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Oral History Interview with George E. Fortenberry, September 24, 2003

Description: Interview with George E. Fortenberry, who is an Army veteran and college professor from Arlington, Texas. In the interview, Fortenberry discusses his experiences in the Southwest Pacific Theatre during his time as a member of the 112th Cavalry of the Texas National Guard during World War II. He also describes what it was like growing up during the Great Depression and attending various different schools in both Texas and Oklahoma. Fortenberry discusses why he decided to join the National Guard, and also his experiences in early basic cavalry training. During much of the interview, Fortenberry reminisces about many of his various assignments and duties while serving in the war. Among these discussed include his assignment as a clerk to the veterinary section, time in Fort Bliss and Fort Clark, his shipment overseas to Noumea in New Caledonia, his transfer to the Medical Detachment as a clerk, and his time in New Britain, New Guinea and the Philippines. Fortenberry also recollects about everyday life in the Southwest Pacific, and includes details on tropical diseases and combat-related psychological problems that many of his comrades suffered through.
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Date: September 24, 2003
Creator: Johnston, Glenn T. & Fortenberry, George E.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Oral History Interview with Thomas A. Chipman, May 21, 1999

Description: Interview with Thomas A. Chipman, who is a World War II veteran and restaurant business owner from Hill City, Kansas. In the interview, Chipman discusses his experiences as a medic and driver in the European Theatre during the war. He describes what basic training and his induction into the Army was like, and also talks a little bit about when he was sent to the Pennsylvania Military College to earn a degree in engineering. Chipman recollects when his battalion was transported to England and France in order to fight in several battles that included the Battle of the Bulge. He describes what it was like to stay in Europe, and includes details such as the attitudes toward battlefield carnage, the evacuation and transport of the dead and wounded, the capture of German prisoners-of-war, and civilian refugees. Chipman reminisces of the German surrender and his return to the United States, where he started a restaurant business career.
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Date: May 21, 1999
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Chipman, Thomas A.
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Newsmap. Monday, January 24, 1944 : week of January 13 to January 20, 228th week of the war, 110th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: USSR, Italy, Air war, Southwest Pacific, Burma. Map shows Allied advances during the week. Photographs: Cruiser U.S.S. Duluth shortly before being christened; Petty Officer Alex Holgate acknowledges a voice order during gunnery exercises; Bows-on view of a 10,000 ton Independence class carriers; Jungle training involving .30 caliber air-cooled machine guns; Italian refugees pass disabled American tanks; Italian battlescape near San Vitore; Allied Military Government officials question an Italian wheat farmer; Quartermaster Corps sort through a mountain of shoes and clothes to determine what will be reconditioned; Nazis from the Hermann Goering Division are led into custody by Pfc. Ira O. Creed, of Johnson City, Tenn. Back: [text and col. ill.]: German Army uniforms [field gray, tropical, mobile troops, mountain].
Date: January 24, 1944
Creator: [United States.] Army Service Forces. Morale Services Division. Army Information Branch
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, October 12, 1942 : week of October 2 to October 9

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Aleutians, New Guinea, Solomons, Far eastern waters, Russia, Mediterranean, Western Europe. Large world map is keyed to text and illustrates time zones around the world. Inset maps show Aleutian Islands; Southwest Pacific. Includes photographs: Nazi medium artillery field pieces, Long range patrol, Canadian paratroopers graduate, "Paratroopers train for action". Back: Convoy. 15 photographs with text describe a typical journey of a convoy of troops across an ocean.
Date: October 12, 1942
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, March 29, 1943 : week of March 19 to March 26, 185th week of the war, 67th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Tunisia, Air offensive, Submarines, Southwest Pacific, Russia, China. Large world map is keyed to text and illustrates time zones around the world. Inset maps show Gulf of Gabes region, Moscow region. Includes photographs: Counter attack at Kasserine, New Navy planes, Enemy hospital ship. Back: Gas. 5 gases are illustrated and described; Lewisite, mustard, tear gas, phosgene and clorpicrin.
Date: March 29, 1943
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, May 17, 1943 : week of May 7 to May 14, 192nd week of the war, 74th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: North Africa, Southwest Pacific, China-Burma, Plans, Aleutians, Russia Large world map is keyed to text and shows United Nations, Axis and Axis occupied areas, countries with Axis relations broken, and neutral countries. Inset maps: Shrinking battle lines in Tunisia; Crimea and surrounding region showing Nazi held territories. Photographs: Army-Navy expedition lands at Amchitka; Army gunner sets up AA defense at the westernmost U.S. air base in the Aleutians; Navy Seabees take shelter in foxholes; Allied soldiers line up for chow in almost knee-deep mud. Back: Text entitled "So he can fight!" describes the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.
Date: May 17, 1943
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, May 24, 1943 : week of May 13 to May 20, 193rd week of the war, 75th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Attu, Wake Island, Southwest Pacific, Russia, China-Burma, Air offensive. Large world map is keyed to text and shows United Nations Axis and Axis occupied areas, countries with Axis relations broken, and neutral countries. Additional maps: Mediterranean Sea; Areas held by Japan in the Kurile and Aleutian Islands. Inset map: Attu Island. Photographs: Mass production methods in the southwest Pacific mimic those of Detroit; Red Stars mark Soviet Air Force planes made in America; Nazis frisk Yugoslav peasants accused of guerilla activities Back: The not-so-soft underside [African victory].
Date: May 24, 1943
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, May 31, 1943 : week of May 20 to May 27, 194th week of the war, 76th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Aleutians, Western Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, Southwest Pacific. Map: Shows military activity in western Europe during the week of May 10 to May 27, 1943. Inset maps: Aleutians, Present fighting area in Attu. Photographs: Images of a Grumman "Wildcat" fighter plane taken from the escort carrier, U.S.S. Altamaha. Illustration: Advance on Attu. Back: You can crack that tank! Text and illustrations show how an infantryman can defend against an enemy tank.
Date: May 31, 1943
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, August 24, 1942 : week of August 14 to August 21

