lEFT FOR DEAD AT NIJMEGEN will grasp your heart, bend your mind, shock you to your roots and leave you absolutely out-of-breath.  be sure to order your copy today…and one for a friend!

COMING EARLY IN 2019 FROM CASEMATE PUBLISHERS, PHILADELPHIA, PA AND OXFORD, UK. Pre-orders available on Amazon or directly from Casemate Publishers.


When 82nd Airborne paratrooper Gene Metcalfe boarded the C-47 which would drop him at Groesbeek Heights, just outside of Nijmegen, Holland, he was handed a box of twelve dozen condoms by an over-confident British lieutenant. He was to be among the first to jump into what should have been a picture-book meadow, free of German troops. Instead, it was defended by three German anti-aircraft cannon emplacements.

As he jumped into a hail of bullets and exploding shells he watched his plane roll over and plummet into the ground. It was at that moment he realized the condoms had either been a bad joke or the planners of Operation Market Garden had seriously underestimated German resistance.


  1. The order to fall back had been given by Lieutenant Weaver. Gene, being in an advanced position, didn’t hear the order and continued to fire as fast as he could. His best friend, Meade, positioned about 50 yards away on the other side of the road, did hear the order and through the darkness realized Gene wasn’t pulling back. Not wanting to leave his friend 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 a German “Eighty-Eight” cannon 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.

    Some time passed before Gene began to regain consciousness. His ears were ringing and he felt as if he was on a merry-go-round when he felt something poking him in the stomach. He opened his eyes and, to his horror, realized a member of the dreaded German “SS” was poking him with his rifle.

    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, risk his life to save a severely wounded fellow paratrooper, suffer extreme deprivation, be used as slave labor, and eventually escape, only to be recaptured within sight of the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland.


  2. Ordering Information, Wholesale: Trade orders in the US should come to Casemate: 610-853-9131;  Fax: 610-853-9146; Email: casemate@casematepublishers.com  Mail: Casemate Group, 1950 Lawrence Road, Havertown, PA 19083

EU trade orders can be placed with Orca Book Services Ltd: Tel: +44 (0)1235 465500  |  Email: orders@orcabookservices.co.uk

If a business not have a trade account with Orca, please contact us at    trade@casematepublishers.co.uk to set one up. 

Australia should go via Peribo PTY LTD:

Fax: +61 2 457 0022 Email: michaelcoffey@peribo.com.au

Ordering Information, Retail: Amazon.com and fine bookstores world-wide)

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





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