10 Famous Actors Who Served In World War Two
When war erupts, we all know that the Military plays a key role in protecting our countries. Even so, a good number of patriotic citizens have in the past offered a hand by serving the nation during the time of war.
Celebrities, for instance, participated in some of the deadliest conflicts in human history; World War Two.
World War Two
Despite the fact that this war was characterized by massacres, genocide, bombing, premeditated death from starvation and diseases as well as the use of nuclear weapons; some famous personalities from the entertainment industry soldiered on for this battle.
The war which lasted from 1939 to 1945 remains to be one of the global wars recorded in history books.
It was marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China.
Although the war began with Nazi Germany’s attack on Poland in September 1939, the United States did not enter the war until after the Japanese bombed the American fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941.
This war is believed to have involved more than 100 million people from more than 30 countries.
In the efforts to stabilize their nations, there was a blur distinction between civilians and the military considering that people were willing to offer their services.
Role Of Celebrities In The World War Two
Celebrities have a huge following and they count as people of influence. For this reason, most of them used their popularity to mobilize people to participate in the war.
Some of them were physically present on the battlefield, offered services to facilitate the war and others were spies.
They all risked their lives for the freedom and peace of their countries and the human race at large.
Here are some of the actors who served in world war two.
When war broke out, Niven who was in Hollywood traveled home to Britain to re-join the army he had served in during the 1930s.
He later served in one of the top ranks as a lieutenant-colonel.
The creator of Captain America, Spiderman and Avengers was not just a hero in the comic industry but is equally known for his service in the army during World War Two.
Although he was not among those who went out to the battlefield, his assignment was repairing communication towers.
Stan Lee used his writing talent to help in the creation of training videos for soldiers as well as training manuals. After the war, he resorted back to full-time comic book writing.
Towards the end of the war, popular comedian and actor Mel Brooks joined the US Army.
At the age of 17, Brooks was among the youngest serving personnel in the army. Brooks served as part of the engineering team, diffusing land mines ahead of troop advances.
Movie star James Stewart joined the US Air Force in 1941. He started off by first participating in recruitment drives, including radio appearances and propaganda films.
Also known to have flown and commanded many bombing missions and continued serving the air force even after the war.
Douglas served as a communications officer in anti-submarine warfare. Being a victim of war injuries, he was discharged in 1944.
In 1941, Jason Robards served in the US Navy as a radioman 3rd class aboard the USS Northampton.
After completing high school in 1943 Newman joined the US Navy and served as a radio operator and turret gunner on aircraft carriers in the Pacific theatre.
With his exceptional skills, he also trained replacement combat pilots and aircrewmen.
Sir Alec Guinness
Served in the Royal Navy from 1939. He commanded a landing craft in the 1943 invasion of Italy.
He later became an arms supplier to Yugoslavian Partisan fighters.
Although women back in WWII were assigned to roles as nurses; some were willing to perform more challenging tasks like being spies.
Audrey helped the Dutch Resistance by giving secret dance performances in order to raise money as well as by delivering messages and packages.
She was among the youngest women serving in the war and had achieved quite a lot before turning 16.
After the war, Audrey was committed to promoting humanitarian efforts to protect those less fortunate than herself.
She was a spy for the resistance and was even awarded for this dangerous work.
Baker also sheltered refugees and delivered secret messages including military intelligence.