“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.
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.