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Gremlins, Foo Fighters, book reviews, even Lena the Hyena. Here are the sidebars to history. Interesting, wonderful stories, myths and mysteries. The best of the books about the war years - then and now.

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The word "gremlin" is now part of the English (American) language. Gremlins have become part of a rich American folklore. They are malicious little ill-humored gnome-like creatures with supernatural powers — able to walk around on B-17 wings in flight or work their way into a carburetor through the gas line. First heard of during the Second World War, they were responsible for unexplained and/or unexplainable mechanical failures mostly in aircraft and mostly in B-29 engines, even in-flight.There are many scholarly opinions about where the word and the legend came from, such as: "They were, perhaps, a blend of Irish gruaimín, a bad-tempered little fellow (from Middle Irish gruaim, gloom, surliness) and goblin." In fact, they sprang fully grown from the fertile minds of American fighting men trying to make some sense of a world gone mad. Semi tongue-in-cheek articles were written about them in many war time publications. They were, at times, taken seriously — at others, with the usual wry laughter that accompanied GIs in battle. The word is now used to describe most any inexplicable mechanical failure. They, "Gremlins," can always be blamed when all else fails.

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Official FOO-Fighter Records Revealed

The famous foo fighters of World War II were bright balls of light, about a foot in diameter, of different colors, that appeared mostly over Germany to both German and Allied pilots. Although the Foo Fighters could maneuver around and through bomber formations with apparent ease, they were nuisances rather than physical threats. Most of the Foo Fighter reports made by Americans came from the 415th Night Fighter Squadron. Recently a microfilm roll containing the Unit History and War Diary of the 415th was obtained from the U.S. Air Force. We quote below three incidents found on Frames 1613 and 1614. The year is 1944:

"December 18. In Rastatt area sighted five or six red and green lights in a 'T' shape which followed A/C thru turns and closed to 1000 feet. Lights followed for several miles and then went out. Our pilots have named these mysterious phenomena which they encounter over Germany at night 'Foo-Fighters.'

"December 23. More Foo-Fighters were in the air last night . . . In the vicinity of Hagenau saw two lights coming toward the A/C from ground. After reaching the altitude of the A/C they leveled off and flew on tail of Beau (Beaufighter---their aircraft, Ed.) for two minutes and then peeled up and turned away. 8th mission---sighted two orange lights. One light sighted at 10,000 feet the other climbed until it disappeared.

"December 28. 1st patrol saw two sets of three red and white lights. One appeared on the port side, the other on starboard at 1000 to 2000 feet to rear and closing in. Beau peeled off and lights went out. Nothing on GCI scope at the time

"Observed lights suspended in air, moving slowly in no general direction and then disappeared. Lights were orange, and appeared singly and in pairs. These lights were observed four or five times throughout the period."

There is no evidence as yet that any of the World War-II combatants had anything in their arsenals that could have accounted for the foo fighters.

(Greenwood, Barry; Just Cause, no. 32, p. 1, June 1992.)

Comment. If the foo fighters were a natural phenomenon, one would expect at least a few modern reports from the thousands of commercial and military aircraft in the skies.

From Science Frontiers #83, SEP-OCT 1992 . © 1997 William R. Corliss

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Wally Hoffman's sighting from a B-17 over Germany

Editor's Note: Even the term "Foo Fighter" is just one more example of the amazing sense of humor that American fighting men maintained during this period of extreme stress. Later the term foo fighter deteriorated to mean any unidentified flying object and was somewhat discredited. The term is now used to describe most any UFO sighting from that era. The term "foo" came from a popular comic strip of the times called "Smoky Stover." Smoky Stover was a firefighter who periodically experienced various funny adventures. The artist, Bill Holman, liked to print the word "foo" hundreds of times in every unlikely place on his drawings. If anyone knows why, please pass it on.

