Left for Dead at Nijmegen : The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II

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The true story of an American paratrooper who had a unique encounter during Operation Market Garden and his experiences as a POW.

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The true story of an American paratrooper who had a unique encounter during Operation Market Garden and his experiences as a POW. Left for Dead at Nijmegen recalls the larger-than-life experiences of an American paratrooper, Gene Metcalfe, who served in the 82nd Airborne during WWII. From his recruitment into the military at Camp Grant to his training with the 501st Paratroop Infantry Regiment at Camp Toccoa, it wasn't until D-Day itself that he first arrived in England to join the 508th PIR.

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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Publisher
Casemate
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
229
Author
Marcus a Nannini
ISBN-13
9781612006963
Publication Date
March, 2019
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.20 x 6.30 x 0.90 Inches
ISBN-10
1612006965

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Killer Great War Story!

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.

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