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Disney Cartoons During World War II

Disney Cartoons During World War II

Did you know that the Walt Disney Company participated in a positive way during the war effort in the 1940s? During World War II, Disney cartoonists created thousands of specialized insignia for individual military units in the Armed Forces.

Read more about these insignias in a USNI News article here.

In addition, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has another article on the contributions of Walt Disney Productions here.

Samples of insignia illustrations can be found here.

For a more comprehensive and colorful look at the 1,200 insignias, you might want to check out the books titled, Disney Don’s Dogtags by Walton Rawls or Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War by John Baxter. Both of these show the artwork that helped build the morale of the troops during the war.

During World War II, everyone seemed to step up and help our troops. People used their talents to support each other.  Walt Disney found a creative and fascinating way to contribute to our military history.

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by Andrea M. Page (Pelican Publishing Company 2017)

Order on your copy at Pelican’s website click here.

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Read the Kirkus Review here.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up—This well-documented title vividly brings to life the story of John Bear King and other Sioux code talkers during World War II. What makes this nonfiction text unique is the painstaking detail the author, the great-niece of King, took to research actual coded messages in military archives and transcribe them into the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota languages. Page consulted not only scholars in this field of research but also native Lakota speakers. The perspective of the Lakota and their cultural values are carefully woven into the narrative, which recounts their history with white settlers from the 1800s to the advent of the Second World War. Page provides a balanced account of the Lakota, who, in spite of numerous broken treaties with the U.S. government, always fought to defend their homelands and the United States. The book is engaging from start to finish, with a well-written text that is enhanced by period photographs and reproductions of significant documents. VERDICT A valuable work for teens studying code talkers and American Indian contributions to the U.S. victory in the Pacific theater.—Naomi Caldwell, Alabama State University, Montgomery

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