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When Pearl Harbor goes up in flames, eight lives will change forever.

A shock wave ripples across the world, setting off a chain of events in which no one is left untouched.

From a con man in New York, to an Ulster Home Guard, to an American naval nurse, to a French Countess, and to a German Jew, each will bear the consequence of Japan’s surprise attack on the American naval base.

What challenges will they face? Will they find their ways and come through?

Step into these tales of eight men and women spread across continents after the fateful day of December 7, 1941. See through their eyes how one event shook their lives and devastated the world.

The Stories:

Deadly Liberty by R.V. Doon: Connie Collins, a navy nurse on the hospital ship, USS Solace, takes liberty the day before Pearl Harbor. Her budding romance wilts, an AWOL nurse insists she find a missing baby, and she’s in the harbor when WWII erupts. Under fire, she boards the ship–and witnesses a murder during the red alert chaos. When liberty turns deadly, shipmates become suspects.

The List by Vanessa Couchman: A high-ranking German officer is assassinated in Western France and 50 hostages are shot. Fifty more will be executed if the killers are not handed over. Jewish communist Joseph Mazelier is on the list. Will Countess Ida agree to help him escape?

Christmas Eve in the City of Dreams by Alexa Kang: On his last night in New York, a young grifter sets out to turn the table on those who shorted him before he leaves for the draft. Will he win or lose?

Allies After All by Dianne Ascroft: Although their nations are allies, from their first meeting American civilian contractor Art Miller and Local Defence Volunteer, Robbie Hetherington loathe each other. But Northern Ireland is too small a place for such animosity. What will it take to make the two men put aside their enmity and work together?

Time to Go by Margaret Tanner: A young sailor, who died at Pearl Harbor, finally meets his soulmate on the 75th Anniversary of the battle. Will she be prepared to leave the 21st century with him? Or will they forever remain apart?

Turning Point by Marion Kummerow: Eighteen-year-old German Jew Margarete Rosenbaum is about to be sent to a labor camp, when a bomb hits the building she lives in. Emerging from the rubble she’s presented with an unexpected opportunity. But how far is she willing to go to save her life?

I am an American by Robyn Hobusch Echols: Ellen Okita and Flo Kaufmann are high school seniors in Livingston, California. Ellen is a first generation American who lives in the Yamato Colony, composed of about 100 families of Japanese descent. Flo’s father is a first generation American. After Pearl Harbor, the war hits home fast and brings unforeseen changes to them and their families.

A Rude Awakening by Robert A. Kingsley: Singapore, December1941; the fortress sleeps, believing its own tales of strength and invulnerability. A rigidly class based society throws garden parties and dines sedately, disregarding the slowly growing number of warning signals. Suddenly, the underestimated enemy ferociously attacks and the myth of invincibility is shattered forever.

December 22, 1944 The Battered Bastards of Bastogne

December 22, 1944 The Battered Bastards of Bastogne

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Today in History

The largest German offensive of the western front burst out of the frozen Ardennes forest on December 16, 1944, aiming to drive a wedge between British and American forces and to capture the Belgian port of Antwerp, vital to the German need to re-supply. It was called “Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein”.  “Operation Watch on the Rhine”.

The tactical surprise was complete, allied forces driven back through the densely forested regions of France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Wartime news maps showed a great inward “bulge” in the lines, and the name stuck. The Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest battle fought by the US in WWII, fought in the harshest winter conditions in recorded history and involving 610,000+ Americans.


The seven roads leading to Antwerp converged in Bastogne, in what the Germans called “Straße Oktopus”, “Road Octopus”. The town was strategically indispensable to the German drive on Antwerp, and…

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We’ll Meet Again… A Love Story

About a love story

Harry James Goodwin DFC DFM

A Love Story

This photo is part of Harry James Goodwin’s collection. 

Jimmy has he was called by others when he was with 78 Squadron had a girlfriend when he was stationed in England. I believe this photo was taken at Linton-on-House late 1943 or early 1944.

On what occasion was it taken that I don’t know.

What I know is that Jimmy’s daughter would like to know more about Jimmy’s girlfriend.

Hi Pierre,

My Dad is in the front middle of this photo and the girl I told you about is kneeling behind Dad with her hands on his shoulders. I would love to know who she was. I know you will find her, no pressure LOL
Regards, Gayle

A Love Story

We'll meet again - a love story Harry's girlfriend

We'll meet again - a love story Harry's girlfriend zoom in

I have asked Gayle for more information sending her this montage.

A Love Story identification

Hi Pierre, I think the girl you circled in green is the one Dad was going out with, the one in red…

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Lt. Sam Marett & the Seversky P-35

Forgotten no more…

The Java Gold's Blog

An unsung hero and a forgotten plane.

On December 10, 1941, the US Far East Air Force in the Philippines was still reeling from the disastrous Japanese attacks on Dec. 8 and 9. Two thirds of its heavy bombers had been destroyed on the ground and its remaining fighter force had been nearly halved.

P35_landing_Ipa_Dec-1941 A Seversky P-35A landing in bad weather at Iba Airfield, Luzon

What remained of the battered fighter and bomber squadrons had been dispersed to emergency fields, some of them lacking even the most basic items such as food, water and toilet facilities. As was the case with the pilots of the 34th Pursuit Squadron; they spent a foodless and nearly sleepless night at the primitive San Marcelino field.  They took off before dawn and flew their 16 remaining Seversky P-35’s back to Del Carmen airfield, only to find orders to attack a Japanese invasion fleet off…

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Les souvenirs de guerre de Jimmy Goodwin

The memoirs of Flight Lieutenant Harry James Goodwin, DFC, DFM

RCAF 425 Les Alouettes II


On the 10th July 1940 two contingents from Rhodesia were attested directly into the Royal Air Force and subsequently sent to England for training.
Having done our basic training at Bridge North in England and some were sent to 44 Rhodesia Squadron as ground staff working on Hampdens and subsequently on Lancasters.

I was subsequently sent to St. Athens in Wales for training as a Flight Engineer before being posted to No.78 Squadron at Linton-on-Ouse for operational flying, on Halifax Bombers, and completed my first tour of operation over enemy territory.

This included flights to the Rhur, Berlin, Turin, Muzenburg and also mine laying in the Baltic Sea in the region of Sweden.

During one trip to Berlin, having reached Hannover, I discovered the overload tank in the bomb bay had the fuel cap left off and was giving strong fumes into the cabin. I spent considerable time trying to…

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