My grandfather told me a story of his brother during WWII. No brass, no rules, no fucks given. 3 Months later I saw him in the chow hall, still waiting to go home. My bed was pushed up against the wall. Scroll Down. | Heinrich Boll. Part two of this short story set during the Vietnam War. He doesn’t think the men appreciate what they’re getting. When I was stationed in Sasebo Japan on the USS Belleau wood I went AWOL and flew home to see my girlfriend. Grogram is devoted to duty and honor, and makes it his aim to turn them into a respectable unit. The car was crowded and I took the seat beside her. A young girl is attending Catholic school her first year in the United States. Yes, it’s true! IT BURNS!” Classic Okinawa. At the time, they had spent some time in Guam. Several Marines getting their “jump wings” by parachuting from the 3rd floor with panchos. Jonathan Iwegbu and his family rebuild their lives after the Nigerian Civil War. It was a little silver cutout of Australia engraved with the words “Battle of Sydney”. There was a man in the offing who belonged with her--a slender girlish figure of a man in a heavy brown canvas coat such as teamsters wear in the winter. Anyways one of the guys went nuts during his boot I guess, he was waiting on his discharge. He talks about the preponderance of male casualties, the fate of mules, the decomposition of bodies, how people die, and other related things. Remember those are completely closed, the only way to breath is through the filter. Nothing hardcore, just a commo puke. So, each guy was responsible for digging their own foxholes. Its funny now, but at the time I was scared shitless. It was just like high school but we had to wear uniforms. Attacks usually come in twos so getting out of there was pretty frightening. Now remember, this was before we knew the chemical weapons was just a bunch of BS. I’m writing a fictional war story, meant to focus upon the ascension of a Battalion Commander, to the ranking of General. About a mile away, an opposing army waits. Suddenly he cries out as if attacked. In a regiment are two brothers, Caffal and Creede Halcrow. Paulette Ferry, a young woman, is a precision welder in a factory making altimeters for planes. Not THE craziest but one of the funniest. He listens to the boy’s story. An old Iraqi division used to be stationed at this base and kept all of their demo in this old bunker. An old man and a young man meet on a battlefield. They explained “goat, take head, in head find brain, this goat brain” he finished eating the sandwich burrito thing because he said it was delicious. 10. The story’s theme emphasizes the senselessness of war, making it perfect for pairing with other short stories or novels with a similar theme such as The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, or The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. I’ll tell you, I saw the exact moment his asshole puckered up. War by Sherwood Anderson. It is a sweltering day in Vietnam during the war after many of the troops have been withdrawn. He rides a bicycle to his old Captain’s encampment. My best friend Simon would usually stand there, as he had in the war before, I could imagine the grin on his face. These very short stories are perfect for high school or middle school students, or anyone who loves reading. I slid straight out of my second floor window and landed on the soft grass below. These short stories give you the opportunity to understand big ideas in context. Here is a collection of some of my best things I saw drunk people do in Korea: I was a sailor for four years and while on shore leave in Thailand i saw a buddy get the ever loving shit kicked out of him by five trannies with sticks, they seemed to know muay thai or some shit. Dude gets up walks away. About 6 months ago, a suicide bomber detonated himself 15 meters from where I was standing in Afghanistan. There’s a war between the two Northern countries. Well on the last Sunday we were all signing out to go to church. The First World War inspired established authors, soldiers, combat nurses, and grieving loved ones to write intimate accounts of the horrors and devastating loss they experienced. My Great Uncle digs his. No one was allowed on or off base, and Marines were told to stay indoors. I will try to add more stories about war that could be helpful for teaching reading and reading comprehension to middle or high school students. He’s feverish, hurts all over and is disoriented. He was swinging his crutch baseball bat style hitting everyone in sight. Lee wants to gamble, but Fong is worried about what his wife will think. Hold over is for people who were drop outs, or recycled soldiers who got hurt, or had to wait for another class for some reason. He escaped, hung out in the jungles for a few days, made a fire, found some wire. A military captain wins all his campaigns and continues to advance his career even though he makes endless blunders. A narrator details the items that a regiment of soldiers carry with them, giving insight into their characters. Paulette