Edited by Michael J. Birkner, with Grace Gallagher '22 and Rachel Main '22
Based on a body of 700 oral history interviews archived at Gettysburg College, Democracy's Shield relates the American military experience through the voices of those who served – from early awareness of the conflict in Europe and East Asia to the dropping of the atomic bomb, victory, occupation and homecoming.
The text is illustrated with images of artifacts from the library's Special Collections.
Table of Contents
Portents of War
Draft Status and Volunteering
Exams, Induction, Training
Heading to the Front
Attitudes about the Enemy
Race, Gender and the War Effort
Up in the Air
Connections with Home
Experience of Battle
Note on Sources
About the Editors
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Society
War in Focus
Credits and Illustrations
This is the publisher's version of the work. This excerpt appears in Gettysburg College's institutional repository by permission of the copyright owner for personal use, not for redistribution.
Birkner, Michael J.; Gallagher, Grace E.; and Main, Rachel I., "Democracy's Shield: Voices of WWII" (2022). Gettysburg College Faculty Books. 181.
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