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The Plum Duffs by Aly Monroe

Posted on: 11/12/2013 with tags: aly monroe, christmas, christmas truce, world war II

I write novels that are historical but just within long-lived memory. Many of my sources have spoken to me of their experiences; it helps me particularly with ‘the atmosphere’ of World War2 and its aftermath. These vary, of course, from the personal – I remember my aunt talking of her learning to draw seams on her bare legs to produce make-believe stockings when no real stockings were available – to larger matters, like bombs and ‘picking up bits of an old lady’ in Alnmouth. One of my sources ha…

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SNIP, CLIP, PASS – by Aly Monroe

Posted on: 11/11/2013 with tags: aly monroe, American history, author post, Black Bear, blog, Cold War, historical fiction, historical novel, Hitler, nazi germany, Operation Paperclip, Peter Cotton, President Truman, scientist, war criminal, war trials, Wernher von Braun, world war II

At the end of WW2, the US government began an Operation called ‘Overcast’. At first its aim was simply to ‘interview’ a number of German scientists. Within a very short time the Operation was re-named. It became ‘Operation Paperclip’ – one of the very few with a name that described what the Operation actually did. The Operation Paperclip team at Fort Bliss. When the trials of Nazi war criminals began, President Harry S Truman assured the American people that his government would have nothing to…

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