Goodbye, Mickey Mouse by Len Deighton

By Len Deighton

Deighton's ancient fiction Goodbye, Mickey Mouse vividly conjures up wartime England. within the wintry weather of 1943-44, a bunch of yankee fighter pilots flies escort missions over Germany--among them the deeply reserved Captain Jamie Farebrother, estranged son of a deskbound colonel, and the cocky Lieutenant Mickey Morse, who's good on his technique to turning into America's no 1 Flying Ace. the single factor the 2 males have in universal is a wealth of braveness, yet they forge a bond of friendship in conflict with far-reaching effects for themselves...and for the way forward for these they love.

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Rommel sent orders for the three desert columns to converge there. But that was more easily said than done. Early on the morning of April 6, Rommel himself was within a dozen miles of the fort, but he had only a handful of troops with him. Despite his best efforts, 29 the situation had deteriorated so badly that the bulk of his forces —out of were by sandstorms, confused about location. Some units notably the 5th Panzer Regiment, with most of the tanks were out of radio range and appeared utterly lost.

In their camp, faces are very pale and all eyes downcast. these Germans lay — Their nerves are taut to the breaking tune in Yugoslavian radio at night. '' They listened to a slight relief was to woman with a husky Marlene" about a soldier and his the barracks gate. Precisely at nine o'clock, Radio Belgrade girl by came on the air, dugouts softly hummed along with the singer. Just yards away, the Australians were listening and humming, too, and for a few and the men in their between these men fighting to the death in a godforsaken desert far from home.

When at the front, he relied on radio often small, short-range models to stay in touch with his headquarters. — — Imprinted on German army radios was the warning Der Feind hort mit The enemy is listening. Radios became vital tools in the mobile — warfare practiced in North Africa, but they had a dangerous flaw: Anyone with a receiver could listen in. The nature of desert war led scattered units to call one another for information and reassurance. The Germans tried to instill radio disci- —eliminating extraneous keeping messages and using coded or arcane language—but pline^ fic, traf- terse, were not entirely successful, and their opponents even less so.

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