devotes herself to her work while waiting, and hoping, for Lee to return. I took our terp with us, and we generally were able to get the interviews complete without incident. We should find out who it is!” They proceed to go around and wake up each solider by shining a flashlight in their face and asking if they were the Jew. The narrator, a baby, is able to relate the first year of its life because, as we’re told, babies are omniscient in their first year. I have several, but I’ll go with a story from the barracks since that seems to be a common theme. My dad’s friend. From 1914 to 1918, newspapers across the world were filled with stories about World War I (aka the Great War).News from the trenches appeared daily as well as the oddball stories about wives and sweethearts who were willing to do anything to prove their self-worth during the war. There was a kid, about 18, that did not want to be in the Army for whatever reason. I was in the US Army and we were in Germany doing some training with our counterparts there. We offer a selection of WWI poems, short stories and books that expressed the war's raw brutality, in contrast with the patriotic platitudes and recruitment poster slogans of the period. During the American Civil War, Carter Druse, fighting for the North, falls asleep at his sentry post but wakes in time to catch a spy for the South. Short Stories About War or the Military. My great-grandfather was in the Navy during WW2 when one of the other sailors fell into the water. Hayes is divorced and bitter about it. Unsurprisingly, there are lots of amazing stories from the conflict, though some are more well known than others. A few months into our tour my friend gets two weeks leave, he was assigned as the gunner on my Lt’s Humvee. The boy is afraid. Below, we have provided an ever-expanding selection of old and new short stories that are free to download. She has a romantic view of the war, and feels that her fiancé, George, should join the effort. One of the greatest classic short stories to emerge in America, ‘Rip Van Winkle’ takes a metaphorical look at the changing American identity following the event of the Revolutionary War. One night, one of his fellow soldiers (who either wasn’t very observant, extremely sheltered, or just kind of stupid) comes up to him and says, “Hey, Kupelman, I hear there’s a Jew in our unit.” My cousin, deciding to play along, says, “Really? A couple of hours before we go on mission the Lt asks me if I’d like to fill in for my friend and be his gunner. He has struggled with drug and alcohol use. In 1725, two wounded soldiers have been struggling to safety for three days. After they were all dead, he finally went to be “rescued”. Krebs comes home after the First World War and keeps to himself. She learns some English words, eventually becoming aware of the communist threat. While the people were driving his unvle woke up screaming the two guys up front literally shit themselves. He was riding down a river in a patrol boat, just talking to one of his friends on the boat, when he bent down to pick something up. We fished him out and they actually let us walk him back to the barracks. While resting by a rock, he tells the younger one, Rueben, to go on without him. Short Stories to enjoy when you have 5 minutes to spare, sorted by category so you can find what suits your mood. Guy climbed halfway up the fountain at the main gate of Camp Casey about an hour after curfew. Muriel speaks on the phone with her mother about her husband, Seymour, who has returned from the war. The German instructor just stops and stares at him in disgust. They decide to bury the body even though there’s shooting just overhead. They watch their target site until dark. War and Peace is inarguably one of the greatest books of all time – it also happens to be about war, conflict and its impact upon all involved. Veteran Stories: The Second World War. He ended up in mass and getting booted back to a 3rd class. Editha has read about the Spanish-American war in the papers. One of the Germans were telling us about how they do things and one of our guys were translating for us. Little did Ezio know, he would fall through one of these roofs and impale is asshole on a pipe. They exchange some fire. He was a doctor, recruited by his country for some patriotic service. They reminisce, with one of the men eager to share and describe his heroism, while the other is reticent. Donald comes home, occasionally and unannounced, to see his family. He was at camp in Iraq in 2003 and a few locals were working on a roof and was told to stand guard. To answer your question: sandpaper, razor blades, and hydrogen peroxide. I removed a letter from a buddy of mine’s misspelled tattoo in my enlisted dorms. There’s a place for the dead outside; the living are taken to the art room. Anyways, I was sitting by the door in our OPs tent when some white dust came in over the flap. I can’t find the picture now, but he was even awarded a medal for it. The men were mixing boiling tar with their bear hands and spreading it