Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Traveling Tuesday: Tiny Delaware Does Its Bit

Traveling Tuesday: Tiny Delaware Does Its Bit

Bordered by Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the Atlantic Ocean, Delaware is named for Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, an English nobleman and Virginia’s first colonial governor. The second smallest state at only 1,954 square miles, it is divided into only three counties, the lowest number of any state. Because Delaware was the first colony to ratify the Constitution of the United States, it is known as “The First State.”

Despite its tiny size, Delaware played a major part in World War II.

Out of nearly 270,000 residents, approximately 8,500 served in the armed forces. With the men gone, women and children picked up the slack by harvesting asparagus and bean crops during two week shifts that rotated so the students could keep up with their schooling. As with other states, women also joined the workforce, producing nylon at DuPont, building ships at Pusey and Jones, and creating explosives at Hercules Powder Company.

Home to military installations in New Castle and Dover, Delaware trained over fifteen different squadrons from observation and bombardment to ferrying and fighter planes. The municipal airport in Dover was renamed Dover Army Air Field mere weeks after the attack in Pearl Harbor.

Over 3,000 prisoners of war were housed in the state. In May, 1944 a camp was set up at Fort DuPont, near Delaware City.  Eventually satellite camps were constructed near Lewes, Slaughter Beach, Georgetown, Harbeson, and at the Kent and Sussex Fairgrounds.

But perhaps the biggest contribution made by the state was its eleven concrete towers.

In 1938, the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse Reservation was turned over to the War Department who renamed it Fort Miles. Constructed for $22 million, it was highly secure and highly secretive. A huge fortress, bunkers were buried deep in the sand dunes and equipped with seven different guns from 3-in to 12-inch and nearly everything in between. Some weaponry was mobile while others were set upon swivel carriages, railroad cars, and cement batteries. The fort was guarded by approximately 2,000 troops.

However, even with all guns and ammunition, not a single shot was ever fired in defense. So why build this fort at this particular location?

The major reason was to keep Germany from mobilizing along the beach as the U.S. and British did at Normandy. Another reason was to protect the great wealth of manufacturing, shipyards, and oil-refineries up north. The industries were crucial to the war effort, and Cape Henlopen was the perfect place from which to guard the shipping channel.

Expected to last roughly ten years, the towers still stand today.

A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.

Sold by her parents to settle a debt, Rolande Bisset is forced into prostitution. Years later, shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?

Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?

Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.

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  1. I have never visited Delaware but I would like to see the concrete towers. Thank you for sharing this information.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I've never visited Delaware either, but we used to drive through regularly when we went to visit my grandparents.