Well, perhaps his dream was a nightmare all along. Chas McGill is about thirteen in He lives in a small Tyneside town, in the industrial north-east of England, which is subjected to terrible bombing raids.
Plot summary[ edit ] Set during the Second World War the story follows six children living in the fictional town of Garmouth which regularly suffers bombing raids by the German Luftwaffe.
When Chas McGill finds a crashed German Heinkel bomber he removes a fully operational machine gun and over rounds of ammunition. After this, only his friends know he is alive and Clogger leaves his home and joins him.
During an attack by an Me fighter, the children fire their gun at the plane. They miss but the plane is shot down. The pilot is killed but the rear gunner, Rudi Gerlath, bails out.
The children do not hand the German over to the authorities, but keep him prisoner at their fort. The children bribe the German with the offer of a boat if he will repair their machine gun.
He agrees and mends it before being taken to the dock where he rows off. The same night the church bells ring signalling a German invasion.
The children hurry to the fortress but do not see anything; it was a false alarm. Out at sea, Rudi finds he does not have the strength to row to German-occupied Norway and is forced back to England and rejoins the children at the fortress. The next day it is realised that the children are missing, and some Polish soldiers are drafted in to look for them.
The children, on hearing troops speak in a foreign language, open fire on them with the gun, believing they are a German invasion force. The children are soon overpowered, however, and forced to surrender. In the chaos, Clogger shoots and wounds Rudi with his own Luger pistol.The M light machine gun (LMG), formerly designated the M Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) and formally written as Light Machine Gun, mm, M, is the American adaptation of the Belgian FN Minimi, a light machine gun manufactured by the Belgian company FN Herstal (FN).
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Military buffs like my younger self will find the setting particularly interesting, but this book will be enjoyed by a much broader audience. The First Joint Action. A Historical Account of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid – April 18, By Charles R. Greening – Colonel, USAF.
PREFACE “The First Joint Action” is an account of the first bombing raid on Tokyo, Japan on April 18, Dear Twitpic Community - thank you for all the wonderful photos you have taken over the years. We have now placed Twitpic in an archived state.
The delightful Belgian town of Malmédy will forever be associated with the most infamous massacre of American troops in World War II.
And yet, but for the presence of an Associated Press correspondent there in early January , it is doubtful that this terrible incident would have ever achieved.