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The Long Road Home. Chapter 25

- Krakow, January 15 th 1945   From time to time, news came through about the uprising in Warsaw. The stories that reached Maria and Katarina horrified them. Young, Polish men and women ...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 30 Sep 2020

The Long Road Home. Chapter 23.

- Krakow, June 10 th 1944   The cobbled square was teeming with soldiers. It took Maria and Katarina a little while to locate someone who had even the slightest clue as to where they cou...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 05 Aug 2020

The Long Road Home. Chapter 22.

- Ostrava, June 08 th 1944   Maria and Katarina had to wait a few more days before they heard anything at all about being discharged. They waited patiently and took the time to continue ...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 16 Jul 2020

The Long Road Home. Chapter 21.

- Vienna, April 30 th 1944   Maria and Katarina settled into their daily routine, finally accepting that their recovery was not going to happen overnight. The long days soon became weeks...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 22 Jun 2020

The Long Road Home. Chapter 20.

- Vienna, January 1 st 1944   The scene before him was enough to bring a lump to the throat of even the most highly experienced Medical Officer and Oberstarzt Ritter was not ashamed to l...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 31 May 2020

The Long Road Home. Chapter 19.

- Vienna, December 24 th 1943   The Flight to Vienna was uneventful. Despite being wrapped tightly in blankets, the young woman was cold. Not freezing but, nevertheless, far from warm. I...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 10 May 2020

The Long Road Home. Chapter 18.

- Innsbruck, December 21 st 1943   The hours passed by so slowly as the young woman struggled to get her memory to return. Nurse Kissling had been called to an emergency before she had ...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 15 Apr 2020

The Long Road Home. Chapter 17.

- Innsbruck, December 20 th 1943   The young woman opened her eyes. Where on earth was she? In the gloom, she could make out twisted and mangled pipes, many with steam hissing from the f...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 28 Mar 2020

The Long Road Home. Chapter 16.

- Innsbruck, December 19 th 1943   Apart from the thin shaft of light, Maria lay in almost complete darkness. Suddenly she began to feel afraid. Alone and afraid. What if no-one found he...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 11 Mar 2020

A Prayer for Each One

- Mary changed into her work uniform, walked to her workstation, and fastened the grounding bracelet around her left wrist. She picked up a pineapple, poured in the measure of TNT, put a drop of sealer...

By: MereShadow | Category: Micro Fiction | Score: 5| Added: 21 Feb 2020

The Long Road Home. Chapter 15.

- Innsbruck, December 19 th 1943   Katarina and Maria sat silently facing the warm, crackling fire which was burning brightly in the fireplace of the guardroom. For a while, at least, th...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 17 Feb 2020

The Long Road Home Chapter 14

- Innsbruck, December 17 th 1943   Both Maria and Katarina were glad that the policeman hadn't argued. They had spent some ninety minutes on the back of this filthy, freezing lorry as it...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 14 Jan 2020

The Long Road Home. Chapter 13.

- Innsbruck, December 15 th 1943   The night wore on. Huddled together for warmth in the now freezing carriage, Katarina and Maria dozed fitfully. The hours seemed to pass by so slowly b...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 27 Nov 2019

The Long Road Home. Chapter 12

- Brenner. December 15 th 1943   For the first time in many months, Katarina and Maria found that they had a little time to relax. The Army began to dismantle the compound, beginning wit...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 30 Oct 2019

The Long Road Home. Chapter 11.

- Rome. November 28 th 1943   As the sun began to set, Katarina and Maria continued with the task of ensuring that the patients were ready for the big move the following day. According t...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 13 Oct 2019

The Long Road Home. Chapter 10.

- Rome. November 21 st , 1943   “Maria, I'm troubled.” The two sisters were sitting by the window in their room, watching the rivulets of rainwater cascading down the other side of the g...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 24 Sep 2019

The Long Road Home Chapter 9

- Rome. November 03 rd , 1943   The revelation that Staff Sergeant Lawrence T. Bowman was Jewish was a shock to Katarina. To her, it mattered not a bit but, for some reason, she had never...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 12 Aug 2019

The Long Road Home. Chapter 8.

- Rome. September 19 th 1943   The repairs to the compound and the security arrangements were completed in a few days and the soldiers left with only a handful of men remaining to guard ...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 05 Jul 2019

The Long Road Home. Chapter 7.

- Rome. September 4 th 1943   Maria stared in horror at the scene of devastation ahead but wasted no time in getting the ambulance to a safe place. Quickly, she jumped from the cab and r...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 31 May 2019

The Long Road Home. Chapter 6.

- Rome. July 19 th 1943   The visit to the Vatican seemed to have a profound effect on Hanna. As soon as she passed through the great doors and entered the Basilica, she became calm and ...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 28 Apr 2019

The Long Road Home. Chapter 5.

- Rome. May 19 th 1943   Maria had been right. The camp, a compound comprising of ten, makeshift wooden huts arranged in two rows, was situated adjacent to Ciampino aerodrome for the ver...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 13 Apr 2019

The Long Road Home. Chapter 4

- Rome. January 19 h 1943 It was well after midnight when, with a short, sharp blast of the locomotive's whistle, the train signalled it was ready to leave. The carriage in which the two ...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 13 Mar 2019

The Long Road Home. Chapter 3

- Taranto. January 17 th , 1943   Maria stood on the quayside and watched the ship slowly disappearing into the distance, unaware of the approaching danger. Suddenly, her superior officer,...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 16 Feb 2019

The Long Road Home Chapter 2.