A contemporary, Basil Wolverton (creator of the strip Powerhouse Pepper) is something of a cult figure now and is still very popular among his fans. Try an internet search to find a lot of fun sites about him. Even better, visit his son's web site at www.wolvertoon.com/toons. His son shares his father's cartooning talent and sense of humor. Perhaps his greatest claim to fame was his drawing of "Lena the Hyena." Lena was a character in Al Capp's very popular comic strip called Li'l Abner. Lena was sooo ugly that anyone who saw her was immediately driven mad. No sane person, therefore, could tell you what she looked like. In the forties, Capp ran a nation-wide contest to see who could draw the ugliest Lena. Basil Wolverton won hands down.

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Basil Wolverton's Lena The Hyena

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Poll Results
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Here are the results of our two week long unscientific poll about the age of our readers (11-26-00 to 12/09/00). I expected (and indeed they started that way for the first few days) that the readers would be older. For the first few days the Silent Generation led followed closely by the GI Generation. It now appears that, like the rest of the Internet, younger folks lead in usage. At first I was disappointed that the youngest was third from bottom until I thought it through. The "D" Generation Age group is so truncated at the lower end. That is, there are fewer one year olds reading the site that the first ages of each other group (19, 40, 58, or 75).

According to Strauss and Howe, authors of Generations, The "X" Generation is more like the "Lost" Generation (named by Gertrude Stein and picked up by Hemingway in The Sun Also Rises) than any others so maybe it isn't surprising that they read Kilroy.

There was a single click on "Lost" Generation indicating that one person voted who was 100 years old or older. To the one who clicked the "Lost" Generation vote and if you are, indeed, a member of the fabled "Lost" Generation, please contact Kilroy Was Here.

Is there a real statistician there? If so, tell us what this means.

Aircraft Recognition Slides

Aircraft Recognition! Of vital importance from the Battle of Britain to the Cold War. A/C spotters from childhood to combat had to recognize aircraft, enemy and friendly, instantly. This is an actual A/C recognition set of slides used by the USN through 1955. These were flashed on a screen for 1/30 second. Students had to recognize type, country of origin, and general flight characteristics.

A common practice in those days, when individuals complained that it was impossible to see so much so quickly, was to secretly include a slide of a pin-up nude. After she was flashed on the screen, students were able to describe every detail of her anatomy. There was no longer any argument about being able to recognize A/C so fast.

These slides were in use in 1955. There is some deterioration so some have been "enhanced." Some are cropped because the original showed a very small image that had to be recognized and some have been enlarged. They are now sorted according to identification. Imagine these flashed at random and you expected to identify them.

Group #1 A3D SkyWarrior to British Attacker
Group #2 B-35 Flying Wing to Badger, USSR Jet Bomber
Group #3 Bear, USSR Bomber to C-82 Packet, US Army Transport
Group #4 F-100 Supersabre to F-11F Tiger
Group #5 F2H-1 Banshee to F7U-3 Cutlass
Group #6 F-89 Scorpion to FJ-4 Fury
Group #7 Flashlight, USSR Fighter to MD-450, Ouragan French Fighter
Group #8 Meteor British Jet to R3Y Tradewind USN Patrol
Group #9 R7V-2 Super Constellation to Victor British Jet Bomber
Group #10 Vixon DH110 British Jet Fighter to YAK-15 USSR Jet Fighter

Castle Film's
"Epic Pictures of World War II."

These remarkable pictures were donated by Bob and Elizabeth Cook, antique dealers in Florida. They are dated 1945 and consist of 48 slides starting with "Sept. 1, 1939 Germans Invade Poland." and finished with "Japan's Surrender" (September 2, 1945). Some are familiar like "Japan's Surrender" but some you probably haven't seen before. These pictures, set in chronological order, constitute a short history of WWII.

If you want to keep one or all, simply right click on the picture and select "Save Image as" (Netscape) or "Save Picture as" (Internet Explorer.)

Group 1. "Sept. 1 1939 Germans Invade Poland." through "Germans Enter Paris."

Group 2. "June 28, 1940 French Surrender at Compiegne" through "Dec. 8, 1941 U,S. Declares War on Japan."

Group 3. "Singapore Surrenders" through "Battle of Santa Cruz"

Group 4. "Casablanca Meeting" through "First Daylight Air Raid on Rome"

Group 5. "Quebec Conference" through "Americans Invade Marshall Islands"

Group 6. "June 6, 1944 D-Day. Invasion of Normandy" through "Hitler at the Front"

Group 7. "Churchill, Roosevelt arrive at Yalta" through "Russians and Americans meet at Elbe (Apr. 1945)."

