangerettes.  

     May we suggest this newer video to learn more about Pearl Harbor; this new episode is from Naval Legends and is quite educational.  He is right, before Dec. 7th, hardly anybody ever heard of Pearl Harbor or Oahu.  History is a waste if we don’t learn anything from it.  Has stunning graphics.  Incredibly, Dec. 7, 2016 marked the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Nurse participants and raw video of the 75th Anniversary.  Highlighting sailor Ray Chavez, 104 years old and Marine Ray Garland.  Both are Pearl Harbor WW II vets.  

      Author Robert C. Valentine has written several books about the entire WWII-era generation, especially about those who participated in WW II.   He is a member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, the 94th Division Association,  The National WW II Museum and the American Air Museum in Britain.  Overall, we have added educational scrolls of history that portray when America left her palace of safety that isolationism had brought a prewar America.  

     The unfolding of the historical Oberg color film footage of Pearl Harbor, courtesy of midway512; from San Pedro, California we travel to some treasured capsules of history. The Attack on Pearl Harbor (What Many DON'T See), History Traveler.  Here is an American archive of David Brinkley on discussing the most important event of the 20th Century, courtesy of FoundationINTERVIEWS.  See my web page on 1941, the last year of peace for America.   


     What does WW II represent to you?  Was it a world with an attitude of greedy dog-eat-dog?  Or was it the individual who believed in something more?  

      If you were alive in Nazi Germany or Italy in the late 1930s, you could have been branded a heretic and put to death for preaching democracy.  In Japan, speaking against the Emperor could have resulted in being beheaded.



     The WW II generation is shrinking but not what they did.  All the turmoils and history of the early years are described vividly in two stunning books, volumes one and two.  The spread of darkness had crept beyond the borders of Germany, Japan, and Italy.  Volume Two, actually, was a Best Books Award Finalist in the U.S. History category.  The 1944 commemorative edition is Valentine's detailed book that highlights the year 1944, when many, many people were liberated from oppression.  It is a hardcover commemorative.


     1944 is special and extraordinary.  Hence it is highlighted. 


     The chronology of 1944 is special and it is sprinkled with rare color photography—none are colorized, although it must be noted the power of color is a rich aid to the young, and, with the panorama of today’s contemporary digital power, these real old color pictures can be awesome and should not be discounted. 


      Official documents, radio reports, published works both official and unofficial, manuscripts, letters, films both in color and black and white, and personal interviews are offered in this complex war diary.

      We must stress the nexus involves the common people.   In this special internet site, you will be transported back in time to experience the Second World War and to also see what led to victory and freedom for the world from Axis tyranny in a unique chronologic perspective.  We must stress, each war year was very different from each other, yet it was the people that changed the course of history.  The commemorative is hardcover and handles only 1944.  This website works on all hand-held devices. The pictures below, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Henry Fonda, served on a destroyer.   On convoy in the N. Atlantic; liberation of Rome, Italy 1944.  Rome was the first European capital to be liberated, on June 4, 1944; morale poster.  By 1943-1944, the scenes of camps, staging areas, training bases, prayer groups occupied daily life alongside the apex of the Arsenal of Democracy.  Col. Westray Boyce, in dress uniform, Director of the WAC Army Corps. That is General Doolittle, a famous personality of the WW II generation—above the sailors. Going up the gang plank in Honolulu, Hawaii, with attentive WAVES who are watching your moves, a time of male shortage...July 1944 an American B-17 crew.  This photo was not publicized because all except 3 in the picture were killed by August, 1944.   The lucky who were in a B-17 or any bomber that went down, and survived, went to a German stalog, as is shown in the POW camp map.  Kriege is German for prisoner.  The B-17 in photograph is a B-17 G.

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      Fortunately, for the world, the essence of liberty never met total defeat during World War II.  Allied victory was anchored on American help; without the U.S. there would have been no victory or liberty.  Victory was in 1945.  The last year of the war.  

      See the caps the army guys are wearing?  No, not the sailor.  They are wearing what they called a garrison cap.

      The Second World War is composed of a Home Front and a War Front.  Our author, Mr. Robert C. Valentine, covers the entire world war, not just one geographic area. Yet, it was by no means "just an American show."  It was a great Allied show of peoples and nations. (—To continue, see menu bar at top.)


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