Includes a chapter entitled: "Left for
Dead at Nijmegen" - a tale of Eugene Metcalfe, who was in fact captured
by the Germans the night of September 17, 1944, after parachuting into
the Nijmegen LZ in the first wave of Operation Market Garden.
It was a dreary November,
1942 day in a math class at DeKalb, Illinois, High School. The protagonist,
Gene Metcalfe, was waiting for Mr. Hoppe to finish entering everyone’s
When he discovered Gene didn’t turn in his assignment he asked: “Mr.
Metcalfe, just how do you expect to graduate in June if you don’t do
Gene’s response left Hoppe and his classmates speechless as he stood
and announced he didn’t plan to graduate because he had joined the 508th
Parachute Infantry Regiment and was reporting for duty the next morning.
He quickly left the room and began an absolutely amazing, at times spell-binding
and always harrowing adventure.