German Boy - Wolfgang Samuel

The book is a memoir of retired US Air Force colonel, Wolfgang Samuel, who grew up in Germany during WWII. The book begins in 1945 when the author is 10 years old. Along with his mother, grand mother, and younger sister, we follow along as they flee from the advancing Russian army.

As they travel through war torn Germany, from Stratsburg to Berlin, the story is told from his perspective as a boy. We meet Wolfgang on the eve of Russian troops over running his home town. From then on, the gripping story carries you from city to city as Wolfgang and his family tries to stay one step ahead of the Russians and head toward the Americans. Along the way, we meet Hitler youths, die-hard Nazi's, anti-Nazis, and just average citizens trying to survive the times. Eventually, the Russians would catch up to the Samuel family and the story turns into one of living under occupation of the communist regime. We get a glimpse of what life was like during the last year of the War in Germany. The mosiac of lives creates real characters living in a complex world.

The book is not only an account of a boy's view of the closing years of the war, but also one about his mother as a single parent, doing whatever she needs to keep her family alive. The family does escape to the American occupied zone. However the suffering does not stop at the end of the war - food shortages and discrimination against refugees continues to make living an everyday struggle. Eventually the family makes it to the United States.

The book is extremely well written. The war is not painted in black and white, everything shifts along different shades of gray. One of the best war time and post war Germany books you can read.

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M4 Sherman - Early Production - Tamiya

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One of the original series of kits that Tamiya produced to re-introduce the work of 1:48 armor to the modeling world. Built as a Normandy tank with Hedgerow device

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Tex Hill - Introduction (part 0)

Introduction 1On a sunny afternoon in June of 2002, my family and I were pulling into a very crowded parking lot when I heard the unmistakable sound of low flying piston engines. As I looked up, there was a flight of five AT-6 ‘Texan’ trainers flying nice and slow in perfect formation right over our car. It had taken more than a few hours of driving to get here - Reading, Pennsylvania - an area once settled by German emigrants in the United States. Every year for three days in the summer, a 'World War II' weekend is hosted here by the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. While I was a certified airplane fanatic, the main reason I had wanted to come this particular year was to see David "Tex" Hill - youngest man to become Brigadier General in the US Air Force Reserve, commander of the 75th Fighter Squadron in China, and as most people will remember him, leader of the Flying Tigers' 2nd Pursuit Squadron.

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America - Erik Larson

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The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson. This book intertwines the story of the 1898 Worlds fair in Chicago and that of a serial killer, H. H. Holmes, that used the fair as a lure for young women into his apartment for rent.

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Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation - Joseph J. Ellis

foundingbrothers Joseph Ellis, is one of the foremost scholars on the American Revolutionary period, and in this book, he chooses to examine the lives of several 'brothers' and the events that were taking place during the American Revolution and the decades immediately afterwards.

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