Best Little Stories from World War II

ISBN: 9781402243578

By: C. Brian Kelly

Published: 11/16/2010

BEHIND THE GREAT POWERS , global military conflict, and infamous battles are more than 100 incredible stories that bring to life the Second World War.

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BEHIND THE GREAT POWERS , global military conflict, and infamous battles are more than 100 incredible stories that bring to life the Second World War. During the six years of war were countless little-known moments of profound triumph and tragedy, bravery and cowardice, and good and evil. These amazing and unbelievable stories of brotherhood, redemption, escape, and civilian courage shed new light on the war that gripped the entire world. Experience the action through the eyes of people like: Lieutenant Jacob Beser, who was aboard both the Enola Gay and Bock’s Car and felt the force of the shockwave that nearly destroyed the planes after dropping the H-bombs that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Professor William Miller, who collapsed during a death march of POWs in Germany and was saved by the same man who had rescued him from what would have been a fatal car wreck in Pennsylvania five years earlier. The brave civilians who answered the British Admiralty’s call to help rescue an army from Dunkirk during the height of a dangerous battle and sailed small fishing boats into relentless German fire, ultimately saving 335,000 men from

About the Author

C. Brian Kelly

C. BRIAN KELLY, a prize-winning journalist, is cofounder of Montpelier Publishing and a former editor for Military History magazine. He is also a lecturer in newswriting at the University of Virginia. Kelly's articles have appeared in Reader's Digest, Friends, Yankee, Rod Serlin's Twilight Zone, and other magazines. He is the author of several books on American history and resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Table of Contents


Introduction xiii
Prologue xvii
War and Peace at Odds 1
Ambassador’s Briefcase Purloined                                2
Inches from Death                                           4
Underground War                                           7
Movie Show in Shanghai                                      9
Monster Created                                           11
Street Fights and Bombs                                      12
War of Nerves                                             14
“Inspection” Interrupted                                     16
Diplomacy Under Physical Stress                               18
War’s First Battle                                           19
Eagle’s Brief Flight                                          21
Revolting Visit to Poland                                     25
Incredible, Ubiquitous Samaritan                               26
Jockeying for Position                                       28
Plans Gone Astray                                          30
Dinner Guest                                             35
Bold Gamble Supported?                                     36
“Intend to Fire Torpedo”                                    38
“Never Such a Fleet”                                        40
Titanic Connection                                         43
Treasure Ships En Route                                     48
Landing with Piggyback Rider                                 51
Parachutist Draped on Wing                                  53
Stricken Pilot’s Pivotal Decision                                55
Pet Spy in England                                         57
Penalty Exacted for Coventry                                  59
Blues vs Reds                                             60
Patterns on a Dining Room Table                              62
Generals from the Eighties                                    64
Memorable Utterances                                       67
Saga Piled upon Saga                                        69
Early Martyr at Auschwitz                                    71
Whose Planes These?                                        74
Warnings Repeatedly Ignored                                 76
War “Half as Bad as It Sounds”                                78
Countdown                                              79
Farewell from Stalin                                         81
Ally in the White House                                     83
Fleet of Moles                                             86
Mount Your Tanks!                                         87
Faith, Hope, and Charity                                     90
No Action Taken                                          91
Tough Farewell for FDR                                     93

War, War, Everywhere War 99
No Place for a Visitor                                      100
Date to Mark                                            102
Footnote to Pearl                                          105
“Too Damned Old”                                       107
Bird Named Swoose                                        109
Chennault Strikes Back                                     111
Disorderly Ran the Two Ships                                114
Going around FDR’s Secrecy                                 116
Tale of a Stowaway                                        118
MacArthur’s Extended Escape                                119
Japanese-American vs Japan                                  124
Bombed by Oranges                                       126
Long Odyssey into War                                     127
Blind Leading the Blind                                     129
Hands of Steel                                            130
Early Tokyo Run                                         132
Tokyo’s Psychological Shock                                 136
Tale of Two Ships                                         138
Seagoing Guards                                          143
He Stopped Rommel                                       145
Spinster Ship                                             147
Getting from Here to There                                  149
Rendezvous for Faithful Companion                           151
Hunt for Tall, Limping Man                                 153
Escape to Berlin                                           155
High Drama at Sea                                        161
Women at War                                           163
No Comforts on New Guinea                                167
Bully That Never Fought                                    169
Romance amid Society’s Ruins                               171
Hitler’s Bathwater Purloined                                 173
Intelligence War                                          174

