On Either Side: A World War Two Romance

On Either Side: A World War Two Romance

by Jon Halfhide

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The haunted mind of a brave patriot; a bitter betrayal by the Third Reich, soothed by the arms of a forbidden affair. 'On Either Side' is essentially a love story set during World War 2 between a young German SS Officer, Karl Wulf, and an English nurse Brenda King. The couple meet late in the book when Karl is wounded at the Battle for Caen and brought to a British Field Hospital on the outskirts of the city. Before this Karl is awarded the Knight's Cross for courage and loyalty to the Reich demonstrated on the Eastern Front, and is assigned by Heinrich Himmler for rest and recuperation to the Sobibor death camp in a benign role to convalesce for a few weeks before being sent back to active service. Here he discovers the true purpose of the camp and is appalled and mentally scarred by the genocide he witnesses. With the help of another guard at the camp he plans a successful escape of a small group of Jewish prisoners. However he is suspected of collusion with the escape and so sent back to Berlin. But Himmler admires the qualities of Karl, his bravery and conscientiousness, and adopts him briefly as a confidante before being reunited with his Sobibor co-conspirator and being sent to Limoges in Vichy France to take over command of an SS field base at Masset Farm in Oradour-sur-Glane (village infamous for the Oradour massacre). With the onset of the D Day invasion Karl's orders are changed and he is sent to Paris, under the supervision of the German hierarchy, to root out Jews hiding in the city for deportation to the death camps. But his conscience couldn't entertain such orders and so, before he leaves for Paris, he arranges an escape route, with the help of a local priest, for Jews from Paris to a temporary safe-house at Oradour en-route to freedom in Spain. In Paris, he meets Coco Chanel and she helps him to arrange safe passage for a few Jews from the city to a safe-house in Oradour before Karl decides that his service to Germany would be best suited in the fight against the allies and so heads for Normandy commanding a small SS battalion. Here he is badly wounded, picked up by the Red Cross and nursed back to health in a British field hospital where he meets and falls in love with Brenda. Inevitable he is deported to England where she visits him when on leave. After the war, and Karl's release from prison, they plan to marry.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161708552
Publisher: Amazon
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: On Either Side , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 977,775
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jon Halfhide was born in Brentwood, Essex, UK in 1961 and now lives in Somerset. "On Either Side" is his debut novel.
His Mother served in The Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps during WW2, initially in
India close to the Burma border and latterly in Japan where she nursed British POW's after
liberation. Jon has often thought that QA's were the quiet heroines of WW2 and so seeks to highlight their courage and altruistic dedication to the brave wounded "on either side."

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