By Flora J. Solomon
In January of 1941, Margie Bauer is named to energetic responsibility within the military Nurse Corps of the U.S. military Reserves, and her mom unfortunately laments, “You’re a able lady, however the world’s a perilous place.” regardless of her mother’s issues, Margie is thrilled while she learns her project is to Sternberg health facility in Manila, Philippines—the Pearl of the Orient. She falls in love with the great thing about the island, and the carefree way of life of bridge video games, tennis dates, pool events, and dancing lower than twinkle-light stars with good-looking, younger medical professionals. notwithstanding rumors of battle stream, she feels safe—the island is fortified, the airbases are abundant, and the Filipino troops are education intensely. common MacArthur is upbeat while he publicizes that every thing is splendid.
December eight, 1941, jap bombers roar into the Philippines, turning every little thing of their route to smoldering piles of rubble. Racing to stick sooner than the enemy, the U.S. military evacuates to the jungles of Bataan the place Margie has a tendency to the wounded, unwell, and death squaddies in open-air box hospitals. With the Nips at her heels, she is relocated to an underground tunnel-hospital at the fortified island of Corregidor. eventually captured through the japanese, she is interned in Santo Tomas, a prisoner-of-war camp.
For 3 years, Margie doubts her survival within the harsh setting the place she faces escalating probability, hunger, and loss. Then, an plane seems within the sky. An American plane! “We’re the following! We’re here!” she calls and waves. yet, cruelly, she unearths the liberation forces carry with them a chance extra brutal than these of her evil oppressors.
A PLEDGE OF SILENCE is a historic novel in response to the stories of the nurses who valiantly served within the Philippines in the course of international struggle II and have become the 1st U.S. army girls to be taken prisoners-of-war via a international enemy.
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27 Oberleutnant Hans Bunzel It was from here that the door to Bataisk remained open for German forces. A handful of tanks and a battalion of grenadiers had tipped the scales. ✠ For his actions, Hans Bunzel was submitted for the Knight’s Cross, which he received on 10 February 1943. Oberleutnant Günther Klappich, who had already received the Knight’s Cross, was recommended for the Oak Leaves, which he posthumously received on 8 June 1943 as the 254th member of the German Armed Forces. He was also promoted posthumously to Hauptmann.
47 Oberleutnant Otto Carius Carius ordered the tanks to engage the earthen wall ahead of them. He had a hunch there was something lurking there. Both of the tanks opened ﬁre on the designated target. Clumps of earth shot skywards after the impact of the high-explosive rounds. The Soviets countered with hand grenades. For some reason, no friendly infantry came forward. The cat-and-mouse game continued for several hours. ” Carius had Köstler start up the engine. Carius’s worst fears were soon realized.
He also had every type of driver’s license and instructor’s certiﬁcate that the army offered. He served as a driver, a driver instructor and then as the section leader of a maintenance section. He remained in the 28 PANZER ACES III latter capacity after the start of the Second World War and until the campaign in Russia. He worked industriously as a maintenance section leader and was even presented the Iron Cross, Second Class, for his performance under ﬁre while recovering an immobilized Panzer III near Belfort during the French campaign.