When You Ride Alone, You Ride With Hitler! HTML version

When You Ride ALONE, You Ride With Hitler!
by Bill Edwards
 2012, Bill Edwards
Most authors are either workaholics (the successful ones) or terrible procrastinators (the
unsuccessful ones). I fall somewhere in between. I always had the desire and some ability to
write, but my passion was tempered by a need to support and take care of my family. Family
always came first and that was a trait I inherited from the characters of the non-fiction book you
are about to read.
While I was looking for some public domain material to place on my web site the other day, I
accidently came across a wonderful poster from World War II. It had a picture of a man driving a
1940‘s era car with a transparent figure of Adolf Hitler sitting in the passenger seat next to him.
The caption beneath both of them read, “If you ride ALONE, you ride with Hitler!” The message
was clear.
During World War II things like gas, meat and most vital commodities were rationed out to the
public so that the Armed Forces of the USA could be properly supplied to fight what became war
on a global scale. Gas rationing caused the government to encourage people to car pool or take
public transit to work and school. Posters like the one I saw were very effective in getting the
message out to people and a patriotic America responded by doing everything they could to keep
our soldiers well supplied.
Now in my fifties, I am obviously far too young to have lived through World War Two.
However, I was born late in the lives of my parents and that meant that most of my relatives
tended to be older. Many of them lived through World War Two and some were as anxious to
tell me about those days as I was to hear about them. Being an only child meant that by the time I
was eleven years old my best friends were books, a set of encyclopedias that my parents bought
for me and television. Those things ignited a spark of interest in me that has burned brightly all
these years and resulted in the writing of this book.
The late 1960s was a time when veterans and people that lived through World War Two had
experienced their fill of the social upheavals, anti-war protests and open rebellion that marked a
good portion of that decade. They were hungry to recall the simpler days of their youth, despite
the fact that it included a World War. Although terrible and costly in terms of human lives and
the utter destruction it caused, that war became a rallying point, object of nostalgia and time of
remembrance for people who lived through it. Recalling those days made those people feel they
were more patriotic and American than those burning their draft cards, bras or even our beloved
I was always a curious person. Once I started watching television shows which were built around
historical events, I was hooked. Because I lived less than a block from the elementary school I