Group 8. "MAY 7. 1945 Germany Surrenders at Reims" through "Japan's Surrender! (Sept 2, 1945)"

WWII Kilroy Was Here gremlins foo fighters  Lena the Hyena  Patton WWII Memorial Book Reviews  PattonPictures of Patton keeping his promise.

"Another General would take a month. I'll piss in the Rhine in a Week."

"I drove to the Rhine River and went across on the pontoon bridge. I stopped in the middle to take a piss and then picked up some dirt on the far side in emulation of William the Conqueror."

"Dear SHAEF, I have just pissed into the Rhine River. For God's sake, send some gasoline."

"On receiving instructions to bypass city of Trier because it would take four divisions to capture: "Have conquered city of Trier with two divisions. Do you want me to give it back?"

WWII Kilroy Was Here gremlins foo fighters  Lena the Hyena  Patton WWII Memorial Book Reviews  PattonAnd for the much maligned Texas Aggie:
"Give me an army of West Point graduates, and I'll win a battle. Give me a handful of Texas Aggies and I'll win a war."

-- General George S. Patton

Click on the picture for larger view.

Quotes from Mike Province of The Patton Society Click here for more information on one of our greatest Generals!

WWII Memorial

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On April 29, 2004, they opened the World War II Memorial. On May 29, 2004, Memorial Day weekend, they dedicated the memorial. This is the first to honor the 16 million who served in the armed forces during WWII.

Click Here for details.

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 Recommended Books about WWII and The Korean War

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Flags of Our Fathers

By James Bradley

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James Bradley

Book Review:
Written by Robert L. McMahon, 23 February 2001

No, this isn't John Wayne and "Sands of Iwo Jima". This is a story of American youth and a time of American innocence.

Who were these six young, skinny kids in this photograph? The photo itself went on to become an icon of the 20th Century, but the men have remained largely six enigmatic figures against the horizon. Three of them would never know what impact this photo, and their actions, had on a country. The three survivors would know only too well.

It's with heartfelt appreciation as a former Marine that I thank James Bradley for taking on this very personal and very emotional subject. His father, PM2C John Bradley, USN was truly made of greater stuff than most folks. His son's book is one of the most fitting tributes to a father's memory I could ever imagine.

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Adrian Swain

 The Time of My Life

By Adrian Swain

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This was indeed the time of his life and what a life it is! The title includes the words "Memoirs of a government agent from Pearl Harbor to the Golden Triangle." My interests, however kept me mesmerized through the WWII part. With matter-of-fact casualness Swain tells of having his B-17 shot down over occupied France. With understatement common to "The Greatest Generation," he details escaping with the help of the French Underground and of a personal greeting from the Pope after working his way back though the Vatican in liberated Rome. Any of these adventures, including the parallel story of escape and evasion by his tail gunner, would make a book on its own well worth the price. But the tale continues from WWII through another tour in the Air Force, the FBI, the CIA, DEA, and the war in Viet Nam. We will all love reliving his rolling reminders of the details of the 50's from Salk to Hula Hoops to the U-2 incident

Swain's story starts with Basic training in 1944 with details ranging from the familiar "Take all you want but eat what you take" to saltpeter. Then on to B-17 training at Hendricks Field in Sebring, Florida. Later, like so many incongruities, he was qualified to fly a B-17 but could not legally drive a car – no drivers license!

Although the book ends on a sad note (the loss of his beloved wife Phyllis) it is, throughout, an upbeat and optimistic life story and well worth the price of admission. You can get your copy by e-mailing him at: adianno@aol.com .


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See Here Private Hargrove

by Marion Hargrove

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Text of back cover:

The purchase of War Bonds is similar only to the march of medical science in that its goal is eventually to make itself unnecessary.

This is a war which, for the first time, the forces of world progress and individual liberty are pitted against barbarism and retrogression in the most desperate battle of all history. It is the deciding struggle.

Every nickel spent in the purchase of War Bonds is a new rearmament for democracy and dignity of man.


