Archive for the ‘Historical Fiction’ Category

There are several blogs out there that claim that the Adolf Hitler that killed himself in the bunker in 1945 was either a double or somehow was not the same person who had become Germany’s chancellor in 1933.  Does anyone have any evidence to support any of these claims?

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Now that The Other Eisenhower has been published by Webster House Publishing — in paperback and very soon to be an e-book and hard cover –we are working on our next story.  It is also about World War II and it predates the Eisenhower story by ten years. One important scene takes place when Hitler visits Dresden in late May of 1934.  He stayed at the Bellevue Hotel there for several days. That hotel was demolished after WWII and a new one was built across the Elbe river from the original site. We have not been able to find  pictures or detailed information about the interior of  old hotel. Does anyone have any photos or info about the old Bellevue Hotel in Dresden that they can share for our research.  Thanks

Note:  The Other Eisenhower is available through Create Space, our publishers POD source, at    https://www.createspace.com/4178059

Also on Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Other-Eisenhower-Augustine-Francis-Campana/dp/1932635351/   and other book sellers.

Welcome to the blog of Augustine Campana and Marco Di Tillo. We are two writers of historical fiction related primarily to the war in Europe, chronicling the dark era that overtook that continent for more than a decade, from the 1930s until the reconstruction of the mid and late 1940s.

Our focus is generally not on the major events of World War II, but by using these as a backdrop, on the lives of the people, real and fictional, who get caught up in the intrigue and danger swirling around those events. Currently, our major interest is in D-Day and the weeks and days leading up to the invasion of France on 6 June 1944. We have thoroughly researched that period and created a tale that is based on an actual security breach that occurred in Whitehall in late May. Our protagonist, a simple London postman, learns of the Operation Overlord invasion plans and becomes the target of Allied intelligence, who wish to suppress him, and the Nazis, desperate to find out what he knows. Oh, and by the way, his name just happens to be the same as that of the Supreme Commander. The project is called, “The Other Eisenhower.”

It is our goal to hear from others who have similar interests and those few who still remain who were actually there when “the balloon went up.” Although they have been recognized as “the greatest generation,” our research tells us how difficult it has been to learn all the stories related to that era of world history. We honor you all and would be happy to hear from you on any subject. Only recently have many of the stories that were stored away for decades been told.

As we progress, we will share insights and facts, as well as photos, of the period and provide a forum for open discussion in this and related contexts. Hopefully, the experience will elevate us all

By early 1944, the burdens laid upon the shoulders of Dwight Eisenhower as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces were immense.   He was a four-star general who only a few years earlier (1941) had held the rank of Lt Colonel.  He had no actual combat experience, and until the North Africa campaign, had not directly tasted the bitter pill of war.  Yet, because of his organizational capabilities, and his sublimely effective manner dealing with people–including mega-egos like those of Montgomery, De Gaulle, and Churchill–he was the best man for the job of leading the allies in 1944 and 1945.  George Patton was certainly one of the finest Allied field commanders, but because of his ego, self-righteousness, and desire for engaged battle, he most likely would have made a terrible Supreme Commander.  As it was, due to the famous slapping incidents and his inability to control his comments to the press, his major job related to Operation Overlord, the invasion of Europe, was as public relations front man and commander of a decoy Ghost Army at Dover.  He was indeed fortunate to have been assigned a real army after D-Day.  This was also fortunate for the Allies, as he and his Third Army were heroes of the Battle of the Bulge.