Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary by Bing West, Dakota Meyer

By Bing West, Dakota Meyer

“The tale of what Dakota did . . . could be informed for generations.”—President Barack Obama, from comments given at Meyer’s Medal of Honor ceremony

In the autumn of 2009, Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol of Afghan infantrymen and Marine advisors in a mountain village referred to as Ganjigal. Firing from entrenched positions, the enemy used to be located to wipe out 100 males who have been pinned down and have been many times refused artillery help. Ordered to stay at the back of with the automobiles, twenty-one year-old Marine corporal Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and attacked to rescue his comrades.
           
With a courageous motive force on the wheel, Meyer stood within the gun turret uncovered to withering fireplace, rallying Afghan troops to stick with. Over the process the 5 hours, he charged into the valley many times. utilising a number of computing device weapons, rifles, grenade launchers, or even a rock, Meyer time and again repulsed enemy attackers, carried wounded Afghan squaddies to protection, and supplied disguise for dozens of others to escape—supreme acts of valor and backbone. in any case, Meyer and 4 stalwart comrades—an military captain, an Afghan sergeant significant, and Marines—cleared the battlefield and got here to grips with a tragedy they knew might have been refrained from. For his activities on that day, Meyer turned the 1st dwelling Marine in 3 many years to be offered the Medal of Honor.
 
Into the Fire tells the whole tale of the chaotic conflict of Ganjigal for the 1st time,  in a compelling, human method that finds it as a microcosm of our contemporary wars. Meyer takes us from his upbringing on a farm in Kentucky, via his Marine and sniper education, onto the battlefield, and into the vexed aftermath of his harrowing exploits in a conflict that has turn into the stuff of legend. 
 
Investigations ensued, at the same time he used to be pitched again into conflict along U.S. military infantrymen who embraced him as a fellow grunt. whilst it was once over, he lower back to the States to confront dwelling with the lack of his closest pals. this can be a story of yankee values and upbringing, of gorgeous heroism, and of fixing to loss and to civilian life.
 
We see all of it via Meyer’s eyes, bullet by way of bullet, with uncooked honesty in telling of either the error that ended in tragedy and the get to the bottom of of yankee squaddies, U.S.Marines, and Afghan squaddies who’d been deserted and confronted yes death. 
 
Meticulously researched and thrillingly advised, with nonstop velocity and brilliant element, Into the fireplace is the real tale of a contemporary American hero.
 
“Sergeant Meyer embodies all that's solid approximately our nation’s Corps of Marines. . . . [His] heroic activities . . . will without end be etched in our Corps’ wealthy legacy of braveness and valor.”—General James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps

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Only a summary was shared. One result was that many British and French generals went on regarding the German plans in Belgian hands as a plant. And some of these commanders shrugged off the plans on grounds that nothing much could be done about them even if they were real. Nor were the Allies as yet doing much of anything else to ward off the fearful and imminent danger that threatened them. Although their High Command gave an outward impression of extreme activity and bustle, shuffling papers from early morning until late at night, they actually were mired in a profound intellectual lethargy.

In any case, the two German officers clearly had no business where they were. They were taken to the nearby town of Mechelen-sur-Meuse for questioning. It quickly became clear to the Belgian officials that they had stumbled onto something extraordinary. At first, they believed the two majors might be on a spy mission. Then, when they examined the papers, they thought that the plans might be a plant, a false alarm to induce both the Belgians and the Western Allies to rush to arms and give away their own plans for troop movements at the outbreak of hostilities.

Amazingly, neither of the men was badly hurt. As they pulled themselves out of the wreck, some peasants came up to see what had happened. They spoke no German. Hoenmanns’ worst fears were realized. The river he had sighted was not the Rhine but the Meuse; they were down in Belgium. Reinberger had the presence of mind to duck behind a hedge and set fire to his precious papers, but he was too late. He had barely set a match to the files when Belgian border guards came up to investigate and put out the flames before they could do much more than scorch a few of the documents.

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