Book Review
See Here, Private Hargrove
1942, Marion Hargrove, author

by Jay Robert Cook

I recently picked up this book at an estate sale. If you have ever been in boot camp or if you would find interest in what it was like from a private's perspective in the 40's, it is well worth the effort to track down a copy.

Private Hargrove enters basic training bewildered by the new rules, language, and chores he must master. He unpacks army rifles covered with grease, pulls KP, suffers bumpy rides under a canvas topped lorry, empties ashes from coal fired ovens, and shovels "vitamin deposits" left by the cavalry. He is definitely a $21 a day once a month man; but, like thousands before him and since, he conforms with good humor and becomes a proud and loyal soldier.

I had trouble identifying with Hargrove as I wasn't even born when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor; but, I did perceive through all the antics and tales, the making of young men fully capable of "giving em hell" as they rolled out of the train station for battle overseas.

Has anyone out there ever heard of the "selective retirement system"? Hargrove mentions the drafting of soldiers back into civilian life, but never explains how or why it was done. It apparently had nothing to do with years of service as he describes a Corporal who was sent home after five months of duty.



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SS Leopoldville Disaster,
December 24, 1944

by Allan Andrade

"‘Hey, I'm alive!' Drew blacked out. When he came to, he found himself on a beach, naked protected only by a raincoat thrown over him. He heard a faint voice  ‘Throw him in there too.' Drew, rWWII Kilroy Was Here gremlins foo fighters  Lena the Hyena  Patton WWII Memorial Book Reviews  SS Leapoldvilleealizing that they thought he was dead, yelled." This is just one of many harrowing tales of a life and death struggle resulting from the SS Leopoldville sinking. SS Leopoldville Disaster, December 24, 1944, by Allan Andrade (The Tern Book Company., $21.95) is the story of this troopship loaded with American troops being rushed to the help in the Battle of the Bulge. It was sunk barely five miles from shore taking with it 763 American servicemen.

The book consists of many short stories detailing individual accounts of the disaster. Even the Introduction has 38. These were compiled from hundreds of interviews and research. Andrade includes many actual copies of letters. Perhaps the most moving are letters from parents to their sons before they knew they were dead. One story in particular is very moving: "Lt. Gene Barwick died that night. They never recovered his body. Each Christmas Eve reminded Barwick's parents of his death. His young bride eventually remarried and had two children but 20 years after her first love's death, she took her own life on a Christmas Eve."

Many who died were only 18 to 21 years old and came from 47 of the (then) 48 states. All are listed by state in the In Memoriam Section at the end of the book as are the survivors.

This disaster was kept secret for many years. It was understandable during the war but not so afterwards. Allan Andrade has done a service to the nation and to the families of those lost with his book. It is well done, and an easy read — well worth your time!

Note: Those of you who reside in NYC, check out www.queenslibrary.org. Click on "Programs for Adults" where you will see the June schedule. Allan will be giving his slide lectures and display of Leopoldville memorabilia. He was consulted for the History Channel's Leopoldville show about the disaster. See www.historychannel.com then click on "All Exhibits."

You can contact the author directly at: agandrade@earthlink.net or order the book from:
Amazon Books

Barnes and Noble

See Tony Leone's commants on the Leopoldville



 Bent Wings,
F4U Corsair Action & Accidents: True Tales of Trial and Terror

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To order Bent Wings, F4U Corsair Action & Accidents: E_mail Fred for his address. fblechman@juno.com. He'll send a soft cover copy to anyone in the USA, autographed as directed, for $18 postpaid, no sales tax. Hardcover editions are available from the publisher, Xlibris (toll_free 888 - 7XL IBRIS) for $25 plus shipping. For more information on the book, go to: xlibras or BentWings or call him at (818)346-7024, 9AM_5PM Pacific Time.

