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Left for Dead at Nijmegen
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Synopsis: "Left for Dead at Nijmegen" vividly recalls thelarger-than-life experiences of an American paratrooper, Gene Metcalfe, whoserved in the 82nd Airborne during WWII.
This personal military memoir covers his recruitment into the military at CampGrant to his training with the 501st Paratroop Infantry Regiment at CampToccoa. It wasn't until D-Day itself that he first arrived in England to jointhe 508th PIR.
When Metcalfe boarded the C-47 which would drop him at Groesbeek Heights, justoutside of Nijmegen, Holland, he was handed a box of twelve dozen condoms by anoverconfident British lieutenant. He was to be among the first to jump intowhat should have been a picture-book meadow, free of German troops. Instead, itwas defended by three German antiaircraft cannon emplacements.
As he jumped into a hail of bullets and exploding shells he watched his planeroll over and plummet into the ground. It was at that moment he realized thecondoms had either been a bad joke or the planners of Operation Market Gardenhad seriously underestimated German resistance. Gene was listed as KIA and leftfor dead by his patrol, who presumed the worst when they saw his injuries froma shell explosion.
The rest of his story is equally gripping, as he became a POW held outsideMunich, being moved between various camps ridden with disease and a severelyundernourished population. Eventually, after making an escape attempt and beingcaptured within sight of the snow-capped Swiss mountains, his camp wasliberated by American troops in April 1945.
Critique: "Left for Dead at Nijmegen: The True Story of an AmericanParatrooper in World War II" is an extraordinary and simply rivetingmemoir that will prove to be an immediate and enduringly valued addition toboth community and academic library World War II Military History &Biography collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that"Left for Dead at Nijmegen" is also available in a digital bookformat (Kindle, $19.95).
LEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN.
The riveting story of an American soldier leftbehind enemy lines during world war two.
Left forDead at Nijmegen is a stunning and beautifully written recounting of GeneMetcalfe's experiences beginning with his life-changing decision to quit schooland enlist to become a paratrooper. While the story is written by Nannini, Iconsistently felt Metcalfe's presence within the telling, and the photographsincluded in the book increase the impact and credibility of Metcalfe's story.
What struckme most vividly, however, was the brutal truth behind the treatment of thoseprisoners of war in the German gulags.
Those imagesand Metcalfe's story paint an unforgettable picture of the suffering andprivation inflicted in those camps. Left for Dead at Nijmegen: The True Storyof an American Paratrooper is an important work, one that exemplifies thesacrifices made by our military and reveals the reality of the POWs' struggleto survive under the harshest of situations. It's most highly recommended.
Winnerof the PenCraft Awards Nonfiction Book of the Year-2019.
Fewdoubt the power of story to change one's life. This was especially true of GeneMetcalf. Metcalf was a student at DeKalb High school in DeKalb Illinois in 1941when he saw a film about the newly formed 82nd Airborne Division of the US Armyincluding the 508th parachute infantry regiment. From that point on his lifewould never be the same.
Metcalfwas a fish out of water. He had been raised by emotionally distant stepparents.Having missed a year of school due to illness made him a year older than hisclassmates. The military seemed to offer a way out.
Hewas in excellent physical shape, being an all-around athlete. Little did heknow he would need all the physical strength he could muster to survive thecoming war.
Metcalfwas medically rejected at first. The event revealed a strong determination thatwould serve him well. Instead of the 508th, he eventually made it to the 501st,which he figured was close enough.
Afterinjuring his leg, he ended up in the infirmary. With his future in doubt, hedecided to take a stroll around the base one day and was confronted by his oldsergeant who immediately commandeered him and sent him back to his unit, whichwas preparing to deploy.
Helearned he was going to be in the first wave of operation Market Garden; thefailed attempt by the allies to secure a bridgehead from Holland across theRhine into Germany at Nijmegen. They were told to expect light opposition.Unfortunately, some Allied plans had fallen into the hands of the Germans whodeployed a division of hardened veterans to defend the town.
