As our old soldiers of World War II fail and fade away, many of their acts of heroism will forever go unheralded. An eighty-year-old veteran of that bitter conflict has written, for your consideration, this personal account of that tragic time in our nation’s history, in hopes that their heroic deeds might not be forgotten.
“When I Return In Spring” is a touching, love story of a country boy, caught up in the avalanche of war. Torn from the arms of his young bride, he faces death in the skies over Germany, as a ball turret gunner on a B 17 Flying Fortress, at a time when one half or the heavy bombers sent into combat are lost before finishing their tour of duty. The loneliness of being separated from everything that matters in his life is more devastating than the deadly enemy that he faces daily and fears deeply.
In one of the little known tragedy of World War II, the book brings to light the heart-rending story of five thousand American prisoners of war who endure a five hundred mile death march across Germany in the dead of winter. After eighty-seven days of hunger, disease and exposure, two thousand of the emaciated prisoners are all that reach the allied lines and freedom.
You will witness a beaten and beleaguered German people, fleeing before the mighty Russian Onslaught, seeking sanctuary behind the allied lines, in the greatest mass migration of human beings since the exodus from Egypt by the Children of Israel.
This fascinating story, devoid of vulgarity, crudeness and profanity, is must reading for every red blooded American, and can be enjoyed by young and old alike. It can well be read as a family project.