The good folks at Osprey Press have released an interesting new addition to their Elite series (Volume 161), The US Home Front 1941-45. Written by Florida-based Alejandro de Quesada, this book explores the major activities in America while the troops were overseas. It is useful as a broad look at the home front, and will whet the appetite for the reader to dig deeper into the specific topics of interest. No subject is covered in any real depth, but that is not the intention of the writer. He successfully presents a comprehensive overview of various aspects of life in an America at war.
Chapters include the following: Enemy Action & Homegrown Fascism, Home Defense & Pre-military Training, Patriotic Service Organizations, Humanitarian Organizations, Maritime Services, Aeronautical Services, The Workforce, and Children at War. As one has come to expect from Osprey, the color illustrations (by Stephen Walsh) are accurate and of value, and the photographs pertinent and fresh (the majority of these I had never seen before).
De Quesada explores a diverse array of topics, including looking at the State Guards (veterans who re-enlisted to defend their home states), Civil Air Patrol, Cadet Nurses, and other paramilitary organizations, as well as support networks such as the USO. Of particular interest are the depictions of the uniforms of many of these organizations – many of which have not previously been presented in popular literature. The book is available at leading retailers, including Target.com.
At 64 pages, this book is highly readable in one sitting, and will have you digging through the Internet for more information on specific organizations or groups of interest. This title is an excellent overview of America’s home front and is a worthy addition to the Osprey Elite line-up. The price is $18.95 in the US; $22.00 in Canada. The new book is distributed in the USA by Random House.
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