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Dad S War Photos

Author : Neal Bertrand
ISBN : 1936707241
Genre : Oceania
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Curtis Bertrand, a country boy with a camera, returned home from WWII in the South Pacific with over 600 photos. These never-before-seen pictures from his private stash, along with official battalion journal entries, and near-death experiences add drama, adventure, and expose the reality of war. Readers of Dad s War Photos will follow his photographic breadcrumb trail from home to war and back again with the help of 420 photos and 21 maps. Dozens of WWII aircraft with nose art, and photos of South Pacific natives in daily life are included. The book covers many aspects of Curtis s experiences in the war: leaving the farm in Opelousas, Louisiana, going to boot camp, being sent overseas, and eventually coming back home, all through the photos he took and his battalion s military records. Readers of Dad s War Photos will view pictures never seen before. They will feel the excitement and fear of sailing through enemy waters, they will come to know the loving bond of brotherhood and friendship amongst soldiers, and they will encounter the grief and mourning when a buddy dies while on a mission. Through Curtis s eyes and camera lens, readers will be virtual eyewitness to the New Guinea battle campaigns in Dobodura and Saidor; the little-known battle for Biak Island and capture of Mokmer Airdrome; the Philippine Islands campaign, and the Battle of Manila and its reconstruction. Thus far, the World War II photo memories and story of Curtis Bertrand have remained private. Now these pictures, along with official battalion diary entries, are being made available to the public, bringing to life his battalion s camaraderie and their heartbreaking and harrowing experiences. The 863rd Engineer Aviation Battalion was stationed in three Australian cities during the summer of 1943: Sidney, Brisbane, and Townsville. Brisbane became the Pacific headquarters of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander, after the Japanese forced him out of the Philippines in December 1941. Each stop was necessary for the complex task of getting the numerous battalions organized, fully equipped, and putting the finishing touches on the engineering and battle planning strategy. After that, it was on to the New Guinea Campaign, including Dobodura and Saidor. New Guinea was key in defeating the Japanese bases as laid down by General MacArthur s strategy called Operation Cartwheel. There are 81 photos depicting men building airstrips, camp life, native scenery, and more. In a chapter on the Battle of Biak, the near death experiences of Curtis and his war buddies as their boat approached the island are graphically displayed. A photo taken of Curtis s good friend Clifford G. Wynne, Jr. is included, just weeks before he died on Biak. Another 60 historical images are contained within this section. Finally, on December 21, 1944, the battalion arrived in the Philippines. 80 photos cover the destruction of the Battle of Manila and its reconstruction. Curtis s medals and souvenirs are depicted, along with the Japanese rifle and bayonet he brought home with him. The homecoming and post war life chapters give an intimate view of what many returning soldiers faced. For Curtis it was getting back to work on the farm, meeting his lovely wife, and trying to put bad memories aside. Two appendices include extensive photo coverage of WWII aircraft nose art and the daily lives of natives in the South Pacific. PRAISE FOR DAD S WAR PHOTOS I've never seen a book that covers so much of the war in a pictorial form. This book presents a month-by-month account in pictorial form of what it was like to serve in an engineering battalion in support of the fighting troops in the South Pacific. The author has also included official accounts of the activities directly from the battalion history records. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in seeing WWII from a different view. Hughes Glantzberg "
Category: Oceania

The Battle Of Buffalo Wallow

Author : James R. Odrowski
ISBN : 9780578845975
Genre : History
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In World War II, the U.S. Army’s 44th General Hospital found themselves at ground-zero of the Japanese counterattack on the island of Leyte. As Japanese infantry infiltrated and enemy paratroopers dropped around them, the 44th’s officers faced a life-or-death decision. With over 200 patients, the Japanese surrounding them, and no option to retreat, they had to act fast. Should they uphold their oath to “do no harm”? Or do they arm the medical staff and defend themselves and their patients? Do they risk violation of the Geneva Convention or risk death or imprisonment at the hands of the Japanese? But without authorization to obtain arms, how would they defend themselves? Could the 44th hold out until infantry support arrived? Their fate would be determined in what was called “The Battle of Buffalo Wallow”. This book tells the previously unknown and controversial story of the 44th General Hospital, experienced medical professionals who were asked to perform actions over and above their expected duties. In World War II, the Philippine island of Leyte became the stage for a key battle between the United States and Japan. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur’s 6th Army invaded Leyte on October 20th, 1944. Soon afterwards, the Army’s 44th General Hospital landed to care for casualties. Untrained in combat, they were sent inland to the village of Burauen, very close to the front lines of fighting. The hospital tents were set up between three airfields that were recently taken from the Japanese. But, as the U.S. infantry advanced westward, they left the 44th and other service units behind, mostly unprotected. In a desperate move, the Japanese determined to make Leyte the decisive battle they hoped would turn the tide of the War. To counter the American advance, Japanese General Yamashita devised a bold plan. The first step would be a combined infantry and paratrooper attack to retake the airfields on Leyte. Subsequently, the attack placed the 44th and their patients in great peril. Their courage and dedication would be tested in the heat of battle. After the War, the Surgeon General of the Army called the 44th “the finest that ever served.”
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The Victory Era In Color

Author : Jeffrey L. Ethell
ISBN : 0898211271
Genre : Photography
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Color photographs depict the home front during World War II, as well as military training, American forces stationed overseas, USO entertainers, celebrity soldiers, African American and women soldiers, and returning soldiers
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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.