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Fred "Crash" Blechman

This is a book as unique as its subject, the F4U Corsair. It offers insiders’ knowledge with real larger-than-life characters and is told with insight, detail and humor — lots of humor. The author claims Japanese Ace status having damaged, destroyed or otherwise put out of commission five American fighting aircraft. He adds, “and after over 30 arrested carrier landings, I learned to drive a car.” In training, upon being told it was time to solo, the instructor said, “You tried to kill me enough times, now try it with a check pilot.” The book features 43 stories by ten former Corsair pilots, 376 pages, 20 illustrations and photos, and 23 Corsair accident reports

Another reviewer says: “If you know anyone who flew the Corsair — or wish they had — they would enjoy this book. . .” This includes most everyone. The Corsair and the Mustang were the glamour fighters of WWII. To fly one of these was the dream of every pilot or pilot wannabe of that period. I might add, for anyone who has landed on one of the old straight deck carriers and silently thought, “I’ll be damned.” it’s a must-read! His descriptions of carrier approaches and landings are superb. I felt like I was back in the cockpit — so very many details that I had forgotten.

The book is, in part, his own story as well as that of others.

Chapter 16 is devoted to “Finding your lost flying buddies.” It offers tips to help your search.

Part II — Short stories by Daniel L. Polino. Some are sad (the loss of a buddy) and some interesting stories of the F4U.

Part III — excerpts from a book by Owen Dykema called Letters from the Bird Barge.” In these excerpts, Dykema takes credit for the carrier approach technique required of the F4U with its 15-foot long nose (no visibility to the front at approach speed). During the development of this technique, he had a running battle with the LSO, coining a new title, “LSOB.” His technique became the standard and is described in detail.

Part IV — Stories told to the author by William “Country” Landreth. This part includes an excellent account of a crash landing and capture during WWII. You must read this!

Part V — Stories from the book Tail End Charlies - Navy Combat Fighter Pilots at War’s End. by Roy D. “Eric” Erickson. I was transfixed by first hand details of carrier operations at sea during World War II. An unexpected call to duty resulted in his participation in the sinking of the 64,000-ton Yamato, the end of the world biggest battleship .

Part VI — Stories by Wallace Bruce Thomson. After training, Thomson flew F4F Wildcats in Oahu but, as he graduated to Corsairs, continued through Turtle Bay, Bougainville, Rabaul and Green Island. All remind a WWII history buff like myself of the classic battles of the Pacific. Thomson accompanied the legendary “Pappy’ Boyington when he was shot down (see below for information on the books Ba Ba Black Sheep by Gregory (Pappy) Boyington and Bye Bye Black Sheep by Masajiro Kawato, the Japanese ace who shot him down). During that same month Thomson himself shot down two Zeros and damaged a third. Thomson continues with interesting observations about Boyington and his “Black Sheep Squadron,” dispelling a few myths.

Blechman’s book concludes with stories by John R. “Jack” Eckstein, “Cookie” Cleland, Gene Hendrix, and Randy Moore — all of which are really good reading.

See http://www.expage.com/bentwings for more info



Once an Eagle

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Anton Myrer

This is a 900+ page novel that depicts life in the US lnfantry from World War I through Vietnam. The main character in the book, Sam Damon, de- scribes: life in the military during battle; personal difficulties the soldier faces during peacetime; family life in the military; and the trials and tribulations of soldiers at every rank, in battle and in peacetime.

Myrer is an outstanding military historian and the text of the novel is inter- spersed with personal musings, pains, triumphs, horrors, historical facts regarding military strategies, victories, defeats, and good or bad luck during battle throughout the history of human warfare. Because of the significance of the leadership implications, accuracy of depictions of war and peace, impact and relevancy of realism portrayed, and the training value inherent in this book, it is said to be required reading for officer students at military war colleges.

I commend the reading of this outstanding book to all the KILROY WAS HERE people. The jacket of the book dis- closes that NBC made a 12-hour documentary series based on the book some time ago. I did not see the documentary and therefore cannot comment on that series.

My own reading of the book brought feelings of admiration for the soldiers described, anger at the many instances of poor leadership, horror at the atrocities described during wars, respect for the excellence of leadership of many of the soldiers, appreciation of the valor, bravery, and dedication of members of the US military, and empathy for the families of members of our professional military. Above all, the positive attitudes portrayed by Anton Myrer, through the voice of Sam Damon, reflect the leadership qualities that any military leader could well emulate.

