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All Clear (Oxford Time Travel, Book 4) by Connie Willis

By Connie Willis

Winner of the Nebula Award

Traveling again in time, from Oxford circa 2060 into the thick of worldwide struggle II, used to be a regimen day trip for 3 British historians desirous to examine firsthand the heroism and horrors of the Dunkirk evacuation and the London Blitz. yet getting marooned in war-torn 1940 England has became Michael Davies, Merope Ward, and Polly Churchill from temporal travelers into besieged electorate suffering to outlive Hitler’s devastating onslaught. And now there’s extra to fret approximately than simply getting again domestic: The impossibility of changing previous occasions has continuously been a middle trust of time-travel theory—but it can be tragically unsuitable. whilst discrepancies within the ancient checklist commence cropping up, it means that one or all the destiny viewers have by some means replaced the past—and, eventually, the end result of the warfare. in the meantime, in 2060 Oxford, the stranded historians’ manager, Mr. Dunworthy, frantically confronts the possible very unlikely activity of rescuing his students—three lacking needles within the haystack of historical past. The exciting time-tripping event that started with Blackout now hurtles to its gorgeous answer in All Clear.

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Of the 112,000 French resisters sent to German concentration camps, only 35,000 returned. For those who were captured, torture was routine. As one Czech journalist involved in the clandestine production of newspapers said: ‘The way by 45 occupied europe shooting didn’t seriously bother me. It was too common in our country to worry me. But death another way—the slow way—sometimes brought me awake in the night sweating. ’9 Odette Sansom was an SOE agent in the Cannes area of France who paid this price.

Half of the civilians killed were women. Indeed, by September 1942, the death rate of British civilians exceeded that of British soldiers. This remained the case until D-Day in 1944. In the end, however, the losses suffered by the Luftwaffe were crippling. During the Battle of Britain, the German air force lost 1,733 aircraft and 3,089 crew compared with 915 aircraft and 503 pilots within the RAF. ’ Occupation While Britain was bombed, France was in the process of being torn apart. On 10 July 1940, the Senators and Deputies voted by an overwhelming majority of 569 to 80 to give 84-year-old Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain full executive powers.

In her poem ‘Listening to Distant Guns’ she wrote: That low pulsation in the east is war: No bell now breaks the evening’s silent dream. 5 However, the men in Dunkirk had uttered battle screams and moans. Whenever the weather had cleared, dive-bombers of the Luftwaffe had attacked the helpless men. Many had gone crazy with terror. Others had mobbed the boats, causing them to capsize and drowning their wounded comrades. Fear had caused discipline to falter. This aspect of Dunkirk is often forgotten.

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