The movie “Hacksaw Ridge” is about a true story involving Desmond T. Doss, a pacifist who trained as and served as battlefield medic during World War II. Desmond Doss saved the lives of 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa all without bearing arms or killing a single enemy. This portrayal of courage shows that not everyone in war is focused on killing, there is more than just taking lives and losing it. Saving lives is just as much of a battle. This source also tells the story of Desmond fighting for what he believes not only on the battlefield but at home. After threats of court marshalling from his commanding officers for "refusing orders" after he respectfully refuses to be trained on how to use and fire a weapon, he is persecuted in an American military court but is found able to serve as a combat medic on the battlefield without any means to defend himself. MLA Citation: Gibson, Mel, director. Hacksaw Ridge. Hacksaw Ridge, IMDB, 4 Nov. 2016, www.imdb.com/title/tt2119532/.
The photos in this photojournalism album focus on photos that "we will remember". This does not necessarily mean all of the photos are of the brutal warfare but it includes photos that gave Americans hope and tell a story of either pain, conflict or love. Photos such as the statue of liberty and soldiers being reunited with their families show hope and love. Photos including battlefield warfare and the pain of soldiers on the battlefield show courage. Photos of the Nazis in Nazi Germany and the people who lived in places that they occupied they show conflict. These are the photos that we will remember from the war that tell more of a story than just killing. MLA Citation: Cosgrove, Ben. “World War II: Photos We Remember.” Time, Time, 19 May 2013, time.com/3638649/world-war-ii-photos-we-remember/.
In this opinion article published by the Washington post in May 2015 the author talks about why Americans “Love” World War II. He points out that WWII united us as a country because of the incredible 12.1 million American men that served in the conflict. He makes a point of the huge mobilization of the United States military involved almost everyone in America. Almost every family had someone serving in the military at the time, people who did not serve often worked in factories making ammunition, clothing, planes, tanks, or one of the other countless items needed for American troops. Women had new opportunities seeing as such an incredible amount of men went to serve, they had to take their place in keeping the country running. I think that because the majority of the country was involved in the war effort in some way, it was widely supported and the victory by the United States in World War II was a victory for everyone. The war united our country, it didn’t matter the color of your skin or if you were rich or poor, everyone was involved and unified. MLA Citation: Samuelson, Robert J. “Why we love World War II.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 13 May 2015, www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-we-love-world-war-ii/2015/05/13/0fe235cc-f981-11e4-9ef4-1bb7ce3b3fb7_story.html?utm_term=.c7e41457a85e.
This political cartoon shows what could be assumed to be Adolf Hitler melting down the German people and “pouring” them into the mold of a Nazi. This portrayal shows that Hitler’s goal was to make a “perfect” mold in which everyone in Germany and the world would have to fit into. Hitler believed that the Aryan Race was above every other race in the world and his end goal was to expand his empire by using his Nazi mold that his people would have to fit into or they would face incredible consequences. MLA Citation: http://mrsyancie.blogspot.com/2013/05/world-war-ii-political-cartoons.html
This source was a British poll which polled the public on their view on whose fault the war is. The results show that the British people put all of the blame of this war onto Nazi Leaders and the German people. War guilt was laid onto Germany and its people claiming that the entirety of the war was their fault. This source shows the sentiment in Britain at the time was that Germans were at fault for the deaths of millions. MLA Citation: GALLUP, GEORGE. “WAR GUILT LAID TO NAZI LEADERS.” The New York Times, 13 June 1942, timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1942/06/13/87706596.pdf.
This article posted in the NYTimes in late December 1945 is a news brief about Nazi executions carried out by the Russians in the city of Bryansk, Russia. Two Nazi were executed by hanging after being convicted as German War Criminals for wartime atrocities. This trial was carried out by a military tribunal. This news brief was intended to educate the American public on the trials and justice of German War criminals after the unconditional surrender of Germany in May of 1945. MLA Citation: “Two Nazi Generals Hanged By Russians.” 31 Dec. 1945, timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1945/12/31/95795754.pdf.