Ok, something is seriously lacking when your thirteen-year-old daughter asks who Hitler is. So, this week we’re doing a blitz study of World War II. We’ll start with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and work through D-Day to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the surrender of Germany in May 1945. (It was May, wasn’t it?)
Of course, I expect to start reading, share the atrocities, and then finally hear from her, “Oh, THAT Hitler.” Because there are so many others we could have meant, right?
I plan to use this website so that I don’t miss anything major. I think as I work through the “blitz”, I’ll plan a more in depth study of it later. They’ll be familiar with it anyway. Along with going over basic events, significant people, and how it affected the world, we’ll watch a few movies of the time. I’m thinking one per day. Among them will be…
- The Enemy Below (submarine movie with Robert Mitchum)
- To Hell and Back (The Audie Murphy Story)
- Stalag 17 (Special Collector’s Edition)
- Patton (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition)
- On the Double (a fictionalization of an American soldier impersonating Montgomery.)
As for books, we’ll read the wonderful story by Elizabeth Enright, Thimble Summer.