Military Monday – The Forbidden Zone Book Review

Borden bookOn my trip to Europe, I spent time at the In Flanders Field Museum where I saw a quote by Chicago Nurse, Mary Borden. She spoke of treating the men, or what was left of the men, during World War I. Her quote moved me so I investigated her when I returned home. Mary was a Chicago heiress who set up her own field hospital. She wrote a book called The Forbidden Zone which was published several years after the end of World War I.

Her book is filled with short stories with immense description of life during the war as a nurse. Stories of the wounded, the dying, and the dead. Such description, I felt I had a great deal to learn from the way she wrote. It is similar to the way I write, only I felt she had greater metaphors and descriptions. So much to learn from her writing.

If you are interested in reading about the experiences of a nurse in World War I, pick up a copy of her book. It is a short read and gives you a glimpse into the hell that was the war.

© 2015 Jennifer Holik

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Writing Wednesday – Photo Writing Prompt

What kind of World War II story could you write using these photos?

Omaha Beach (40)

Normandy ABMC Cemetery (40)

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Military Monday – European Speaking Engagement

This fall I will be speaking in several locations in the Netherlands. The first engagement has been confirmed. Please visit my website to learn about all my U.S. and European speaking engagements.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
The Liberators. Reconstructing Army and Air Corps World War II Military Service

During 1944 and 1945, thousands of men and women serving in the U.S. Army and Army Air Forces, fought to defeat Germany and liberate Europe. Their stories are those of life and death, hope, friendship, love, memories of those left behind, and dreams of the future.

Many questions surround the service history of these men and women. How does one conduct research from Europe? What records are available and how can they be accessed? How can individuals connect with families of the fallen, the sweethearts, or who shared their homes during the war? And finally, how can we preserve their stories?

This program will be held at the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945 in Groesbeek, Netherlands.

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