Blogging from the 1940s

By Kasey Greer

So I had every intention of writing about some brainstorming I did as a result this week’s readings.  But that will have to wait until later in the week, because when I checked my Feedly I found something more important (or at least a bit cooler) to highlight.  For Veteran’s Day, the Navy Times ran an article about a WWII soldier whose diary is finding its place on the blogosphere.

According to the article, Charles F. “Chick” Bruns kept an (illegal) diary during the time he spent in Africa and Europe during the war.  In 2012, his son John Bruns started transcribing them and adding them to a blog called 70yearsago.com.  He posts each entry 70 years to the day after his father wrote it.[1]  This allows readers to see the war through the eyes of a soldier in the 7th Army, 3rd Division, and 10th Combat Engineers.

Interestingly, John Bruns explains in the article that his father’s writings seemed to naturally fit the blog style, making it seem like he was blogging from the past.  This is especially interesting in light of our class discussion about how digital documents might correspond to analog documents for a future historian.  Additionally, Bruns said he chose to make a blog rather than a book because of the lack of publisher interest in the project.[2]  That makes this a real life example of how the digital world opens up the number (and quality) of resources readily available for researchers.

But Bruns does not stop with just the simple transcription of the diary.  He includes several sections that give more background on his father, including one that talks about his participation in Honor Flights.  Bruns also has a page with photographs of letters and scrapbooks from his father’s service.

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Source: Piecing Together History  

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