Author: Benjamin K.

Life in the U.S. Army Air Force

With news of a successful raid by the American Army Air Force on the mainland of Japan, many people have questions about the military’s air division, despite the lack of information regarding the raid from sources in Washington. News of the bombing—which is rumored to have been devastating to the morale of the Japanese government and citizens—was obtained only through observing Japanese media outlets. While details about the daring attack remain shrouded in mystery, it is possible to learn more about the airmen themselves. What kind of training do they undergo? What challenges do they face? Most people know that the process is...

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Soldiers Trapped in Bataan Face Long Odds

A dark cloud is looming over the heads of many American and Filipino soldiers trapped in the Bataan Peninsula of the Philippines. The soldiers have been forced back by Japanese attacks, being routed southward toward the sea. Manila has been left devastated, and it is unlikely that these troops will be able to take back the city without support. Support, however, is unlikely to come. With a Japanese naval blockade guarding the entirety of their Oceanic territory, the possibility of sending American ships to the Philippines becomes unlikely, as the islands are deep within these waters. No ships will...

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Chaplin’s ‘The Great Dictator’ Remains a Hit

It may seem strange to review a movie that is already several years old, but some movies have a certain alluring nature about them. Some movies can not only make us laugh but also allow us to better understand the world we live in. “The Great Dictator” follows the paths of two men: one, an unnamed Jewish barber, and the other, a dictator by the name of Adenoid Hynkel. The barber spends the movie fighting and arguing with men clearly representing Nazis in Chaplin’s classic slapstick comedy method. Hynkel is the halfwit leading the nation of Tomania, allows infighting...

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German Submarines Reach American Shores

The German government appears to have held true to their declaration of war on the United States, sending many of their u-boats to the Eastern shores to attack navy and merchant ships. As of Jan. 31, 11 ships have fallen prey to hits from German torpedoes, most recently being the American oil tanker Rochester. The survivors of the attack have been picked up by friendly ships, and will be returning home shortly. These attacks will likely increase in number as the war goes on, with the number of casualties climbing exponentially. Submarine attacks have occurred all across North America’s Atlantic waters,...

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Japanese Bombard, Occupy Manila

Manila, the capital of the American Filipino territory, is officially under control of the Imperial Japanese military. The Japanese attack on the Philippines began only hours after  the bombing of Pearl Harbor, with aerial bombing followed by an invasion force. Much of the initial onslaught focused on Manila, and the capital has been reduced to little more than rubble, with few areas remaining habitable. This act of aggression suggests that Japan will show little heed for humanitarian concerns in their advance through Asia. Manila was declared an open city by General Douglas MacArthur, head of the U.S. Army in...

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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.