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The Home Front

The Home Front was crucial to the war efforts.


During the time he was in Europe, John's wife Joelmae and all the extended family tried to follow as best they could the news of where he and the other soldiers in the family were fighting.

Jo remembers following John's outfit on the map only to learn that she had been misled along with the Germans!

When the "Mystery Division" was revealed as the 12th Armored, she knew that John was much further into Germany than they had thought.

It was obvious that he had been a part of the leading edge of battle and had seen some truly tough fighting.


The Home Front was crucial to the war efforts.

Rationing had become a way of life for all Americans as precious resources were directed to the fighting fronts.


Ration coupons for staples and groceries.


Rationing at home meant more resources could be sent to the soldiers in the fields of battle. Domestic manufacturing could be retooled to build the machines and weapons that the forces overseas could use.

In many ways, it was the superior resources available to the Allies, along with their own integrity and ingenuity, that helped achieve victory.

This site was originally published for John's 75th birthday in September, 2000.
It was revised and updated in 2011 and again in this responsive form in 2020.
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Photo credits:  Unless otherwise indicated, all photos on this site
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Certain photos are reproduced courtesy of the Franklin Roosevelt Library.
Official Army photos by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. are reproduced
from the original booklets and materials.

The photo of the "Marine Devil" ship is courtesy of Bruce T. Doll,

All graphics, photographs, and text on this site are ©2020, David P. Crews, unless otherwise noted.

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