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Bedpan Commando

Author : June Wandrey
ISBN : 0962555509
Genre : History
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We Band Of Angels

Author : Elizabeth M. Norman
ISBN : 9780812984842
Genre : History
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"In the winter of 1941, as Japanese bombs began to fall on Luzon, American Army and Navy nurses stationed in the Philippines suddenly found themselves caught in a fiery hell of war. Undaunted, they did everything in their power to aid the soldiers, setting up much needed field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they tended to the most devastating injuries of war amidst the raining shells and shrapnel. But the worst was still to come: As Bataan and Corregidor fell, ninety-nine of the nurses were herded into internment camps, where they endured three years of suffering, brutality, and starvation. Here, in letters, diaries, and firsthand accounts, is the story of what really happened during those dark days, woven together into a compelling saga of women in war"--
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All This Hell

Author : Evelyn Monahan
ISBN : 9780813127446
Genre : History
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""Even though women were not supposed to be on the front lines, on the front lines we were. Women were not supposed to be interned either, but it happened to us. People should know what we endured. People should know what we can endure.""—Lt. Col. Madeline Ullom More than one hundred U.S. Army and Navy nurses were stationed in Guam and the Philippines at the beginning of World War II. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, five navy nurses on Guam became the first American military women of World War II to be taken prisoner by the Japanese. More than seventy army nurses survived five months of combat conditions in the jungles of Bataan and Corregidor before being captured, only to endure more than three years in prison camps. When freedom came, the U.S. military ordered the nurses to sign agreements with the government not to discuss their horrific experiences. Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee have conducted numerous interviews with survivors and scoured archives for letters, diaries, and journals to uncover the heroism and sacrifices of these brave women.
Category: History

Inside The Battle Of The Bulge

Author : Roscoe Crosby Blunt
ISBN : STANFORD:36105070092221
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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War always leaves its participants with stories to recall, accounts that illuminate historic grandeur with the smaller, perhaps more poignant dramas of individual lives. In December 1944, a young GI named Roscoe C. Blunt Jr. became part of one of World War II's grittiest, most challenging episodes - the Allies' desperate, but successful counterattack against the German counteroffensive at Marche, Belgium, where Field Marshal Karl von Runstedt had laid siege in the dead of winter, a winter the Belgian people described as the worst in four decades. In this book, Blunt relates his own story of "The Battle of the Bulge" - chronicling the historic adventures that propelled him from emotional innocence to manhood. England's Prime Minister Winston Churchill afterwards described the Ardennes Campaign: "This is undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war and will, I believe, be regarded as an ever famous American victory. In candid retrospect, Blunt describes how the 84th "Railsplitter" infantry Division embarked from Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, in September 1944 and trained in England before beginning its long, grueling journey across Normandy, France, and into history. He details the overwhelming ordeal of the march inland from Omaha Beach, the Siegfried Line attacks, the news of German advances, and the crippling cold and snow coupled with dwindling resources. From his combat infantryman's foxhole, the author relates the initial encounter against the German Wehrmacht at Geilenkirchen, Germany, the Roer and Rhine River crossings, the almost uncontested dash across the Northern Germany plains, the growing awareness that the Germans' cause was lost, the mixed horror and jubilation that metthe advancing U.S. Army at liberated concentration camps, and the waning days of the war on the Elbe River, scant kilometers west of Berlin. Inside the Battle of the Bulge concludes with a nostalgic return to the Ardennes Forest battlefields a half century later and the enduring patriotic gratitude toward Americans still shown by the older Belgian population - especially those who still vividly recall the winter of 1944.
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American Nightingale

Author : Bob Welch
ISBN : 1416586490
Genre : History
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Of the 350,000 American women in uniform during World War II, none instilled more hope in American GIs than Frances Slanger. In Army fatigues and helmet she splashed ashore with the first nurses to hit the Normandy beach in June 1944. Later, from a storm-whipped tent amid the thud of artillery shells, she wrote a letter to Stars and Stripes newspaper that would stir the souls of thousands of weary soldiers. Hundreds wrote heartfelt responses, praising Slanger and her fellow nurses and honoring her humility and patriotism. But Frances Slanger never got to read such praise. She was dead, killed the very next day when German troops shelled her field hospital, the first American nurse to die in Europe after the landing at Normandy. Frances Slanger was a Jewish fruit-peddler's daughter who survived a chilling childhood in World War I-torn Poland and immigrated to America at age seven. Inspired by memories of her bitter past and a Nazi-threatened future, she defied her parents' wishes by becoming a nurse and joining the military. A woman of great integrity and courage, she was also a passionate writer and keeper of chapbooks. This is the story of her too brief life.
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Werewolves In Their Youth

