Weller's War: A Legendary Foreign Correspondent's Saga of World War II on Five Continents
George Weller, Anthony Weller
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Walter Cronkite called him “one of our best war correspondents.” His stories from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Paciﬁc during World War II won him the Pulitzer Prize. Now, George Weller is immortalized in a collection of fearless, intrepid dispatches that crisscross a shattered globe. Edited by his son, Weller’s War provides an eyewitness look at modern history’s greatest upheaval, and also contains never-published reporting alongside excerpts from three books. From battlefront to beachhead, Weller incisively chronicles the heroism and humanity that still managed to triumph amid horriﬁc events.
Following the Nazi seizure of Eastern Europe and his own “quarantine” in Greece by the Gestapo, George Weller accompanies Congolese troops freeing Ethiopia for Haile Selassie. He remains in doomed Singapore until the colony falls. On Java, he watches brave American ﬁghter pilots delay the island’s collapse. Strafed by Japanese planes, he escapes by small boat to Australia. He covers the Paciﬁc, from the Solomon Islands to the jungle hell of New Guinea. Back in Europe he sees a liberated Greece beset by civil war, then crosses the Middle East. In Burma, he risks guerrilla raids behind enemy lines. At the war’s close, he hurries from China to a defeated but uncowed Japan, where new horrors await.
And he struggles throughout against a tireless adversary—censorship. Vivid and heart-stopping, the dispatches of World War II reporter George Weller are as intimate, memorable, and relevant today as they were nearly seventy years ago—and demonstrate what it meant to be a foreign correspondent long before the era of satellite phones and the Internet.
From the Hardcover edition.
aboard the last train before the Nazi invasion overran the Vardar Valley. Five different caïques—as the Greeks call their small fishing boats—all with soldiers aboard, conveyed us from the burning Salonikan waterfront to the foothills above Piraeus, reached by taxi while the fiercest night raid by the Germans was directed against the port. The caïques were similar: high rounded prow, poop low amidships, canvas-lined rails. In each, the captain was absolute master until a ranking Army officer
A, C, or B6. Both Little and Sanders were formerly captives at Corregidor. DEPARTURE, WITH SWORDS AND ASHES A Short Story “We made a pretty good showing at tinko tonight, considering,” said Borum, the conscientious master sergeant of Camp 34, to Major Toth, the American veterinarian from Bataan, whom the Japanese had appointed commandant of prisoners. “Considering what?” said Major Toth. “Well,” said Sergeant Borum defensively, “considering that it's been such a strain, waiting here for the
helplessness, but on the first day fifty sailors were wounded by a single hit. Hospital No. 7 now had bluejackets as well as Australians, New Zealanders and Germans. Then the Germans came hard at Malemi again, having lost the intervening sea battle when about fifty small Greek schooners were sunk. The Luftwaffe pilots pancaked down the big, slow Junkers-52s wherever they found an opening. This time, having bombed the anti-aircraft thoroughly beforehand, they got a force on the ground who moved
to retreat up into the mountain stronghold of Saio where General Gazzera had established his headquarters. Gambela was the only point whence either a motorized or river expedition could start. As long as Gazzera held it, he might take the offensive. If the Belgians won it, the Italian position would become defensive only. The Fascists would be walled inside Ethiopia. Gambela is barely large enough to support its country store, full of tin pans and cheap candy beads, operated by an Ethiopian
obtainable in needed quantities only by stealth. The small Spanish cigarettes are limited to forty weekly at a cost of 36 cents, and must be purchased between 3:30 and 5:30 Monday afternoons in Federico's city. Only a handful of the wealthy who are able to afford a car can get poultry or potatoes because it is necessary to go to the country and persuade the farmers to sell behind the barn. The extra gasoline necessary costs $1.40 a gallon and is obtainable in quantity only by undercover payment