Thursday WWII Hot Finds Newsletter March 10, 2016

March 10, 2016

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There are some auctions today that remind me of the hazards that pilots would have faced during the war. If mechanical trouble or enemy efforts forced the pilot to abort over foreign lands then the blood chit (one listed below) would have been used to try and communicate with the civilian population to render aid.

Some of us are getting kinda spoiled when it comes to navigating in the car. I have sometimes found myself turning on the GPS on a trip even when I don't need directions to keep up with how many miles to go. So with the German pilot's navigation map bag below it struck me what an incredible challenge it would be to navigate over the horizon in a propeller driven airplane in a war time environment.

I heard an interesting story on the radio last night that the United States was assisting the Russians in recovering important and historical documents that were stolen during the chaotic collapse of the Soviet Union. I wonder if they give out medals for that too?

My 7th graders have really enjoyed studying WWI but now it's time for us to move on. Every time I put together this block I'm reminded of some of the events we studied in that unit.

 

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