Invisible Heroes of World War II: True Stories That Should


10 thoughts on “Invisible Heroes of World War II: True Stories That Should Never Be Forgotten

  1. Alicia Alicia says:

    Fun, interesting little known stories from wartime.


  2. Susan Susan says:

    This is a slim book, but it speaks volumes about the incredible bravery, determination, and triumph of ordinary people in an extraordinary time I knew about the Navajo Code Talkers and about the Rosie the Riveter contribution, but I hadn t heard any of the other stories in this book They re both interesting and moving I enjoyed this quick, but inspiring read.


  3. Venky Venky says:

    In a poignant, penetrating and pertinent work, Jerry Borrowman pays wholesome tribute to some of the indomitable heroes of World War II, heroes whose exploits have either been recognized long after such an act was due or have been acknowledged much later than even the lifetimes of the valiant protagonists Extraordinary Wartime Stories of Ordinary People is a rousing paean to the will of the common man which rose beyond its own determination and packed punches well beyond its expected weight T In a poignant, penetrating and pertinent work, Jerry Borrowman pays wholesome tribute to some of the indomitable heroes of World War II, heroes whose exploits have either been recognized long after such an act was due or have been acknowledged much later than even the lifetimes of the valiant protagonists Extraordinary Wartime Stories of Ordinary People is a rousing paean to the will of the common man which rose beyond its own determination and packed punches well beyond its expected weight The chronicles of these selfless men and women not only induce a smile to the lips of the reader, but also brings forth a tear or two Nancy Grace Augusta Wake, known as The White Mouse of French Resistance by the Gestapo for her uncanny ability to evade the Axis Forces while wreaking havoc upon their infrastructure in tandem with the French Resistance Forces was forced to endure a harrowing experience of losing her well do to husband to torture at the hands of the German Forces Nancy once volunteered to ride a bicyclethan 150 miles 250 kilometers through German occupied lines to ask a radio operator in a different zone to request a new radio and code book for Nancy s area Nancy was, by the end of the war, the most decorated Australian in World War II Her recognitions and honours resemble a string of pearls The Companion of the Order of Australia, the George Medal from England, the Officier de Legion d Honneur and Croix de Guerre three times from France, the Medal of Freedom with Bronze Palm from the United States and the Returned and Services Association RSA Badge in gold from New Zealand If Nancy Grace s case was one of celebration, the story of Joseph Hyalmar Anderson makes for some heart wrenching reading Going Missing In Action MIA after his Lockheed PV 1 Ventural Patrol Bomber went missing whilst on a routine training patrol off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, his family was left waiting for a definitive closure for an inordinately long time before the puzzle of the missing aircraft was finally pieced together Finally, in 2006 the 101st Squadron erected a permanent marker at the site of the crash The contribution of indigenous and immigrant populace such as Native Indians and Japanese Americans respectively, to the Allied Cause in World War II have to a great degree gone unnoticed Borrowman strives to ameliorate this lapse by chronicling the feats of this section of the military component Joseph Medicine Crow, the first member of the Crow Nation to receive a master s degree was a post graduate student in anthropology at the University of South California when he was drafted into the armed forces Crow distinguished himself admirably well in a few battles while posted in France and Germany In true Crow Nation fashion, he also managed to stealthily divest from the possession of a band of fleeing SS Officers, their horses, thereby facilitating an easy capture of the officers forming part of one of Hitler s most venomous and brutal military wings As Borrowman patiently explains,than 25,000 Native American men served in the armed forces in World War II The heroics of the Navajo Code Breakers , twenty nine innovative living code machines whose transmissions were never deciphered