Introduction Rhineland Bastard (German: Rheinlandbastard) was a derogatory term used in Nazi Germany to describe Afro-Germans, believed fathered by French Army personnel of African descent who were stationed in the Rhineland during its occupation by France after World War I. There is evidence that other Afro-Germans, born from unions between German men and African women… Read More
What was the War Brides Act (1945)?
Introduction The War Brides Act (59 Stat. 659, Act of Dec. 28, 1945) was enacted (on 28 December 1945) to allow alien spouses, natural children, and adopted children of members of the United States Armed Forces, “if admissible,” to enter the US as non-quota immigrants after World War II. More than 100,000 entered the US… Read More
What is a War Bride?
Introduction War brides are women who married military personnel from other countries in times of war or during military occupations, a practice that occurred in great frequency during World War I and World War II. Among the largest and best documented examples of this were the marriages between American servicemen and German women which took… Read More
What is Military Spouse Day (US)?
Introduction Military Spouse Day or Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day in the United States. Many United States citizens take this day to acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses of their Armed Forces. Each year, the US President normally commemorates this day with a ceremonial speech… Read More
Online Initiative to Help Military Dependents Find Work
An online initiative to help military dependants find work is going from strength to strengthdespite the disruption caused by Covid. The Forces Families Jobs website, which offers training and employment opportunities for partners and offspring of Service personnel, was set up in September 2019, some six months before the pandemic brought normal life to a… Read More
New Book to Aid Military Children
A Bespoke children’s book designed to help youngsters understand and process the thoughts and feelings associated with life in military families has been distributed to Army households in Stafford. The brainchild of Captain John Kennaugh (Royal Signals), the unit welfare officer at 16th Signal Regiment, the project was financed by a £10,000 grant from the… Read More
How To Execute a Military (House) Move
Moving to a new place can be difficult for any family, but it can be even more challenging for military families. The constant moves and deployments can wear on you – both mentally and physically. But there are steps that you can take to make the process easier – and in some cases, maybe even… Read More
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