President Franklin D. Roosevelt Explains War Strategy to America, Fireside Chat Feb. 23, 1942

President Franklin D. Roosevelt Explains War Strategy to America, Fireside Chat Feb. 23, 1942
In February, 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Americans to get a world map before his "Fireside chat" heard over the radio. He said, "I'm going to speak about strange places that many have never heard of ... places that are now the battleground for civilization." Photo from the Library of Congress and Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Welcome to

Japanese attack at Ford Island, Battleship Row,
at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7th, 1941
Photo from US Navy and Wikimedia Commons
(The photo was originally taken by the Japanese.)

Welcome to this journal called I have had an interest in World War 2 history from my youngest days. Part of this interest came from a personal fascination with history in general -- where I could travel in time to another world -- and another part came from a more specific interest in military history -- something very dramatic which often determined the fate of nations.

But another source of interest specifically in World War 2 came from listening to my parents, my aunts and uncles, and their generation. They typically never called it "World War 2," they called it "The War."  They called it The War even while another war -- in my case the Vietnam War -- was still going on. That was the significance of WW2. It was The War. It dominated their lives for years after Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan surrendered in 1945.

This journal is an attempt to discuss some of the key events of The War. Hopefully, it will encourage the readers to research the history for themselves and read more about it, watch instructive videos and films, or just think about it all, its devastating magnitude, and talk with friends about the importance of those terrible war years.

If you like, please leave a comment on my blog. I plan to have a spot on Facebook in the near future too. I will attempt to answer any questions as well.

Thank you for reading.

Adrian McGrath

Photo of Ford Island attack at Wikimedia Commons.

No comments:

Post a Comment