Author : Michael Chabon
ISBN : 9781453234129
Genre : Fiction
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By the New York Times–bestselling author of Moonglow: “When you read these stories, it may strike you how seldom you come across really beautiful writing” (USA Today). Cherished by readers and critics alike for such extraordinary novels as The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, and Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon is at the height of his considerable powers in this striking and bittersweet collection of short stories. An anxious young misfit does nothing to protect his best friend from the scorn of their teachers and classmates. A kleptomaniac real estate agent leads an unhappy couple on a disastrous house tour. A heartbroken grifter finds his ex-girlfriend’s grandmother to be an easy mark—and an unexpected source of redemption. Throughout these stories, Chabon’s characters, suffused with yearning but crippled by broken love, often find themselves at a crossroads—and faced with sudden insight. Michael Chabon is “Updike without the condescension,” wrote James Hynes in the Washington Post Book World, “Cheever without the self-pity, a young American Nabokov who writes with a rueful joie de vivre.” In this darkly funny, achingly delicate collection, he renders the compromises of adulthood and the vivid fantasies of childhood with clarity and warmth. This ebook features a biography of the author.
Category: Fiction

G I Nightingales

Author : Barbara Brooks Tomblin
ISBN : 0813190797
Genre : History
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Recounts the history of the Army Nurse Corps, whose members served with but not in the armed forces, and describes the experiences of nurses in every theater of World War II, including the special situation faced by African American nurses.
Category: History

The Wives Of Los Alamos

Author : TaraShea Nesbit
ISBN : 9781408845981
Genre : Fiction
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Their average age was twenty-five. They came from Berkeley, Cambridge, Paris, London and Chicago ? and arrived in New Mexico ready for adventure or at least resigned to it. But hope quickly turned to hardship in the desolate military town where everything was a secret, including what their husbands were doing at the lab. They lived in barely finished houses with a P.O. Box for an address, in a town wreathed with barbed wire, all for the benefit of 'the project' that didn't exist as far as the greater world was concerned. They were constrained by the words they couldn't say out loud, the letters they couldn't send home, the freedom they didn't have. Though they were strangers, they joined together ? babies were born, friendships were forged, children grew up. But then 'the project' was unleashed and even bigger challenges faced the women of Los Alamos, as they struggled with the burden of their contribution towards the creation of the most destructive force in mankind's history ? the atomic bomb. Contentious, gripping and intimate, The Wives of Los Alamos is a personal tale of one of the most momentous events in our history.
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Helmets And Lipstick

Author : Lt. Ruth G. Haskell
ISBN : 9781787207165
Genre : History
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First published in 1944, this is a true firsthand account by U.S. Army nurse Ruth G. Haskell, 2nd Lieutenant A.N.C. (Army Nurse Corps), who worked on the North African front during World War II. She tells of the “trials and tribulations, the fun and the thrills” that she experienced as a member of the Corps.
Category: History

And If I Perish

Author : Evelyn Monahan
ISBN : 9780307424785
Genre : History
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In World War II, 59,000 women voluntarily risked their lives for their country as U.S. Army nurses. When the war began, some of them had so little idea of what to expect that they packed party dresses; but the reality of service quickly caught up with them, whether they waded through the water in the historic landings on North African and Normandy beaches, or worked around the clock in hospital tents on the Italian front as bombs fell all around them. For more than half a century these women’s experiences remained untold, almost without reference in books, historical societies, or military archives. After years of reasearch and hundreds of hours of interviews, Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee have created a dramatic narrative that at last brings to light the critical role that women played throughout the war. From the North African and Italian Campaigns to the Liberation of France and the Conquest of Germany, U.S. Army nurses rose to the demands of war on the frontlines with grit, humor, and great heroism. A long overdue work of history, And If I Perish is also a powerful tribute to these women and their inspiring legacy. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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