Category Archives: War story

All jazzed up

Summer night in Berlin 1939. Long shadows are creeping up the walls and the linden trees are in full bloom, scenting the air with sugar and spice. From behind a boarded up window comes the plaintive wail of a saxophone, … Continue reading

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True stories of WWII

My grandmother was a teenager when a Soviet truck run her over during the war and she lost a bone in her leg. The doctors put a metal rod in her shin and she went on caring for her invalid … Continue reading

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Remembrances of war

“The war tried to kill us in the spring.” Thus begins theĀ gut-wrenching narrative of young Private Bartle in Kevin Powell’s debut novel, The Yellow Birds. Bartle signs up to serve in the Iraq Wars, to become a man and escape … Continue reading

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Spirited and strong

On a blistering night in May 1943, an American bomber goes up in a ball of flame over the South Pacific. When the sun skirts the horizon the next morning, a patched up rubber raft carries the only three survivors … Continue reading

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