A soldier addresses a group of women as he shares his experiences from fighting in the second World War. The women listen intently with their hands placed on their hips and give the soldier their undivided attention. Judging from their expressions, what the soldier is describing must be very serious and interesting.
Women played an important role under Mussolini-led Italy during World War II: namely, they were expected to bear lots of children. Larger families meant that more civilians could uphold the ideals of Mussolini and provide military force, thus giving rise to Mussolini's "Battle for Births." Women were expected to have as many as five children, and larger families were provided with tax benefits as an incentive. However, Mussolini's goal was largely unmet, with nearly 60,000 civilians perishing during the war due to multiple bombings led by British, American, and German forces.
Taken by George Sakata, a photographer featured on our website. George was a member of the infamous 100th Division 442nd Nisei Regimental Combat Team in WWII. This was the only Japanese American unit in WWII and was nicknamed the "Go For Broke" unit. The 442nd had a casualty rate of 93% and was awarded 21 Medal of Honors. Click here for more information on the 442nd RCB unit.