- The Mediterranean. January 17 th , 1943 As the setting sun began to dip below the horizon, SS Aegean Sea reduced her engine revolutions to slow. The frothing, white water that had hither...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 02 Feb 2019

The Long Road Home. Chapter 1.

- The Mediterranean. January 15 th , 1943 Matron Katarina Langsdorf leaned on the rail at the stern of the old tramp steamer, the coast of Libya having long been lost to her sight by distanc...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 14 Jan 2019

Kindred Spirits, Distant Hearts. Chapter 33.

- Tripoli. January 14 th 1943   Maria took over from Katarina as usual and whilst she did her ward rounds, left Rania to help Ilsa on her ward. After she had checked her last patient for ...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 23 Nov 2018

Kindred Spirits, Distant Hearts. Chapter 32.

- Tripoli. October 24 th , 1942   Katarina and Major Ritter waited patiently whilst Corporal Müller disappeared hurriedly through the door behind him. “Sir,” Katarina began, more thinking ...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 08 Nov 2018

Kindred Spirits, Distant Hearts. Chapter 31

- Tripoli. October 23 rd 1942   Maria waited patiently on the ward for her sister and Rania to return. Having no idea whatsoever about where the little girl lived she was not concerned abo...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 26 Oct 2018

Remembrance

- My dad fought in World War II Joined up at nineteen, fresh out of school. From the ranks of the ROTC And into the Royal Artillery. His dad before him had been a gunner So selecting that military bra...

By: RobB | Category: Poetry | Score: 5| Added: 18 Oct 2018 Audio version available

Kindred Spirits, Distant Hearts. Chapter 30

- Tripoli. October 23 rd 1942   Maria awoke with a start. Something had disturbed her and she knew immediately what... Rain! The summer had been relentless and no rain had fallen for some...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 06 Oct 2018

Fusilladeplaats

- Today I took a long stroll, well, longish. It was an absolutely beautiful day and the sun shone brightly and hot as I walked through the trees. It was the Fifth day of September, Two Thousand and Ei...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Musings | Score: 5| Added: 17 Sep 2018

Kindred Spirits, Distant hearts. Chapter 29.

- Tripoli. May 26 th 1942   Several minutes had elapsed before the overwhelmed sisters were able to relax enough to relinquish their grip on each other. So emotional were they that they ju...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 01 Sep 2018

Kindred Spirits, Distant Hearts. Chapter 28

- Tripoli. February 04 th 1942   The news from Benghazi was a double edged sword for Katarina. On the one hand, Maria would at least be away from the fighting but on the other, she would b...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 03 Aug 2018

Kindred Spirits, Distant Hearts. Chapter 26

- Benghazi. January 30 th 1942   Maria sighed sadly as she took one last look at the bomb damaged port of Benghazi. The final First Aid Carrier was waiting at the end of the jetty for her ...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 04 Jul 2018

Kindred Spirits, Distant Hearts. Chapter 25

- Tripoli. February 03rd 1942   Since having heard the conversation about the counter-offensive, Katarina was once more hopeful that all was not lost. She hadn't heard a single word about Ben...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 12 Jun 2018

Kindred Spirits, Distant hearts. Chapter 24,

- Benghazi. January 29 th 1942   Maria stared at the men who had crashed onto her ward so abruptly. The officer she remembered from the incident in the desert but the others were not the o...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 28 May 2018

Kindred Spirits, Distant hearts. Chapter 23

- Tripoli. January 29 th , 1942   Katarina opened her eyes as the loud roar of the three Junker's engines suddenly diminished to a more subdued rumble. The pilot had pulled the throttle lev...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 04 May 2018

Kindred Spirits, Distant hearts. Chapter 22

- Benghazi. December 24 th , 1941   Maria stared intently at the terrain unfolding before her whilst trying to avoid all the rocks and holes that made the track so uneven. She was acutely a...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 04 Apr 2018

Kindred Spirits, Distant Hearts. Chapter 18

- Athens. December 08 th 1941   After the traumatic journey from Trieste, Maria settled into a reasonably normal routine of taking care of running of the Polytechnic |Hospital. This hos...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 05 Feb 2018

Kindred Spirit, Distant Hearts. Chapter 17

- Benghazi. June 15 th , 1941   After Maria had left the Chief Medical Officer, she didn't return directly to her room. Instead, she set about finding all the nurses that were to accompan...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 11 Jan 2018

Kindred Spirits, Distant Hearts. Chapter 16

- Athens. June 15 th , 1941   The sun was high in the sky, and the air that rushed around the open sides of the ambulance's hinged windscreen was warm. Katarina steadied herself by holdi...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 14 Dec 2017

Kindred Spirits, Distant hearts. Chapter 15

- Tripoli. June 10 th, 1941   Maria emerged from sleep to find the sun shining through her window. At first, just for a moment, she wasn't sure of what day it was, but when she rolled o...

By: AnnaMayZing | Category: Drama | Score: 5| Added: 27 Nov 2017