By Flora J. Solomon
In January of 1941, Margie Bauer is termed to energetic responsibility 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 deadly place.” regardless of her mother’s issues, Margie is overjoyed while she learns her task is to Sternberg clinic 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 less than twinkle-light stars with good-looking, younger medical professionals. although rumors of warfare circulation, she feels safe—the island is fortified, the airbases are considerable, and the Filipino troops are education intensely. common MacArthur is upbeat whilst he declares that every little 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, in poor health, and loss of life 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 atmosphere the place she faces escalating hazard, hunger, and loss. Then, an plane seems within the sky. An American aircraft! “We’re right here! We’re here!” she calls and waves. yet, cruelly, she unearths the liberation forces convey with them a possibility extra brutal than these of her evil oppressors.
A PLEDGE OF SILENCE is a old novel according to the studies of the nurses who valiantly served within the Philippines in the course of international warfare II and have become the 1st U.S. army girls to be taken prisoners-of-war by way of a overseas enemy.
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Sensors and Fire Control What really gave British light cruisers an edge over their wartime opponents was the highly effective combination of sensors and fire control they carried. While few cruisers had radar fitted before 1941, the number of sets proliferated, at least on ships that had survived the first gruelling naval campaigns of the war. In 1938, Sheffield was fitted with a Type 79 air warning radar, capable – if the conditions were right – of detecting enemy aircraft up to 60 miles away.