NIJMEGEN, pronounced in the usa as: NIE-MAY-GEN (hard “G”)


Overall Winner of the 2019 PenCraft Awards for Literary Achievement in a Nonfiction book. Left for Dead at Nijmegen is the PenCraft 2019 Nonfiction Book of the Year.

The Highly Respected Midwest Book Review calls it “extraordinary and simply riveting”

Gene being thanked and congratulated by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of The Netherlands.

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Gene Metcalfe in Nijmegen today, 18 September 2019. He gave an autographed copy of the Book to Colonel Beaufort, Commander, Regional Military Command West. Deputy Commander 11 Air Assault Brigade, Royal Netherlands Army.


Gene being congratulated by His Royal Highness, Sir Charles, Prince of Wales.

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Gene with the Chief of Defense of The Netherlands Armed Forces Admiral Rob Bauer.


The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II

Marcus A. Nannini

Hard-bound, Casemate Publisher, Oxford, UK and Philadelphia, PA. April, 2019 ISBN-13: 978-1-61200-696-3 ASIN: B07QM86WDW ISBN: 1612006965


The Order to fall back had finally been given by Lieutenant Weaver. Gene, being at the forefront of the fire-fight, couldn’t hear the order. He stood his ground and continued to fire as fast as he could, having run out of hand-grenades. Ray Meade, his best friend, did hear the order and soon realized Gene wasn’t pulling back. Not wanting to leave his friend behind he decided to take a chance and charge across the roadway to let Gene know they were pulling out.

As Meade took his first step towards Gene, a shell from a nearby German “88” exploded, throwing Gene’s body high into the air. Meade heard Gene hit the ground with a stomach-churning thump. Undaunted, Meade continued across the road, dodging heavy fire from the German 10th SS Panzer Division, only to find Gene’s apparently lifeless body, face-down in the dirt. Meade rolled him over, noticed blood pouring from his right ear and assumed the worst. Gene was Left for Dead at Nijmegen, the only member of the advance combat patrol who did not return.

About an hour later Gene found himself standing between two hardened, machine-gun-toting SS fanatics while being interrogated by the evil Reichsfuhrer SS, Heinrich Himmler, deep within the bowels of an ancient castle. It was only the beginning of what would prove to be eight harrowing months under the thumb of the Nazi High Command.

Gene would shake hands with death numerous times, with both the Nazis, as well as the ground and air forces of the Allied nations. Gene would risk his life to save that of a fellow paratrooper, Elmer Melchi, who had been machine-gunned by a Nazi guard. 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.

Salvation came when General Patton’s tanks blew open the gates to his prison camp. With freedom beckoning to him, Gene didn’t hesitate and immediately embarked on a remarkable journey that included running directly into a column of 300 German soldiers. His astonishing tale continues to this day as he has received numerous awards for his service and heroism, in both the USA and Holland, all as a result of this riveting book.

Gene Metcalfe, saluting upon the conclusion of the Military Order of Willem, Orange Lanyard ceremony. Courtesy of SPC Ethan Valetski

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Siebe Postma, Dutch Parachutist played the role of Gene Metcalfe in a re-enactment.

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“The author has researched and studied this subject in great depth, his knowledge and ability to engage and keep the interest of the reader is accomplished and proficient. Army Rumour Service, 20/06/2019 (United Kingdom)


Gene on the new road bridge at Nijmegen.

He was the last to jump from his fatally stricken C-47 and the lead man when he walked into a an overwhelming Defense by the 10th SS Panzer Division “Frundsberg.” 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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“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 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.”   LITERARY TITAN  Literary Titan, July 12, 2019. dead-at-nijmegen/

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Gene with the US Ambassador in The Netherlands, Mr Peter Hoekstra.

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, Library Bookwatch, 06-10-2019

Critique: “Left for Dead at Nijmegen: The True Story of an American Paratrooper in World War II” is an extraordinary and simply riveting memoir that will prove to be an immediate and enduringly valued addition to both community and academic library World War II Military History & Biography collections.”

Gene with H.M.F. (Hubert) Bruls, Bürgermeester of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

The Palo Alto City Library; WW University Library in Munster, Germany; The King’s University Library in Edmonton, Alberta; Dakota County, Minnesota, Library, The Culver-Union Township Public Library; The University of Alberta Library; and The Calgary Public Library are the latest libraries to add Left for Dead at Nijmegen to their collections. Thank you!

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Coming in Spring 2020: NINE MEN DOWN, Morality, Spirituality and Duty to Country Clash during World War II, followed in Fall, 2020 by MIDNIGHT FLIGHT TO NUREMBERG, From the Coal Mines of Pennsylvania to the Explosive Skies over Nazi-Occupied Europe. Check here for updates.

In fewer than 9 months the jacket would be soaked in the blood of Elmer Melchi, the man who lived as a direct result of Gene’s bravery.

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Gene Metcalfe hands over an autographed copy of his book to Brigadier General Jan-Willem Maas, Commander of the 13th Light Brigade, Royal Netherlands Army, near Nijmegen, Holland. 18-09-2019
Gene entertaining the troops at Nijmegen.

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

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“Marcus, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It’s perhaps one of the best memoirs I’ve read.” Angus Wallace, WW II Podcast, United Kingdom

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Gene receiving the “Orange Lanyard.”

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