over the roof in 104 degree weather. Click a button to find the best short stories from the authors below. WW II is over. You start drinking. Hold over is for people who were drop outs, or recycled soldiers who got hurt, or had to wait for another class for some reason. Now it was the odd time of the year when it wasn’t hot enough to have the AC unit in the barracks turned on so you needed to open up a window to get some air circulation in your room. He just kept on translating. Saleh was captured by the Iranians and held for seventeen years. The narrator and Lebowitz are running around a track with other soldiers. They reminisce about the fishing they did before the war, and decide to try and go back to their fishing spot, even though it’s in no man’s land. Learn about us. I’m enlisted now, am currently in Afghanistan, but my grandfather’s stories from WWII are far more noteworthy. Achebe didn’t write many short stories (in the preface to his 1972 collection, Girls at War, he notes that “a dozen pieces in twenty years must be accounted a … Millions took part in the fighting, and sadly, millions died. He said it was like something out of a movie. By subscribing, you agree to the terms of our Privacy Statement. The short story has also been described as a medium that ‘lends itself to the representation of experience fragmented by war’. My great-grandfather dived in after him to keep him afloat. Tweet; Between 1939 and 1945, over 1.1 million Canadians served in army, navy, and air forces across the globe. He was later arrested and no one heard anything else about it. They’re still short on funds. Our last month of a 15 month tour in Iraq in 2009 a specialist in my unit got drunk one night (yes, alcohol is contraband overseas), hopped into the company commander’s MRAP and straight up drove out the gate of Camp Liberty and drove around Baghdad piss drunk. While I can hide behind the excuse that this is a fictional war, with a fictional military that could have fictional ranking orders, I still would like to know what the actual officer ranking order is like. In 2020 we’ll be adding a wide range of new stories … There are different version of this poem/story available. Favourite Line: ‘ I was myself last night, but I fell asleep on the mountain, and they’ve changed my gun, and everything’s changed, and I’m changed, and I can’t tell what’s my name, or who I am!’ I looked automatically to my right. Learn more about working with Thought Catalog. We believe that the key to writing good short stories is reading good short stories. 9. MP’s drove by and didn’t see him until he shouted, “HEY MP’S…. I was part of the 2003 Iraq invasion. A huge aqueduct from the North to the South is almost constructed. World War II was one of the bloodiest wars in human history. I went to XOI (Executive Officer’s Inquiry) and he only gave me extra duty for thirty days because while I was gone my wife and I got married. They have heard the talk of a war with the Japanese, but they haven’t seen it firsthand. His friend’s legs just standing there with no torso. What follows are fifteen of these true stories of World War II soldiers that you just aren’t going to believe! He calls out to him but Ali ignores him and runs off. It goes like this: You need lots oft beer (We had 24 bottles each) and sit down on top of your room’s closet. One shop locked one of the female airmen inside as a joke and she ended up cracking and taking the axe that they have for destroying confidential equipment to their gear. True War Stories Books Showing 1-50 of 55 American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (Paperback) by. He was a tail gunner for a B-17 bomber. Abdul, a young boy, is known for being late because he likes to bird-watch and go fishing. A fourteen-year-old boy is awakened by a sound at midnight. In 2003 I was in a bunker in Iraq. Sign up for the Thought Catalog Weekly and get the best stories from the week to your inbox every Friday. Her mother is worried about Seymour’s driving and his general mental condition. This page contains stories that take place during or after a war, or have characters that have been greatly affected by war. Pretty badass I think. An English pilot ejected from his plane and landed on a Greek island. They often visit the geisha house where they each have a regular woman. Tobacco and booze. Stories average 1,000 words, including morality tales, feel-good/love stories, other-worldly stories, witty stories, dramatic stories, and farce/political stories. He captured every Vietcong who imprisoned him, knocked him unconscious, and drug him back to his camp. That will be 19 years ago January 2nd. A young sergeant is called to his superior’s office. At night, a sniper waits on a rooftop. I’m a female and while I was deployed in Afghanistan, I used to have to go down to the jingle truck yard on our FOB once a week and interview the drivers (for a larger thing I was working on). So all they see is a naked dude flop out of the window land flat on his ass in the soft grass/mud mix, get up and run up the fire escape