Monthly Archives: July 2015

Who’s got my beer?

Saturday, July 31, 1943 Coffee rationing might be easing but where, Americans wanted to know, was the beer and other alcohol? As this picture shows, American civilians were experiencing a kind of de facto Prohibition as supplies of alcohol were … Continue reading

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Pope Pius XII and the Jews

Friday, July 30, 1943 “You speak of the Pope’s protests, however mild, about the bombing of civilians and also the treatment of the Jews,” Lois’ letter home continued. “I suppose the latter information would be printed in the Jewish papers … Continue reading

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Coffee wins!

Thursday, July 29, 1943 More coffee! In his speech last night (link below), President Roosevelt heralded the successes in Italy and spoke with confidence about the downturn of Axis fortunes. These announces alone would have been cheered. But, he added, … Continue reading

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Or maybe soldiers prefer beer…

Wednesday, July 28, 1943  While coke is helping Americans make friends around the world, let’s not forget the appeal of beer. In fact, the war food administration was very aware of the need to provide alcoholic refreshment and sent orders … Continue reading

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Coca Cola takes on the world

Tuesday, July 27, 1943  Il Duce (Mussolini) is out. Italians are suing for peace. True, Nazis have chosen new leader for Italy but they claim this is just a domestic issue. Looks like the Allies will shortly be marching into … Continue reading

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Wistful words from home

Monday, July 26, 1943 This letter from her mother must have made Lois feel very homesick: “My dear children and whatever it will be [she’s referring to me], Being that I feel quite cheerful so I will squeeze out of … Continue reading

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General Patton’s winning bet

Sunday, July 25, 1943 On July 18, General Patton bet Air Marshall Wigglesworth that he would be in Palermo, Sicily by the 23. It seemed a long shot because troops and armor hadn’t even begun moving in that direction. But … Continue reading

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