War Stories: Remembering World War II

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War Stories chronicles 53 personal testimonies of virtually every major event from World War II by residents of New Orleans-from a Polish army officer who was defending his homeland the day of the German invasion to a member of the honor guard aboard the U.S.S. Missouri the day the Japanese signed the surrender papers. This one-of-a-kind memorial represents journalist Elizabeth Mullener's 12-year dedication to preserving eyewitness accounts of the most devastating conflict in ...

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Overview

War Stories chronicles 53 personal testimonies of virtually every major event from World War II by residents of New Orleans-from a Polish army officer who was defending his homeland the day of the German invasion to a member of the honor guard aboard the U.S.S. Missouri the day the Japanese signed the surrender papers. This one-of-a-kind memorial represents journalist Elizabeth Mullener's 12-year dedication to preserving eyewitness accounts of the most devastating conflict in human history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425196410
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/3/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 484,078
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Elizabeth Mullener received a bachelor of arts degree in art history from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1964. Since 1979, she has been a reporter on the city desk at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, where she writes news features on the people and events in her adopted city. She lives with her husband in Uptown New Orleans.

LSU Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Day One: Hitler Invades Poland: September 1, 1939 1
The Fall of Norway: April 9, 1940 7
The Battle of Britain: December 29, 1940 14
Coming to America: A Jewish Refugee: March 25, 1941 21
The Attack on Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941 28
The Draft Gets Rolling: February 1942 34
The Bataan Death March: April 1942 39
Jimmy Doolittle's Raid: April 18, 1942 45
The Battle of Corregidor: May 7, 1942 52
The Battle of Midway: June 3, 1942 59
The Japanese Internment Camps: Summer 1942 66
The Higgins Shipyard: Fall 1942 73
The Battle of Guadalcanal: November 14, 1942 81
A Child's Revenge: November 1942 87
The Battle of Stalingrad: November 19, 1942 93
A Flying Ace in the Solomon Islands: January 31, 1943 100
The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: April 19, 1943 109
The Invasion of Sicily: July 10, 1943 113
The Invasion of Italy: September 9, 1943 117
Thanksgiving in Tunisia: November 25, 1943 121
A Tuskegee Airman: December 8, 1943 128
Welcome to the USO: December 19, 1943 135
Diary of an Army Nurse in Italy: March 2, 1944 139
D Day: June 6, 1944 147
Patton's Third Army: August 1, 1944 155
A Fighter Pilot at Guam and Saipan: Summer 1944 160
The Liberation of Paris: August 26, 1944 167
Trucking with the Red Ball Express: Fall 1944 172
In Hiding: Fall 1944 179
The Battle of Leyte Gulf: October 23, 1944 183
Joining the WACs: October 1944 188
Working Underground in Hungary: October 1944 194
The Battle of the Bulge: December 16, 1944 202
Two Brothers in Luxembourg: January 2, 1945 207
The Segregated Army: Winter 1944-1945 212
The Battle of Iwo Jima: February 19, 1945 219
Bombs over Tokyo: March 10, 1945 226
Crossing the Rhine: March 24, 1945 232
The Battle of Okinawa: April 2, 1945 237
Entering Buchenwald: April 12, 1945 242
The Liberation of Dachau: April 29, 1945 245
V-E Day: May 8, 1945 252
Playing at Potsdam: July 16, 1945 256
The Sinking of the Indianapolis: July 30, 1945 261
Hiroshima: August 6, 1945 269
Japan Surrenders: August 14, 1945 274
V.-J. Day: September 2, 1945 278
Back to School: September 1945 282
Prisoner of War: October 15, 1945 288
The Occupation of Japan: October 1945 294
Leaving a Marker: November 11, 1945 299
The Nuremberg Trials: November 1945 303
I'll Be Home for Christmas: December 25, 1945 310
Bibliography 317
Index 321
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2007

    The best war stories ever..

    I've read many historical books before. I never found a book like this. This book contains normal war stories and personal experiences. Other books with only historical stories were kind of boring but this book has a personal experiences on it and I enjoyed them pretty much. They showed me general people's feelings, thoughts, other personal things and they were very impressive. It was a lot easier to understand the story by them and they helped me a lot. For example, in Pearl Harbor story, the book showed me the feeling of one military guy. And, his emotions were very sad and depressed. I could feel the same feeling as I was there. I think that point impressed me a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2005

    A touching lifetime of memories

    I love hearing about a person's experience during an historical event. I was quite surprised to read through all of these important, history making events in World War 2 and that all the people involved were from New Orleans. It is so wonderful to see so many tributes to these amazing people. They are truly the greatest generation and although they are leaving us at a fast rate, we have these books to keep the memories alive. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2004

    The Japanese Have Attacked Pearl Harbor

    Elizabeth Mullener, a reporter for a New Orleans paper, has collected 53 eyewitness testimonials. They are not heroes, you will not read about their actions in any history books but they are the stories of hometown heroes starving, often times wounded in their foxholes, women who cared for them by attending their wounds, holding their hands and children forced to live in very confusing times. This is a collection of their stories, their thoughts and feelings of who went off to war, as well as memories of Poles, Belgians, Germans and others who survived. In one memoir, a soldier tells about the conditions he and his fellow soldiers faced trying to save Manilla. 'We ate dog, monkey, water buffalo,' states Carrington, 'The most strangest thing I ate was iguana. You ate the tail, like an alligator tail. Tastes like chicken. The mule tastes like beef, only stronger and tougher. I was young, I had good teeth.' Some of the conditions were much worse than this. Some of the interviews are from those who were teens during the war. One tells of the blitz of England, running for shelters during the bombing. Another teen tells about his life in a center for Japanese Americans and what our country did in a way to compensate them. (Reminds me of Lisa's new book.) Another tells of the Fall of Norway, even younger children took revenge on the Germans 'A Child's Revenge-November, 1942 Christine Stevensky and her friends, after hearing what the Nazi's did to her neighborhood, seeked their own form of justice.' Wonderful glimpses into the horrors of war, the hometown boys who fought and of others who lived through the triumphs, defeates,and the invasion of Europe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2004

    WORLD WAR II

    A fascinating book! You've heard about the heroes, the famous, but have you heard about the unfamous, the men and women who put their coutry ahead of themselves, the women the curred the wounded, the men who fought to freedom, their country, their lives? Step back into the past of the date witch will 'Live in infamy' a date witch changed the US forever.

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