topic Recalling WWII



   Richard, this is the way I recall it.

   In early September in 1940 ,we heard on the radio that Hitler's troops had marched through the Danzig corridor through Poland after some bombing raids. Poland was completely defenseless and was soon overrun by the German troops. We were all very fearful by this turn of events. I remember how perplexed we were, and had our little radio on all the time to learn what is happening. Then the Germans kept bombing and marching through Europe. Even Austria capitulated in short order. It was hard to believe that all of Europe was going to be made powerless by the forces of the German troops.

   We listened to William L. Shirier every night with his news on "This is Berlin". Then we started hearing the famous oratory of Winston Churchill and how he encouraged the British to keep fighting . By that time England was being bombed daily. I will not relate too much on this. I'll leave that to historians and their accounts of the great writers who wrote volumes.

   Supplies

   We started supplying England with airplanes and food supplies and materials of war. Our fliers would get to Canada and proceed to fly the planes across to England. Our Merchant Marine did a fabulous job of transportation and being plagued by the German submarines.

   We were in a state of indecision. When would it happen here? Well, we know Pearl Harbor got us into the most disastrous war. And I know that Roosevelt knew that we were going to be attacked. Yes, he did, no matter what the historians say.

   Then we had the rationing here for meat,sugar,metals, aluminum, tires, anything made of rubber,because the Japanese had taken Indonesia and got all had control all the rubber trees. There was an aluminum drive here at the Winn-Dixie market at the corner of Elysian Fields and Gentilly and I sent all the aluminum pots I could spare. Ronnie and Warren brought them to a large bin at that location. 1940's WWII rationing Raymond sugar

   We had a harder time with the meat. Gaston would try to get meat every day, and he was disappointed when we couldn't get any. I remember walking to the butcher at Jasmine and Franklin right next tot Mr. Robert's Drug Store and the butcher said "No meat today. If you came back at two,we might have some." So back we went for two o'clock with my three little boys,and pulling Richard in the red wagon, three long blocks. We got in line for meat. (I don't remember ever being in line before except to go to Confession. By the way, what happened to those lines? It was a good time to review your sins and prepare to make a good confession.) Well,it so happened that the only meat left was Hog's liver... So we went back home and had hog liver for part of our supper. NEVER AGAIN would I ever taste hog liver again for the rest of my life. That was ENOUGH. Sometimes we'd get fish and chicken and always had eggs for Friday.

   One time my brother, Raymond, drove in from Baton Rouge to bring is some sirloin steaks. That was a rarity. He heard from the relatives in Vacherie that we had such a hard time getting meat. We always had sufficient food but it was just the meat ( which Gaston missed so much if we couldn't get any.

   We had more than enough sugar stamps because so much was allowed counting the children ,so when there was a family wedding I would give them some stamps for the sugar to make the wedding cakes.

   Our refrigerator broke down just about this time and we could not get it fixed or buy a new one. None were available. So my brother-in-law Wilfred took out the electric elements out of the refrigerator and we were able to buy blocks of ice from th iceman, just like we did when we were first married.

   Besides trying to get ready to fight this tremendous WAR, and all the preparations, we had to contend with the "Isolationists". They opposed the war and one of them was Lindbergh who had been such a hero to the Americans for flying nonstop to Le Bourget Air field in France. These confusing messages made war preparations harder.