By Flora J. Solomon
In January of 1941, Margie Bauer is named to energetic responsibility within the military Nurse Corps of the U.S. military Reserves, and her mom unfortunately laments, “You’re a able woman, however the world’s a deadly place.” regardless of her mother’s matters, Margie is thrilled whilst she learns her task is to Sternberg medical institution in Manila, Philippines—the Pearl of the Orient. She falls in love with the wonderful thing about the island, and the carefree way of life of bridge video games, tennis dates, pool events, and dancing below twinkle-light stars with good-looking, younger medical professionals. notwithstanding rumors of conflict move, she feels safe—the island is fortified, the airbases are considerable, and the Filipino troops are education intensely. common MacArthur is upbeat while he broadcasts that every thing is splendid.
December eight, 1941, eastern bombers roar into the Philippines, turning every little thing of their route to smoldering piles of rubble. Racing to stick prior to the enemy, the U.S. military evacuates to the jungles of Bataan the place Margie has a tendency to the wounded, ailing, and death squaddies in open-air box hospitals. With the Nips at her heels, she is relocated to an underground tunnel-hospital at the fortified island of Corregidor. finally captured by way of the japanese, she is interned in Santo Tomas, a prisoner-of-war camp.
For 3 years, Margie doubts her survival within the harsh surroundings the place she faces escalating threat, hunger, and loss. Then, an aircraft seems within the sky. An American aircraft! “We’re right here! We’re here!” she calls and waves. yet, cruelly, she unearths the liberation forces carry with them a threat extra brutal than these of her evil oppressors.
A PLEDGE OF SILENCE is a historic novel in response to the stories of the nurses who valiantly served within the Philippines in the course of international conflict II and have become the 1st U.S. army girls to be taken prisoners-of-war via a international enemy.
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The Marine Corps was mostly concerned with beach reconnaissance, but placed importance on tactical scouting. Regardless of these traditions, Army and Marine divisions possessed only a company-size reconnaissance unit instead of the battalion-size units found in most armies. A 155-man mechanized reconnaissance troop was assigned to the new triangular infantry division in September 1940, equipped with MG-armed open-topped White M3Al scout cars and jeeps. In July 1943 this element was redesignated a cavalry reconnaissance troop.
German reconnaissance tries to report accurately and in detail the dispositions of our troops, heavy artillery, headquarters and reserves. Regarding all changes in our units as significant, the enemy attempts to discover these changes and to draw conclusions which can be put to use. This reconnaissance is carried out by observers, listening sentries, patrols, or battle (reconnaissance-in-force). Special attention is given to the reports of the listening sentries. Under cover of darkness, these men crawl as close to our lines as possible and try to plot and fIX the location of various sounds especially to gain information about our tanks, reserves, the movement of our patrols, the location of new artillery positions, and areas in which digging is in progress.
Patrol inspection Prior to departing on a patrol the patrol leader inspected his men to ensure that they were prepared, capable, and had everything necessary to complete the mission. He checked specifically that: • Each man was physically fit for the duty, and had the prescribed uniform and equipment, adequate for the weather. • Each man's weapon was clean and operational, with the required ammunition supply; that his canteen was full, and he had the required rations. • No unnecessary equipment was being carried, nor any insignia, documents, letters, etc.
A Pledge of Silence by Flora J. Solomon