John Rhodes

Unsung Heroes

My new book, Trial and Tribulation, is set in the Allied aerial campaign over Europe in 1943. This campaign, a joint commitment of the RAF and the USAAF, was a massive undertaking involving tens of thousands of men, thousands of aircraft, and one of the greatest...

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Forging the Great Alliance: Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin

In my new book, Trial and Tribulation which will be published on June 6th, my protagonist Eleanor is deeply involved in the conferences that shaped Allied war strategy in 1943. These conferences were driven by the hopes and needs of three radically different men in...

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Trial and Tribulation: Mosquito

An aircraft for all seasons One of the main characters in my new novel, Trial and Tribulation, is the De Havilland Mosquito. Unlike most of the other characters in the book, the Mosquito was—and is—very real. One of the most interesting aspects of technology, I think,...

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Trial and Tribulation: Charlie

This is Remy Martin (above), a Bouvier des Flandres. In real life Rem is a good ole boy with a weakness for well-ripened brie and a willingness to meet a good pinot noir halfway. He is the model for the character ‘Charlie’ who has now appeared in three of my books and...

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Trial and Tribulation

Once again, I have used the incomparable words of Winston Churchill as the title of my next book: Trial and Tribulation, due out in June. The quote is from a speech he gave in August 1941, in which he announced an intensive bombing campaign against Germany and warned...

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Black Thursday

In 1943 Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda chief, called for ‘totalen Krieg’—total war—war without mercy, war without restraints—and in the skies over Europe he got what he wanted. The bombers of the RAF’s Bomber Command and the USAAF’s Eighth Air Force set out to...

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