By Flora J. Solomon
In January of 1941, Margie Bauer is named to energetic accountability within the military Nurse Corps of the us military Reserves, and her mom unfortunately laments, “You’re a able lady, however the world’s a perilous place.” regardless of her mother’s matters, Margie is overjoyed while she learns her project is to Sternberg health center in Manila, Philippines—the Pearl of the Orient. She falls in love with the wonderful thing about the island, and the carefree way of life of bridge video games, tennis dates, pool events, and dancing less than twinkle-light stars with good-looking, younger medical professionals. notwithstanding rumors of struggle flow, she feels safe—the island is fortified, the airbases are plentiful, and the Filipino troops are education intensely. normal MacArthur is upbeat while he pronounces that every thing is splendid.
December eight, 1941, jap bombers roar into the Philippines, turning every thing of their route to smoldering piles of rubble. Racing to stick prior to the enemy, the U.S. military evacuates to the jungles of Bataan the place Margie has a tendency to the wounded, unwell, and demise 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. finally captured via 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 hazard, hunger, and loss. Then, an aircraft seems within the sky. An American aircraft! “We’re the following! We’re here!” she calls and waves. yet, cruelly, she reveals the liberation forces carry with them a chance extra brutal than these of her evil oppressors.
A PLEDGE OF SILENCE is a old novel in response to the stories of the nurses who valiantly served within the Philippines in the course of global battle II and have become the 1st U.S. army girls to be taken prisoners-of-war through a overseas enemy.
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Throughout the day, long-range American search aircraft did excellent work. PBYs and B-17s from Espiritu Santo and from seaplane tender Ballard deployed to the southernmost of the Santa Cruz Islands were active and productive. At 0930hrs, a B-17 spotted the Advance Force. Within minutes, a PBY spotted the Vanguard Force. Another PBY began to shadow Nagumo’s Main Body beginning at 1000hrs. By 1103hrs, it had spotted all three of Nagumo’s carriers. News of the PBY contacts reached Kinkaid at 1025hrs.
Japanese offensive air operations were better coordinated, and because they did not depend on a single carrier, were usually larger. Another lesson from Midway was the vulnerability of torpedo bombers. During the first part of the war, Japanese tactics when attacking heavily defended naval targets were to attack simultaneously with dive and torpedo bombers to overwhelm the defenses and minimize losses to the more vulnerable torpedo bombers. Going into the Guadalcanal campaign, the Japanese decided to hold their torpedo aircraft in reserve until the dive-bombers had crippled the American carriers.
Com THE BATTLE OF SANTA CRUZ After two failed attempts to dislodge the Marines, Yamamoto changed his strategic focus from destroying the American fleet to supporting the land offensive to seize Henderson Field. He devised a combined sea and air operation to neutralize the airfield, thus allowing sufficient ground forces to be landed to seize the airfield successfully. After that had been accomplished, the Combined Fleet would close on Guadalcanal to destroy the American fleet as it rushed to the aid of the Marines.
A Pledge of Silence by Flora J. Solomon