My name is Ron Kloth and I started WorldWar2.Blog because I wanted to provide an entertaining, accessible and informative history of World War 2.
I’ve been interested in WWII history since even before elementary school. My Dad was in the navy in World War II in the Pacific and also was in the Korean War and I grew up hearing of his stories. I remember asking for a camouflaged bike for my Christmas gift when I was in Kindergarten and when others were drawing pictures of who knows what I was drawing pictures of B-17’s, P-51’s and Messerschmidt 262’s. I grew up watching Combat, 12 O’Clock High, Garrison’s Guerillas, Hogan’s Heroes and of course all the great movies, The Great Escape, The Longest Day, 633 Squadron, The Bridge at Remagen, The Dam Busters, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and of course later ones like Tora, Tora, Tora, Midway, The Battle of Britain, A Bridge Too Far, Saving Private Ryan and the television miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
Over 5 decades later and I am still interested in it. I’ve tried to explain (for myself and to curious readers) why I’m so interested in this topic, and I can’t come up with an answer.
Everyone has their “things” I guess. It’s just something I’ve been innately drawn to, as horrific the war was. Why, oh, why couldn’t I have just been a ski coach or a craft beer enthusiast? I think I could even be a pretty great teacher if I put my mind to it? The world may never know.
As far as WWII travel goes, I can track my interest back to my first trip to Hawaii in 1994. While there I visited the Pearl Harbor memorial site in Honolulu. It was then that the desire to visit the places I’ve read about in so many books and seen in so many movies really struck me.
Since then, I’ve visited many WWII sites abroad and my must-visit list continues to grow. World War II may have ended in 1945 but it’s still very much a part of my life and travels here in the… 2020s?
I moved to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany in 2018. From here I can use this beautiful location as a home-base to explore the many historic World War 2 sites in Europe.
ABOUT WORLD WAR 2 BLOG: WW2 | MY MISSION
World War 2 Blog: WW2 was formed from a desire to encourage readers to visit WWII sites around the world and to help people learn about the global conflict. In doing so, I hope to help people understand this incredibly complex time in history–and the millions who lost their lives–to not be forgotten, especially among younger generations.
Through this website, my goal is to help you discover, learn about and possibly help you with tour planning to visit these sites yourself and to get the most out of them that you can–through research, logistical assistance, inspiration, and more.
MORE ABOUT ME
I am an American currently living in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany and am also the owner of Europeantravel.blog, and may launch a third site called Airlinetravel.blog when air travel returns to normal.