Roll Me Over: An Infantryman's World War II

Roll Me Over: An Infantryman's World War II

by Raymond Gantter

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Overview

OVER THERE

When Raymond Gantter arrived in Normandy in the fall of 1944, bodies were still washing up from the invasion. Sobered by that sight, Gantter and his fellow infantrymen moved across northern France and Belgium, taking part in the historic and bloody Battle of the Bulge, before slowly penetrating into and across Germany, fighting all the way to the Czechoslovakian border.

With depth, clarity, and remarkable compassion, Gantter--an enlisted man and college graduate who spoke German--portrays the extraordinary life of the American soldier as he and his comrades lived it while helping to destroy Hitler's Third Reich. From dueling with unseen snipers in ruined villages to fierce battles in which the lightly armed American infantry skirmished against Hitler's panzers, Gantter skillfully captures one infantryman's progress across a continent where guns, fear, and death lay in wait around every bend in the road.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804116053
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1997
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 397
Sales rank: 515,596
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A graduate of Syracuse University who had played piano with jazz bands from the age of fourteen, Raymond Gantter was the program manager of the major radio station in Syracuse when he turned down his third draft deferment and entered the army. At thirty years of age, nearly six feet tall, and 130 pounds, Mr. Gantter made an unlikely infantryman, but in six months he went from private to acting squad leader to acting buck sergeant before being awarded the Silver Star and a battlefield commission. He began to write the journal that became Roll Me Over in September 1944 and finished the manuscript in 1949. He died in 1985, survived by his wife and two children.

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Roll Me Over: An Infantryman's World War II 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
JonSowden on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A refreshingly candid and honest memoir. The book description is a bit misleading - Gantter arrived in Normandy in November, and so while bodies were still 'washing up from the invasion', the implied combat he saw there was non-existant. Still, that gilding of the lily is hardly the authors fault. He writes very well, and the the immediacy of it all (the book was finished by 1949) comes through loud and clear. It's a good book for details, too, if you read betwen the lines. Descriptions of repple depples, urban fighting, screwups, co-operation with armour and artillery, the chaotic and fragmentary nature of even large battles, and so on and so forth. Highly recommended on a number of levels.
kcslade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
OK account of an infantryman in the last days of WWII in Germany. Good look at how it was done and the tragedy of new green replacements.
pgp More than 1 year ago
Well-written, interesting account of fighting in WWII. Sorry, it's not gung-ho, all-out, blood-and-guts. It covers the drudgery and boredom as well as the action and occasional terror. Worth reading if you enjoy actual soldiers' accounts of the war.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book only if you want to read page after page of pissing and moaning, that privates are all geniuses but anybody with any rank higher are monsters. The thing that really got to me about this book is that Gantter asked for everything that happened to him and then does nothing but bellyache after he gets it!
fastrazer More than 1 year ago
This book is a waist of time. This was not written by a man who fought in wwii but by a antiwar anti American bla bla bla person posing as a wwii vet. It is filled with inaccuracies and I mean a ton of them things that could not possible have happened at the time of wwii. In the first few pages I new I was duped but I gave it a chance. Most of the book simply talks about (who ever wrought it) their feelings about America and war very little about the war its self. If you are interested in wwii then don¿t get this book. If you hate America and just want to surround yourself with negative false propaganda then this is the book for you.
DAMIFINO59 More than 1 year ago
AS A WW2 AMATUR HISTORIAN I HAVE READ HUNDREDS OF BOOKS,FICTION AND NONFICTION,ABOUT THE WAR AND DON'T REMEMBER ANY AUTHOR WRITING WITH AS MUCH AS CYNICISM AND SELF PROMOTION AS GANTTER.HE WRITES AS THOUGH HE'S THE ONLY GI WITH ANY FORMAL EDUCATION AND TRIES TO PROVE IT WITH HIS HIGH DOLLAR PROSE.WITHOUT ANY DOUBT,THERE WERE INCIDENTS OF BRUTALITY, COWARDICE AND ABUSE BY US PERSONEL BUT IF YOU WERE ONLY TO READ THIS BOOK ABOUT THE WAR YOU WOULD COME AWAY WONDERING IF THE GOOD GUYS REALLY WON.I'M SORRY I WASTED MY MONEY ON THIS BOOK AND WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT TO ANYONE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the book. It starts out a little slow but it sheads light into a war hollywood has fictionalized. It will give you an appriciation for what the men who served had to live through daily. I would like to thank any veteran of any war reading this for what they have done for the country. As a historian I really appriciate it.