Half a Crown by Jo Walton

By Jo Walton

In 1941 the ecu warfare led to the Farthing Peace, a rapprochement among Britain and Nazi Germany. The balls and banquets of Britain’s top classification by no means faltered, whereas British ships ferried “undesirables” around the Channel to board the farm animals automobiles headed east.

Peter Carmichael is commander of the Watch, Britain’s exceedingly British mystery police. It’s his activity to warn the top Minister of treason, to arrest plotters, and to notice Jews. The nighttime knock of a Watchman is the main dreaded sound within the realm.

Now, in 1960, a world peace convention is convening in London, the place Britain, Germany, and Japan will oversee the ultimate partition of the area. Hitler is once more on British soil. So is the lengthy exiled Duke of Windsor—and the emerging gangs of “British Power” streetfighters, who reflect on the govt “soft,” could be the former king’s bid to degree a coup d’état.

Amidst all this, of the main not going folks within the realm will subscribe to forces to oppose the fascists: a debutante whose maximum fear beforehand has been the place to discover definitely the right string of pearls, and the Watch Commander himself.

Show description

Read or Download Half a Crown PDF

Similar world war 2 books

Exploring the Bismarck

This award-winning bestseller from the authors of Exploring the monstrous combines the fascinating tale of 1 of history's nice sea battles with the t hrilling undersea discovery of the destroy of a well-known Nazi battleship. gains unique work. archival pictures, maps, and diagrams.

For Führer and Fatherland: SS Murder and Mayhem in Wartime Britain

For Fuhrer and Fatherland' is the extreme tale of the way British and American Intelligence thwarted a wartime plan for a bold mass break-out of German prisoners-of-war from the PoW camp at Devizes in Wiltshire, led via a difficult center of SS troops. As December 1944 drew to an in depth, informed US interrogators came upon a plan so magnificent in idea that is used to be difficult to take heavily.

Andrée's War: How One Young Woman Outwitted the Nazis

A real tale of bravery and braveness in occupied Paris.

Andrée Griotteray was once in simple terms nineteen years previous whilst the Germans invaded France. through the 4 years of career she reworked from looking for enjoyable and frivolity right into a able, fearless younger girl, risking her lifestyles in carrier to her kingdom and the Resistance. consistently modest approximately her activities through the struggle, Andrée has been adorned through the French govt for her bravery. Now her relocating and brave tale is introduced vividly to lifestyles, instructed for the 1st time through her personal daughter.

After the German invasion of Paris in June 1940, nineteen-year-old Andrée Griotteray discovered herself dwelling in an occupied urban, pressured to paintings along the invaders. not able to face via and do not anything, her more youthful brother Alain organize his personal resistance community to do no matter what he may to defy the Nazis. Andrée risked her lifestyles to aid him with no hesitation.

While operating on the Police Headquarters in Paris, she published and dispensed copies of an underground information sheet and stole clean identification playing cards that have been handed directly to women and men trying to break out France. She travelled throughout France, picking out up and losing off intelligence finally destined for the British and americans, continually fearless within the face of massive strain. after which, someday, she used to be betrayed and arrested.

Based on Andrée's diaries from the time and conversations through the years, Francelle Bradford White recounts her mother's wonderful tale: the slim escapes and moments of terror along a standard teenager's issues approximately foodstuff, type and boys.

This interesting tale tells of 1 woman's fight and of the bravery that finally ended in her being offered the Médaille de l. a. Résistance, the Croix de guerre and the Légion d'honneur.

Don't Give Up, Don't Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life

Manhattan occasions bestseller

More than 100,000 copies in print

Completed simply days sooner than Louis Zamperini’s loss of life at age ninety-seven, Don’t surrender, Don’t provide In stocks a life of knowledge, perception, and humor from “one of the main outstanding American lives of the earlier century” (People). Zamperini’s tale has touched hundreds of thousands via Laura Hillenbrand’s biography Unbroken and its blockbuster motion picture model directed via Angelina Jolie. Now, in his personal phrases, Zamperini unearths with heat and nice attraction the basic values and classes that sustained him all through his impressive journey.

He was once a younger troublemaker from California who grew to become his lifestyles round to develop into a 1936 Olympian. placing apart his tune profession, he volunteered for the military ahead of Pearl Harbor and was once thrust into international conflict II as a B-24 bombardier. whereas on a rescue undertaking, his airplane went down in the course of the Pacific Ocean, the place he survived opposed to all odds, drifting thousand miles in a small raft for forty-seven days. His fight was once simply starting: Zamperini used to be captured by means of the japanese, and for greater than years he courageously persevered torture and mental abuse in a chain of prisoner-of-war camps. He back domestic to stand extra darkish hours, yet in 1949 Zamperini’s existence was once reworked via a religious rebirth that will advisor him in the course of the subsequent sixty-five years of his lengthy and satisfied lifestyles. Louis Zamperini’s Don’t surrender, Don’t provide In is a rare final testomony that captures the knowledge of a existence lived to the fullest.

Extra info for Half a Crown

Example text

The 11th ACR substituted three Sheridans for two M113 Armored Cavalry Vehicles (ACAVs) in one of three scout sections per armored cavalry platoon. While this arrangement decreased the number of dismounted scouts in the sections, it substantially increased their firepower. In reality, the units often deployed Sheridans from one section with several ACAVs from other sections to create a mixed force. The bee-hive round proved to be the most popular projectile in the Sheridan’s arsenal; in the first three months of combat, the Sheridans fired 1,461 rounds of bee-hive compared to 350 rounds of M409 HEAT as well as 431,000 rounds of machine-gun ammunition.

In spite of this, the Army approved the production of the AGS on October 27, 1995, as the M8 with a first contract for 26 vehicles. However, on January 24, 1996, the Army finally decided to kill the AGS program for cost-cutting reasons, largely based on the decision against deploying it with the 2nd ACR; it was unaffordable if built only for a single battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division. In March 2004, the Army approved the transfer of four of the M8 AGS in storage to Ft Bragg for further examination of airborne armor requirements.

Another common modification was the addition of stowage bins on the rear of the turret to compensate for the small stowage rack provided on the baseline vehicle. qxd:NVG153 26/11/08 11:34 Page 33 In spite of the numerous difficulties with the Sheridan, it eventually proved to be a useful addition to the armored cavalry when used as a substitute for the M113 ACAV, but not as a substitute for the more robust M48A3 tank. The Sheridan’s main advantage was that it was more mobile on soft terrain than the heavier M48A3.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.64 of 5 – based on 43 votes