Attached is a photo of a very old Underwood mechanical typewriter. This is the same kind of heavy duty klunky typewriter that I learned to type on in 1939 and that later I used in the army during World War II. One had to really lean on the keys with a heavy impact. When I began trying to use an electric typewriter and later a computer keyboard it was very difficult to adapt to a light touch.
I was the only male student in my high school who was permitted to take a one semester typing class. Just before the Battle of Okinawan I was pulled from the infantry and assigned to 10th Army Headquarters because I could type. Very few young recruits could type at that time since the gender roles assigned typing to “girls”.
Most of the men I trained with went into the 96th Infantry Division which suffered 50% casualties in the first month of the battle of Okinawa.