Lens of an Infantryman

A World War II Memoir with Photographs from a Hidden Camera


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About the Book

After he arrived in Europe with the 35th Infantry Division, Murray Leff traded his cigarette ration for a 35mm camera. By hiding that camera under his field jacket, Leff was able to carry it into battle to record some of the war’s most heated fighting. Photographs snapped while he crouched in a water-filled ditch show Leff’s rifle squad burying their heads in mud as enemy shells come in. Images show a supporting tank on its arrival and later, smoldering from a direct hit by German fire. These and many more photographs are part of this memoir, which records Leff’s World War II experiences from Gremercey Forest through the Battle of the Bulge, the Ruhr Pocket and the fall of Germany.

About the Author(s)

Owner of an advertising agency, Murray Leff lives in Staten Island, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Murray Leff
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 207
Bibliographic Info: 129 photos, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2867-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Introduction      1

1. My Trip to the 35th      5
2. Gremercey Forest      11
3. November 8, 1944      22
4. Across Lorraine      30
5. Into Germany      43
6. The Battle of the Bulge      50
7. Alsace, Holland and Germany      66
8. Co. E Takes Ossenberg      78
9. Across the Rhine      89
10. The Ruhr Pocket      111
11. The Final Days      126

Postscript      141
Appendix I      147
Appendix II      193
Index      199