Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Battle of Kasserine Pass

Sunday, Feb. 28, 1943  Clabe Sherman:  you probably don’t recognize the name. He was the 38-year old first sergeant from Tennessee who led an assault on the German forces entrenched on a hill at Kasserine Pass, North Africa. “Find out … Continue reading

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Poland in Russia’s crosshairs

Saturday, Feb. 27, 1943 Yankee bombers raked the German sub base of Wilhelmshaven as the Allies carried the war in earnest to Axis soil even as Rommel continued pulling back in Africa. In the Pacific, the Army released the names … Continue reading

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Ways to S-T-R-E-E-E-T-C-H Rationing

Friday, Feb. 26, 1943 Just in time for Friday night dinner, Mary Meade offered recipes to stretch meat rations. One was to substitute fresh fruit and vegetables so you can hold onto the rationed canned goods. Fresh fruit n February? … Continue reading

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“Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman”: Cinebaloney!

Thursday, Feb. 25, 1943 Representative Clare Booth Luce had inadvertently launched a meme when she said “Globaloney.” The word was morphing to serve all kinds of purposes, as in this scathing review of “Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman” with Bela Lugosi, … Continue reading

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Machatunim at Peace

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1943 “All is quiet on the political front,” my mother wrote to Mim. “I guess we really got too excited about it. But you know how it is – we’ve had our share already and it’s tough … Continue reading

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Pregnancy Update: End of the First Trimester

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 1943 My mother was jubilant as she entered her second trimester. At 29-years old, she had been apprehensive. She was considered somewhat elderly for a first-time mother. But now she was eager to share her experiences with … Continue reading

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What Does A Baby Need?

Monday, Feb. 22, 1943 In 1943, The answer, of necessity, was “not much.” Wartime privations and rationing forced expectant parents to consider a baby’s needs very carefully. What does a baby really need? Diapers and diaper pins, for sure. (You … Continue reading

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