Easily one of the most personal tellings of an American soldier I have ever read. Looking back, the first logical point in the story where I could have put the book down for the night was when he was in the hangar, waiting to head to the C-47 to go to Market Garden. Once on the plane, the action does not let up.
Left for Dead at Nijmegen : The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II
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When Metcalfe boarded the C-47 which would drop him at Groesbeek Heights, just outside of Nijmegen, Holland, he was handed a box of twelve dozen condoms by an overconfident British lieutenant. He was to be among the first to jump into what should have been a picture-book meadow, free of German troops. Instead, it was defended by three German antiaircraft cannon emplacements.
As he jumped into a hail of bullets and exploding shells he watched his plane roll over and plummet into the ground. It was at that moment he realized the condoms had either been a bad joke or the planners of Operation Market Garden had seriously underestimated German resistance. Gene was listed as KIA and left for dead by his patrol, who presumed the worst when they saw his injuries from a shell explosion.
The rest of his story is equally gripping, as he became a POW held outside Munich, being moved between various camps ridden with disease and a severely undernourished population. Eventually, after making an escape attempt and being captured within sight of the snow-capped Swiss mountains, his camp was liberated by American troops in April 1945.
Gene's story is both remarkable for his highly unusual encounter, and his subsequent experiences.
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Marcus a Nannini
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9.20 x 6.30 x 0.90 Inches
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