求一篇英语作文 关于世界战争的~急~ 5
s brush with death as he caught almost literally his death of cold.
He told of how a group of Italian allied sympathizers had taken refuge in a liberated town. In high school I did a report in my history class on him and his time in the army. I received an A for my report1
When I think of World War 2 Memorabilia I think of my dad who served in the corps of army engineers during world war two. He was involved in the allied invasion of North Africa and Salerno, Italy;Salerno" when he would see me. Maybe he did this because his dad did not have such tales to tell. He told of how his unit came across a town with a warehouse of wine in kegs the size of houses and that they made straws out of bamboo or some such thing and by morning had lowered the wine in the giant keg by a foot. But I was always interested in what my dad did during the war. Not so much proud but interested.
My dad used to say because he knew something, he had a trade, he was skilled in construction that he was not put in the front lines. He always encouraged me to get an education so that if I was called into war I would not be in the front lines. His unit built runways and living quarters for air units as the allied forces advanced they would need landing strips and buildings.
My dad learned Italian and ended up marrying an Italian girl. He brought her back and they had a family of three children. He divorced her claiming she was unfaithful. How would I know. I only got to know my dad and his history after his first marriage and first family. And so my dad would tell me tales of how he and his buddy were in the death ward of the military hospital. He and his buddy decided to go out that night and have one last night of drunken revelry.
He testifies that the next day he and his buddy were pronounced fit to be discharged and return to their units.
He told me that while in North Africa that his unit was rousted out of bed at two in the morning and had to flee because the desert fox Rommel and his German tank divisions were bearing down on them. The deadly desert cold air was the cause of another one of my dad'. My dad's unit had a group of German prisoners they left with the sympathizers to watch over until a following allied unit could come and take charge of the prisoners. My dad's unit gave the Italians food to give the prisoners until the next unit arrived. My dad found out later that the sympathizers shot the Germans and gave the food to the townspeople.
On the troop ship back my dad had a bag of German lugers he had bought from another soldier. My dad heard a rumor that there was inspection going on and anyone caught with war souvenirs would face discipline. So my dad one night threw the bag of German weapons overboard into the ocean.
My dad did not bring home any World War 2 Memorabilia. But his stories have stayed with me ever since I met him during his second marriage.
The idea of a World War was something that couldn't be imagined prior to the 20th century. Then we had two in a matter of 35 years. The number of people killed in the wars was staggering. The fact that people continued to die for forty or fifty years after the end of World War II was all the more shocking until the cause was discovered.
Asbestos has long been considered a miracle material of sort. It is highly resistant to heat, which makes it a great insulator and fire wall wherever heat and electricity are found. This was a known fact for hundreds of years, but never really led to its use in a major way. Then World War II rolled around. Despite being the second of the two huge wars, it was the first that involved a really massive production of military materials. This led to the widespread use of asbestos and a resulting Mesothelioma nightmare.
Hawaii notwithstanding, the World War II battle arena was in other countries ranging from Europe to much of Asia. This necessitated the movement of resources across vast stretches of the ocean. This in turn called for the construction of a huge number of transport ships to move the resources as well as naval ships to protect them and dominate the seas. To achieve this, ships were put on the fast track in construction.
The war effort saw hundreds of thousands flow into factories and docks to help. In the case of ship building, this meant a hoard of people willing to do just about anything to speed up production. A Liberty cargo ship took only two weeks to build at Kaiser Shipyards at one point. The problem was many shortcuts were taken to make this happen, many that exposed the workers to massive health risks.
Asbestos is a cause of Mesothelioma. In the construction of the various types of ships being created, the workers used everything from rope to gloves to caulking to insulation and so on that incorporated asbestos as their key material component. The war is long over, but it is now believed as many as 100,000 died from Mesothelioma and lung cancer caused by this exposure to asbestos. As a mater of comparison, there were roughly 10,000 casualties of which 2,500 died for the Allies on D-Day.
Mesothelioma is a horrible disease and it is a bit shocking that our government would so hastily expose hundreds of thousands to its ravages. The story of asbestos use without notice is a ghastly one that has been repeated throughout history.. My friend for the rest of the year would tease me saying mockingly "