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US Army non-commissioned insignia layoutA Simple Guide to WW2 Insignias

USA WW2 Insignias - Non-Commissioned

It is a sad fact we live in a copy and paste society and one wrongly altered caption changes the context of an image.

We may know a little about our 1940’s tunes but, if like us you are a novice to WW2 history, understanding rank insignias is certainly a great starting point to identify and verify information. We have put together a simplistic guide to rank insignias with the first in our series being non-commissioned US Army insignias.

Please note there were colour variations of the insignia dependent on the type of uniform/season and the images shown are representative.

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1940s Radio Station BroadcastYour Personal 1940s Music Set Request

The age of the Internet makes a mockery of time zones and we know by your emails 1940s Radio has circumvented the globe. You can imagine scheduling becomes an issue so we are extending the olive branch.

Online Music Set Request

From a single track to a complete set, you can now listen to what you like when you like, more or less. We have put together a simple form where you can submit a single track or a complete set list. A set list would need to cover 5, 10 or 20 songs along with the artists name and track title. This gives us 15, 30 and hour long slots which we can patch together for continuity.

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Orson Welles terrifies nation with broadcastThe Power of Radio Broadcasting

The Media Machine during WW2

Radio was hugely popular in the 1930’s and with sets readily available to the masses through mass production listening figures were high. Its influences were unmistakable after the famous Orson Welles’s broadcast, “War of the Worlds”, Halloween, 1938.

Late Tuners did not Hear the Disclaimer!

Orson Welles introduced an original adaptation of the classic science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, alien invasion “War of the Worlds”. The adaptation started as normal but was interrupted by news reports of an alien invasion as per Orson Welles script. Unfortunately for those listeners that had tuned in late and did not listen to the disclaimer the reality was somewhat different and consequently mayhem ensued.

George Orwell BBC PresenterPsychological Warfare and Radio Broadcasting WW2

It was no secret radio was going to play a major part in communicating with the general public during the ensuing conflict. On the flip side, there were misinformation broadcasts by the German Propaganda Machine which began on 18th September, 1939 and hosted by Lord Haw Haw.

We were entering a new age of Media Psychological Warfare, one that all sides would abuse to its maximum potential. Listening to BBC broadcast in occupied countries carried the death penalty and owning a radio in Poland was outlawed although a special Morse Code Service was transmitted for localised printed distribution.

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ARP Warden setting daily blackout timesDarkness falls over Great Britain

BIG Ben plunges into Darkness

It will be 5 years and 123 days before Big Ben lit up again. Everybody was prepared for the worst, but turning the countries lights out finally drove home the reality of war with sweeping blackout restrictions which would be enforced rigorously.

Blackout Big Ben in DarknessAir Raids Were Inevitable

With proven advancements in technology the Air Ministry had warned the risk of air raids was inevitable with high civilian casualties and indiscriminate bombing. This triggered the need to introduce blackout controls with heavy curtains or shutters required on all private residences and commercial premises.

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