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Northern France, Air assault, Allied conference, Southwest Pacific, Mediterranean, Russia, North Africa, Aleutians, China, Brazil. Large world map is keyed to text and illustrates time zones around the world. Inset maps show The European theatre, Main area of operations in the Solomons, USSR. Includes photographs: Landing party; Commando glider; Last stop in North Africa; War in the heart of Africa. Back: China's Cadets. 10 photographs are accompanied by text.
Date: August 24, 1942
Creator: [United States]. Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, July 27, 1942 : week of July 17 to July 24

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Southwest Pacific, China, Aleutians, Atlantic, North Africa, Western Europe, Russia. Large world map is keyed to text and illustrates time zones around the world. Includes inset maps: China front, Russian front. Includes seven photographs. Back: Photographs show a variety of tanks utilized by the British Army.
Date: July 27, 1942
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, June 14, 1943 : week of June 3 to June 10, 196th week of the war, 78th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Plans, Russia, Italy, Far East, Southwest Pacific, Argentina. Maps: The Eastern Front; large world map shows United Nations, Axis and Axis occupied areas, countries with Axis relations broken, and neutral countries. Photographs: Gangway, I'm a choo choo train [Army jeep pulls a freight car] -- Member of Chinese Expeditionary Force trains at a U.S. Army base in India -- Soldiers move material into place to build a bridge -- Chinese soldier simultaneously receives immunization shots in both arms. Back: The Making of a U.S. Bluejacket. Text and 25 photographs illustrate the training of the Naval personnel.
Date: June 14, 1943
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, June 21, 1943 : week of June 10 to June 17, 197th week of the war, 79th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Mediterranean, Russia, Western Europe, Southwest Pacific, Submarines. Maps show the Mediterranean arena; New Guinea and northern Australia. Photographs: Thousands of gas shells at the ready in an American arsenal; Nazi Junkers 52 trimotor transports attempt to evacuate supplies to the European mainland from Tunisia. Back: Text and illustrations highlight possible diseases in the tropics and ways to avoid becoming ill. Discusses malaria, dysentery, and skin diseases.
Date: June 21, 1943
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, July 13, 1942 : week of July 3 to July 10

