In May 1940, the German Blitzkrieg ran though the Netherlands and the other Low Countries. Within months, the "Nazification" of the Dutch people began and the quiet life of the ten Boom family was changed forever. During the war, the Beje house became a refuge for Jews, students and intellectuals. The façade of the watch shop made the house an ideal front for these activities. A secret room, no larger than a small wardrobe closet, was built into Corrie's bedroom behind a false wall. The space could hold up to six people, all of whom had to stand quiet and still. A crude ventilation system was installed to provide air for the occupants. When security sweeps came through the neighborhood, a buzzer in the house would signal danger, allowing the refugees a little over a minute to seek sanctuary in the hiding place.
On February 28th, 1944, the Gestapo raids the Beje with the help of Dutchman . Corrie, who is battling influenza, and thirty-four others are taken first to the prison in Haarlem and then to Gestapo headquarters in the Hague. Six people remain safely hidden in the hiding place, although the Gestapo threatens to starve them out. The Beje group is sent to Scheveningen Prison, although everyone but Corrie, Betsie and Father are later released. After ten days at Scheveningen, Father is taken to a hospital where he dies. Corrie knows none of this, however, because she is in solitary confinement. She struggles with prison boredom, but the four gospels, which a nurse in the doctor’s office had given her, help her survive. Gradually, Corrie regains her strength enough to sit through her hearings with . Corrie shares the gospel with Rahms and tells him that there is a way out of the darkness he is in. After four months in prison, Corrie sees her family at the reading of her father’s will. Although Willem is weak and jaundiced, he makes Corrie feel safe for a little while.
She hid the Jews in her own home in order to keep them safe(Corrie Ten Boom Impacts New Generation).Ten Boom had to watch many of her closest friends and family die over the years of the Holocaust, later having to face the people responsible for their death!
Ten Boom grew up in their family's watch shop with her mother, father, sisters, Nollie and Betsie, brother, Willem, and aunts, Tante Jan, Tante Anna, and Tante Bep.
Corrie Ten Boom overcame the obstacle of forgiveness by putting her trust in God, realizing that nobody is perfect, and forgiving those who had hurt her during the war.
The Remembrance Day gathering would not be the same elsewhere.”
Terry O'Donnell from the Federation of Hearts Supporters Clubs said: “The Federation fully supports the ethos of the clock and all that it stands for.
With this scroll praising his mysterious manifestations, Robert-Houdin went back to France with the mission of suppressing rebellion accomplished.
"The blow was struck," Robert-Houdin said, "...henceforth the interpreters and all those who had dealings with the Arabs received orders to make them understand that my pretended miracles were only the result of skill, inspired and guided by an art called prestidigitation, in no way connected with sorcery." He went on to say, “The Arabs doubtless yielded to these arguments, for henceforth I was on the most friendly terms with them." He was rewarded for his services of the French government by suppressing any possible rebellion.
Retirement and Death;
After his mission in Algeria completed, Robert-Houdin gave his last public performance at the Grand Théâtre in Marseille, then returned to his home in Saint-Gervais, near his native Blois, where he wrote his memoirs, 'Confidences d’un Prestidigitateur'.
Some 7,000 guns and mortars were massed for the counterattack at Stalingrad, and huge bombardments remained standard for the rest of the war.
As always, Timing, communication and synchronisation were vital during conflict.
2,500 shells were fired per km2 per hour until the barrage stopped at 16.30.
The barrage remained in Soviet doctrine in World War II, where the creeping barrage by massed guns was the standard accompaniment to an infantry assault.
However, the tactic was further refined as the Battle of the Somme wore on and by September 1916 the creeping barrage became a standard tactic for infantry attacks, and soon spread to the French army, enabling the French recapture of Fort Vaux at Verdun in November 1916.
The fireplan for the Battle of Messines on 17 June 1917 called for most of the18-pounder field guns to fire a creeping barrage of shrapnel immediately ahead of the advance, while the other field guns and 4.5 howitzers fired a standing barrage some 700 yards (640 m) further ahead.
A creeping barrage could maintain the element of surprise, with the guns opening fire only shortly before the assault troops moved off.
Up to 10% were expected to be killed or wounded by shortfalling shells when it was first used. A creeping barrage could be made to stand on a static line for a time before it moved on, perhaps waiting for the infantry to form up behind it, or to catch up, or perhaps it would stand on the line of known enemy defences, to increase damage and sap enemy morale.
The British developed the "quick barrage", a standardised barrage pattern that could be ordered by radio without advance plotting of the 'fireplan' on a map.