back to his room. He notices some things are different. A French regiment is holding their position on the banks of a railway. Her husband, Lee, is a Marine stationed overseas, in combat. A lot of very drunk Marines proceeded to skin it in someones shower and run around with different body parts and rubbing blood on our faces like some kind of drunken sacrifice. It was weird. From classics published in the 1900s to a short story that exploded in late 2017, here are ten of the greatest free short stories for you to read. I had just gotten my own room for the first time in over a year so I pushed the beds together, bought some satin sheets and a mink blanket to be comfy in. So I called gas and went to MOPP 1. Stories about War at the world's best story site. While mingling at a cocktail party, two husbands discover they were part of the same military action in WW II. Most WTF thing I have ever seen. The narrator tells war stories interspersed with commentary on story telling. This is a broad library containing novels like The Red Badge of Courage and Uncle Tom's Cabin, civil war stories by Ambrose Pierce, ppems from Julia Ward Howe and Emily Dickison, and historical documents including the … 100 Great Short Stories. Subsequent to a warning that all Marines must wear flak and kevlar when outdoors, one Marine strode around the barracks wearing nothing but said flak and kevlar. This book list includes a broad selection of short stories… this is not a true story but the instances of veterans living on the streets and nevr being able to continue a productive life are numerous in number. He does well and is promoted. We had a game called (roughly translated) Closet drinking. Blood Trail. We all just start busting up laughing. Dad asked them what it was and they told him some Arabic name that he did not know. The Official offers to transfer him somewhere more to his liking. Some might simply offer commentary on war. An Israeli soldier’s unit has been called into action. Wojtek was a Syrian Brown Bear adopted by the 22nd while they were stationed in Persia. A slightly distant cousin of mine spent time in the Military, I think during the Vietnam war. He now lives with his daughter, Sahira, who was only five when he was captured. Fong’s sons were killed in wars, and now he has no male heir. Everyone is fleeing from the advancing Fascist army. He’s with an encampment of soldiers at Shiloh. Short stories are also a great resource for English learners because they allow you to work on reading, speaking and listening at the same time. Being a Combat engineer, I have some experience with demo and landmines so I picked up a anti personnel mine that had the fuse removed and waited by the entrance for my friend to approach. This short story is a classic and you won’t want to miss it. The Nam. He’s carried up the stairs on a stretcher. Not my story, but a man that is like family to me told this story of his time in Vietnam. A six-year-old boy, who is a deaf-mute, wanders off one afternoon. When he got in sight I yelled out, “heads up” and chucked the landmine at him. Shortly after he finishes, they come under fire. I was gone for nine days, missed ships movement twice and had to catch up with it in Singapore. He finds his son’s relationship with his roommate, who was against the Vietnam War, puzzling. One issue I’m having is the rankings themselves. When an inferior nation insults this country, war is declared and the children’s army launches an attack. The commandant objects, saying the boy is too young and too small. Feeling depressed, he agrees to go gamble with Lee. Mrs. Wang is more concerned with the river; it is higher than it’s ever been at this time of year. Everyone thought he was dead so they loaded the bodys in a back of a hum-v he was on the top of the stack. First day at FT Sill, you’re actually held in in-processing for 3 days before you go to boot camp (Army). Before he can get into the hole, someone else jumps into it, stealing it from him, and forcing him to duck behind some other form of cover. “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl He hasn’t fully come to terms with his past. Any night in infantry barracks is the craziest story. I lived on the back side of the barracks on the second floor and I had my window wide open. A Natural History of the Dead | Ernest Hemingway. He was working at a place that was cataloguing all of the stuff that was being pulled out of Hitler’s home when he and his buddies came across Hitler’s personal car, which he took out for a joyride. It burned my eyes and tasted like bleach. There are examples of many types of stories for English readers. He tried to make a run for it through an alley and then climbed on top of a small shed or building. After a while, he puts more effort into the meals, improving the taste and quality of his dishes. Classics and new writing - includes summaries, biographies and analysis. Seeing a larger girl run away naked from 5 naked men carrying a 60mm mortar shell…yep that takes the cake. The locals kept asking if he wanted some so