By Nevil Shute
Nevil Shute’s so much loved novel, a story of affection and conflict, follows its enterprising heroine from the Malayan jungle in the course of global warfare 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 dying march with dozens of alternative girls and kids. many years after the battle, Jean is again in England, the nightmare at the back of her. even though, an unforeseen inheritance conjures up her to come back to Malaya to provide whatever again to the villagers who kept her lifestyles. however it seems that they've a present for her in addition: the inside track that the younger Australian soldier, Joe Harmon, who had risked his lifestyles to aid the ladies, had miraculously survived. Jean’s look for Joe leads her to a desolate Australian outpost known as Willstown, the place she reveals a problem that might draw on all of the resourcefulness and spirit that carried her via her war-time ordeals.
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On the 5th April 1945 were assembled there the commander-in-chief, the members of the War Councils and chief of staff of the armies as well as the commanders of the tank and mechanised corps. Marshal of the Soviet Union Zhukov was escorted by the Member of the War Council of the Front, Telegin, and the Chief of Staff, Malinin. Zhukov informed us that he had just come from the Supreme Commander in Chief. The situation had developed in such a way that he had to summon us urgently, as the Berlin operation had to commence earlier than planned.
We went down some steep steps into the bunker. Stale air hit us. We entered a long corridor, turned left and then right and finally stood in front of a massive door, similar to that of a treasury. ‘This is where he lived,’ said Shevzov and stood aside to let us through. We inspected Hitler’s reception room, his bedroom, his dining room and his bathroom. Shevzov told us that immediately above Hitler’s quarters lay massive iron plates for protection against bomb and shell attacks. All these years we had sworn to enter the Fascist cave and now we stood in our goal.
That same day I had a surprise encounter with General Weidling that recalled many thoughts to me. Near the Reichstag a column of prisoners was drawing past the smoking rubble. At their head walked several generals. A colonel-general took a long look at our tank. Perhaps the tank reminded him of something? After a short hesitation he continued on his way with lowered eyes. ’ I asked Sobolev, who was standing near me. ‘Weidling. ’ This name I had already recalled. Weidling had begun his military career on the Soviet–German front as a first lieutenant.
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute