Bristol journalist to discuss World War II at Terryville library

January 5, 2012 by  

Bristol Press journalist Aaron Elson, will share what are sure to be captivating World War II stories gathered during some 600 hours of interviewers with WWII vets over a period of more than two decades. Elson, will appear at the Terryville Public Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 14.

Elson, a Bristol Press copy editor, has penned four books about WWII that have kept printing companies busy. He also started a website,, which contains a huge amount of interview, transcripts, stories, and first-hand accounts from WWII veterans.

World War II was one of the most devastating international conflicts in history. The war claimed approximately 50 million lives, including six-million Jews who died in Nazi concentration camps. Millions of soldiers and citizens also lost their lives. Although the war broke out in Europe in 1939, the conflict didn’t reach the west until 1941.

The U.S. was forced into World War II when Japanese attacked the American naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. The attack, which killed more than 2,300 troops, was completely unexpected.

The normal day-to-day routine among U.S. citizens was shattered when the country was thrust into the war.
Rationing food, clothing and gas became commonplace. Women were called to work as welders, electricians and riveters in defense plants.

Elson has compiled a variety of interviews into a themed audiobook entitled ‘Tales of Love, Food, Booze, Jumping Out of Airplanes, Meeting General Patton, and Winning World War II.’ Registration is requested, Call Terryville library at (860) 582-3121 to reserve a spot for the event.