G.I. Joe in France: From Normandy to Berchtesgaden

G.I. Joe in France: From Normandy to Berchtesgaden

G.I. Joe in France: From Normandy to Berchtesgaden

G.I. Joe in France: From Normandy to Berchtesgaden

Synopsis

Gordon is very proud of the fact that he's the fastest engine on the Island of Sodor. But one day he has an accident and his boiler runs dry so he has to slow down...

This latest Thomas Story Time title publishes alongside four other new titles: Noisy Stafford, The Lost Puff, Kevin Meets Cranky and Scruff Gets Clean.

A brand new addition to the award-winning series.

Excerpt

When America entered World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, many young men and women volunteered to join the armed forces. However, the number of volunteers did not meet the needs of the nation, so the draft was instituted. For most of the young people, who had lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s, joining the armed forces in the defense of their country was to be one the greatest adventures of their life. the experience of traveling to faraway and foreign lands, participating in the mind-numbing brutality of combat, or witnessing the horrors of liberated concentration camps left an indelible impression on them for the remainder of their lives.

This work follows the experiences of several combat veterans who went on active duty in 1942, participated in the invasion of Normandy, and fought all the way to the German frontier. the youngest, Ray B. Hood, enlisted at age of sixteen and joined the new elite organization known as the paratroopers. He returned home as a Staff Sergeant. William True also enlisted in 1942 at the age of eighteen and also joined the paratroopers. Both came home with Purple Hearts and Bronze Stars at the end of the war. Thomas Cortright joined the National Guard long before the war at age of seventeen in 1935 and rose through the ranks. in March 1941, his unit was activated. in 1942, he became a lieutenant after attending ocs and joined the 4th Infantry Division. Like Ray Hood and Bill True, he distinguished himself in combat, earning a Combat Infantryman Badge and receiving

the Woman’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was formed earlier in 1941 and quickly met its quotas, but these women were not part of the army. in July 1943 Congress created the Woman’s Army Corps (WAC) whose members became part of the army. the members of the waac who did not want to join the new wac returned to civilian life.

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