June 14, 2011
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Ohio State Lima professor featured on PBS ‘History Detectives’
Allison Gilmore, associate professor of history at The Ohio State University at Lima, will be the featured expert on the upcoming episode of PBS History Detectives, set to air at 8 p.m., Tues., June 28, 2011, on WBGU-PBS.
During this episode, History Detectives will examine what is thought to be an original propaganda leaflet dropped on Japan by U.S. bombers during World War II. The leaflet with Japanese writing and provocative war images was found among the belongings of a WWII veteran in Texas. A note taped to the box indicated that the contents of the box contained original propaganda and also that the veteran knew the woman responsible for creating and printing such leaflets.
Dr. Gilmore, serving as the expert on psychological warfare of World War II, filmed her portion of the investigation in Seattle’s Museum of Flight from the inside of a B-29, the same type of aircraft used over Japan during the war.
History Detectives is devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects. Each hour-long episode of History Detectives features three investigations that delve into family legends, local folklore and stories behind potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes, cities and small towns.
Dr. Gilmore’s area of expertise is American military history. She is the author of You Can’t Fight Tanks with Bayonets: Allied Psychological Warfare against the Imperial Japanese Army in the Southwest Pacific, a study of Allied propaganda operations designed to undermine Japanese military morale during the Pacific War. Professor Gilmore teaches courses on American history, military history, comparative Asia, and modern Japan. She was awarded the Ohio State Lima Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999 and the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2000.
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