By Leon Uris
In Berlin on the finish of worldwide conflict II, an American military officer bears witness to the aftermath of 1 old tragedy and the increase of one other
Captain Sean O’Sullivan distinguishes himself as a brave soldier within the final days of worldwide warfare II, yet what comes subsequent assessments his inner most reserves of energy and conviction. despatched to supervise the rebuilding of Berlin, O’Sullivan is uncovered to the awful truths of the Holocaust, a shattered and defeated society, and the recent danger of Soviet energy because the Iron Curtain starts to shadow town. while Soviet forces blockade Berlin and the airlift starts off, O’Sullivan is confronted with profound ethical dilemmas in an more and more advanced world.
Armageddon is among the nice fictional portrayals of Europe within the earliest days of the chilly War. This book beneficial properties an illustrated biography of Leon Uris together with infrequent pictures from the author’s estate.
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Before dawn on 17 September, Russian forces invaded eastern Poland. It was claimed that as the Polish government no longer existed, Russia’s earlier promise to respect Polish sovereign territory was null and void. ’ On 9 October, Adolf Hitler turned his attention towards the West when he issued his sixth War Directive, ordering preparations for: ‘… an attacking operation on the northern wing of the Western Front, through the areas of Luxembourg, Belgium and Holland. This attack must be carried out with as much strength and at as early a date as possible …’ The So-Called Phoney War 23 Meanwhile, Brothers had had the opportunity to test his gunnery skills in airto-air firing, when, on 29 September, he was scrambled to bring down a barrage balloon which had broken free from its moorings.
Hamilton Grice claimed one Bf 109 destroyed: ‘An Me 109 got on my tail and fired a burst of about one second which passed under my port wing. I turned and the enemy dived vertically, pulling out at ground level. Having followed it down I fired at 250 yards dead astern. The 109 immediately emitted white vapour from the wings and dense black smoke from the engine. I continued firing in short bursts until my ammunition was expended. ’ (signed) D. Hamilton Grice. Blitzkrieg to Dunkirk 39 While flying ten miles east of St Omer, ‘A’ Flight’s Sergeant Nowell witnessed the destruction of one of the Bf 109s, which had been previously damaged by the squadron: ‘…he just dived straight into the ground.
On 8 April No. 79 Squadron’s ‘B’ Flight, which had been flying out of Biggin Hill, returned to Manston until 15 April, from when they operated out of Biggin Hill again. Meanwhile, ‘A’ Flight proceeded to Manston on 22 April. Between 1 – 10 May, No. 79 Squadron continued to operate out of Biggin Hill and Manston. On 6 May, No. 32 Squadron’s ‘A’ Flight returned from Manston, being relieved by No. 79 Squadron. Meanwhile, Hitler was preparing to strike again, to secure Norway and the port of Narvik through which Germany imported Swedish iron ore for its war machine.