Escape and Evasion files at the National Archives

Today's post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Escape and evasion files are firsthand accounts of a military personnel's escape from behind enemy lines. In World War II, thousands of U.S. troops crashed in Nazi territory and had to evade capture or escape from German prisons. The National … Continue reading Escape and Evasion files at the National Archives

1924 round-the-world fliers complete their mission

At 1:28 p.m. on September 28, 1924, two planes landing in Seattle made history. The Chicago and New Orleans had flown 26,345 miles in 66 days to become the first airplanes to circumnavigate the globe. Four planes had started the journey on April 6, but the Seattle and Boston had been forced down over Alaska and … Continue reading 1924 round-the-world fliers complete their mission

Facial Hair Friday: Handlebar mustaches are not authorized

In the U.S. Army of 2010, the regulations state that mustaches are limited to men, and the length and shape of the mustache itself is severely limited: "Mustaches are permitted; if worn, males will keep mustaches neatly trimmed, tapered, and tidy. Mustaches will not present a chopped off or bushy appearance, and no portion of … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Handlebar mustaches are not authorized

Private Babe Ruth

Today's post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. George Herman "Babe" Ruth was no exception to the military draft that took place during World War I, but as fate would have it, the Great Bambino's number was never called. Still, "Babe" Ruth managed to serve his country. Eighty-six … Continue reading Private Babe Ruth