Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, by Leslie Maitland

By Leslie Maitland

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former long island occasions investigative reporter whose mom and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, the place, as Jews, they spent 4 years as refugees, the final lower than hazard of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the final boat to flee France prior to the Germans sealed its harbors. Then, barred from getting into the U.S., they lived in Cuba for nearly years ahead of emigrating to manhattan. This sweeping account of 1 family’s break out from the turmoil of war-torn Europe hangs upon the intimate and deeply own tale of Maitland’s mother’s passionate romance with a Catholic Frenchman. Separated by way of warfare and her family’s disapproval, the younger lovers—Janine and Roland—lose one another for 50 years. it's a testimony to either Maitland’s investigative abilities and her devotion to her mom that she effectively traced the misplaced Roland and used to be capable of reunite him with Janine. not like such a lot of tales of affection in the course of wartime, theirs has a contented finishing.

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Oberst Schwehr had been in charge during almost all previous operations against the Maquis in difficult mountain terrain; he seemed to be the right commander to take the passes in the south-east. For his mission he had the Reserve Gebirgsjäger Bataillone I/98 and II/98 available as well as one and a half companies of Reserve Gebirgs Artillerie Abteilung 79. Overall the Germans could deploy around 1,200 to 1,500 men in Kampfgruppe Schwehr. The odds were therefore between 8:1 and 10:1 against the Maquis; the heavy weapons benefited the Germans, too, and at least in theory they could also count on support from the air.

For the Gebirgsjäger in his division this was exactly the kind of terrain they were trained to fight in. In various operations against the Maquis they had shown their physical robustness and military skills. Their heavy weapons could be easily loaded on mules and with practice the mountain guns could be assembled ready to fire in about ten minutes. The light 2cm mortars were even more flexible and the ideal mountain infantry support weapons against ‘soft’ targets. Oberst Schwehr had been in charge during almost all previous operations against the Maquis in difficult mountain terrain; he seemed to be the right commander to take the passes in the south-east.

In the following days the unimpeded presence of German planes over the battlefield would turn out to be a major factor in their victory. THE GENERAL GERMAN ATTACK AND BREAK-IN The airborne landing at Vassieux It was to become a sunny and hot summer day on 21 July. From early morning the French civilian labour company was out in the fields near Vassieux and continued its work on the provisional airstrip codenamed Taille-Crayon (Vassieux); after many days of hard work the project was finally just about finished.

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