I thought I’d share some traditional Thanksgiving recipes with you, courtesy of TM 10-412 – Army Recipes – 15 August 1944. Sadly, the holiday snuck up on me, so I didn’t have time to see if I had an original menu from WW2 in our collection. I will make sure to go ahead & start looking for Christmas menus soon!
Very few, if any combat troops got a Thanksgiving dinner this nice. (probably NONE!) I’m sure there were more than a few soldiers who did get a meal like this, especially soldiers serving stateside. FYI, all recipes are for 100 servings. If your family gathering is smaller, you will need to adjust accordingly! Continue reading Thanksgiving Dinner 1944
These photos were included in a bag along with the “with the WACs from Manila to New Jersey” letter and photos that we posted earlier. We’re not 100% sure they’re from the same WACs, but it makes sense. Some of these were inscribed with captions, others were stamped with location names. We’re guessing that the inscribed ones are personal photos, and stamped ones are purchased photos. Continue reading WACs in Manila
This is a neat collection of photos that a WAC send to a friend after the war. She traveled from Manila to New Jersey. They crossed the Pacific Ocean on the Evangeline, landed in San Francisco, and rode a train across the US to Fort Dix. She numbered all the photos and included a page of captions. We hope you enjoy! Continue reading With the WACs from Manila to New Jersey
According to the inscriptions on the back, these photos are from Fort Benning in March of 1941. Continue reading Paratroopers at Fort Benning 1941
We can thank Robin for this gem! She’s got quite the keen eye when it comes to spotting unique sets of photos at antique sales & militaria shows. We don’t know which maneuvers this is from, but we guess they may be from the Louisiana Maneuvers in 1940 or 1941. Continue reading Louisiana Maneuvers Photoset