Family, History, War

Auntie Pat Weighs In On the 75th Anniversary of Operation Overlord–Two Years On

This post is two years old--from June 6, 2019, but the sentiments, and the gratitude, to all those who served in the Allied armed forces, and to all those who endured the "miserable slog" on the home front--never grow old.  Thank you. (Auntie Pat will be 98 years old next month; may she live forever.)… Continue reading Auntie Pat Weighs In On the 75th Anniversary of Operation Overlord–Two Years On

Book Review, Guest Post, History, War

Book Review by Seawriter: Adventure in the Roaring Forties

Jack Pembroke is a Royal Navy officer badly injured during the Dunkirk evacuation, now assigned to command a minesweeping flotilla in South Africa. Emil Falk commands a Nazi auxiliary cruiser – a disguised and armed merchantman conducting commerce raiding far from Europe. In The Cape Raider, a novel by Justin Fox, the two have a… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: Adventure in the Roaring Forties

Book Review, Guest Post, War

Book Review By Seawriter: In Which He Calls His Own Number

He shoots!  And scores!  (Completely unexpected, and hopefully accurate, sports analogy by the athletically-compromised (and proud of it) RWKJ.) My friend, Mark Lardas--who posts on Ricochet as Seawriter and who graciously allows me to reblog his posts here--has a new book available: Battle of the Atlantic 1942–45: The Climax of World War II's Greatest Naval… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: In Which He Calls His Own Number

Book Review, Guest Post, History, War

Book Review by Seawriter: Liberty Factory

Before Portland, OR, became the upscale city mocked in Portlandia, it was a down-at-the-heels lumber town and port hard hit by the Great Depression. Its transformation began in World War II, when Portland and its cross-river companion, Vancouver, became major shipbuilding centers in the shipyards established by Henry Kaiser. These produced ships by the score:… Continue reading Book Review by Seawriter: Liberty Factory

Book Review, Guest Post, War

Book Review By Seawriter: Ghosts of the Past–Seeking Stolen Nazi Art

On March 22, 1945 Major Max Hignite flew his last Luftwaffe mission; a flight to Switzerland in a Ju-52 loaded with artwork stolen by the Nazis. The plane crashed and was sealed in a cave by a Swiss lake. Hignite, badly injured, survived. Rescued by local Swiss, he spent months near death in a hospital.… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: Ghosts of the Past–Seeking Stolen Nazi Art

Book Review, Guest Post, War

Book Review By Seawriter: On Reading the Enemy’s Email

I'm grateful for the opportunity to post, with permission, my Ricochet friend Seawriter's book reviews here.  This one is particularly interesting, involving a book I haven't read yet, but which encompasses a subject dear to my heart, whether it be via a familial obligation, professional expertise, or simply a heartfelt interest. One of the most… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: On Reading the Enemy’s Email

Book Review, Guest Post, History, War

Book Review By Seawriter: C.S. Forester’s The Good Shepherd

This week, Ricochet's own Seawriter takes us on a journey through the dark days of the Battle of the Atlantic, in C.S. Forester's 1955 novel, The Good Shepherd.  Forester was a particular favorite of mine through junior high and high school, and I read all the "Horatio Hornblower" books in order--an odd choice for a… Continue reading Book Review By Seawriter: C.S. Forester’s The Good Shepherd

History, Patriot, War

The Soldier’s Deck of Cards

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan--President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, December 8, 1941 My dad, who fought in WWII, was a great raconteur. He told stories well, entertainingly, and usually with… Continue reading The Soldier’s Deck of Cards