Texas Monthly

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Since 1973, TEXAS MONTHLY has chronicled life in contemporary Texas, reporting on vital issues such as politics, the environment, industry, and education. As a leisure guide, TEXAS MONTHLY continues to be the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering music, the arts, travel, restaurants, museums, and cultural events with its insightful recommendations.

Dad S War

Author : Tim C. Enlow
ISBN : 9781477204979
Genre : History
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A heart-warming collection of easy-to-read true stories as told by a WWII veteran that took place during and after the war. Each story is a true look at the war and life through the eyes of a soldier. A father was willing to pass his experiences on to his son, and now they can be passed on to everyone.
Category: History

Proud To Be

Author : Susan Swartwout
ISBN : UCSD:31822039441928
Genre : History
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"The Missouri Humanities Council and Warriors Arts Alliance"--Cover, vol. 1.
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Biography Of A Cajun Farm Boy

Author : Lee Roy Dugas
ISBN : 1936707527
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This is the fascinating life story of Mr. Lee Roy Dugas, pronounced "DOO'-gah." He tells stories from early childhood on the farm to war-time in WWII, to his different jobs, marriage and family life. He also was stung 339 times by hornets and lived... a world record.

Tug Of War

Author : Judith Somborac
ISBN : 9781491744680
Genre : Fiction
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In 1942, three fractions struggle for power and control over Serbia: the Royalists, the Partisans, and the Nazis. Fifteen-year-old Miriana, an only child, lives in Bela Palanka, Serbia, and encounters the war first hand.
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The American History Highway

Author : Dennis A. Trinkle
ISBN : UOM:39015074287775
Genre : History
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Accompanying CD-ROM contains ... "live links."--Page 4 of cover.
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Chinese Pioneer Families Of Maui Molokai And Lanai

Author : Ken Yee
ISBN : UIUC:30112100855433
Genre : History
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During the last half of the 1800s through the early 1900s Chinese migrated from their villages in the Pearl River Delta in Kwangtung Province (Guangdong) and many found their way to the neighbor islands in Hawaii. This fascinating collection of oral histories is filled with the voices of their children and grandchildren. They tell stories that are both universal and particular about the lives of the early immigrants and their families and how they adapted to their new home in the Hawaiian islands, even as they held fast to their ties to China. These colorful, multigenerational stories paint a larger picture of the cultural traditions and social life of that time and illustrate how these immigrants became part of the fabric of Hawaii. Reference materials and maps provide useful resources for those wishing to trace their own roots. The Introduction provides a valuable backdrop for the individual family stories as it describes the geographic, political, historical and economic context that shaped the patterns of immigration from the early 1800s and its impact. It also highlights the important roles that the Chinese pioneers played as craftsmen, laborers, and entrepreneurs in developing Hawaii's economy, particularly its agricultural industries on Maui, Molokai and Lanai.
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A Taste For Speed

Author : John Joseph Kelly
ISBN : 9781450247900
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Bill Braden was the nephew of Harry Greening, Canada's first great raceboat driver in the 1920s. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he lived there for many years before moving to nearby Waterdown, Ontario, near the start of W.W. II. He always had 'a taste for speed', purchasing his first motorcycle, an Ariel, in England at age 19, and going on to motorbike across war-threatened Europe in 1935. For the rest of his life, he kept fast and fancy cars around his house and reveled in their ownership. During World War II, he volunteered for the Canadian Army and became a Major in the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, and served in Canada, as well as in England and Northwest Europe from 1941-1945. For a decade after the war, he established himself as the top speedboat driver in Canada. He drove his own 'Ariel' boats in competitions both in Canada and the United States. His reputation was such that in 1951, when Colonel Gordon Thompson of London, Ontario, purchased 'Miss Canada IV' and renamed her 'Miss Supertest', he hired Bill Braden to drive the boat. This began a five year relationship with the Thompson family, which culminated in the 1956 Harmsworth Trophy challenge, where for the first time, a Canadian boat captured one heat off of the American boat, and where Bill Braden proved his courage while almost dying behind the wheel of his hydroplane. The story had a sad ending two summers later, when Will returned to boat racing, and was killed in a freak accident while competing for the Duke of York Trophy on Fairy Lake at Huntsville, Ontario. He left behind a widow and six young children, as well as a sterling legacy that has survived five plus decades of scrutiny.
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Author : Kevin Lavin
ISBN : 086327885X
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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For hundreds of years, there has been a legend in Tobar Dubh that somewhere nearby is the desiroscope -- a wishing well at the end of a long, dangerous tunnel. But this isn't an ordinary wishing well; it's the well that the salmon of knowledge came from, and it gives you not what you wish for, but what you truly desire.
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Okie Boy The Great Depression And World War Ii

Author : Gene Ralston
ISBN : 9781425155421
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An inspiring true story of a hardworking farm family who stuck it out on an Oklahoma dry land farm throughout the Dust Bowl years and World War II
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Times Index

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ISBN : UOM:39015066388656
Genre : Newspapers
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Indexes the Times and its supplements.
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New York

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ISBN : UOM:39015066152128
Genre : New York (N.Y.)
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