Book reveals Great Partisan efforts against Germans in WWII

VERO BEACH, Fla.—Dec. 10, 1944, a 25-year-old lieutenant is shot down over the Brenner Pass. Follow his account as he becomes involved in the underground exploits and sabotage against the German occupation troops in the Italian Alps in the novel No Time for Fear by author W.B. Berry.

This story, in a book released by Xlibris, chronicles the events that encompassed the author and his Partisan and Special Forces counterparts while undertaking sabotage, espionage and combat aggressions against the German occupation armies that were attempting to eliminate the Italian Partisans. No Time for Fear tells how the author became attached to the British Number 1 Special Forces and became commander of a 44-man Partisan outpost. Their aggressive attacks and sabotage against the German occupation forces became a major contribution for the Allied armies and their Italian victories. Those who served the resistance cause and participated in the gruesome day-to-day activities confronting the enemies were subjected to excruciating cold, intense fatigue, constant misery, lingering hunger and terrible discomfort.

This book is an exciting retelling of the Great Partisan efforts to harass and exterminate the German forces. It gives an inside look at the destruction and devastations of war, such as blowing up bridges, railroads, barracks, warehouses, ammunition depots and fuel storages on an almost daily basis. It also reveals the harsh conditions that soldiers have to fight in, going on for days without sleep, comfort and sometimes food. This historical story will interest people, particularly those who want to know more about World War II. It candidly shows readers the bleakness of war, the hope for its end and finally, the sweet victory after the many sacrifices made.

About the author

William Bernard Berry was the second son of Milton and Hallie Berry. He was born in 1919 in Fairmont, W. Va. During his 36 years with the Hope Natural and Consolidated Gas corporations, he held a number of supervisory and management positions. Bernard had a remarkable career in support of industry and community entities. He served on the Clarksburg City Council for eight years. He served as president of several organizations and 14 boards. May 6, 1984, he was honored in having been awarded the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters by Salem College. April 20, 1985, he was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees of Salem College.

As to his military service, he was assigned to the 380 Bomb Squadron, 310 Bomb Group, stationed on Corsica with campaigns in Roma Arnno, Northern Apennines, Po Valley, southern France and Rhineland. The author’s decorations and awards were the Silver Star for service with the Partisans, Air Medal and two Bronze Leaf Clusters, EAME, Theater Ribbon, with three bronze stars, American Theatre Ribbon, WWII Victory Ribbon, and two Overseas Bars. He was discharged with the rank of major.

No Time for Fear retails for $24.99 in trade paperback or $34.99 in cloth hardback. Xlibris books can be purchased at Xlibris bookstore. For more information, contact Xlibris at (888) 795-4274 or on the Web at

from the May 16-22, 2007, issue

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