CHILDREN OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION: 1930s-1940s & WWIIby Jake and Daphne Miller
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Daphne and Jacob Miller wrote this book with a vivid recollection, which is communicated instantly to the reader. It is unusual and innovative to have the same story told in two different but harmonizing voices. The style is factual, laconic, and detailed it is the more impressive for its lack of exaggeration. The facts speak for themselves with immense authority.
Daphne and Jake Miller would like to pay a distinctive tribute to the people who defied the odds and emerged from the Great Depression and World War II to lead highly successful lives.
Page 38 from the book:
..."one another without being caught. I think we liked each other.
..."(Daphne) When we were staying in the Hampton Roe area of London my cousin Joan and I were in the kitchen doing some chores. We suddenly heard one of those buzz bombs coming in our direction. We heard the engine suddenly cut out. This meant it was starting its drop earthward. We heard the the Vl bomb coming down as we stood there in the kitchen, both facing each other. We were scared so bad both of us looked as if our eyes were going to pop out of our heads. In our panic we forgot the stair case shelter, dived to the floor of the kitchen and pulled a small throw-rug over our heads!
After the V1 bomb came down we had a good laugh at our stupidity.
Page 119 from the book.
",,,about those women that would catch one´s eyes in a flash was their bare boobs. The boobs hung down their chests for about sixteen inches before you could see the nipples on the lower end.
"The Island Commander who we dubbed a spoil sport, thought us Allied Military people did not need such a viewing. The Island Commander called the local Papuab Chief and his wife to a council meeting. Much to our regret he got the Chief and his wife to understand his directions. He would issue two white Navy T-shirts (U.S. Navy underwear tops) to them for each female. He ordered the Chief to see that they wore one of those T-shirts at all times.
"So far so good...in no time from our viewing point we could see white clad females along the forest and on the beaches. In a couple of days we had to make a run for another load of supplies and the personnel of a U. S. Navy Construction Battalion.
"As we were entering the port on our return the forward main deck of our ship suddenly became occupied by more than the normal number of people who should be there. Those men on the forwarded deck were the first ones to view a great scene. The natives had cut holes in the chest of the T-shirts"...
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