Thursday 27 October 2016

Man Charting War Maneuvers

"Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well-equipped and battle-hardened.  He will fight savagely." (General Dwight D. Eisenhower)

A man sits at a desk, his lips holding a cigar, his ear against an old radio, his hand on the knob.  He searches for an update on the day's battles.  One station plays the strains of the Glenn Miller Orchestra.  Another plays "You Can't Do Business with Hitler".  A third plays one of President Roosevelt's fireside chats.  The man continues to turn the dial.

A map of Europe hangs on the wall.  Photographs of two American generals, Eisenhower and MacArthur, are pinned to the wall.  Three blue stars on a white flag and three small photographs of men indicate that the man has three sons in the service:  one in the Army, one in the navy and one in the Air Corps.

The man has a map opened on his lap, a newspaper curled up in his hand along with two pencils.  He follows the battles avidly.  Since he can't be there to help his sons, this is the next best thing.  An ad for war bonds comes on the radio.  He makes a mental note to contribute to the cause; anything to bring his boys home sooner.

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