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Missions of War details Robert Brodersen’s real-life experience as a co-pilot during World War II. As a combination of Brodersen’s diary entries and his daughter’s own memories of the aftermath, Missions of War serves as an intriguing look into our country’s history through a personal lens.
While reading Missions of War, I couldn’t help but feel grateful to have the opportunity to read a different and more personal perspective of World War II. Other books I come across talk about the war on a global scale, but this feels much more in the trenches. The memoir includes recollections of raids and missions that Brodersen and the crew were a part of. He discloses how they were given escape packets that were small enough to fit in their pockets. They included money, from the country they were flying over so that they could buy themselves help if shot down. These small details really ground the story and make it very engaging. Another memory that stood out to me was when he recollects being out on the streets of London and hearing air raid sirens and finding shelter in the nearest subway station. He describes that the station was full of English civilians, most were asleep, and some had rolled up beds. He had found that many of them would sleep there because it was a good place to take shelter and then in the morning they would go home and then go to work. It just really struck me because I had never heard of anything like that, and just imagining having to leave my home at night to find shelter in a subway station for safety sounds terrifying.
Missions of War is an intimate account of war that was enthralling and hard to put down. It provides riveting first hand account of situations you only see in movies. This riveting memoir is for anyone who is looking for a short but potent personal story.
Pages: 74 | ISBN: 1637908431
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