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By Timothy M. Gay

THEIR paintings at the entrance strains MADE HEADLINES

In February 1943, a gaggle of journalists—including a tender cord carrier correspondent named Walter Cronkite and cub reporter Andy Rooney—clamored to fly alongside on a bombing raid over Nazi Germany. Seven of the sixty-four bombers that attacked a U-boat base that day by no means made it again to England. A fellow survivor, Homer Bigart of the New York bring in Tribune, requested Cronkite if he’d suggestion via a lede. “I imagine I’m going to say,” mused Cronkite, “that I’ve simply lower back from an project to hell.”

Assignment to Hell tells the strong and poignant tale of the conflict opposed to Hitler throughout the eyes of 5 intrepid newshounds. Cronkite crashed into Holland on a glider with U.S. paratroopers. Rooney dodged mortar shells as he raced around the Rhine at Remagen. at the back of enemy traces in Sicily, Bigart jumped into an amphibious commando raid that just about resulted in catastrophe. The New Yorker’s A. J. Liebling ducked sniper hearth as Allied troops liberated his loved Paris. The linked Press’s Hal Boyle slightly escaped SS typhoon soldiers as he exposed the bloodbath of U.S. squaddies in the course of the conflict of the Bulge.

This publication serves as a stirring tribute to 5 of worldwide battle II’s maximum correspondents and to the courageous women and men who fought at the entrance traces opposed to fascism—their generation’s “assignment to hell.”

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HAL BOYLE DIDN’T GET ASHORE at Omaha till June nine, an analogous day as his blood brother Liebling. even supposing either have been offended that they’d been saved off invasion shores, truthfully, just a handful of correspondents had overwhelmed them there. One used to be their pal Ernie Pyle, the sainted Scripps Howard columnist. Pyle’s stature earned him a prize spot at the USS Augusta, the flagship of basic Omar Bradley, the commander of U. S. invasion flooring forces. at the morning of June 7, Pyle wangled a experience to shore. Ernie’s encomium to the boys of Omaha seashore will be chiseled within the American pantheon of journalism. “As I plowed out over the rainy sand of the seashore on that first day ashore, I walked round what a number of items of driftwood protruding of the sand. yet they weren’t driftwood,” Pyle wrote. “They have been a soldier’s toes. He was once thoroughly coated through the moving sands aside from his ft. The ft of his GI footwear pointed towards the land he had come to this point to work out, and which he observed so in brief. ”78 On D-Day plus 3, as Boyle arrived at Omaha for a short stopover at earlier than returning to England, he might pay attention artillery fireplace unnervingly shut. one of the first issues Boyle noticed was once the way in which the Germans had implanted concrete-encased weapons at the bluffs that towered above the seashore. the various enemy 88s, Boyle spotted, had bloated barrels; in midbattle, American attackers had bravely disabled the weapons by means of jamming grenades down their mouths. seventy nine Twenty-six days later, Boyle was once again at Omaha. For a yr, via theaters of the struggle, he were trying to find military seaman and fellow Kansas Citian John Murphy, his brother’s brother-in-law. “Today i discovered him at last,” Boyle wrote in a column that rivaled Pyle at his strongest. “John was once stretched flat on his robust younger again lower than 5 toes of Normandy soil. He was once mendacity in Plot B, Row 5, Grave Eighty-four of the 1st American cemetery in France in international struggle II. ” Radioman moment category Murphy, Boyle discovered in speaking to a surviving member of the 6th Naval seashore Battalion, were killed a few twelve hours after being dumped on effortless crimson. Hauling his gear in a single hand and a tommy gun within the different, younger Jack had eluded computer gun hearth and mortar shells whereas pounding up the beachhead to establish his radio. inside mins, he had validated shore-to-ship touch so military artillery gunners might successfully focus their barrages. All day, amid effortless Red’s mayhem, John raced from sizzling spot to scorching spot, directing hearth over his radio. At approximately seven o’clock that evening, an 88 that hadn’t but been disabled came upon a foxhole within which Murphy and one other radioman have been dug in. either have been killed. “That Murph used to be a well-liked Irishman,” one among his pals from the 6th informed Boyle. “Everybody beloved him. He was once a tall fellow and handsome. Had a purple face. He used to be a helluva solid ballplayer, too. ” Of Murphy’s thirty-five-man platoon that Joe Liebling had watched attack Omaha seashore on D-Day morning, 5 have been killed and ten have been wounded.

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