History Read-Along: Gunner’s Run, Chapters 4-6

Ready for more historical fiction? We’re reading and discussing chapters 4, 5, & 6 of Gunner’s Run by Rick Barry. If you’re still reading, no worries… We don’t have any major spoilers (without warnings) in this blog post, just some extra history to go with the story!

Chapter 4 – Extra History

Let’s talk about parachutes. A couple weeks ago a friend and I were questioning the history of parachutes. When did they come into existence? When did military pilots start wearing them? Since there’s a parachute in this chapter, I thought it might be fun to share some of the history we learned… Continue reading

History Read-Along: Gunner’s Run, Chapters 1-3

Grab a mug of pumpkin spice tea and the historical fiction book for our autumn read-along! Today, we’ve rounded up some extra history notes to accompany the first three chapters.

But we’re seriously wondering if anyone really stopped after Chapter 3 with that startling cliffhanger? Let us know in the comments if you’re read the book with us and what you thought of the opening chapters Continue reading

History Read-Along: Gunner’s Run, Introduction

We’re going to do another read-along on Gazette665 this autumn, and our new book is family friendly and historical fiction! I’ve read this historical novel before and it was one of my favorite history story books in the high school years.

It’s got fast-paced adventure! It’s set in World War II (so we’ll continue “World War II Wednesdays)! There are airplanes, prison escapes, good character qualities, faith struggles, and a glimpse at different responses to the war in Europe. Continue reading

History Read Along – Inferno: The World At War, 1939-1945, Conclusion

Well, folks, we did it! If you read along with us this summer, you’ve now completed an overview study of World War II as presented by Max Hasting in Inferno: The World At War, 1939-1945. And if reading those hundreds of pages wasn’t quite your “cup of tea,” perhaps the chapter notes every Wednesday here on the blog added some more history facts to your knowledge!

This was the first official read-along Gazette665 hosted, and we’ve got more planned for the future. For today’s first blog post, though, I wanted to share a few final thoughts on Inferno and welcome your opinions as we wrap up the discussion. Continue reading

History Read Along – Inferno: The World at War, Chapters 23-24

We’re coming to the end of our summer read-along. This week’s chapters highlighted the final campaigns that ended the war in Europe with the Allied invasion of Germany and the fall of Berlin.

Some of the chapter details are quite rough. Kids – these chapter notes are family-friendly, but wait and read the book when you’re a little older.

Here are the notes for Chapters 23 and 24: Continue reading