Running Wire at the Front Lines

Memoir of a Radio and Telephone Man in World War II


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About the Book

This compelling memoir tracks the war experiences of a radio wireman in the 11th Infantry Regiment of the Fifth Infantry Division. Born in Brooklyn and having left school in the sixth grade to work, the author enlisted at the age of 17. The book explores his time in combat, when he laid down wire for radio communications, often along the front lines and during battles, always alert for German troops. Featured are his sketches of the scenes of his work with fellow soldiers. Particular attention is paid to the role of the wireman and the history of the Fifth Infantry Division.

About the Author(s)

Louis J. Lauria worked as an auto mechanic for most of his life.
Amanda Page Anderson, Louis J. Lauria’s granddaughter, is a speech language pathologist.

Bibliographic Details

Louis J. Lauria
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: 51 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-5926-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6216-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 7

I. Going into the Army 19

II. Overseas 26

III. Normandy 31

IV. Angers 49

V. Chartres 62

VI. Advancing through France 70

VII. Dornot 77

VIII. Metz 89

IX. Battle of the Bulge 101

X. Sauer River Crossings 111

XI. Bitburg 125

XII. Lieg 135

XIII. Oppenheim: Crossing the Rhine 143

XIV. Main River Bridge in Frankfurt 149

XV. End of the War 158

XVI. Home 165

Afterword 173

Appendix: The Fifth Infantry Division in World War II 179

Chapter Notes 207

Works Cited 213

Index 215