By Judith M. Heimann
N ovember 1944: military airmen set out in a B-24 bomber on what must have been a simple venture off the Borneo coast. in its place they discovered themselves by surprise dealing with a jap fleetand have been shot down. after they minimize themselves free from their parachutes, they have been scattered around the island’s mountainous inside. Then a gaggle of loincloth-wearing natives silently materialized out of the jungle. may those Dayak tribesmen flip the ravenous airmen over to the adverse eastern occupiers? Or may the Dayaks hazard vicious reprisals to get the airmen thoroughly domestic? The tribal leaders’ exceptional selection ended in a determined video game of hide-and-seek, and, finally, the go back of a long-renounced ritual: head-hunting.
A cinematic survival tale that includes a bamboo airstrip equipped on a rice paddy, a mad British significant, and a blowpipe-wielding military that helped wreck one of many final jap strongholds, The Airmen and the Headhunters is a gripping, you-are-there trip into the distant international and forgotten heroism of the Dayaks.
Read or Download The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II PDF
Best World War 2 books
A riveting, minute-by-minute account of the momentous occasion that modified our global foreverOn a quiet Monday morning in August 1945, a five-ton bomb—dubbed Little Boy by means of its creators—was dropped from an American airplane onto the japanese urban of Hiroshima. On that day, a firestorm of formerly unimagined energy used to be unleashed on a colourful city of 300,000 humans, leaving one 3rd of its inhabitants lifeless, its structures and landmarks incinerated.
The hot York occasions bestselling writer of the Maisie Dobbs sequence turns her prodigious abilities to this international conflict I standalone novel, a lyrical drama of affection suffering to outlive in a broken, fractured international. by means of July 1914, the binds among Kezia Marchant and Thea Brissenden, associates in view that girlhood, became strained—by Thea’s passionate include of women’s suffrage, and by way of the approaching marriage of Kezia to Thea’s brother, Tom, who runs the relatives farm.
An eye-opening account of the increase of technological know-how in Germany via to Hitler’s regime, and the scary Nazi experiments that happened in the course of the ReichA stunning account of Nazi technological know-how, and a compelling examine the the dramatic upward thrust of German technology within the 19th century, its preeminence within the early 20th, and the scary advancements that ended in its cave in in 1945, this is often the compelling tale of German scientists lower than Hitler’s regime.
"[A]n notable fulfillment: a boot-level tackle the clash that's clean with out being cynically revisionist. " --The New RepublicA groundbreaking historical past of normal squaddies suffering at the entrance traces, The Deserters bargains a very new standpoint at the moment international conflict. Charles Glass—renowned journalist and writer of the significantly acclaimed american citizens in Paris: lifestyles and loss of life below Nazi Occupation—delves deep into military information, own diaries, court-martial files, and self-published memoirs to supply this dramatic and heartbreaking portrait of guys neglected through their commanders and missed via heritage.
Additional info for The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II
The scent of the blistered flesh virtually made them unwell. After smelling that, bathing within the river didn't appear to get them quite fresh, however it refreshed and cooled their bruised, leech-covered our bodies and aching leg muscle tissue. The american citizens have been then invited up the notched ladder to the most longhouse ground the place they have been awarded with their most sensible meal in weeks: rice, sugarcane, bananas, beef and what Phil defined as "some form of fruit [a yellowish squashlike vegetable referred to as a timun dayak, or Dayak cucumber] which tasted like a go among a cucumber and a watermelon. " 4 chairs (no doubt made for using prewar Dutch colonial officers) have been came upon for the Yanks and, as soon as seated, the airmen have been proven the japanese souvenirs their hosts had obtained besides the heads: pistols, rifles, bayonets, cash, gold tooth, cartridge bins, pencils and garments. The airmen, dazzled via the noise and the presence of such a lot of humans, sat and watched whereas the occasion arrangements endured. From the veranda, they observed a pig being slaughtered less than. This was once refrained from any rite, aside from each one man's dipping his finger within the blood and touching his chest, possible a gesture of courtesy to the lifeless animal. a number of days later, they might have witnessed the ceremonial sacrifice of a water buffalo. The slaughter of one of these beast by way of the highest-ranking visitor might occur outside, in an amphitheater with elegantly carved wood seats circling the publish to which the beast was once tied. while night fell, the Lun Dayeh hosts and their acquaintances shaped a massive circle. 3 large iron drums stored the beat as they'd through the day, their deep vibrations echoing for miles in the course of the jungle. whereas the airmen regarded on, Dayak males donning capes ornamented with feathers or fur and many beading slowly took turns coming ahead within the flickering torchlight to bop a warrior dance. In an odd, jerky rhythm, the dancer might hop first on one foot after which the opposite, stamping the wood flooring whenever as difficult as he may. even as, he may wave a ceremonial machete within the air yet with regards to his physique. The airmen spotted few of the boys had wear colourful loincloths made up of imported textile, yet so much of them have been donning loincloths made of the standard darkish, crushed bark. many of the males wore of their higher earlobes jewelry carved out of the scarlet-and-yellow crest of a hornbill chook or from the ivory-colored, curved fangs of a clouded leopard. a number of males additionally had brass jewelry of their reduce earlobes. in the meantime, the ladies stood and shaped a protracted line. a few have been naked breasted above darkish bark-cloth skirts that lined them from the waist to ankle. Others wore a Javanese kebayak (tight-fitting long-sleeved bodice) or a Western-style shirt, whereas nonetheless others wore a bib woven from pineapple fiber. some of the girls wore close-fitting skullcaps coated with 1000's of coloured, glittering glass beads. every one cap (the Yanks have been advised) represented the lifestyles reductions of its wearer.