...The Juggernaut rolled into Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg....On May 10, 1940, little Belgium, not much larger than New Hampshire but the most densely populated country in Europe, was ground under the wheels of the conquerors....For the second time within a quarter of a century the Germans took over the administration of the country....Belgium was bent but not broken. Francis Trevelyan Miller...
Paperback: 187 pages
Publisher: Sunflower University Press; 1st Edition edition (April 2001)
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This book was recommended to me and I found it to be fascinating. History must be preserved and to do so through the eyes and memory of a child recalling the story years later made it a very personal accounting of truly heroic deeds by this family. ...
f World War IIAnne Brusselmans was recruited in 1940 to help British soldiers trying to evade capture by the German army. She was credited with helping some 130 U.S. and Allied airmen during the war. Long after, a Wall Street Journal article dated January 2, 1987, stated:When America needed Anne Brusselmans, she was there....She helped run the "Comet Escape Line," an underground railroad that spirited pilots downed in German-occupied Belgium back to England.Once involved, states Ralph K. Patton of the Air Forces Escape and Evasion Society, Brusselmans became totally immersed in aiding those fleeing the Nazi conquerors.-----------Early on the morning of May 10th, 1940, Yvonne Daley-Brusselmans -- Anne's daughter -- says the family heard planes overhead. At first they thought nothing much of it -- perhaps it was just a routine Belgian Air Force exercise. Glancing up, however, they could see the ominous German swastika painted on the tail of each plane. "This was not an exercise," Yvonne states, "this was war."Not long after the German invasion, a knock on the door changed the Brusselmans' lives forever. Anne, half English and fluent in the language, was asked to translate BBC news broadcasts from London, which would be clandestinely distributed to Belgian patriots. A few weeks later, she was asked to help hide the Allied airmen who had been shot down.The entire Brusselmans family was placed at risk with this new venture, over four very long and dangerous years. During this time, Anne Brusselmans could not feel safe, half expecting the Gestapo to call at any time, always looking to see if she was being followed. For her outstanding bravery, she was awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre with Palm Leaf, along with other medals and official honors.This is a story of resourcefulness and plain old-fashioned "guts," as told by an adoring daughter who was but a youngster while her mother was defying the Gestapo.-- Ralph K. Patton