Taken from Chapter 3
….“Circle on me,” Sergeant Bando quietly told the men of the 1st platoon as soon as they arrived. “Men,” Bando began, “tomorrow we will be part of a major offensive. The jump-off time hasn’t been passed down yet but it’s probably going to be late in the day. All I can tell you right now is the objective is the top of the mountain we’re sitting next to. It’s called Mt. Mancinello. I don’t know how we’re supposed to get there but I do know we will be told where and when to climb. The head shed decided this platoon will be a supply platoon, which means we won’t be the first ones up there,” Bando continued to explain. “When we do go up though, we will be carrying double packs to make it easier for our boys on the attack. The reason we marched in at night was so the Krauts don’t know we’re here. We want them to think everything is normal, so that means during daylight tomorrow everyone stays inside and stays quiet. Do you understand me?”
Taken from Chapter 10
…. The eerie silence was finally broken several minutes later as three P-47 Thunderbolts dove quickly out of the brightening sky to strafe the German troops, making three passes each.
“Time to move out boys,” Chuck heard Bando say. And just like that, in an instant, Chuck was moving forward ready for whatever he had to do as the momentary uncertainty faded quickly away.
The battle was not a quick one. The platoon crept forward inch by inch as the attack unfolded. The A Company soldiers were met with fierce automatic machine gun fire, mortars, and 88 shells. However, the 88s re-focused their attention on the platoon’s right flank when Charlie Company moved in, successfully getting their accompanying tanks across the bridge before the German 88s could destroy it.
Taken from Chapter 10
…. Twenty minutes later, the company began to engage German forces in another small village, not unlike the one from the previous day. Chuck once again worked hard, racing between machine gunners continuously. The battle lasted until 1630 when the remaining sixty-three German soldiers surrendered.
Taken from Chapter 23
…. “I got enough points so they’re sendin’ me home tomorrow,” Durant answered. “But since they seem to like me and all, I re-enlisted and I’m gettin’ a furlough for thirty days before meetin’ up with you guys for some trainin’. Then we all get to go finish up those Japs.”