The US Home Front 1941-45

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Osprey's examination of the situation on the United States home front during World War II (1939-1945). The outbreak of World War II in Europe in 1939 led to cautious attempts to raise volunteer organizations among American men and women, to back the armed forces in the event of the USA becoming directly involved in the conflict. The attack on Pearl Harbor caused a huge surge of patriotic response, and voluntary enlistment in a wide range of auxiliary and civilian support services, as well as the armed forces, ...
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Overview

Osprey's examination of the situation on the United States home front during World War II (1939-1945). The outbreak of World War II in Europe in 1939 led to cautious attempts to raise volunteer organizations among American men and women, to back the armed forces in the event of the USA becoming directly involved in the conflict. The attack on Pearl Harbor caused a huge surge of patriotic response, and voluntary enlistment in a wide range of auxiliary and civilian support services, as well as the armed forces, swelled vastly. Looking first at the background and general character of wartime life in the States, Alejandro de Quesada covers the main services, providing an interesting comparison with the conditions on the British Home Front and the experiences of other countries caught up in the war, examining organizations from the Red Cross to the Coast Guard. Full-color artwork reconstructions of the uniforms of over a dozen services are a unique feature of this book.
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Editorial Reviews

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"De Quesada's snapshot of the America home front fills in the blanks and reinforces the idea that a nation's total commitment and undivided support is vital if it wishes to win a war." -World War II History (March 2009)

"Despite early unwillingness to combat Hitler there was a massive rallying to the flag after Pearl Harbor, and this extended to a large number of civilian support organizations... They're all described here, with their uniforms shown by a good selection of photographs as well as the excellent colour plates. Excellent reference for figure modelers! Recommended." -John Prigent, Internet Modeler (March 2008)

"It is useful as a broad look at the home front, and will whet the appetite for the reader to dig deeper into the specific topics of interest... He successfully presents a comprehensive overview of various aspects of life in an America at war... This title is an excellent overview of America’s home front and is a worthy addition to the Osprey Elite line-up." -Scott Mingus, Charge! (February 27, 2008)

"The back cover of The US Home Front 1941-45 noted that many of the organizations presented in the book are "quite forgotten since 1945". This effort of Alejandro de Quesada's is a rather good attempt at passing on the history of these auxiliary, patriotic, humanitarian, and other war-time organizations in the United States during the WW2 era." -C. Peter Chen, World War II Database (February 26, 2008)

"Overall another superlative book and one that is both an interesting and enjoyable read. I'm sure you will agree." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (February 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032080
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Series: Elite Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 976,284
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Alejandro de Quesada is a Florida-based military history writer, an experienced researcher and collector of militaria, photos and documents and runs an archive and historical consulting for museums as well as for films as a secondary business with a strong Military History content. He has written over 100 articles and over 25 books, including several for Osprey, and is a leading authority on Latin-American subjects. 

Author of the following Osprey titles to date: The Spanish-American War and Philippine InsurrectionThe US Home Front 1941-45Roosevelt's Rough Riders; The Bay of Pigs; The Mexican RevolutionThe United States Coast Guard during World War TwoSpanish Colonial Fortifications in North America.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     3
The impact of World War II: publick mood - saving and recycling - rationing - clothing - employment - sports - internment
Enemy Action & Homegrown Fascism     9
U-boats
Japanese shelling, bombing and balloons
The German-American Bund
Home Defense & Pre-Military Training     13
Office of Civil Defense
Reserve Officers Training Corps
Civilian Military Training Camps
State Defense Forces
Patriotic Service Organizations     19
United Service Organizations
Daughters of the Defenders of the Republic
American Women's Voluntary Services
Bundles for America
National Security Women's Corps
National Women's Council of the Navy League
Humanitarian Organizations     25
American Red Cross
Public Health Service
American Women's Hospitals Reserve Corps
Women's Ambulance & Defense Corps of America
Junior American Nurse Inc
American Field Service
Maritime Services     31
Army Transport Service
Coast & Geodetic Survey
Merchant Marine
US Coast Guard Auxiliary
Aeronautical Services     45
Air Transport Command
British Flying Training Schools
Civil Air Patrol
Relief Wings Inc
Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron
Women's Airforce Service Pilots
The Workforce     51
Civilian Conservation Corps
"Rosie the Riveter": Women Ordnance Workers
Women's Land Army
Children at War     54
Boy & Girl Scouts
Victory Corps
Select Bibliography     57
Plate Commentaries     59
Index     64
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