by the Japanese is one for the ages Rendering yeoman service to the American cause in the Pacific, these code breakers provided a viable and imaginative alternative to the Shackle protocol, a cumbersome method to transmit codes that usually took four hours to send and receive The Navajo Code, on the other hand, took just two and a half minutes to send and receive messages a virtually incredulous and exponential improvement over the Shackle method However, it was not until the year 2000 that the bravery of the Navajo Code breakers was recognized The Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the code breakers However only, five of the courageous men remained in flesh and blood to receive the awards Executive Order 9066 issued by then President Franklin D Roosevelt on the 19th of February coincidentally 77 years before this very day of reviewing Borrowman s work , authorized the relocation and internment ofthan 120,000 people of Japanese descent into ten guarded camps deep in the United States interior Ironically, some of the bravest and most decorated armed personnel distinguishing themselves in the Second World War were Japanese Americans The Purple Heart Battalion or just the 100th Infantry Battalion consisted of 1,432 men who demonstrated exemplary act of courage The Purple Heart Battalion received the Presidential Unit Citation and sixteen Divisional Citations The indiscriminate wrongs against this community was finally righted when first President Ronald Reagan announced a compensation of 20,000 to each surviving detainee and later when George H.W Bush tendered an unconditional apology on behalf of the United States.Borrowman also chronicles in a painstaking and refreshing manner the contribution of thousands of unsung engineers and African Americans For example, one battalion of US combat engineers, the 291st, replaced fourteen German autobahn bridges in forty eight hours Subject to intense isolation and immense racial discrimination, the extraordinary achievements of these patriots warms the very cockles of the heart Benjamin Davis Jr the first black American to be honoured with the Brigadier General title had it extremely rough in his initial West Point Cadet dates The silent treatment was enforced on Davis for the entire four years he was in the academy He lived without a roommate, was assigned to his own tent during field exercises, ate by himself at every meal, and was never spoken to by other cadets, except for official communications Overcoming such seemingly insurmountable odds, Davis Jr rose to become a superb tactical airman and an integral part of the famous, Tuskegee Airman, nicknamed, The Red Tails The airmen commanded by Davis Jr, flewthan 15,000 sorties, shot down 111 enemy planes, and destroyed 273 on the ground They lost 66 aircraft However, the most stirring and inspiring story in the book is reserved for narrating the exploits of one of the greatest women war photojournalist, Dickey Chapelle Posted or as the current prevailing military journalistic terminology would state, embedded with the Marines during the battle of Iwo Jima, Chapelle covered the battle of Okinawa as well When the dust settled on the greatest slaughter in the history of mankind, Chapelle s zeal for truth and adventure remained unquenched Crisscrossing the world, Chapelle was captured and jailed for over seven weeks during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 Chapelle s inspiring and singularly unique life came to an untimely and cruel end November 4, 1965 while on patrol with a Marine platoon during Operation Black Ferret, a search and destroy operation 16 km south of Chu Lai, Quang Ngai Province The lieutenant walking in front inadvertently made contact with a tripwire booby trap with a hand grenade attached to the top of it Chapelle was struck in the neck by a piece of shrapnel which severed her carotid artery, and she died soon afterwards Her last moments were captured in a photograph by Henri Huet Chapelli was thus the first female war correspondent to be killed in Vietnam, as well as the first American female reporter to be killed in action.Douglas MacArthur s immortal quotes ring in one s ears as the covers come down upon Borrowman s splendid book The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war The soldier who neither relents nor remonstrates one who neither complains no criticizes


