NIJMEGEN, pronounced NIE-MAY-GEN (hard “G”)

Road Bridge at Nijmegen following a carpet bombing by the allies. Gene was taken across the road bridge in a German staff car courtesy of the 10th “SS”


1944-2019  75th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden.

The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II

Gene quit high school and joined the paratroopers only to find himself wedged between machine-gun toting “SS” fanatics while being interrogated by the notorious Nazi, Heinrich Himmler. 



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He was the last to jump from his fatally stricken C-47 and the lead man when he walked into a prepared German defense of the 10th “SS.” He was left for dead, captured by the SS, interrogated by Heinrich Himmler and that was all on Day one of Operation Market Garden, 75 years ago. 1944-2019.

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left 4 dead cover january 2019

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“Readers’ Favorite Book Review(s)”

Review #1: Review by Jack Magnus

5 Stars – Congratulations on your 5-star review! 

 January 20, 2019 

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. Those images and Metcalfe’s story paint an unforgettable picture of the suffering and privation inflicted in those camps. Left for Dead at Nijmegen: The True Story of an American Paratrooper is an important work, one that exemplifies the sacrifices made by our military and reveals the reality of the POWs’ struggle to survive under the harshest of situations. It’s most highly recommended.”


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Page Count: 256 (heavily populated with photos and original etchings throughout)



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The Road Bridge at Nijmegen was the objective of Gene's patrol; the first combat patrol sent against the bridge.
German Messerschmitt 262 “Swallow” Jet Fighter in action during WW II. Gene went diving for cover when one of these screamed past his position, having no idea what it was.
Deadly German “88” canons were set up next to the shack in which Gene was being held.
Gene was escorted by a pair of machine gun toting “SS”” fanatics to appear before Heinrich Himmler the first night of Operation Market Garden.
Gene was ordered to assist a German medic in the aftermath of a deadly Allied artillery bombardment. The medic, above, is checking his pocket watch.

Copyright Marcus A. Nannini, 2018, 2019


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