War Still Supreme 177
Tapping the Hot Line                                      178
Brave Trigger’s Last Patrol                                    183
Conversation with the Lord                                  186
Non-Swimmer’s Worst Nightmare                             190
Constant Companion Cuthbert                               193
Liaison Corps                                            196
Ship’s Piano Purloined                                      199
A “Duckling” Transfixed                                    200
Only Harry                                              203
Kilroy Really Was                                         205
Square Balloon                                           207
“Mush” Morton Legend                                    209
Plea of the White Rose                                     211
Soothed into Agreement                                    212
Brothers to the End                                        213
Young Man Whittling                                      214
Death of Leslie Howard                                     215
Shipmates to the End                                       218
Stalingrad’s “White Rose”                                   220

Allies on Ascendancy 223
“Hey, We’re on Your Side”                                 224
“Smoking Too Much”                                     225
Close Call for FDR                                        227
Riding Enemy’s Truck                                     228
“Sure Am Sorry”                                          231
Oops, No Parachute                                       232
War Story                                               234
Courage Extended                                         235
Strife at High Levels                                       239
Search for “Big Stoop”                                     241
Doubling for Monty                                       243
One Man Army                                           247
New Hope for “Kitty”                                     251
Only Ike Did It    All                                     254
Two in Single-Seat Fighter                                  256
A General and His Dog                                     257
Faint Sound in the Distance                                  259
Hitchhiker to the Rescue                                    262
Marooned in America                                      264
Fear and Trembling                                        267
Destruction, Destruction Everywhere                           269
Million and One Heroes                                    271
Marooned in Modern France                                 272
Resistance at Auschwitz                                     275
Record Set Escaping                                       278
Apology Between Enemies                                  280
Wildly Varied Lot                                         283
Prepare to Attack Fleet                                     285
Agent’s Unexpected Role                                   287
Presidential Unit Citation                                   290
Escape from Auschwitz                                     292

Final Throes 295
Remarkable Delaying Action                                 296
What to Call the Battle?                                     297
Ripple Effect                                             300
“Miracles Do Happen”                                     301
Platoon’s Heroics at the Bulge                                304
Playing Possum                                           308
Practice Makes Perfect                                      311
Fateful Tea Party                                          313
Southpaw’s Cruel Fate                                      314
“They’re Still There”                                       315
Flag Raised at Iwo                                         317
Aboard “Apartment Ship”                                   320
Obituary                                                324
Freedom March                                           325
Sink Sank Ship                                           328
Who Are You?                                            330
GI’s New Boots                                           332
Fifth Army Fortunes                                       335
Horror Story                                             337
Rescue by Drunk Driver                                    341
FDR’s Last Visit                                          342
Aliases for FDR                                           346
Parachuting into Enemy Territory                             349
Flowers on Their Graves                                    353
Brothers/Sisters of the Sea                                   356
Waiting to Be Shot                                        358
Farther than Any Army                                     360
Greatest Invasion Averted                                   362
“I Saw the Mushroom Cloud”                                365
Momentous Word Flashed                                   371
Escape from New Menace                                   374
Humanitarian in Budapest                                   375
Last Missing WASP                                        380
End Is Seen                                              383
Among the Former Enemy                                  385
Postscript                                               390

Eleanor Roosevelt: Woman for the Ages by Ingrid Smyer 393
World War II: A Detailed Chronology 409
Index 415
About the Authors 428


Many among us today have forgotten. Too many simply don’t know…don’t really understand.
It may be a cliché to say so, but truly, World War II produced a mil


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Format: Paperback

Length: 9 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 21.84 oz
Page Count: 448 pages


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