Thanksgiving WWII style

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During World War II, the Office of Price Administration (OPA) instituted rationing, limiting the amount of goods, including food items, that civilians could purchase, affecting daily life and traditions on the homefront.

Despite the difficulties, dangers, and deprivations of the World War II era, Americans still gave thanks.

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World War II presented a hugely intricate logistics challenge in supplying our troops with food. During this time, soldiers subsisted largely on canned goods, dried fruit, and powdered eggs. But for Thanksgiving the supply chain went to extraordinary lengths by transporting over 1.6 tons of turkey to ensure the troops ate a traditional hot dinner.

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Officers of the 77Th Bomb Group and the 54Th Fighter Group celebrating. Thanksgiving with a dinner.

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Thanksgiving WWII 102nd Infantry Division.

 

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After receiving permission from the farm owner, these men, attached to an airbase at Norfolk, England, invade a turkey pen to choose their annual turkey day repast. The turkeys were given to the men for their Thanksgiving dinners”, November 6, 1943.

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Italy Nov 1944, probably the unit is the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion.

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No matter where they were or what hardships they faced, Americans still gathered together to celebrate and to give thank.

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