Description: Text describes action on various war fronts: China, Russia, Western Europe, Southwest Pacific, Convoys, Egypt, Aleutians. Large world map is keyed to text and illustrates time zones around the world. Includes inset maps: The sixth year of war in the China provinces; The Russian central front; Battleground of the Middle East. Photographs: British gliders; Lady drivers; The FBI walked in; Royal inspection; Southwest fighting bases
Date: July 13, 1942
Creator: [United States]. Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 233rd week of the war, 115th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Central Pacific, Southwest Pacific, Air war, Burma, USSR. Maps show air attacks from London to various sites in Germany; New Ireland; south Pacific; Truk Is. Includes photographs: "Island forts", Marine corps set up radio telephone sets at Roi Island, Leathernecks set up machine guns immediately upon landing, All-Negro Ninety-Ninth Fighter Squadron at Anzio, German prisoners disembark from an LST to a prison camp, wounded female Jugoslav guerillas arrive in Malta, General Sir Harold Alexander chats with Yank rangers near Cisterno. Back: Text states "In Mein Kampf, Hitler stated that his plan was to destroy France first, then England, after which he would have the United States cornered without a fight!."
Date: February 28, 1944
Creator: [United States.] Army Service Forces. Morale Services Division. Army Information Branch
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 234th week of the war, 116th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Western Europe, USSR, Finland, Italy, Southwest Pacific, Central Pacific, Burma. Maps show Current battle lines along Russian border and Rumania, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland ; Central Italy. Includes photographs: Dauga Airfield after 5th Air Force B-25 medium bombers leave Japanese planes destroyed. Japanese captured by U.S. Coast Guardsmen off Kwajalein. Lt. Eugune R. Hanks of Gibbs, Idaho in his Grumman Hellcat fighter. U.S. tank officer explains the target to Gen. Eishenhower while Air Marshall Tedder watches. Gliders built in England for the Allied Forces. U.S. combat cars await dispatch on a field in the English countryside. Field Marshall Rommel inspects Nazi fortifications. British soldiers near the Garigliano River. Three "Yanks" at the Anzio beachhead. Mortar crew of the 36th division below Cassino. American paratroopers capture Nazi snipers. Pvt. Robert Steinmetz of Pittsburgh with a mule he rescued from an Italian farm. Composite aerial view of Italian coast including Anzio and Nettuno. Back: Luftwaffe (German Air Force) uniforms. Text and illustrations of Flying Suits, Miscellaneous Uniforms, Parachutist Uniforms, Continental Uniforms.
Date: March 6, 1944
Creator: [United States.] Army Service Forces. Morale Services Division. Army Information Branch
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 235th week of the war, 117th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Western Europe; Southwest Pacific; Burma; Eastern front; Italy; U-boats. Maps: Burma: Burma map showing where Chinese and American troops are fighting; Burma map showing where Indian and British troops engage the Japs; Bismarck Sea; Insets: Manus. Includes 10 photographs. Back: Old sea dog learns new tricks; Anzio Harbor. Includes 12 photographs.
Date: March 13, 1944
Creator: [United States.] Army Service Forces. Morale Services Division. Army Information Branch
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 237th week of the war, 119th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Southeast Asia, Italy, USSR, Southwest Pacific, Central Pacific, Kuriles. Maps: Central Pacific; Cassino area; Burma. Insets: Cassino. Includes 6 photographs. Back: USS Ranger. 10 photographs and text illustrate recent operations.
Date: March 27, 1944
Creator: [United States.] Army Service Forces. Morale Services Division. Army Information Branch
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, April 5, 1943 : week of March 26 to April 2, 186th week of the war, 68th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Tunisia, Russia, Southwest Pacific, Air offensive, Aleutians. Large world map is keyed to text and illustrates time zones around the world. Inset map shows Tunisia. Includes photographs: troops receiving daily news summaries, bombers in flight, M-10 tank destroyers, and a German Mark VI. Back: British Aircraft. 19 aircraft are identified by sketch or photograph. Text provides description of each.
Date: April 5, 1943
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, April 19, 1943 : week of April 9 to April 16, 188th week of the war, 70th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Tunisia -- Southwest Pacific -- Russia -- Mediterranean. Large world map is keyed to text and illustrates time zones around the world. Inset maps show Allied drive in Tunisia -- Japanese controlled areas throughout the Southwest Pacific. Includes photographs: Helping Rommel's run [puppy stationed atop a Vickers machine gun] -- So he can fight (Staff Sergt. Hollers clerks at the San Angelo AAF Bombardier School in Texas) -- Blimp training. Back: Tunisia, map with inset showing location of Tunisia in the Mediterranean area.
Date: April 19, 1943
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. Monday, April 26, 1943 : week of April 16 to April 23 : 189th week of the war, 71st week of U.S. participation

Description: Text describes action on various war fronts: Tunisia, Raid on Japan, Southwest Pacific, Italy, Air offensive, Russia, Aleutians. Large world map is keyed to text. Shows United Nations countries, Axis and Axis occupied areas, countries with Axis relations broken, and neutral countries. Inset maps show Italy, Sardinia, and northern Tunisia; Axis held areas in Tunisia; Nazi held areas around the Sea of Azov. Back: Fox Holes: Dig!..Or Die! Photographs and illustrations describing proper fox hole preparation and use.
Date: April 26, 1943
Creator: [United States.] Army Orientation Course
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 238th week of the war, 120th week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: Eastern front, Burma, Western Europe, Italy, Southwest Pacific, Kuriles. Maps show Eastern Front; S. W. Pacific - Northern Bismarcks. Includes 9 photographs, 3 showing aerial incendiaries. Back: Southeastern Europe. Map.
Date: April 3, 1944
Creator: [United States.] Army Service Forces. Army Information Branch
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Newsmap. For the Armed Forces. 240th week of the war, 122nd week of U.S. participation

Description: Front: Text describes action on various war fronts: USSR; Air war; Southeast Asia; Central Pacific; Southwest Pacific. Maps: Burma; Dutch New Guinea/ North-East New Guinea/ Papua./ Relief shown by shading. Includes 6 photographs. Back: Are the folks at home backing us up? . . . . Text describes war bond purchasing on the homefront. Includes illustrations.
Date: April 17, 1944
Creator: [United States.] Army Service Forces. Army Information Branch
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department