WW2 Museum

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By: Merideth Hoggard

Welcome!

Welcome to Iowa's WW2 Museum. In our museum we feature many things that have happened in WW2. Such as a love story of Japan soldier William and United States nurse Rosaline, who struggle to keep their young live alive. As well as the ways that women influence America during WW2. The last artifact that is offered at our museum is the new machinery that was made in WW2.

William and Rosealine

One of the featured artifacts is the love story of William and Rosealine. They both were fighting in the war but on opposite sides. William was a soldier for Japan and Rosealine was a nurse repairing the ill for the Untied States. When Rosealine and William met, it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, since they were both fighting for the other sides in the war, their love was unable to blossom.

The two love birds first met when William was left dying on the field of pearl harbor, and Rosealine felt the compassion to help him even though he was on the other side of the war. Young William had never forgotten what Rosealine had done for him. Later William made letters for his love Rosealine confessing his love for her.

Rosealine and William met up a few months later on the outskirts of Honolulu where they discussed future life and agreed to get eloped in secret that night. They went to a small secluded area with a local priest and said their vows and then were wedded. They then discussed future plans and vowed to each other that as soon as the war was over they would move in together and start a family.

The months went on and more and more letters were sent. The love blossomed of the two and soon the war was drawing to the near end. The date was October 31st, 1945 two days before the was would come to the end. William had arrived early to his home in San Francisco. Rosaline was due to come home in a day.

September 1, 1945

Dear Mr. William Fritz

We are sincerely sorry to say that Mrs. Rosealine Fritz has died in combat as of 11:30pm today. We enclosed a few letters that we found in her belongings as well as her badges. Again we are sorry to inform you of this.

Sincerely,

General S. Jeremy

Rosealine died trying to save the survivors of the newest war. One day before coming home to her beloved husband William.

Role Of Women In WW2

American Women served a lot of different areas in the war, and this exhibit it shows how many positions they were in, along with some famous women from the war. It includes Women’s Airforce Sevices Pilots (WASP), Nurses with in MASH Units, and working in factories back home. These are just a few things women did during World War II.

Women’s Airforce Service Pilots was one of the lesser known roles women played in WWII, it pretty much was women who already had their pilot license became the first women to ever fly fighter jets in a war. When the first program started the commanding general of the U.S. Air Forces , Henry rnold stated, "[he wasn't sure] whether a slip of a girl coulg fight the controls of a B-17 in heavy weather." After the program was completed he revisited that statement and said, "Now in 1944, it is on the record that women can fly as well as men." Women were a huge part for in teh air aspect of World War II.

Women also severed in MASH Units. MASH stand for Mobile Army Surgical Hosipital. Women worked countless hours during the war to help teh wounded soldiers. Whether it was in surgery or post-op. The women pushed themselves daily. The men and women were in as much danger as the men on the front lines. Often times MASH units were very close to the front lines because they had to be near the injured. They were often bombed where it was on purpose or missed shells from the frontlines.

Before women entered the work force men were the only ones working in factories. However, the men alone couldn't keep up with the high demands. This led to women being brought in to the work force. With women working in the factories three jeeps were being produced every four minutes. Women also made bulllets, gernades, and most other machinery used during the war.

In conclusion, women were a huge part in World War II. The women, no matter where they were, worked hard to serve America. These ladies help show that women are more then just house wives and teachers. They were strong, independant, and free.

New Machinery In The War

War: a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state. When dealing with war you want the biggest and baddest new weapon right? Well in WW2 they wanted to have all the newest, and coolest weapons since it was literately a war in most of the world, some new and cool weapons were made.

One of the new technology was the radar system. The radar system was used to track air planes near you. Radar would give the soldiers and early warning of an incoming attack. Although back when radar was first used it wasn't as efficient as it is today. In fact, radar was used to give an early reading on the pearl harbor attack.

Another innovation in WW2 was the Jeep. That certain type of Jeep was invented by the U.S army. They wanted a vehicle that was low to the ground, quick, and can hold a lot. The typical Jeep could hold quite a few people as well a equipment. When they were designing the jeep they wanted it to be not an easy target. They tried to make a vehicle that was versatile.

One more thing that WW2 invented was the jerrycan. The jerrycan is like the gas can but more durable and versatile. The Germans were the ones to make this. Jerry cans are quite similar to a regular gas can but they are more reliable. Solders were allowed to carry 2 jerrycans.

In conclusion, the war had make tons of new innovations. There are many more than the ones I mentioned. Many idem that were created or mortified in the war are still around today. Such as radar and jerrycans. Seems like war helps create many different items for life today.

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