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Today in World War II History—September 21, 1941

 

Luftwaffe aerial photograph of the damaged Soviet battleship Marat in Kronstadt, leaking oil, 27 September 1941 (Luftwaffe photo, public domain via Wikipedia)

Luftwaffe aerial photograph of the damaged Soviet battleship Marat in Kronstadt, leaking oil, 27 September 1941 (Luftwaffe photo, public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 21, 1941: At Kronstadt, Russia, Luftwaffe Ju 87 Stuka bombers heavily damage Soviet battleship Marat (sunk by Luftwaffe Sept. 23) and sink Soviet destroyer Steregushiy.

Today in World War II History—September 20, 1941

Royal Navy Grumman Martlet Mk. II fighter from the aircraft carrier HMS Formidable at Oran, Algeria, December 1942 (US Navy photo: SC 169214)

Royal Navy Grumman Martlet Mk. II fighter from the aircraft carrier HMS Formidable at Oran, Algeria, December 1942 (US Navy photo: SC 169214)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 20, 1941: Martlet fighter plane from HMS Audacity in convoy OG-74 shoots down a German Fw 200 bomber, the first kill from an escort carrier.

Today in World War II History—September 19, 1941

 

German sentinel in the citadel of Kiev with the burning Dnieper River Bridge in the background, 20 September 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-L20208)

German sentinel in the citadel of Kiev with the burning Dnieper River Bridge in the background, 20 September 1941 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-L20208)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 19, 1941: Germans take Kiev in the Ukraine and 600,000 Soviet POWs. 

Today in World War II History—September 18, 1941

Czechoslovakian Gen. Alois Eliáš, before 1928 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Czechoslovakian Gen. Alois Eliáš, before 1928 (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 18, 1941: USSR conscripts all men ages 16-50.

In Prague, Gen. Alois Eliáš, prime minister of Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, who is working with the resistance, poisons three collaborationist journalists; one dies.

Off Tripoli, British submarine Upholder sinks Italian transports Oceania and Neptunia (384/6000 Italian troops killed).

Today in World War II History—September 17, 1941

Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr at Copenhagen Conference, 1934 (US Department of Energy photo)

Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr at Copenhagen Conference, 1934 (US Department of Energy photo)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 17, 1941: US begins escorting British convoys from Newfoundland to Iceland, violating neutrality: TU 4.1.1 of five destroyers begins escorting Convoy HX-150.

Germany begins general deportation of German Jews.

At a conference in Copenhagen, German physicist Werner Heisenberg informs Danish physicist Niels Bohr that Germany is working on atomic weapons.

During exercises in Louisiana, US Army first drops paratroopers, using DC-3s.

Today in World War II History—September 16, 1941

Mohamed Reza Pahlavi on his inauguration as Shah of Iran, 17 September 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Mohamed Reza Pahlavi on his inauguration as Shah of Iran, 17 September 1941 (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 16, 1941: German army orders that 50-100 communist hostages are to be killed for every German killed by resistance members in occupied nations and orders death sentence for acts of resistance.

In Iran, Reza Shah Pahlavi abdicates in favor of his son, Mohamed Reza Pahlavi, who will be inaugurated the next day; the son is favored by the Allies.

Another Contract – Three New World War II Novels!

I’m thrilled to announce that in July I signed another contract with Revell Books for three more World War II novels! These stories will each stand alone, not as part of a series – although there is a family connection.

I’ll be returning to Britain to tell the stories of three cousins who escape from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom in World War II—for three very different reasons. These will be exciting and romantic tales of mystery, espionage, and resistance in the midst of World War II, which also highlight issues with contemporary relevance. Of course, I used the new contract as an excuse to buy research books! The spines of these nonfiction books give you a few story clues!

I can’t wait to share more about these novels as their publication dates approach. The books are scheduled to release in spring 2024, spring 2025, and spring 2026.

Thank you to my agent, Rachel Kent with Books & Such Literary Management, and to the entire team at Revell for giving me a chance to tell these stories. And extra thanks to all of you who have read my books and supported my writing habit. I can’t do it without you!

Today in World War II History—September 15, 1941

Inside a hangar, a British paratrooper learns to land correctly using a special harness, August 1942 (Imperial War Museum: H 22867)

Inside a hangar, a British paratrooper learns to land correctly using a special harness, August 1942 (Imperial War Museum: H 22867)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 15, 1941: British 1st Parachute Battalion is established, Britain’s first airborne battalion.

Today in World War II History—September 14, 1941

 

Quartermaster Supply Unit during Louisiana Maneuvers, September 1941 (Library of Congress AS-124-LC)

Quartermaster Supply Unit during Louisiana Maneuvers, September 1941 (Library of Congress AS-124-LC)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 14, 1941: German Army Group Center encircles two Soviet armies near Kiev.

Louisiana Maneuvers begin, with 350,000 men of US Second & Third Armies, with Army Air Force, Navy & Marine Corps air support; runs through Sept. 28.

 

Sweet Cranberries by Sherry Kyle

Sweet Cranberries by Sherry Kyle

Amanda Richards has a going-nowhere job and a nosy mother determined to marry her off. So when her aunt and uncle ask Amanda to take over their beloved Blue Crab Café, Amanda leaps at the chance at a fresh start – and on her favorite island of Nantucket. But the changes she wants to make to the café rub the locals the wrong way – especially handsome electrician Tyler Adams.

Tyler is finally managing to put his failed engagement behind him, but he gets off on the wrong foot with Amanda. When Amanda impulsively offers to run the community’s annual Cranberry Festival to prove she has the town’s best interest at heart, Tyler volunteers to help her. However, to make a success of the festival means herding a group of eccentrics – who may or may not be able to come through.

Set in autumn amid the charm of Nantucket, Sweet Cranberries is a delightful novella about giving people a chance and about fresh starts. Sherry Kyle‘s fun banter and eccentric locals make this a story full of laughter and heart. Enjoy! By the way, it even includes a recipe for Clara Reynolds’s famous Cranberry Crunch Bars – which I’m going to try!