An indulging read, definitely grabs your attention. Not a history person but I find it hard to put down. I can actually picture what is written. Great love story as well.
An excellent read. Compelling, engaging, with a huge twist at the end. I highly recommend it.
Jack Churchill seemed like a man without fear, but to those he faced in combat, he was a terrifying figure. Jack was armed with a basket-hilted broadsword in one hand and a rifle, bayonet honed to a keen edge, in the other. The combination of sword and bayonet suited him. He practiced hard and used his skills at any opportunity. Jack had a talent for archery, too and he competed in the World Archery Championships in Oslo, Norway. In 1939, the war began and Jack found a new venue to display his abilities with this particular weapon.
It was during May of 1940 that Jack Churchill performed the feat which cemented his reputation calling him “Fighting Jack Churchill.” Jack was in charge of a small unit of men, preparing an ambush for the Germans. As usual, Jack was armed with a longbow, broadsword, bayonet, two knives with grenades and an unusual looking revolver on his belt.
In the street ahead, the men of the enemy patrol appeared. They were formed in a tight column, weapons were ready in hand with a young sergeant leading the patrol. Suddenly Jack stood up to his full height, bow in hand. Jack pulled the bowstring back and the arrow crossed the distance between Churchill and the Sergeant in silence.
The Sergeant spotted Jack and the German raised his hand and began to shout a warning his men, but the arrow hit him in the base of his neck killing him before he hit the ground. Then Jack held up his sword and yelled “Charge!” and the men around him began firing and yelling as they moved forward to engage the patrol. The patrol was fighting hand to hand and Jack ran at full speed into the enemy soldiers with his broadsword.
Jack killed three of the enemy before they were even knowing he was there, and another two as they were turning to engage him. Jack then shot two at close range with the revolver in his left hand, the German quickly raised a white cloth and surrendered laying down their arms and were taken prisoner. Jack lived to be eighty-nine years old spending his last years peacefully in the south of England, where he died in 1996.
Jewish prisoner Helena Citronova fell in love with German SS guard Franz Wunsch at the infamous Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. Their love was the most forbidden love of them all under the rule of the Nazis. Adolf Hitler took power in 1933 and the regime quickly began drawing up the Nuremberg Laws banning relationships between ‘Aryans’ and Jews. Not long after the regime began the Nazis began rounding up Jews and interning them in concentration camps. Auschwitz was one of these camps, where people did anything to survive in order to avoid a one-way trip to the gas chambers. Helena Citronova was determined to do anything she had to, to save her life and those of her family by giving in to the desires of a hated SS guard. Helena slept with SS guard Franz Wunsch for her and her families salvation, but eventually developed deep feelings of love for him. There were moments when Helena forgot that she was a Jew and that he was a Nazi and, honestly, in the end truly loved him. Helena and her sister survived Auschwitz, and after the war her relationship with Franz ended, but she did testify on his behalf years later at his war crimes trial. At Vienna in 1972, Franz was tried for war crimes committed at the concentration camp. Franz told the court that he fell in love with Helena Citronova and that her influence changed him into another person. Helena and her sister spoke in favor of him at the trial and despite what the fact there was overwhelming evidence in the participation of mass murder, he was acquitted of all charges due to the statute of limitations governing war crimes in Austria.
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King Christian of Denmark was very brave facing the Nazi’s who occupied Denmark in 1940. King Christian tried to protect his countrymen from the Nazi’s. When the Germans ordered that the Jews were to wear the gold Star of David, he was one of the first to put one on himself, followed by the “entire” population of Denmark. He then secretly began sending his Jewish citizens to Sweden, thus saving most of them a horrific death by the hands of the Germans. One day while riding through Copenhagen King Christian saw an Nazi Swastika flag flying from a public building in direct violation of the Danish-German agreement. When he ordered a German officer to take it down, the officer told King Christian that it was there on the direct orders from Berlin and there it would stay. King Christian told the German officer that if it wasn’t taken down by noon, a soldier would be sent to remove it. The German haughtily stated that if a soldier came to remove the flag that he would be shot. King Christian then told the officer that he, the King of Denmark, would be that soldier. The flag quickly came down.
Aunt Jemima was the nickname of an explosive developed by the OSS during WWII. The explosive looked like flower and when mixed with water created a dough that could be baked into an edible bread. This camouflaged explosive was devised to enable agents to successfully cross enemy lines primarily used against the Japanese in South East Asia.