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The American Home Front
communityguy
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 03:23 AM UTC
Last night, I posted a long blog post I thought might be interesting to share here.

http://build.theworldwithme.com/raising-our-pitchforks/

Basically, my premise is that one area of WWII that has been radically underserved is the American Home Front. Cool vehicles, cool scenes, interesting "uniforms" from the volunteer corps, and even women and minority coverage. Image the possibilities!
Frenchy
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 04:11 AM UTC
Interesting post indeed Jake.

But as I read it, I must confess I couldn't help but think about this :



(maybe not the most accurate depiction )

H.P.



communityguy
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 05:02 AM UTC
Ha!

I didn't think about alternative history too! Maybe American *could* be under siege ....
Bellerophon
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 05:25 AM UTC
Jake, you're a thinking man's modeler!

It's a great subject. My once and future train layout is set during WWII.

The home front is where my parents and grandparents experienced the war. My dad remembered seeing disassembled P-47s going through town on flatbed trucks, and my mom remembers German POWs picking potatoes on the neighbor's farm. Most of us here in the states will have family stories like that, and we can readily visit sites that were significant to the war effort. The Frigidaire plant that built the TBM is a couple miles from my house, still standing.

Lots of grist for the diorama mill!
highway70
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 05:28 AM UTC
Good points about the neglected Home Front

Note that one of the photos - GMC truck with a house trailer is mid 1950's. - The truck is a 1955-59 model.
jowady
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 04:43 PM UTC
One of my Aunts worked in a factory that assembled "leave kits" for US Troops. She lived in fear that my Grandmother would find out that they included condoms. My Mom assembled mess kits, my Grandfather had German POWs working on his oyster boat. It was a different time, the commitment to the war was total. No new cars after 1942, rationing, saving bacon grease to make explosives, even steel pennies .i would love to see a figure set dedicated to "Rosie the Riveter"
sgtsauer
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 05:15 PM UTC

Quoted Text

Interesting post indeed Jake.

But as I read it, I must confess I couldn't help but think about this :



(maybe not the most accurate depiction )

H.P.






One of the best movies ever!! So hilarious!
sgtsauer
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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 05:20 PM UTC
As a serious reply though, you have a great idea. There were many tanks and aircraft that never were deployed to combat zones.

I'm reading a book right now called 'Armored Thunderbolt: The M4 Sherman in World War II'. The book references many prototype and short production run Shermans that were never sent to Europe or the Pacific. They were used in the US as training tanks.
Frenchy
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Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 01:56 AM UTC
In case you need inspiration for a Home Front project, just check out the Library of Congress period pics on Flickr. Some examples :

http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=8623220@N02&q=1942

Google-hosted LIFE pics are worth a look as well :

https://www.google.com/search?q=%09army+maneuvers+&q=source%3Alife&tbm=isch

After you click on a thumbnail to open a picture, don't forget to click on the new thumbnails on the bottom right of the page to get more results

H.P.
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