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Hell Is So Green: Search And Rescue Over The Hump In World War II

William Diebold

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ISBN 10: 0762772751 / ISBN 13: 9780762772759
Published by Lyons Press, 2012
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Title: Hell Is So Green: Search And Rescue Over The...

Publisher: Lyons Press

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Edition: 1ST - may be Reissue.

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Lt. William Diebold served in the Army's Air Transport Command in the China-Burma-India theater of World War II and never fired a weapon in battle. Like many men who flew the Hump, he never saw on-the-ground combat, but he fought bravely by saving lives. Flyers who crossed the eastern Himalayas to keep the allied armies in China supplied with food, fuel, and weapons against Japan-preventing it from concentrating its power in the Pacific-often flew in zero-visibility, sometimes crashing into mountains or falling from the sky from Japanese Zero attacks. Those pilots who survived, Bill Diebold rescued. In Hell Is So Green, Diebold vividly describes the heat and stink of the jungle; the vermin, lice, and leeches; the towering mountains and roaring rivers. Rich with war slang, wisecracks, and old-fashioned phrases, his story reverberates with authenticity and represents the stories of many men that have never been told. After the author's early death, the manuscript was put away in an attic-until now. Here, from the shadows of that attic, comes a compelling story of courage under fire and heroism for the ages.

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A Military History Book Club selection "Diebold clearly possessed a gift for storytelling, and he's got some good stories to tell. Through it all, Diebold is a man of optimism and good cheer, always eager to find the humor in situations that would defeat the less resilient. ... The story he tells gives testament to the fact that quite ordinary people are capable of doing the most extraordinary things." --Portland Maine Press Herald "An exciting tale." --Daily Bulldog (Maine) "Bill had more guts than any man I've ever met. . . . Aside from my parachute, I felt he was the best life insurance I had when I flew."--Don Downie, author of Flying the Hump

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