eventually he gave in and had a few bites. A few guys pitched in money to get him laid in a whore house. An unnamed country maintains an army of children between six and fourteen, who run their training and organization without any adult help. The narrator tells of a time forty years prior in 1939 when Japan and China were at war. Can’t get enough of those creepypasta stories! A different friend was found passed out at a bus stop on base and had a BAC of almost 0.4, the MP that found him thought he was dead and the medics he called couldn’t wake him up with smelling salts. We would always receive a copy of the previous night’s police blotter. Oh and I also took a nap on a bed of these disarmed land mines. NSFW – Had a new guy join the unit a week before we left for six months in Okinawa. The narrator arrives at what seems to be a school. The story came to me from a woman met on a train. Meanwhile, Seymour is on the beach, where he meets a young girl and tells her about the bananafish. Herman gets a visit from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Hargrove. On our first PT test he failed miserably and complained that he had shin splints. One day, however, I noticed our terp’s eyes widen and he got kind of embarrassed after speaking to one of the drivers. Eventually, I hope these pages will become a teaching resource. The guy was panicking so much, almost drowning both of them, that my grandfather had to punch him out (or at least stun him) until the ship could turn around, which took hours back them. So you would either drink the whole liter or choke to death (or rip the gas mask off if you weren’t a moron). Peter Williamson, an injured WW II pilot, bails out of his plane and wakes up in a Brighton hospital, but he notices some unusual things. Soldiers face difficult situations at various stages of their careers. He searches the deserted town for a boat that can take him to the mainland. eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'shortstoryguide_com-medrectangle-3','ezslot_5',116,'0','0']));These stories might interest an avid reader, or might be suitable short stories for middle school kids. Wojtek proved to be the ultimate office pet for these war-weathered Poles, eating with them, drinking booze with them, sleeping in their barracks and trekking with them all the way from Persia to Palestine. Nobody was there. 1. One of the most disturbing reports was of a young Soldier drunk in downtown Korea. He said that he lost some of his memory from his tour. We were out in the “waiting area” and he was taken to a room RIGHT NEXT to where we were sitting. Its 3 stories tall, swan dives off. Seeger was awarded a Purple Heart, and has saved the lives of his friends. He calls this his worst experience in the war. The young soldier only wants to live in peace. Well while in Afghanistan a buddy of mine told me his uncle was in Vietnam and while there his uncle was shot in the head. I had sex on the roof of one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces. I think it was a week night. Citizens of the South look forward to everything they’ll be able to do with this ready water source. He wakes up to an unusual sight. North Light: A Recollection in the Present Tense | Mark Helprin. I was conscripted into the german army. Though he has a couple others. He expounds on the differences between the new and experienced soldiers. He was captured, put in POW camp with other Americans. My Great Grandfather was sent over to Prague at the end of WWII. Sergeant Seeger and his friends, both privates, are getting together what money they can for a weekend trip to Paris. Fong and Lee, restaurant workers, get paid. He then tried to parkour his way to freedom across the rooftops of these shops. Anyhow lunch time came around and they were eating something that looked like a burrito made with Pita bread. Passengers on a train carriage argue over who feels the most grief over their sons lost in WW I. Mrs. Wang lives in a remote Chinese village. Abdul wonders what is wrong. User-friendly layout, fully searchable. How To Spot A Killer: 35 Relatives And Friends Of Murderers Reveal The Red Flags, 30 Absolutely Terrifying Stories That Will Haunt You For Days, 30 Spooky Paranormal Stories From Former Military Personnel, 22 People Describe Their Creepiest, Most Unexplainable Childhood Memories, Daddy Was A Killer: 94 People Share Horrific Stories Of Family Members Who Were Murderers. My dad verified. He gets scared by a rabbit and then runs off and hides, falling asleep. The beginning of a war is the best time to be at war. Set during the 1812 invasion of Russia by Napoleon’s forces, War and Peace demonstrates a rigorous historical approach to writing and is hailed as incredibly authentic – unsurprising given that Tolstoy served in the Crimean War. A confederate sympathizer is sentenced to hang from Owl Creek Bridge during the American civil war. Finally he returned to the gate where Ugondan guards discovered him in his PT shorts… and without his kevlar on. 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