Running Wire at the Front Lines: Memoir of a Radio and Telephone Man in World War II

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This compelling memoir tracks the combat experiences of a wireman in the 11th Infantry Regiment of the Fifth Infantry Division: Normandy, the Ardennes, Battle of the Bulge... Born in Brooklyn, the author enlisted at 17. The book explores his time in combat, when he laid down wire for communications, often along the front lines, during battles, dodging German bullets and shells. Featured throughout are his detailed sketches of combat actions and fellow soldiers. Particular attention is paid to the role of the ...

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Overview

This compelling memoir tracks the combat experiences of a wireman in the 11th Infantry Regiment of the Fifth Infantry Division: Normandy, the Ardennes, Battle of the Bulge... Born in Brooklyn, the author enlisted at 17. The book explores his time in combat, when he laid down wire for communications, often along the front lines, during battles, dodging German bullets and shells. Featured throughout are his detailed sketches of combat actions and fellow soldiers. Particular attention is paid to the role of the wireman and the history of the Fifth Infantry Division.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786459261
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/6/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis J. Lauria worked as an auto mechanic for most of his life. Amanda Page Anderson, Louis J. Lauria's granddaughter, is a speech language pathologist.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 7

I Going into the Army 19

II Overseas 26

III Normandy 31

IV Angers 49

V Chartres 62

VI Advancing through France 70

VII Dornot 77

VIII Metz 89

IX Battle of the Bulge 101

X Sauer River Crossings 111

XI Bitburg 125

XII Lieg 135

XIII Oppenheim: Crossing the Rhine 143

XIV Main River Bridge in Frankfurt 149

XV End of the War 158

XVI Home 165

Afterword 173

Appendix: The Fifth Infantry Division in World War II 179

Chapter Notes 207

Works Cited 213

Index 215

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Excellent read!!

    By Gail Lytton - See all my reviewsThis review is from: Running Wire at the Front Lines: Memoir of a Radio and Telephone Man in World War II (Paperback)
    Excellent read!! Lauria's memoir and sketches create a vivid picture of day to day life of an individual soldier at a pivotal time in history. He takes you into the trenches as a 17 year old who humbly describes his own role. His descriptions bring to life the officers calculating coordinates of aim for the cannons, doughboys who travel hanging onto the sides of any vehicle available, civilians who welcome Americans and once liberated shave the heads of collaborators. He talks about walking shoulder to shoulder shooting machine guns ahead of them as they walked -miles of "walking fire" and of friendships formed with those who protected you and shared your foxhole. He also shares the shocking loss of life and the sacrifices that were made.
    As a part of the 11th Infantry Regiment of the Fifth Infantry Division, Lauria and his comrads helped to spearhead the American drive through Europe. Even as a young man he understood the stragetic significance and recorded very faithfully.
    It is pleasing to see that Lauria was cherished by family who wanted to record and publish his efforts- As all free Americans today should thank those who served to allow our freedom.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    An honest insightful account from a true war hero

    I just finished reading Louis Lauria's book Running Wire at the Front Lines yesterday morning. It was a wonderful book that gave me insight into what it was like to be a soldier during World War II. Too many books and movies glorify the war and turn the soldiers in their pages into super, brave men who forged ahead, performing their duties and fighting for our freedom with little regard for the danger that surrounded them or the sadness and fear they faced everyday. And those that did show fear were usually portrayed as the cowards. In his own words, Mr. Lauria gave us a picture of what a true, brave, heroic soldier really is. He is one, who despite fearing for his life, seeing his friends and comrades die and become injured all around him, and knowing that any minute could be his last, did what he had to do because those same people counted on him to do his job to help keep them all alive and, he was candid enough to tell us how scary a war looks to a nineteen year old kid that grew up in Queens and the effects that war had on the rest of his life.
    The book is written in a very personal almost conversational style that makes you feel you are just sitting around with a cup of coffee talking face to face with this unsung hero.

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