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Hitler in the Crosshairs: A GI's Story of Courage and Faith Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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When young Ira 'Teen' Palm goes off to fight against Hitler and the invading German armies, he has little to shore up his courage apart from his faith in God and his intense patriotism. Both would play an enormous role in his lengthy career in the armed forces, but they would particularly direct his actions as he fights in a foreign land against a brutal and determined dictator. After the war, Palm's mentor, the Rev. Charles Woodbridge, is the recipient of an unusual gift -- a 'golden pistol given to Hitler by the Walther family' -- taken by Palm as a grisly souvenir of the Fuehrer's armory. John Woodbridge, son of Charles, knows there's a fascinating story to be told. He and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Possley (The Brown's Chicken Massacre) lead readers through a tale brimming with exciting accounts of people risking all in the name of God and freedom. Taking us through the wartime challenges Palm and his wife, Helen, face, this fast-paced story reminds us that ordinary people can do extraordinary things, even under great pressure, when fueled by God's amazing grace. (Publishers Weekly)
As someone who has written a novel that crossed some of the same ground, I found this to be an extraordinary and compelling account of the imagination and bravery that history’s greatest monster, Adolf Hitler, inspired. -- Scott Turow, Author
“Here’s a captivating tale of valor and devotion---to God, to spouse, to country---woven with newly disclosed details of an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler and the circuitous journey of Hitler’s personal pistol. A masterful piece of historical detective work!” -- Lee Strobel, Author
“Readers of Hitler in the Crosshairs will not be able to put down this page-turning and remarkable story. From the initial chapter until the book’s concluding words, this fascinating account of courage, faith, and heroism is as gripping as it is deeply satisfying. The authors of this marvelous book are to be highly commended.” -- David S.Dockery, President
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First Lieutenant Teen’s wartime experiences (fueled by his abiding love, his aspirations to complete his service mission, and his empowering faith) were recorded in countless letters to his family and especially to his beloved bride, Helen. But he spared them the difficult details. Stepping off a landing craft and wading onto Omaha Beach in September of 1944, he did not mention the destruction that had occurred there.
Assigned to Company B of 179th Infantry, he would join the troops who pushed across France toward Munich. Unlike many, Palm survived. Remarkably, he was assigned the mission of leading a small team of men into Hitler’s Munich apartment at 16 Prinz-regenten Platz.
Hitler in the Crosshairs is the story of World War II from the ground and foxhole, but it is even more. It is a love story and a witness to the power of faith in all circumstances. The authors reveal the full life of a man who would make his career in the military, while always generously revealing his Christian faith, which provided him peace and assurance through battle, injury, and terminal illness. His focus throughout his life was on his God-given blessings: faith, family, the love of his life, and children who followed in his legacy of service to beloved country.
This well-written book is an inspiring and enjoyable read for anyone interested in World War II, the sustaining power of Christian faith, and the lessons of a life well-lived.
I gave it two stars because some parts of the book were very well written.
This book should be passed by.