Invisible Heroes of World War II: Extraordinary Wartime Stories of Ordinary People

Invisible Heroes of World War II: Extraordinary Wartime Stories of Ordinary People

by Jerry Borrowman


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Invisible Heroes of World War II documents ten fascinating true stories of a diverse group of soldiers and noncombatants from all over the world, including African Americans, women, and Native Americans, who fought with the Allies during World War II. These heroes made significant contributions in the war effort, and sometimes gave their lives for freedom and liberty, often without much recognition or fanfare. Some were frontline soldiers who were captured by the enemy and endured horrific conditions as POWs, others were ordinary citizens who fought in the French Resistance and provided vital operations to undermine Nazi occupation, while others were engineers, workers in industry, or war correspondents and photographers. All served with valor and distinction as part of the massive Allied forces who fought to free the world from tyranny and oppression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629724171
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 215,181
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jerry Borrowman is an award-winning author of historical fiction and nonfiction. He has written about the World Wars, the Great Depression, and the Vietnam War. His book, Compassionate Soldier, was the recipient of the George Washington National Medal of Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge and the Best Indies Book of the Year 2017 Gold Winner for War and Military. He and his wife, Marcella, raised four children and live in the Rocky Mountains.

Table of Contents

  1. Pat Patton: A young farm boy from Nebraska escapes the Bataan Death March, survives a Japanese internment camp, and witnesses the explosion of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima.
  2. Nancy Wake: A young Australian woman joins the French Resistance and saves the lives of thousands of Jews and military servicemen all while being hunted by the Nazis.
  3. Joseph Hyalmar Anderson: A navel pilot is lost off Vancouver Island during a routine patrol and is listed as missing in action. His remains are found decades later by his family.
  4. Joseph Medicine Crow: Growing up with stories of his grandfather who fought in the battle at the Little Big Horn, Joseph becomes an Army private and counts coup on his German enemies. When he returns home, he becomes the last chief of the Crow Indians.
  5. Dickey Chapelle: An American journalist whose bravery on the battlefield resulted in a collection of haunting photographs that have been viewed by millions of people.
  1. Combat Engineers: Builders and engineers who prepared the way.
  2. The Purple Heart Battalion: 100th Infantry Battalion comprised mostly of Japanese-American soldiers.
  3. African Americans at War.
  4. Navajo Code Talkers.
  5. Rosie the Riveter: Women in the War Industries.

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SSTALEY 3 months ago
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 are more widely 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