Christmas 1941 came just weeks after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor dragged America into World War II. We talk to historian Stanley Weintraub about how America was getting ready for war while trying to celebrate the holiday season.
Stanley Weintraub talks about one Christmas, in 1944, when American soldiers spent a freezing holiday fighting for their lives against during the Battle of the Bulge
Synopsis: Seventy-four years ago this month, the U.S. was attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbor, drawing the country into World War II. We talk to an author and historian about how FDR, Churchill, MacArthur and others planned for the war during those few weeks before the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Host: Gary Price. Guest: … Continue reading 15-51 Segment 1: A Pearl Harbor Christmas
Synopsis: It was right after Thanksgiving in 1950, when U.S. troops found themselves out-numbered by North Korean and Chinese soldiers in the frigid and unforgiving terrain near the Chosin Reservoir. The enemy destroyed the bridge over a 4,000-foot-deep chasm that was their exit to safety, but it did not scare off the brave men who … Continue reading 14-52 Story 1: A Christmas Far From Home
Synopsis: In the winter of 1914, British and French soldiers spent their days hunkered down in cold, wet trenches, battling the German army which was dug in only 75 yards away. World War I was one of the bloodiest -- and some say the most unnecessary -- wars in history. Yet, one event occurred … Continue reading 14-51 Story 1: The WWI Christmas Truce