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Most Decorated Soldier in World War II: Matt Urban Paperback

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (July 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552125289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552125281
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,406,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Boven fought during World War II in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, and Austria. He sustained several gunshot wounds while on patrol with the Luxembourg underground. He was assigned to the 43rd squadron, 3rd Cavalry Group, 3rd Army, and fought in four campaigns. Robert Boven is the author of "The International Organ and Tissue Retrieval Directory" which is used in many medical universities and hospitals throughout the world. He traveled extensively in Central and South America, subsequently writing travelogues.

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Because Captain Urban thought up devious ways of infiltrating the enemy in Africa, (such as the time he single-handedly destroyed one of Rommel's world class radios; or when he led the 2nd Battalion through the cork forest without being detected by the Germans); he was therefore chosen --- or perhaps more correct to say he volunteered --- to lead the "silent" march.

The nighttime march of over 4,000 2nd Battalion men including the 150 men of 'F' Company proceeded into the Sicilian mountain trails from Capizzi. They moved only at night between 2100 and 0500 hours in an attempt to remain undetected. The trails snaked through the mountains of Pelato, Camolato, and Albano, northeast of Capizzi. During the day the men concealed themselves and their mules in the brush along the trail. It was just as necessary for the mules to travel silently on the rocky trails as it was for the troops. The hooves of the mules were wrapped using worn-out clothes the GIs had discarded. Imagine holding a heavily loaded mule with cloth-wrapped feet from bolting and giving away the mission to the enemy! In open country there were trucks to carry food, ammo and supplies, but here it was men and mules that were the beasts of burden. Hopefully, the Germans were oblivious to the encroaching Allies.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gary D. Remy on June 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
Somewhere in the pages of this paperback book is a story, but Robert Boven is not the person to be telling it. This is suppose to be the story of the most decorated soldier in WWII, told by Mr. Robert W. Boven who was suppose to have served in Europe in this same War. When the author refers to "Patton Tanks" coming in at the end of the War to take on the better armored German Tanks, the German "Long Tom" artillery, and planes going down because of "motor failure" (how about the word "engine"), he lost too many points with this historian. In his credits he list his 10 years of interviews and travels with Matt Urban, yet there is fewer than 40 words in quotes throughout the book, and 35 of those are on page 89. Save your money folks, this poor quality item should serve as an example on how to not write a book. The author's credits show him as a writer of travelogues, that must be his forte because writing history certainly is not.
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