Montana’s Home Front During World War II – inside the book

Montana's Home Front During World War II
Montana’s Home Front During WW II

Take a look inside the book Montana’s Home Front During World War II. Presented below are a few sample pages typical of the book’s content, including pages on the history of Billings during the 1940s. Also included is a page on the design of the battleship USS Montana (which was never built), and information on other ships (Liberty ships, Victory ships, and warships) with a Montana connection. Another page shows a map of the ALSIB air route from Great Falls to Siberia, along which thousands of warplanes were ferried to the Soviet Union. The third page details the tragic story of the eleven Montana State University football players who died during the war, the worst casualty rate among any American collegiate football team.

Billings during the 1940s
Page 13 – Billings, Montana during World War II

Montana’s Home Front During World War II contains profiles of 16 Montana cities and towns during the war years. Billings was the largest city in the state

USS Montana and other ships
Page 75 – USS Montana and other ships

The USS Montana was designed as a new class of battleship, and if it had been built it would have been the largest and most heavily armed US battleship. Due to the need for more aircraft carriers and the decline in importance of battleships, proposed construction of the Montana was cancelled in 1943.

Page 78 – The Alaska-Siberia air route from Great Falls to the Soviet Union


Page 147 – MSU Bobcat football team 1940-1941

Montana State College in Bozeman lost nearly every member of the 1941 football team during the war.

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