Patton's Lucky Scout: The Adventures of a Forward Observer for General Patton and the Third Army in Europe

Patton's Lucky Scout: The Adventures of a Forward Observer for General Patton and the Third Army in Europe

by Frank Wayne Martin, Nancy Martin

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Patton's Lucky Scout: The Adventures of a Forward Observer for General Patton and the Third Army in Europe by Frank Wayne Martin, Nancy Martin

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933987101
Publisher: Crickhollow Books
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

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

Post-Bulge 165

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

Timeline 269

PFC Martin's Field Cookbook 271

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