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READ PDF é Roll Me Over: An Infantryman's World War II Ì OVER THEREWhen Raymond Gantter arrived in Normandy in the fall of , 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 borderWith 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 So soIt has good and bad author rambles off on tangents at times The action accounts are good when he is recounting them but it s a jerky read. Probably the best written American WWII Enlisted Man s War Memoir I have ever read Look it up I ve read dozens Ray Gantter was a married father of two and a Music Radio player businessperson when he gave up his defermant and welt overseas with the Army His harrowing rise to be a First Lt, visa member ship in, and then leadership of a platoon of GIs in the famous First Infantry division, Roosevelt s SS as they claim to have been called He was also a conversational German speaker, and gene Probably the best written American WWII Enlisted Man s War Memoir I have ever read Look it up I ve read dozens Ray Gantter was a married father of two and a Music Radio player businessperson when he gave up his defermant and welt overseas with the Army His harrowing rise to be a First Lt, visa member ship in, and then leadership of a platoon of GIs in the famous First Infantry division, Roosevelt s SS as they claim to have been called He was also a conversational German speaker, and general humanist in a way that simply is not true of most of the wonderful enlisted gentlemen who put their recollections to paper His thoughts and wishes, his vivid descriptions and his unerring eye for detail make for a compelling read I was rapt in Airports to and from Europe my mind totally on each trail through the wood or cowering in slit trench foxhole with German mortar airburst shells going off above you With the possible caveat that from records we are pretty sure that all his Tiger Tanks are in fact, Pz IVs, his accurate descriptions bring flaming Europe to life And always the civilians The Harrowing part is he knows exactly what is happening all around him to the civilians, because he is called on the interpret constantly in all sorts of situations as an almost fluent when he is not it is also interesting German speaker He s the one talking to prisoners, negotiating surrenders, expelling people from houses, and commandeering things So you get the tediousness of the approach to battle, battle, after battle appreciation, civilian ramifications, and then on to the next village Along the way he fills us in on sex and looting It s a straight recommendation people.This might be a little mature for the junior reader , but over 15 will certainly find the language and approach aspirational and the collateral damage discussion and really good one The sex is so allusional that parents need not be worried about language learned For the Military enthusiast purest gold This is Bolt Action Flames Of War BattleGroup scenarios for years, cool diorama concepts and Maps to pore over for the Military Enthusiast, since he pretty much names every town he goes through Don t delay read this one The author was a 6 tall, 130 pound really skinny educated, talented husband and father who was initially denied officer training because of poor eyesight but was given a battle field commission in April 45 Because he was older than others, he writes with maturity about his battle experiences, especially what a waste war is One quote about some day fighting in the Huertgen Forest the Germans are drunk and singing, and he tells of attacks and counterattacks in which they rush from their pos The author was a 6 tall, 130 pound really skinny educated, talented husband and father who was initially denied officer training because of poor eyesight but was given a battle field commission in April 45 Because he was older than others, he writes with maturity about his battle experiences, especially what a waste war is One quote about some day fighting in the Huertgen Forest the Germans are drunk and singing, and he tells of attacks and counterattacks in which they rush from their positions, singing as they come, firing until their ammunition is gone, then throwing down their useless weapons and still coming on, still singing German or not, enemy or not, there is a magnificent and barbaric carelessness in the gesture that is spine tingling There is tragic waste, too Perhaps it s my own Germanic origins that make me thrill to such grandiose extravagancethe Wittelsbach madness that tainted all Bavaria He also is appalled by greed and unethical treatment of others by both sides The first part is too much like a diary, and I almost put it aside, but then the rest of it adoptsof a memoir format No maps, but he does he name the villages he went through as part of the 1st division I enjoyed it A pretty good and enlightening read about a squad leader s combat experience and thoughts during WWII, from when he arrived in Normandy to the end of the war and on past his battle field commission He tells it like it is and minces no words when in comes to some of the bad officers he ran up against, especially telling was when he was a young butterbar, on one particularly brutal inspection after the war.