Burl E. Gilliland,
CAPT USNR-R, Retired

The Last Great Ace

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Charles A. Martin


 This is a remarkably well written, detailed, almost scholarly book. While he uses his writing skills to fill in details like specific conversations, the facts are there and well documented (the copious footnotes give it the scholarly feel). The author, Charles A. Martin, calls it a "novelized biography." His attention to detail and the filling in of blanks from hundreds of interviews makes this book as easy to read as a novel – indeed a "novelized biography." His combat dogfight descriptions are about the best I've read -- almost makes you feel like you were there.

Each chapter starts with a short quotation by some expert, including one by Capt. John Tilley (his story is here in the "The Way We Were" site.) One of the best is by Charles Martin himself: "These hot shot pilots play a deadly game. Like the matador they trick and try their deadly foe. They must strike and kill, and see no more. If they took too long they might see that the foe is another matador."

It is, indeed, what they call a "good read."

  With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa

E. B. Sledge

 My all time favorite! Really talks, not just to the horrors of war, but to the filth and pain!

Editor's Note: Sledge is no longer with us but he is remembered at Auburn. See:
Auburn Collections

 The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

William Shirer
Makes it a lot more understandable 

Ba Ba Black Sheep

Gregory (Pappy) Boyington
 Marine Corps ace who couldn't get along with authority.

 Bye Bye Black Sheep

Masajiro Kawato
 Japanese Ace who shot down Pappy Boyington

 The Two Ocean War

Samuel Eliot Morison
A "Short" History of the U.S. Navy in the Second World War. It's short because it's a short version of his very intimidating 15 volume History of U.S. Operations in WWII


Douglas MacArthur

Perhaps our greatest soldier tells his story.

 The Second World War

Winston S. Churchill
A very detailed look at WWII from the British viewpoint

The Greatest Generation

Tom Brokaw
Brokaw tells stories about individuals of the "GI" generation who come to age during the Great Depression and WWII. Slightly "PC" but still good.

Retreat, Hell

Jim Wilson

Recommended by: Gerald Moses, 2nd Bn, 1st Marines 1949-1951. "The most comprehensive report I've seen on the Chosin Reservoir episode. It explains why the people I met in the 1st Marines the following January were like they were . . . not shellshocked, necessarily, but certainly battle weary. I haven't seen "Saving Private Ryan," but you certainly get a taste of blood and cordite from Wilson's book, as well as the stripped down condition of the Marine Corps at the outset of the Korean War."

Thanks to Gerald Moses

Believed To Be Alive

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Capt. John Thornton

Recommended by: "Another very good book! It's full of humor as well as horror. It's by a friend of mine who is a retired Navy Capt. He was the first helicopter pilot captured in the Korean War. His book documents his time as a POW as well as what his wife, Jinny, was going through back home. At one time there were plans to do a movie on his experiences but so far has not been done. Ernest Borgnigne was going to play the part of John."

Thanks to: Ray Hildebrand.

 The Rape of Nanking

The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

 Iris Chang

 In December 1937, the Japanese army invaded the ancient city of Nanking, systematically raping, torturing, and murdering more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. This book tells the story from three perspectives: of the Japanese soldiers who performed it, of the Chinese civilians who endured it, and of a group of Europeans and Americans who refused to abandon the city and were able to create a safety zone that saved many.

The review and truth about Japanese Internment


The Amazing Camouflage
Deceptions of World War II

 Seymour Reit; Signet, 1980

 "Another enemy decoy, built in occupied Holland, led to a tale that has been told and retold ever since by veteran Allied pilots. The German "airfield," constructed with meticulous care, was made almost
entirely of wood.

There were wooden hangars, oil tanks, gun implacements, trucks, and aircraft.

The Germans took so long in building their wooden decoy that Allied photo experts had more than enough time to observe and report it.

The day finally came when the decoy was finished, down to the last wooden plank. And early the following morning, a lone RAF plane crossed the Channel, came in low, circled the field once, and dropped a large wooden bomb."

Thanks to Wendy Barra, author & mother

 Band of Brothers

Steven Ambrose


I just finished reading this book. I highly recommend it!

Thanks to Brian Boettcher


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