book review: World War II Remembered

World War II Remembered by the Residents of Kendal at Hanover © 2012, University Press of New England, 2012 trade paperback, non-fiction, autobiography

We saw a brief piece on this on the NBC Nightly News a couple of months ago and were both very interested. It is the reminiscences of elderly residents of the Kendal at Hanover Mass. elders living facility, many of whom were participants in the conflict, or were affected by it stateside. These 55 pieces relate the experience of each at during a few weeks or years during the war.

The book provides interesting insights into the lives of these people who lived through it, including Navy fliers, Army infantry and armor platoon members, intelligence officers, Red Cross volunteers, and many more. There are also memories by women who worked on the home front and even one by a Japanese man who was interned at Manzanar Camp. Most of the pieces are only a few pages.

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3 Responses to book review: World War II Remembered

  1. Carl V. says:

    I’m going to have to put this on the list of books to look for, my wife and one of my dear friends are both big WWII buffs and like to dive into new books that they find. I’m always looking for gift ideas like this.

    I was surprised that we had two people in church Sunday who were WWII vets. Our pastor was honoring people who served and it was cool to see that his father and another gentlemen had served then.

  2. This looks interesting. I’ll be looking for it.

  3. Richard says:

    Carl, the pieces are quite short, this isn’t anything in the way of in-depth war information, but I enjoyed reading the slim volume.

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