By Flora J. Solomon
In January of 1941, Margie Bauer is termed to lively accountability within the military Nurse Corps of the us military Reserves, and her mom unfortunately laments, “You’re a able woman, however the world’s a deadly place.” regardless of her mother’s matters, Margie is extremely joyful whilst she learns her project is to Sternberg health facility in Manila, Philippines—the Pearl of the Orient. She falls in love with the great thing about the island, and the carefree way of life of bridge video games, tennis dates, pool events, and dancing below twinkle-light stars with good-looking, younger medical professionals. notwithstanding rumors of warfare movement, she feels safe—the island is fortified, the airbases are plentiful, and the Filipino troops are education intensely. common MacArthur is upbeat whilst he pronounces that every little thing is splendid.
December eight, 1941, eastern bombers roar into the Philippines, turning every little thing of their route to smoldering piles of rubble. Racing to stick sooner than the enemy, the U.S. military evacuates to the jungles of Bataan the place Margie has a tendency to the wounded, ailing, and demise infantrymen in open-air box hospitals. With the Nips at her heels, she is relocated to an underground tunnel-hospital at the fortified island of Corregidor. finally captured via the japanese, she is interned in Santo Tomas, a prisoner-of-war camp.
For 3 years, Margie doubts her survival within the harsh surroundings the place she faces escalating risk, hunger, and loss. Then, an plane appears to be like within the sky. An American plane! “We’re right here! We’re here!” she calls and waves. yet, cruelly, she reveals the liberation forces deliver with them a risk extra brutal than these of her evil oppressors.
A PLEDGE OF SILENCE is a old novel in line with the reports of the nurses who valiantly served within the Philippines in the course of global struggle II and have become the 1st U.S. army ladies to be taken prisoners-of-war by means of a overseas enemy.
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It was a portent o f things to come. T h e Defence o f the Reich arena was becoming a different battlefield altogether. T h e presence o f US escort fighters (henceforth in everincreasing numbers) meant that Luftwaffe pilots no longer enjoyed the luxury o f being able to formate unmolested beyond the range o f the bombers' defensive fire and then decide when, where and how to deliver their attack. Protected by their own fighters, the bombers would be harder to approach. Kills would become more difficult to achieve and losses would inevitably begin to escalate.
Staffel\ both of them established Viermot aces - Feldwebel Alwin Doppler getting his eighth, while Unteroffizier Franz Steiner's Herausschuss was his sixth. The day's total tally of nine heavy bombers had cost the three Gruppen just one pilot killed and one wounded. The Focke-Wulfs had not finished with the Flying Fortresses yet, however. After a succession of running battles with other Gruppen, the bombers were intercepted by I. /JG 26 as they made their way back out over the Low Countries. Hauptmann Karl Borris' I.
Stajfel upon its activation in February 1942. /JG 1 in March 1943, he had added a further 17 victories to his previous 13 kills. All but four of his later successes had been US heavy bombers. He was also credited with two 'final destructions' which, although they had earned him a point apiece, were not classed as victories by JG 1. '. Hauptmann Harry Koch had been awarded the German Cross in Gold on 17 October 1943, but many were of the opinion that his final score of 30 enemy aircraft destroyed fully merited the Knight's Cross.
A Pledge of Silence by Flora J. Solomon