Month: June 2011

Gangster Squad – 1940s Los Angeles

Gangster Squad (the movie) is based on a series of 2008 articles in the Los Angeles Times by Paul Lieberman, and looks at the true story of an LAPD unit formed in the mid-1940s to fight back at the growing influence of the Mafia coming in from the east coast. It was a police squad with the blessing of a "no holds barred" approach to running the mob out of Los Angeles. They were issued To... Read More »

Alaska Territory During World War II: 1942-1943

Alaska was made a territory of the United States in 1912, (given statehood in 1959) and was considered American soil during the 1940s and World War II. An important battle in the Pacific ocean, the Aleutian Islands Campaign is mostly forgotten because it took place simultaneously with the Battle of Guadalcanal, as well as the Battle of Midway. While often overlooked, it is... Read More »