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"The Desert Battalion" and Mrs Edward G. Robinson

Discussion in 'Women at War' started by Jba45ww2, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. Jba45ww2

    Jba45ww2 Active Member Patron  

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    I might be stretching the "Women at War" post but in my opinion it is warranted with this grouping.
    I am sure most people who have studied WW2 have heard of the Hollywood Canteen and the great things Hollywood and its stars did for the men in uniform. There also was another little known Hollywood group that was lead by Mrs. Edward G. Robinson who brought girls out to the dessert for dances and entertainment of the troops.

    I was lucky enough to get her entire scrapbook collection documenting the creation of "The Desert Battalion". It includes hundreds of letters and pictures from ordinary soldiers to the President of the United States. When I saw the grouping it was being just thrown in a pile and not given the respect it truly deserved. It is my only "non military" grouping but in my opinion one of the most important because of what they were doing,

    They would also hold a dance at a place named "Casa Dorinda" in Montecito Ca. There are hundreds of signatures of serviceman that attended on these beautiful grounds. It has now been turned into a very high ended independent living apartments. She also wrote a small book that I have a copy that she would hand out when visiting hospitals etc. Based on the letters the drawings were done by Disney but he did not want any credit for the work.

    Very interested in hearing your feedback regarding the work Mrs Robinson and these women did..
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    That's really cool find. Glad to see it found a good home.
     
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    I can't believe this was being gotten rid of. Glad you "rescued" it. I'm sure it will find a good home in your collection.
     

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