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Behind the Forgotten Front

A WWII Novel

Barbara Hawkins


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It's 1942 when Harry Flynn's journey leads him into a world of tigers, elephants, jungles and the Himalayan Mountains. He is sent to the China-Burma-India Theater, along with an all-black construction battalion to build a supply road from India to China. With the help of American's first guerrilla supported infantry unit, Merrill's Marauders, Japanese-American officers to translate intercepts, and Chiang Kai-shek's support regiments, the Allies must block the Axis Powers from controlling the land bridge that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic. During a time when boys were forced to come of age on the battlefield, Harry has to find what makes life worth living or die. Behind the Forgotten Front shows us that history is about facts driven by passions and, sometimes, mistakes made by real people.

Praise For Behind the Forgotten Front: A WWII Novel

Flashlight Commentary
I loved everything about this piece. The exotic setting added a great deal of perspective to the conflict and lent the narrative a refreshing sense of originality.
Teddy Rose Book Reviews
Many WWII stories are highly romanticized! War is not romantic, especially to the soldiers living and dying through it.
Impressions in Ink
Hawkins, towards the end of the story, begins to sort through the effects of war on the men. What kind of civilian men will they be like? Will their families recognize them? These are questions all men and women must wrestle with after they come home from war.
My dad served in the army in Burma in WW2. He wasn't a Merrill's Marauder, but his experiences were as grueling and unpleasant as what I read in the book. He was never one to want to talk about the war as some other veterans have who were in more "glorious heroic areas such as bombers "and the like. He didn't enjoy reliving the situations he lived through. I appreciate this telling of what it must have been like for these brave men who didn't get the glory they most highly deserved. Wish I could share this book with him, but he passed away 11 years ago.

Barbara Hawkins, 9780991598410, 336pp.

Publication Date: August 22, 2014

About the Author

Using her father's diary, the author wrote the story he could never complete. She used her experience of more than twenty years as a professional engineer to recreate the construction of the Stilwell Road in 'Behind the Forgotten Front.' Before that, her work as a botanist, collecting plants in the jungles of Central America, gave her an understanding of the hot, humid tropics. Adventure travel is a hobby Barbara Hawkins has had since before it had a name.