John Rhodes

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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Tidal Wave

… the B-24s flew into very heavy flak at very low altitudes as a parade of slow-moving targets …A B-24 flies over burning facilities in Ploiești.On August 1st, 1943, B-24 Liberators from the 8th and 9th US Army Air Forces attacked the oil refineries at Ploiești,...

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Gomorrah

“Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven... And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.” King...

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