“Football! Navy! War!”: How Military Lend-Lease Players Saved the College Game and Helped Win World War II
Not coincidentally, football employs military terms associated with war, such as “aerial attack,” “blitz,” “field general,” and “trench warfare.” Beyond providing essential jargon, by necessity and choice the military linked with colleges during World War II to preserve the game and keep schools from closing, and utilized football’s rugged physical, mental, and competitive conditioning to prepare men for combat, boost morale, and help win the war.
The Journey Continues: The World War II Home Front is the natural sequel to the author’s first volume on this subject, the highly acclaimed, nationally distributed book, A Sentimental Journey: Memoirs of a Wartime Boomtown, winner of the North Carolina Society of Historians 2003 Willie Parker Peace Book Award.
A Sentimental Journey is a social history of the life and culture on the Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina home front. The personal story of a burgeoning community, it is the first book covering a specific geographic area this extensively.
Arming the Eagle is a military history of the United States presented as a series of essays, or snapshots, of chronological periods. They tell the story of how American weapons systems were researched, developed, and produced, and the notable processes, managers, leaders, and organizations involved, and how weapons from those periods were fielded in combat or to further national interests.
Jones’ book Gyrene: The World War II United States Marine, was recently used as a “technical reference manual” to help train actors in filming the Dreamworks-Spielberg-Hanks production “The Pacific,” which filmed in Australia and the South Pacific. “The Pacific” was an award winning HBO mini-series released in 2010.