The stories in this book are the memoirs of PFC Frank Wayne Martin, who served in the 328th regiment of the 26th Yankee Division in the Third Army during World War II.
As part of a group of advance observers, his task was to scout routes and German positions, usually ranging far behind enemy lines, then to report back, often directly to General Patton. Based on these reports and other intelligence, Patton decided where and how to advance. In short, PFC Martin's mission was to spearhead the Third Army drive across Europe.
Whether chatting up an enemy sniper in a tree or working with the French or German Underground or going without food for days, this is a memoir of survival. The personal account is full of humor and engaging stories, tales of a historic campaign seen through the eyes of an intelligent, trained observer.
One example of the dry humor: the field cookbook offered in an appendix, a glimpse of GI ingenuity, with eccentric ingredients and offbeat techniques for collecting and preparing food. Julia Child might turn up her nose, but these reflect the real experiences of a scout working beyond enemy lines, with a trench knife, well tuned powers of observa-tion, common sense, compassion, inventiveness, and a powerful drive for survival.
This is a fascinating memoir of World War II by a remarkable soldier, a forward observer for Patton's famed Third Army on the move.
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Table of Contents
Lucky Forward: Daily Operations 3
The Making of a Maverick 17
Arrival in France 37
Working with the French Underground 47
Life with Snipers 57
Survival Skills and Lt. Thomas 75
More Dangerous Encounters with Germans 91
Learning from General Patton 113
Working with de Gaulle 123
After Paris 137
The Battle of the Bulge 143
We Cross the Rhine Three Times 179
Post-Rhine Operations 191
Hunting for Nazi War Criminals 209
The White Horses 225
Hitler's Art Collection 237
The War Winding Down 245
War's End 259
PFC Martin's Field Cookbook 271