In an exotic world with Naga headhunters, opium-smoking Kachin tribesmen, and marauders who scorn both life and death, Harry must entrust his life to others if he is to survive the war. During a time when boys are forced to come of age on the battlefield, and where death and insanity seem to be the only ways out, Harry must find what makes his life worth living.
The lessons learned in WWII apply to all wars where men walk away carrying unspeakable memories about the lives that could have been. Behind the Forgotten Front takes you to the overlooked battles in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II and shows you that history is about facts driven by the passions and sometimes the mistakes of real people.
Barbara Hawkins used her father's WWII diary, now in the Library of Congress Veterans Project, to write the story he could never complete. Her first book, Behind the Forgotten Front, led her to visit India and Burma, where as an engineer she walked the now overgrown Stilwell Road and explored the jungles along the Chindwin River. These days, if she isn't writing she's traveling. You can find her at BarbaraHawkins-writer.com or her father's Signal Corps photos of WWII at https://www.pinterest.com/virtualtravele.
“….a ‘bottom-up’ account of tank warfare, unique in the annals of WW II, based on the cold, hard, terrifying facts of armored combat. The way the author develops the humanism of the characters, their language, their down-to-earth thoughts and emotions is truly remarkable.”
Col. Arthur F. Pottle, WW II troop commander, 86th Cav Rcn Sqdn, 6th Armored Division, Third Army
“Fate’s Finger is a great military micro-historical achievement, telling it like it was for the men on the line in WW II armored divisions, and it reeks with verisimilitude: the contemporaneous U.S. newspaper headlines, and the wonderful human insights in the letters to and from the folks back home. Absolutely authentic, a ‘been there, done that’. I couldn’t put it down!”
Capt. Perry Swirsky, WW II tank company commander, 752nd Tank Bn.
“Only a rare few WW II accounts have captured as this one has the turmoil that small groups of tankers and their machines endured to make the ‘big picture’ succeed. A must read for old – and new – tankers.”
1st Lt. George A. Campbell, WW II tank platoon leader, 8th Armored Division.
IRWIN SHAW A Perfect Morning (from The Young Lions)
J. G. BALLARD Lunghua Camp (from Empire of the Sun)
JAMES JONES The Big Day (from From Here to Eternity)
JAMES A. MICHENER The Landing at Kuralei (from Tales of the South Pacific)
RICHARD HILLARY Shall Live for a Ghost? (from The Last Enemy)
KURT VONNEGUT Billy Pilgrim (from Slaughterhouse Five)
EVELYN WAUGH Battalion in Defence (from Officers and Gentlemen)
NORMAN MAILER Anopopei (from The Naked and the Dead)
GUYGIBSON, VC Some were Unlucky(from Enemy Coast Ahead)
JOSEPH HELLER Major Major Major Major(from Catch 22)
RAYMOND PAULL The Invasion of Papua (from Retreat from Kokoda)
RONALD SETH Stalingrad- the Story of the Battle (from Stalingrad-Point of Return)
NANCY WAKE The White Mouse and the Maquis d'Auvergne (from The White Mouse)
JOHN STEINBECK The Invaders (from The Moon is Down)
NICHOLAS MONSARRAT The Compass Rose (from The Cruel Sea)
JOHN HERSEY Hiroshima - The Fire (from Hiroshima)