Assignment to Hell

Assignment to Hell

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THEIR WORK ON THE FRONT LINES MADE HEADLINES In February 1943, a group of journalistsa€”including a young wire service correspondent named Walter Cronkite and cub reporter Andy Rooneya€”clamored to fly along on a bombing raid over Nazi Germany. Seven of the sixty-four bombers that attacked a U-boat base that day never made it back to England. A fellow survivor, Homer Bigart of the New York Herald Tribune, asked Cronkite if hea€™d thought through a lede. a€œI think Ia€™m going to say, a€ mused Cronkite, a€œthat Ia€™ve just returned from an assignment to hell.a€ Assignment to Hell tells the powerful and poignant story of the war against Hitler through the eyes of five intrepid reporters. Cronkite crashed into Holland on a glider with U.S. paratroopers. Rooney dodged mortar shells as he raced across the Rhine at Remagen. Behind enemy lines in Sicily, Bigart jumped into an amphibious commando raid that nearly ended in disaster. The New Yorkera€™s A. J. Liebling ducked sniper fire as Allied troops liberated his beloved Paris. The Associated Pressa€™s Hal Boyle barely escaped SS storm troopers as he uncovered the massacre of U.S. soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge. This book serves as a stirring tribute to five of World War IIa€™s greatest correspondents and to the brave men and women who fought on the front lines against fascisma€”their generationa€™s a€œassignment to hell.a€27 As driver Jack Roacha#39;s Chevy crawled through the Porte da#39;OrlAcans, the procession was suddenly greeted by hundreds ... The homemade bunting was a€œ big enough to drape a hearse, a€ Liebling recalled.29 Roach was eager to report for hisanbsp;...

Title:Assignment to Hell
Author: Timothy M. Gay
Publisher:Penguin - 2012-05-01

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