Here are overlooked or forgotten tales from the world's greatest conflict. These are stories of courage, daring, and stupidity, some of which would challenge the imaginations of Hollywood scriptwriters.
Some of the many true tales that author Donald Aines recounts include:
• He would never be cast as a dashing war hero, but a cast member of "The Addams Family" television show volunteered for one of the most dangerous jobs the Army Air Force had to offer. • The US Navy's deadliest submarine claimed an unexpected victim with its last torpedo, and led to one of the war's most harrowing tales of survival. • Bob Hoover's escape from a German stalag would have made a great movie. • British commando "Mad Jack" Churchill earned his nickname, arming himself to fight a 20th century war with a 15th century attitude and weapons. • The Germans and Japanese wasted precious resources developing weapons more dangerous to the users than their enemies. • The GI who stole the voices of his victims, and other Allied and Axis serial killers.
Within the pages of Strange and Obscure Stories of World War II,the reality of war trumps fiction.
Don Aines isthe son of a WWII veteran and career U.S. Army officer, as well as a self-proclaimed World War II buff. He covers Washington County Circuit and District Courts for Herald-Mail Media. Aines resides in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
"Don Aines has brought forth a tour de force that will appeal to students of World War II and American history in general. This book is about more than World War II; it captures the social and military history of America in the mid-20h century. Strange and Obscure Stories of World War II features a fascinating cast of characters from Romano Mussolini to the Hollywood stars, such as Jackie Coogan, who left the comfort of the soundstage to serve their country in combat."
Ted Alexander, Author of The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day and retired Antietam National Battlefield Historian