Military

Project Seven Alpha: American Airlines in Burma 1942

Title: Project Seven Alpha: American Airlines in Burma 1942
Author: Leland C. Shanle Jr.
Genre: Military Sub-Category: Air Force
Reviewed by: Bob Flournoy

ISBN (for Amazon store): 1844158268

In late 1941, President Roosevelt agonized over the rapid advances of the Japanese forces in Asia, they seemed unstoppable. He foresaw their intentions of taking India and linking up with the two other Axis Powers, Germany and Italy, in an attempt to conquer the Eastern Hemisphere. US naval forces had been severely surprised and diminished in Pearl Harbor and the army was outnumbered and ill-prepared to take on the invading hoards. One of his few options was to form a defensive line on the eastern side of the Patkai and Himalayan Ranges, there he could look for support from the Chinese and Burmese. It was to be the only defence to a Japanese invasion of India.

To support and supply these troops, fighting in hostile jungle terrain where overland routes had been cut off, he desperately needed to set up an air supply from Eastern India. His problem was lack of aircraft and experienced pilots to fly the dangerous 'Hump, over the world's highest mountains. Hence came Operation Seven Alpha, a plan to enlist the aircraft, DC-3s, and pilots, veterans of World War One, of American Airlines. This newly formed Squadron would fly these medium-range aircraft in a series of long-distance hops across the Pacific and Southern Asia to the Assam Valley in India. They would then create and operate the vital supply route carrying arms, ammunition and food Eastward to the Allied bases and return with wounded personnel. This is the story of this little-known operation in the early days of the Burma Campaign.

This book is based on the true experiences of those who were involved and is a fitting tribute to the bravery and inventiveness of a band of men who answered their country's desperate call at the outset of the war against Japan in Asia.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Shanle, Jr. Leland C.

So Others May Live Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers Saving Lives Defying Death

Title: So Others May Live Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers Saving Lives Defying Death
Author: Martha LaGuardia-Kotite
Genre: Military, Coast Guard
Reviewer: Buddy Cox

A journey of the heart, enter and share the feelings, desires and emotions we all experience in this the cauldron of the adventure we call life. Blended into who and what we become, who we wish to become. This is emotional poetry, sharing life and the deep feelings of the heart and soul. Each poem tells a story that I hope tugs at your heart or the corners of your mouth, and brings a tear to your eye or a smile to your heart.

I write from my heart, of things I feel, see, hear and experience. I want the reader to be able to both understand and identify with what I write. If just one person is touched by my writing, then I have succeeded.

So cry, smile, or simply view things with a new perspective. Open your heart and let the emotion of the words reach into the depths of your heart. For to be touched so by words is a blessing.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Laguardia-Kotite, Martha

Chess Players, The

Title: The Chess Players
Author: Francis J. Partel
Genre: Military Sub-Category: Navy
Reviewed by: Stephen Phillips

ISBN (for Amazon store): 0615414516

The Chess Players is both a naval story and a love story and opens with an audacious, espionage mission, a Soviet submarine penetration of Stavanger, Norway, and closes with a thrilling, bizarre episode between a missile-equipped, Russian nuclear submarine and a US Navy destroyer escort in the Mediterranean Sea. Commander Pebbles, Operations Officer of anti-submarine carrier, Essex, on a career track for admiral, mentors the well-educated and competent, but inexperienced young Ensign Cannon. Based in part on untold, historical events typical of the Cold War at sea, their task group encounters several provocative incidents at the hands of the Russian Bear above the Arctic Circle and in the Mediterranean Sea prior to and after the 1967 Six Day Arab-Israeli War. The love story begins when beautiful Laetitia Martin, a Ph. D. candidate in art history, meets Ensign Cannon, both members of a wedding on Martha's Vineyard, shortly before Essex deploys for NATO exercises in the Eastern Atlantic. She is a consummate "belonger" with a growth motive and catches a whiff of the women's movement and begins to find her upper-class life stifling. Cannon doesn't flinch at women's liberation, but he has other anxiety-producing issues related to women. Her research into the turbulent life of the painter, Caravaggio, the novel's fourth character, if you will, will also take her to Europe in the summer of 1967 and provides the opportunity for their romance to bud and bloom in London and in Malta as she succeeds in explaining Caravaggio's self-destructive behavior in modern psychological terms.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Partel, Francis J.

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