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Paper Proposal
Robert M. Oglesbee (Oglesby) enlisted at the age of nineteen at Fort McClellan, Alabama

in 1943. Before the war he lived on Blakeley Island and worked as a clerk and laboratory

technician. After enlistment he enrolled in the Army Specialized Training Program engineering

course at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. At the age of nineteen he received aviation

training at Keesler Field and the Army Air Forces 30th College Training Detachment at Xavier

University Cincinnati, Ohio. He was killed in action on January 19, 1945. Oglesbee was buried

in plot D row 15 grave 51 at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Henri-Chapelle,


In order to get a full insight into the life of Robert M. Oglesbee I would like to research

his early years (elementary school, activities he was involved in), if possible his day to day life

as a soldier and events that occurred during his time as a soldier. I believe by knowing his early

years I will get a better perspective of what influenced him to enlist. His day to day life will

allow me to understand how his time was as a soldier. Did he enjoy being a soldier? How was he

treated? Did his view of the war shift during his time as a soldier? Events that occurred during

his time as a soldier are bound to give me insight into his position in the war. Why was he in

Belgium? What was happening in Belgium at this time?

Works Cited

Gillick, Muriel R. Once They Had a Country : Two Teenage Refugees in the Second World War.

University of Alabama Press, 2010. Accessed 30 Jan. 2022.

Meredith H. Lair. “The Education Center at The Wall and the Rewriting of History.” The Public

Historian, vol. 34, no. 1, [National Council on Public History, University of California

Press], 2012, pp. 34–60, https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2012.34.1.34.

Stein, Gertrude. Reporting World War Ii. Literary Classics of the United States, 1995.

Toll, Seymour I. “REMEMBERING THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE.” The Sewanee Review,

vol. 122, no. 2, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014, pp. 270–82,


World War 2

After the Second World War ended, in the famous Nuremberg Trials, the Allies (British, French, Americans, and Soviets) prosecuted twenty-two of Nazi Germany’s military, economic, and political leaders for their crimes against humanity. Others, like Hitler, escaped justice by committing suicide. But they alone were not responsible for carrying out the Holocaust. Many others assisted them in a variety of ways. First, explain what the Holocaust was and how it was ideologically, politically, socially, and/or economically linked to the Second World War. Second, explain who else was responsible for carrying out the Holocaust. Why did so many individuals abandon their fellow human beings in the name of collaboration? What different forms did collaboration take? To what extent were collaborators and collaborationists equally responsible as their German counterparts for supporting and seeing the “Final Solution” to the end? Finally, while some chose to collaborate, others chose to resist, bravely opposing the Nazis. To what extent did resistance movements undermine the war effort and the Holocaust? Can a history of the Second World War be written without acknowledging their role in the war?