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A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

By Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute’s such a lot loved novel, a story of affection and battle, follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle in the course of global warfare II to the rugged Australian outback.

Jean Paget, a tender Englishwoman residing in Malaya, is captured via the invading eastern and compelled on a brutal seven-month dying march with dozens of alternative ladies and kids. many years after the struggle, Jean is again in England, the nightmare at the back of her. besides the fact that, an unforeseen inheritance conjures up her to come to Malaya to provide anything again to the villagers who kept her existence. however it seems that they have got a present for her to boot: the scoop that the younger Australian soldier, Joe Harmon, who had risked his existence to assist the ladies, had miraculously survived. Jean’s look for Joe leads her to a desolate Australian outpost referred to as Willstown, the place she reveals a problem that might draw on the entire resourcefulness and spirit that carried her via her war-time ordeals.

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Although none of these men had any information about an expected imminent landing in southern France, the leaders of the Vercors felt their arrival meant that Algiers had not forgotten the Resistance fighters on the plateau. Moreover, Eucalyptus’s operational orders had probably been misread, misinterpreted or just ignored. True, Longe’s and Houseman’s instructions stated that mortars could be expected later that month when technical problems with the detonators would have been rectified for air drops.

Soon after, however, they find themselves exposed to fierce French counter-attacks; besieged in the village over the following days the Fallschirmjäger are eventually relieved on 25 July 1944 by friendly forces coming from the south of the plateau. With the airborne forces, members of the Sicherheitspolizei und Sicherheitsdienst (Security Police and Security Service) from Lyon take part in this operation, probably accompanied by some French collaborators. Amongst the police forces is their commander, SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr Werner Knab, who was previously involved in mass crimes in the Ukraine (7).

Hammer) had firmly held their positions against the enemy and inflicted a number of casualties. In reality, the Germans had not yet commenced their major onslaught on the passes when André sent out this message. By the end of the day Geyer was left to understand that all passes were still in French hands. The next morning on 22 July 7. and 8. Kompanie/Reserve Gebirgsjäger Bataillon II/98, did not immediately exploit their success of the previous day, but consolidated their gains instead; heavy weapons were carried up to the plateau.

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