Author: Kevin Huebler

Roosevelt extends working hours for war industries

The sounds of war production will ring out a few hours longer each week, thanks to a new executive order mandating a 48-hour work week from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The order, which is in effect until further notice, will apply to 32 “labor shortage” areas that Roosevelt listed. In those areas, the 48-hour week will apply to all employment, including retail stores, newspapers, and domestic servants. While the executive order lists only 32 labor shortage areas, the War Manpower Commission expects there to be a total of 102 areas with labor shortages. According to Deputy Commissioner of the...

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Big changes in baseball unlikely to keep fans away

By Kevin Huebler and J.P. Proulx The stars on the field are being called away to aid the stars and stripes , and what the professional leagues will have left when all is said and done we will soon find out. Stars like Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio and Pete Reiser are walking away from the game of baseball for the time being to join the fight against the Axis powers. Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizzuto, Hugh Casey. Three of baseball’s biggest stars have found themselves called away to bootcamp to train for battle. Joltin’ Joe Dimaggio, who is just...

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American Troops on Guadalcanal Celebrate Christmas with Turkeys and Sorties

The Christmas holiday is often a time for celebrations with family and friends, and for the men stationed on Guadalcanal it wasn’t much different this year. Except of course the sounds of gunfire and explosions. Gone are the days where the warring sides agree to a temporary cease fire to celebrate the occasion and break from the harshness of war. In its place, American military leaders launched a Christmas Eve attack on the Japanese air base at Munda in an effort to push the Imperial Army farther north in the Solomon Island chain. Navy fighters and B-24 Liberators took...

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First U.S. Air Raid On Italy Leaves Naples Harbor In Ruins

American B-24 Liberators out of North Africa lit up the Italian harbor of Naples with 100,000 pounds of explosives yesterday. After struggling for months to gain ground on the Axis powers in Northern Africa, the Allies recently began to push Nazi General Erwin Rommel’s forces back toward the Mediterranean. The advances have progressed far enough to allow the Allies’ to begin to shift the focus from North Africa to Italy, with the British R.A.F. pummeling the industrial areas of northwestern Italy, and leaving the southwest harbor of Naples to the Americans. Dozens of warships dotted the surface near the...

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World War 2.0 tries to imagine what the reporting of World War II might have looked like if the conflict were taking place today. Articles are based on information that would have been available to the press at the time, but they are written using contemporary journalistic style. The authors are all students at Seton Hall University, working with assistant professor of journalism Matthew Pressman.