  4. Jade Jade says:

    Invisible Heroes of World War II is a collection of unique stories of WW2 heroes that we don t hear so much about, or, as the subtitleaccurately conveys Extraordinary Wartime Stories of Ordinary People The first half of the book focuses on the stories of individuals, the second on groups of people who performed heroic feats together over the course of the war The main focus is on people from the US on the battlefield, behind enemy lines, and at home I really enjoyed how Jerry Borrowm Invisible Heroes of World War II is a collection of unique stories of WW2 heroes that we don t hear so much about, or, as the subtitleaccurately conveys Extraordinary Wartime Stories of Ordinary People The first half of the book focuses on the stories of individuals, the second on groups of people who performed heroic feats together over the course of the war The main focus is on people from the US on the battlefield, behind enemy lines, and at home I really enjoyed how Jerry Borrowman gave life to stories that are not so popular in WW2 historical fiction and movies nowadays The story of Pat Patton, survivor of the Bataan death march, who hid in the Philippines for over a year, continuing to fight the Japanese until he was captured, and then survived capture, is incredible The fact that the Navajo code talkers had to keep their wartime activities a secret until 1968, never mentioning how they basically helped turn the war around, is insane The stories of the engineers, whose work was a huge part of the Allied victory were fascinating I spent ages researching images of the Bailey Bridge and trying to visualize how amazing a feat it would have been to install one under enemy fire in the space of a few days Incredible All of the stories are interesting those missing in action, whose bodies have never been found, the woman photographer and journalist who found herself on the frontlines, the Nisei battalions whose courage saved stranded soldiers, despite the fact that their home country has incarcerated many other first and second generation Japanese Americans I could go on, as there arein the book I personally think that there were some stories that were missing from the collection I think all readers can probably think of their own missing stories , but as the book is mainly US focused, maybe they wouldn t have a real place in the book anyway What comes to mind are the Polish Army in Monte Cassino, Italy, a huge deal especially when you know that many of the soldiers had spent time in Stalin s gulags before being set free post German invasion of the USSR Another story is that of the village of Oradour sur Glane, decimated by the Nazis in 1944, or maybe Jean Pr vost, resistant in the Vercors Obviously I would love to see these types of stories also appearin mainstream media as they are part of my own personal heritage and legacy In any case, Invisible Heroes of World War II is a good read if you are interested in WW2 stories, stories of heroism, learningabout unsung heroes of war I consider myself a bit of a know it all about Europe during WW2, but I learnt a lot from this book Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy


  5. Cathy Cathy says:

    I really enjoy books by this author I love the way he tells the stories about the people in this book His writing makes these real people and groups jump off of the page It almost seems as though the reader knows them.I loved the way I learned about all of the people and groups Even if I thought that I had at least a basic understanding of the groups, I was able to learn new things about them.And the individual people were great I hadn t heard of any of them It was so great to learn a litt I really enjoy books by this author I love the way he tells the stories about the people in this book His writing makes these real people and groups jump off of the page It almost seems as though the reader knows them.I loved the way I learned about all of the people and groups Even if I thought that I had at least a basic understanding of the groups, I was able to learn new things about them.And the individual people were great I hadn t heard of any of them It was so great to learn a little about them And why their contribution, even though it seemed small, made a difference.Maybe that s the main thing I took from this one Each individuals contribution may be small, but when put with everyone else s contribution it makes a difference That s a great lesson for all of us


  6. Becky Becky says:

    First sentence The story that follows comes from personal interviews with Henry Robert Pat Patton, a survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March and prisoner of war in Japan during World War II.Premise plot The first half of Invisible Heroes introduces readers to five heroic individuals Pat Patton, Nancy Wake, Joseph Hyalmar Anderson, Joseph Medicine Crow, and Dickey Chapelle Three men who served during the war One woman who was part of the French Resistance One woman who was a photojour First sentence The story that follows comes from personal interviews with Henry Robert Pat Patton, a survivor of the infamous Bataan Death March and prisoner of war in Japan during World War II.Premise plot The first half of Invisible Heroes introduces readers to five heroic individuals Pat Patton, Nancy Wake, Joseph Hyalmar Anderson, Joseph Medicine Crow, and Dickey Chapelle Three men who served during the war One woman who was part of the French Resistance One woman who was a photojournalist.The second half of Invisible Heroes introduces readers to heroic groups who made significant contributions to the war effort the Navajo Code Talkers, the Purple Heart Battalion, combat engineers, African Americans, and Rosie the Riveter Each chapter begins with a general introduction or summary before sharing ain depth story.My thoughts I enjoy reading about the war Usually my reading focuses on one person or one family during the war This is a general nonfiction title that focuses on many different people Even though it s not my typical kind of read, I ended up really enjoying it I had favorite chapters I loved, loved, loved the chapter on Dickey Chapelle I had not heard of her before But after reading this chapter, I would love to read a full length biography of her I think the author himself had a soft spot for her She made the cover And he admits that he loved, loved, loved reading her autobiography.I would recommend this one It is an often fascinating read


  7. Nathan Nathan says:

    A fascinating combination of stories of little known participants soldiers and non combatants that affected various aspects of WWII.


