Letters from World War II

During World War II the men and women were given the opportunity to communicate with their family and friends through letters. They did not have cell phones, email or text messages! They had to use pencil, paper and good ol' fashion stamps.   

A note about mail in the 1940s:
"Letters were a great comfort. And the mail was indispensable. We couldn't have won the war without it. It was terribly important as a motivator for the troops. Mail call, whenever it happened, was a delight".  ~ Paul Fussell

Source: http://www.pbs.org/thewar/at_home_communication_letters_diaries.htm

JUST A NOTE: My Grandfather was drafted for the Korean War in the 1950's. He wrote many letters to his mother who lived in Four Oaks, North Carolina. Things he talked about in his letters: weather, boot camp, the (terrible) food & how he missed his family.

LET'S LINK THAT TO TODAY: The BIGGEST change we see is HOW we communicate around the world. We use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat) to stay in the loop with what is going on around us. We are STILL communicating with each other, we just do it in a different way.

Discussion Questions:
1.) HOW do you communicate?
2.) What is the BEST way to reach you? (cell phone, text message, email, face to face?)

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3 years ago

Thank you for taking the time to read about the 'Letters of World War II' and make the connection between how our military communicated with each other compared to today. What a different 60+ years make!!

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