A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

By Nevil Shute

Nevil Shute’s so much liked novel, a story of affection and warfare, follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle in the course of international battle II to the rugged Australian outback.

Jean Paget, a tender Englishwoman dwelling in Malaya, is captured by way of the invading eastern and compelled on a brutal seven-month loss of life march with dozens of alternative girls and youngsters. many years after the battle, Jean is again in England, the nightmare in the back of her. even if, an unforeseen inheritance conjures up her to come back to Malaya to offer anything again to the villagers who kept her existence. however it seems that they've a present for her besides: the inside track that the younger Australian soldier, Joe Harmon, who had risked his existence to assist the ladies, had miraculously survived. Jean’s look for Joe leads her to a desolate Australian outpost referred to as Willstown, the place she reveals a problem that would draw on the entire resourcefulness and spirit that carried her via her war-time ordeals.

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Speidel, pp. 105–6; David Irving, The Trail of the Fox (New York: 1977), p. 403 (hereafter cited as “Irving, Trail”). 51. B. H. Liddell Hart, The Other Side of the Hill (London: 1951), p. 413 (hereafter cited as “Hart, Hill”). 34 CHAPTER II HANS VON KLUGE AND THE CONSPIRACY OF JULY 20 Guenther Hans von Kluge was born in Posen, Prussia, on October 30, 1882. After attending various cadet schools, he was admitted to Gross Lichterfelde, Germany’s equivalent of West Point, from which he graduated shortly after the turn of the century.

21. Alfred C. Mierzejewski, “Railroads,” in David G. Chandler and James L. , eds. The D-Day Encyclopedia (New York: 1993), p. 448 (hereafter cited as “Chandler and Collins”). 22. Harrison, pp. 146, 238; Rommel, p. 481. 23. Harrison, p. 144; Rommel, p. , New York: 1977), p. 1072 (hereafter cited as “Toland”). 24. Harrison, p. 241. 25. Bryan Perrett, Knights of the Black Cross (New York: 1986), p. 196. 26. Friedrich Ruge, Rommel in Normandy, Ursula R. Moessner, trans. : 1979), p. 60 (hereafter cited as “Ruge, Rommel”).

On July 3, OKW estimated that the Allies had landed 225,000 to 250,000 men with 43,000 vehicles in Normandy. The actual total was 929,000 men, 177,000 vehicles, and 586,000 tons of equipment. 42 On June 20, he even ordered Rommel to launch a counterattack and throw the Allies back into the sea! As a result of orders of this nature, Rommel and Hitler had their final clash on the Obersalzberg on June 30. Hitler repeated his orders to von Rundstedt and Rommel and insisted that every inch of ground be held.

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