By Flora J. Solomon
In January of 1941, Margie Bauer is termed to lively responsibility within the military Nurse Corps of the USA military Reserves, and her mom unfortunately laments, “You’re a able woman, however the world’s a perilous place.” regardless of her mother’s issues, Margie is overjoyed while she learns her project is to Sternberg health center 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 lower than twinkle-light stars with good-looking, younger medical professionals. although rumors of conflict move, she feels safe—the island is fortified, the airbases are plentiful, and the Filipino troops are education intensely. basic MacArthur is upbeat whilst he broadcasts that every thing is splendid.
December eight, 1941, jap bombers roar into the Philippines, turning every 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 loss of life 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. eventually captured by means 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 looks within the sky. An American aircraft! “We’re the following! We’re here!” she calls and waves. yet, cruelly, she unearths the liberation forces convey with them a chance extra brutal than these of her evil oppressors.
A PLEDGE OF SILENCE is a historic novel in keeping with the stories of the nurses who valiantly served within the Philippines in the course of global struggle II and have become the 1st U.S. army ladies to be taken prisoners-of-war by way of a overseas enemy.
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Accordingly, on 8 April Mutaguchi ordered Sato to continue beyond Kohima to Dimapur. Sato obeyed, if somewhat reluctantly, sending a battalion of the 138th Regiment along the track that led from Merema to Bokajan. However, Mutaguchi's order to Sato had been copied to the Burma Area Army HQ in Rangoon and Kawabe, who had anticipated such a move by his army commander, lost no time in countermanding the instructions. Sato's battalion, five hours into its march on Dimapur, was recalled. What might have happened if Sato had turned a Nelsonian blind eye to Kimura's order, or if he had delayed its official receipt for another 24 hours?
Fortunately Sato's initial attacks were weak and disparate as he was unable fully to concentrate his forces for several days. No serious attack on the frantically digging garrison took place that day, although the initial Japanese tactic of rushing the British positions was undertaken at high cost; by nightfall on 5 April the 3/58th Regiment had already suffered 110 casualties. The fact that the British had never considered Kohima to have been a serious risk was made obvious to a horrified Warren when he had first arrived on 29 March, no systematic defence of the ridge having been prepared.
To the brigade was added the 4/5th Mahrattas under Lieutenant-Colonel Trim. Sent into the jungle almost to fend for themselves, it was not expected that they would have to fight, let alone be on the receiving end of an entire Japanese divisional attack. They had little equipment, no barbed wire and little or no experience or knowledge of the territory. In the first light of dawn on 19 March, Hope-Thompson received anxious calls from the commanders of both his 152nd Battalion and the 4/5th Mahrattas to say that they could see heavy columns of Japanese clearly marching on their undefended encampment at Sheldon's Corner, a few short kilometres to the east.