From the Author of Chameleons, An Untold World War II Story.
LEFT FOR DEAD AT
The true story of an American Paratrooper
Marcus A. Nannini
The order to fall back had finally been given by Lieutenant Weaver. Gene was in an advanced position and didn’t hear the order. He stood his ground and continued to fire at the Germans as fast as he could, having run out of hand grenades. Meade heard the order and realized Gene wasn’t pulling back. Unwilling to leave his friend behind he decided he’d take a chance and charge across the roadway to let him know they were pulling out.
Just as Meade took his first step towards Gene’s position a shell from the German “Eighty-Eight” exploded near Gene and threw his body high into the air, hitting the ground with an audible thump. Undaunted, Meade continued across the road dodging enemy fire the entire time and found Gene lying face-down. He rolled him over, noticed blood coming from his right ear and assumed the worst. Gene was left for dead at Nijmegen, the only member of the patrol who did not return.
About an hour later Gene found himself standing between two hardened, machine gun toting fanatics of the “Reichsfuhrer SS” deep in the bowels of an ancient castle facing an interrogation by Heinrich Himmler himself. It was only the beginning of what would prove to be eight harrowing months under the thumb of the Nazi High Command as he would witness carnage, suffer extreme deprivation, be forced into slave labor and eventually escape, only to be recaptured within sight of the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland.
Look for it in the first quarter of 2019 and the London Book Fair. Published by Casemate Publishers, Oxford, United Kingdom and Havertown, PA, USA.
For more information write to Marcus at MarcusNannini@aol.com
A World War II Novel by Marcus A. Nannini: Chameleons, An Untold World War II Story.