Homefront Heroines

By kmryan | kmryan created a magazine on Flipboard. “Homefront Heroines on Flipboard” is available with thousands of other magazines and all the news you care about. Download Flipboard for free and search for “kmryan”.

For Army Infantry’s 1st Women, Heavy Packs and the Weight of History

FORT BENNING, Ga. — The first group of women graduated from United States Army infantry training last week, but with soldiers obscured by body armor, camouflage face paint and smoke grenades, it was almost impossible to distinguish the mixed-gender squads in the steamy woods from those of earlier …

Veterans

Are the Dutch Lagging in Efforts to Return Art Looted by the Nazis?

Deventer, The Netherlands — The small boy, all in white, lies still, his tiny hands cupped together, his eyes serenely shut. A wooden torch lies across the bedsheets, its flame conspicuously snuffed out.<p>This striking painting, “Little Boy on His Deathbed,” by the 17th-century Dutch master …

Art History

Florence Finch, Unsung War Hero Who Took On Japanese, Dies at 101

Florence Finch was an atypical hometown hero. For nearly 50 years after World War II, virtually no one outside of her family knew that she was a highly decorated Coast Guard veteran and a former prisoner of war whose exploits had been buried in time.<p>“Women don’t tell war stories like men do,” her …

History

Anne Frank Who? Museums Combat Ignorance About the Holocaust

AMSTERDAM — “She hid Jews?”<p>Aleatha Hinds, 17, ventured a guess about Anne Frank’s identity as she waited in line for two hours recently to enter the museum devoted to that world-famous diarist, who hid with her family in a secret annex for 25 months during World War II.<p>“No, no, no!” replied several …

European History

There Are Museums for Spies and Bigfoot. Now There Will Be One for Women, Too.

The New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History will open its doors this spring, a season many expected to spend settling into life with the United States’ first female president.<p>Instead, the country finds itself in a different moment, one that brought millions of people to women’s …

Women's News

startwithsunset:

Jon Whitcomb (1906–1988)

How World War I Revolutionized Medicine

Advances during the “first mass killing of the 20th century” have saved countless lives since.<p>When World War I broke out in France, in August 1914, getting a wounded soldier from the battlefield to a hospital required horse-drawn wagons or mules with baskets on either side. Incapacitated soldiers …

Vera Rubin, 88, Dies; Opened Doors in Astronomy, and for Women

Vera Rubin, who transformed modern physics and astronomy with her observations showing that galaxies and stars are immersed in the gravitational grip of vast clouds of dark matter, died on Sunday in Princeton, N.J. She was 88.<p>Her death was announced by the Carnegie Institution of Washington, where …

Dark Matter

Ladies Who Launch: Women Who Opened the Door to Space Exploration

<b>THE GLASS UNIVERSE</b><b><br>How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars</b><br>By Dava Sobel<br>Illustrated. 324 pp. Viking. $30.<p><b>HIDDEN FIGURES</b><b><br>The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race</b><br>By Margot Lee Shetterly<br>346 pp. William …

Women in Science

Why the Nazis studied American race laws for inspiration

On 5 June, 1934, about a year and half after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of the Reich, the leading lawyers of Nazi Germany gathered at a meeting …

History

Here's what President Roosevelt said to his Cabinet after the attack on Pearl Harbor

Seventy-five years ago, to the day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ushered his Cabinet into his study for what he deemed the "most important" Cabinet meeting since the onset of the Civil War in 1861.<p>Pearl Harbor, a naval base in Hawaii, had just been attacked by the Japanese, hastening the US …

History

Forbidden Photos Reveal What Life In Hawaii Was Like After Pearl Harbor

Things were never the same after Dec. 7, 1941.<p>It’s no secret that the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, which killed more than 2,000 Americans, changed the course of history for the United States and the rest of the world.<p>But it also dramatically altered the identity of the island paradise of …

Hawaii

Pictures of the Second World War that look like they were taken yesterday

When Marina Amaral looks at a black-and-white photograph, she doesn’t see 50 shades of grey. She sees the true colours of the scene captured by the photographer – sometimes more than a century ago – and she sets about recreating them.<p>Amaral is a 22-year-old Brazilian artist whose digital …

Photography

9 WWII Novels Beyond Europe's Shores

By Erin Flaaen | Off the Shelf<p>With readers around the world embracing novels like <i>Gone to Soldiers</i>, <i>The Nightingale</i>, and <i>Everyone Brave Is Forgiven</i>, it's clear that I'm not the only one who loves stunning and beautiful World War II fiction. Several months ago, I read <i>All the Light We Cannot See</i> by …

Literature

Walker Evans’s Typology of the American Worker

As a young man, Walker Evans wanted to be a writer. And though he later made a living, for a short period, penning reviews for <i>Time</i>, he retired his loftier ambitions early, after a failed stint in Paris in the nineteen-twenties, where he’d hoped to prove his worth. It’s often said that Evans went on …

Art

Why Does Hollywood Get World War II So Wrong?

While only 130 movies have been made about World War I, there have been 1,300 made about the World War II. Hollywood liberals see it as the last …

Color photos show how Americans lived during World War II

The U.S. Library of Congress has published more than a 1,000 color photos of American life between the 1930s and 1940s.<p>The particular set of photos we've chosen highlights how Americans were getting by at home while soldiers were away.<p><b>You can see all the photos in the gallery above.</b>

European History

The 20 Most Important Battles of World War II

The clashes that shaped the course of the deadliest war of all time.<p>World War II was the greatest conflict in history, carried out on a scale almost impossible to grasp. In many ways it was the first modern war, in which airpower played a vital role both on land and at sea, but many actions were …

Meet the mothers of movie-making

Watch Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II Online

$1.99 - $7.99<p>USD<p>instock<p>Vimeo<p>https://vimeo.com/ondemand/homefrontheroines<p>video<p>Equal pay as men. Designer clothes. And (eventually) respect. It's the …

How World War II Changed Walt Disney

Filmmaker Walt Disney filming on Brazilian beach. 1941<br>Hart Preston—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of 6<p>When the Great Depression ended in …

Walt Disney Company

Oldest living man confirmed as Israeli Auschwitz survivor

Israel Kristal, aged 112, succeeds Yasutaro Koide of Japan who died this month<p>The world’s oldest documented living man has been confirmed as an Israeli Auschwitz survivor living in Haifa.<p>Israel Kristal, aged 112 and 178 days on 11 March, was handed a certificate at his home by a representative of …

Norman Longmate: 'Dad's Army was a strikingly accurate portrayal of the Home Guard'

In his 1974 book The Real Dad’s Army, the historian Norman Longmate used the memories of ordinary people to document the impact of extraordinary events<p>The Home Guard was one of the strangest and least military armies ever formed – an improvised band of volunteers set up early in the second world …

The rediscovered wartime diary of a Jewish art critic who hid in a French convent

<i>A wartime journal written by a Viennese Jew hiding in a French convent is fresh and urgent, says Nicholas Shakespeare</i><p>In 2005, while moving house, Peter Singer discovered in his father’s attic, “amid the lace tablecloths and monogrammed dressing gowns”, the carbon copy of a manuscript he believed …

European History