AUTHOR NANCY J.CRAMER
A public-school teacher, I taught children and adults for nearly 30 years. During that time, I also had a part time private practice as Licensed Professional Counselor for nearly 20 years. I have written curriculum for elementary science classes and National World War I materials; judged the Greater Kansas City Science Fair 35 years, the Optimist Club Students Oratorical and Harry S. Truman History contests for four years.
I am the author of five books on World War I. The last one Is the epic story of the retreat in 1915 of the Serbian army from their enemies. When I first visited Serbia in 2012, I knew I had to write the book. Also have shared my 63 tours abroad including a series of "Traveling Abroad" with slide shows and six power point presentations on subjects relating to WWI. I have served as a volunteer at the National World War I Museum and Memorial for the past eight years.
My latest activity is portraying Bess Truman with Dr. Niel Johnson who has been impersonating President Harry S. Truman for 25 years. I enjoy learning and living and write stories and essays which are printed in local newspapers. I have been widowed twice and have three living children and three grandchildren.
AUTHOR NANCY J.CRAMER
Only half of the 250,000 Serbian soldiers who defeated the Austro-Hungarian army in 1914, then fought added German and Bulgarian armies in 1915, survived the hardships of the historic retreat in fall, 1915. Some soldiers walked as much as 400 miles to the tall Albanian mountains amid a devastating snowfall. They crossed over the rugged mountains on icy paths to reach the Adriatic Sea, where Allied ships rescued them.
After recuperation on nearby Greek-owned Corfu Island, they re organized as an army and were transported to Salonika on the border of Serbia and Bulgaria. Fighting alongside French and British soldiers, the Serbs were victorious and recovered their homeland when Bulgaria surrendered in October, 1918. This is a story of the Serbians' unbounded courage, while facing starvation, and even dying, yet retaining hope in every torturous step of the Retreat.
This book is amazing. It is not only gorgeous with the best quality of paper, it is also fully illustrated with photos of the period, both black and white and colored posters and illustrations by an artist who knows how to capture the essence of the scene. And it is a slim volume that somehow tells a mighty story of the birth, death and rebirth of a nation. The writing is well researched and relays first-hand experiences passed down from generation to generation. The narrative is powerful, inspiring, and full of heart-wrenching, intimate scenes of struggle, sacrifice and just enough triumph to ease the reader's burden of absorbing this virtually unknown struggle. Cramer uses her journalistic training to provide immediacy to the details and her educational training to organize a very complex political scenario and explain it to her readers. If you had family in this life-and-death struggle of Serbia in World War I you owe it to your ancestors then and your family members now to read this aloud to each other. I guarantee you, the stories will make you cry with their pain, and rejoice with their triumph.
The story is such an example of selfless heroism in the face of overpowering odds that it is worthy of a Hollywood script. Hello, Hollywood. Are you listening?
THE LITTLE FRENCH DOG
WORLD WAR I HERO
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