  8. S.G.D. Singh S.G.D. Singh says:

    Heartbreaking Never forget


  9. Sheila Sheila says:

    I love history and enjoy reading about real people that shaped our country into the glorious place it is today I particularly love to read about the heroes from World War II This book has ten stories of incredible people who helped change the course of history helping the Allies win the war I d heard of a few of these people but it was fascinating to take a much closer look into their lives and their stories Some of the people you ll read about in this book arewidely known such as the I love history and enjoy reading about real people that shaped our country into the glorious place it is today I particularly love to read about the heroes from World War II This book has ten stories of incredible people who helped change the course of history helping the Allies win the war I d heard of a few of these people but it was fascinating to take a much closer look into their lives and their stories Some of the people you ll read about in this book arewidely known such as the group of men called Navajo code talkers, women in the War Industries, and the Purple Heart Battalion Readers will also get to know individuals who bravely fought against the enemy became a POW such as Pat Patton, or Dickey Chapelle an American female journalist who went behind enemy lines and became an invisible soldier Each story in this book gives you insight into an aspect of the war you may have never read about before This is why I love reading personal accounts even though they may be hard to read We cannot forget our history and what these brave men and women did to maintain our freedom This book is not too long at only 189 pages You also don t need to read it all at once I read it over the course of a month when I only had a little bit of time to read a chapter Borrowman does an excellent job of sharing these stories I love who he dedicated this book to and it shows the overall feel of what this book, Invisible Heroes of World War II, is all about This book is dedicated to the men and women of the United States military as well as the families who support them, for the sacrifices they make in fighting for the cause of freedom particularly to those who achieved great things despite discrimination and prejudice Jerry Borrowman


  10. Denise Hershberger Denise Hershberger says:

    I ve always been interested in learning about the years of WWII so this book caught my eye It was neat to read about specific examples of heroes I especially was intrigued by the photographer s story I cannot believe how brave she was Some of the other stories didn t capture my attention quite as much because I d already readabout them.Another aspect that surprised me in this book was that it wasn t really about WWII so much as it was about all the wars and conflicts the US was involve I ve always been interested in learning about the years of WWII so this book caught my eye It was neat to read about specific examples of heroes I especially was intrigued by the photographer s story I cannot believe how brave she was Some of the other stories didn t capture my attention quite as much because I d already readabout them.Another aspect that surprised me in this book was that it wasn t really about WWII so much as it was about all the wars and conflicts the US was involved in So I felt the title a little misleading.But overall it was a good read and I did learn some new things I received a copy of this through NetGalley This is my honest opinion


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Invisible Heroes of World War II: True Stories That Should Never Be Forgotten [Ebook] ➪ Invisible Heroes of World War II: True Stories That Should Never Be Forgotten ➩ Jerry Borrowman – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk This unique collection documents twelve fascinating and largely untold stories of minorities, women, and Native Americans who supported the Allied cause in World War II Courageously serving as soldier This unique collection documents twelve fascinating of World Epub µ and largely untold stories of minorities, women, and Native Americans who supported the Allied cause in World War II Courageously serving as soldiers, spies, POWs, builders, medics, and movie stars, they fought for the cause of freedom and democracy against the combined threat of the Nazis and Axis powers.

  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • Invisible Heroes of World War II: True Stories That Should Never Be Forgotten
  • Jerry Borrowman
  • English
  • 01 October 2018
  • 1629724173

About the Author: Jerry Borrowman

Jerry Borrowman is an award winning of World Epub µ author of eighteen published books including military fiction, non fiction, and co authored biography Jerry is a two time recipient of the prestigious George Washington National Medal from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, for his contribution to the cause of freedom through his writing Compassionate Soldier was the Invisible Heroes PDF \ Gold Award Winner from Foreword Reviews in the War and Military categoryJerry is known for his meticulous attention to historical detail, including the technology that is unique to each story.