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By Nevil Shute

One among Nevil Shute’s most fun novels, Pied Piper is the gripping tale of 1 aged man's bold try and rescue a bunch of youngsters throughout the Nazi invasion of France.

It is the spring of 1940 and John Sidney Howard desires not anything greater than to get pleasure from his fishing vacation in southern France in peace and quiet. notwithstanding, the Nazi conquest of the Low international locations places an finish to that, and he's requested via acquaintances to take their childrens again to England. Crossing France together with his younger fees turns out easy adequate at first—until the Germans invade, rendering them fugitives. As Howard struggles to sneak throughout France, he alternatives up a number of extra helpless teenagers of varied nationalities. They stroll for miles in an never-ending river of refugees, strafed through German planes and hiding in barns at evening. by the point Howard and his flock of teenagers succeed in the Channel, his plan of escaping on a fishing boat has turn into totally very unlikely, and of their ultimate war of words with the invaders, all their lives are at stake.

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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.

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