Metcalf'splatoon landed with orders to quickly take and hold the bridge and wait forreinforcements, but they were spotted by a large German unit. An artilleryround exploded near Gene, bursting an eardrum and knocking him unconscious. Hiscomrades, forced to retreat, saw his bloodied body and assumed he was dead.
Hespent the rest of the war as a POW. The remainder of the book is a harrowingtale of his captivity, escape attempts and the cruelty of his German captors.
Toldin the matter-of-fact tone of a college essay, the book is a page turner, fullof coincidences, narrow escapes, and tension worthy of a Hollywood film.Left for Dead at Nijmegen is well worth the read.
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The author of this incredible story is hard to identify. Marcus A Nannini is certainly the one who organized and wrote the book, but he did such a good job putting it together that you just can't help but think it is Gene himself telling you his own story. To add to that effect, Nannini puts a lot of focus on Gene's sense of humor and personality.
The conversations between important members of the SS as well as many other details seem almost too good to be true from a historical perspective. Nannini dutifully constructs images and characteristics of the POW camps that his subject was forced into that were previously unknown. This work, therefore, is as important to historical study of the period as it is a riveting and fascinating tale.
The story starts off with Gene Metcalfe at school and illustrates his departure from his home, family and friends. Looking to do his part, Gene sets off and quickly finds himself shipping off. From the title, the reader knows there is going to be a traumatic event from the get-go, but what transpires afterwards is quite unpredictable. Left for dead, captured, moved from camp to camp, and bearing witness to many horrifying things, it is hard to believe at times that Gene is going to make it. Even more impactful are the ways that Gene gets himself through the atrocities he experiences.
The writing is direct, simple, and honest, relaying the same feeling that you get from the main character. Left for Dead in Nijmegen, written by Marcus A Nannini and published by Casemate, a resounding recommendation to readers of historical novels."
Pages: 256 | ASIN: B07QM86WDW LITERARY TITAN literarytitan.com/2019/07/12/left-for-dead-at-nijmegen/
FIVE STAR Book Review
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
"Left for Dead at Nijmegen: The True Story of an American Paratrooper is a nonfiction biography written by Marcus A. Nannini, who spent several years interviewing Gene Metcalfe, who was determined to become a paratrooper, enlisted and was part of Operation Market Garden, a paratrooper landing in Nijmegen, Holland. It was his first foray into the field of battle, the culmination of years of training in every aspect of the paratrooper's skills in war-craft. Operation Market Garden was, from the outset, a poorly timed and executed operation, one for which the Germans almost seemed to have advance notice. For Metcalf, his inability to hear the order to retreat resulted in an injury that led one of his comrades to believe he was dead. While he was stunned and rendered unconscious for a while, Metcalf was indeed not dead. Over the next 24 hours, he would be imprisoned in a strange castle-like building and interviewed by Heinrich Himmler himself. Thereafter, until the war ended, he would languish in a series of gulags wherein Allied soldiers were deprived of food, forced into hard labor and doomed to die slow and agonizing deaths.
Left for Dead at Nijmegen is a stunning and beautifully written recounting of Gene Metcalfe's experiences beginning with his life-changing decision to quit school and enlist to become a paratrooper. While the story is written by Nannini, I consistently felt Metcalfe's presence within the telling, and the photographs included in the book increase the impact and credibility of Metcalfe's story. I enjoyed seeing the young soldier through the author's eyes, especially his artistic and humorous side, and I loved the stories of how he would get in trouble in school and boot camp for his cartoons. I was thrilled to see a few of his drawings were included in the back of the book and couldn't help but chuckle at the one entitled "das brot."
What struck me most vividly, however, was the brutal truth behind the treatment of those prisoners of war in the German gulags. While most of us think the Geneva Convention ensured that somewhat tolerable conditions for prisoners was the rule, this book shows how soldiers held by the Germans were often literally starved and worked to death. As I read, I couldn't help but remember the photographs I've seen showing the condition of surviving prisoners of war taken when US troops entered the gulags and death camps of Germany." readersfavorite.com/book-review/left-for-dead-at-nijmegen
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- Publisher : Casemate (March 14, 2019)
- Print Length : 240 pages
- Publication Date : March 14, 2019
- Language: : English
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- ASIN : B07QM86WDW
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