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May 4, 2016

Womenfolk on the home front in WWII

During the 1920s and 1930s, the Army and Navy limped from year to year on shoestring budgets that didn't include, say, development of a credible tank, or even maps of future operations areas—after Pearl Harbor they requisitioned 'em from the National Geographic. Woodpile Report

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 4, 2016 5:45 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Though the ROTC programs were established - ROTC officer Chester Nimitz dealt with complaints from the astronomy department by saying he would like an astronomy professor to teach celestial navigation.

IIRC, his diplomatic skills were tested as many universities considered military and naval academy grads to be lacking (especially Annapolis - I think it was not accredited) so getting accepted on campus, having one of the most difficult subjects - celestial navigation - sent off to another department, having them think they put one over on the Navy, and not letting that secret out until after he was long gone from there was proof that he was a better diplomat than 95% of Foggy Bottom and about as good a salesman as Donald Trump.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 4, 2016 7:52 PM

Regarding civilian support to the military: The 24th Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA (now the 3rd ID) was tapped for search and support/cleanup operations in Florida after Hurricane Andrew.

We had little in the way of road maps of the affected area.

The G2 shop made a call to AAA in Savannah and they immediately provided us with about 400 road maps from Fort Stewart down to Homestead Florida and environs.

Posted by: OldFert [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 5, 2016 11:19 AM

well they won't have to ask NatGeo for maps. They'll get them from Google.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 5, 2016 12:05 PM

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