Winston Churchill came to office in Britain just before the outbreak of WWII, and he, just like other allied leaders, had to put politics aside to galvanize his countrymen for the war effort.
The sentiments of all of the allied powers heading into the war can be epitomized by the following passage from one of Churchill’s early speeches during the war:
Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France,
We shall fight on the seas and oceans,
We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our
Island whatever the cost may be,
We shall fight on the beaches,
We shall fight on the landing grounds,
We shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
We shall fight in the hills;
We shall never surrender.
The entire article which discusses Churchill and his poetic speeches can be found here.
I’m sure you have all seen this classic picture as it is still used frequently in popular culture, however you may not have realized where it came from! It’s a piece of US motivational propaganda from the homefront, imploring women to join the war effort by getting into the workplace to fill the void left by all of our soldiers fighting over seas. During World War II, women entered traditionally male jobs in large numbers for the first time in America, and this would have effects that far outlasted the duration of the war. You can read an article about the character pictured above, “Rosie the Riverter,” at the link here.
Welcome to the World War II blog! To get things started I’ve posted this video which give you a crash course overview of the war with some interesting storytelling, graphics, and details. While the creator does generally get his info and sources right, this shouldn’t be used as a source, but merely something to get you all thinking about the unit as well as thinking of ways in which you may want to tell your historical story throughout the unit’s projects. Please let me know what you think of it in the comments section, as I’d like to hear your thoughts on some of the points mentioned, as well as if you thought the video was enjoyable and useful for this class!