Monthly Archives: April 2014

Book news

One Thousand Years is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist!

This means the book is now in the top 500 from the original 10,000 entrants. Among five genres, that puts it in the top 100 for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror.

It is currently in the hands of Publishers Weekly.

The next stage β€” the Semi-Finalists β€” will be announced in June.

That brings me to an apology that the next Sam McHenry story isn’t quite ready yet. And for that, I am sorry. I’m typing as fast as I can. I will have more news on this very soon.

What Military Intelligence at the Pentagon was doing on D‑Day

War Dept MI
Here’s something to lighten things up:

In researching my sequels, I came across an item about what Military Intelligence at the Pentagon was doing on D-Day (June 6, 1944): They were moving their offices.

War Department officials are laughing behind their bands at the fact that Military Intelligence, supposed to know all about everything going on behind enemies’ lines and inside our own lines, chose D-Day to move their offices. In the Pentagon Building, where Military Intelligence, or G-2, is housed, moving day called “G2’s D-Day”. They “invaded” their new offices.

But never could they have chosen a worse day to move than the Allied D-Day. Other War Department officers kept calling up G2, asking for information.

“Sorry,” said the operator, “but the telephones are all torn out. G2 is moving.”

Furniture was being moved down corridors, files of secret information were being shunted from one place to another. Everything was confusion on the day which meant most to the war.

Apparently, Military Intelligence, supposed to know everything, didn’t know when the big day we were to cross the English Channel was scheduled.
— Drew Pearson, (newspaper columnist, June 15, 1944)

Keep in mind that this was in the newspaper the very next week. It could be wartime misinformation but it’s still interesting.

I’d say amusing, rather than interesting, but it doesn’t make up for the previous post (below) about the loss of men in a training exercise.

If you’re fascinated by WWII media, the Wikipedia article on Drew Pearson is worth a read.

Exercise Tiger (1944)

Slapton Sands, Devon at the WWII memorial for Allied Soldiers killed during Exercise Tiger. The tank was raised from the sea bed in 1984. It is a M4A1 Sherman tank. (source: Wikipedia)

Today is the 70th anniversary of the tragedies of Exercise Tiger. This was the rehearsal for the D-Day invasion at the beach on Slapton Sands, Devon, England.

The exercise itself started on April 22nd, going well until two catastrophes on the 28th.

First, a change in the schedule, and differences in radio frequencies, led to Allied shelling of the invasion forces. About 200 men were killed by friendly fire. But that wasn’t even all of it.

Later that day, two LSTs (“Landing Ship, Tank”) were sunk by German fast attack torpedo boats. They were found last month. (Link includes side-scan sonar images of the wreck.)

One of the characters in my book briefly mentions this event while explaining how the war ends. WWII buffs will recognize that most of her explanation of this alternate D-Day’s collapse was historically accurate even in our timeline. But in real life, some have credited the tragedy of Exercise Tiger as a hard lesson that made the actual D-Day landing a success. If so, it was an expensive lesson. 946 men were lost in all.

Ten of the lost men had high security clearances — high enough to know the invasion plans. Planners considered cancelling the invasion until the bodies of all ten were found and identified.