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War Through the Hole of a Donut (Hero Next Door: World War Collection)
A Chicago Tribune writer before World War II, Red Cross worker Angela Petesch sent home letters to create a diary that would survive the war, even if she did not. WAR Through The Hole of a Donut is about serving hot coffee and donuts to servicemen, and the world in which this seemingly domestic duty was truly a heroic endeavor.
Published May 11th 2006 by Hunter Halverson Press, LLC
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Another book from Dad. It is a compilation of letters written during WWII, from the author to her family, relating her service in the Red Cross. She and a number of other women served the troops by using mobile kitchens that produced coffee and donuts and followed the Army from England, to France after D-Day and then through other European countries into Germany. The letters were written with the intention of being printed into a book, but it seems that plan did not come to fruition until very ...more
Although it comes across sometimes as a little too determinedly cheerful in spots (perhaps to save her family as much unease as possible), this is still one of the best first-person war narratives I have come across. Anyone looking for an atypical take on WWII should take a look at this little gem.
Love a book written in letter form. Firsthand account of a Chicago Tribune employee turned WWII American Red Cross worker, as she trucked around England and Europe handing out donuts and coffee. Slow in spots but continually supplies a candid peek at civilian and military wartime living not often shared in other WWII books or movies. And I finally figured out what a Chick Sale is!