Visions from a Foxhole

Visions from a Foxhole : A Rifleman in Patton's Ghost Corps

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Eighteen-year-old William Foley was afraid the war would be over before he got there, but the rifleman was sent straight to the front lines, arriving January 25, 1945 - just in time to join the 94th Infantry Division of the XX Corps poised at Hitler's legendary West Wall. With little or no help from armored divisions, the 94th bravely squared off against the superior tanks and equipment of the powerful 11th Panzer Division, attacking again and again during the bitter winter of '45. There was no escape from the shrieking artillery, the sudden assault of machine gun fire, the whizzing shards of hot, jagged metal, or the silent deadly mortars that struck without warning.

Yet the intrepid 94th fought on, destroying more than half of Hitler's seemingly invincible 11th Panzer Division before reaching the Saar River. But the war was not over for Foley and his fellow riflemen. Above the river's far banks loomed four-hundred foot cliffs, honeycombed with pillboxes and bunkers teeming with snipers- Hitler's second Siegfried Line. And still the infantrymen of the 94th pushed forward, not stopping until they reached the Rhine on
March 25.

During virtually continuous combat, Foley found time to draw sketches of his comrades and the battle scenes, literally from his foxhole. A selection of his extraordinary artwork is included here. Little has been written about the 94th Infantry Division's struggle and sacrifice during that campaign, which saw some of the fiercest fighting and highest casualties of the entire war in Europe. Foley brings the 94th Infantry Division's long, hard road to victory to gritty and glorious life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 104 x 180 x 28mm | 181.44g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 16 page plate section
  • 0891418504
  • 9780891418504
  • 311,703

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An absolutely harrowing first-person account of the 94th Infantry Division's bold campaign to break through Hitler's "impregnable" Siegfried line at the end of World War II Eighteen-year-old William Foley was afraid the war would be over before he got there, but the rifleman was sent straight to the front lines, arriving January 25, 1945-just in time to join the 94th Infantry Division poised at Hitler's legendary West Wall. By the time Foley finally managed to grab a few hours sleep three nights later, he'd already fought in a bloody attack that left sixty percent of his battalion dead or wounded. That was just the beginning of one of the toughest, bloodiest challenges the 94th would ever face: breaking through the Siegfried Line. Now, in "Visions from a Foxhole, Foley recaptures that desperate, nerve-shattering struggle in all its horror and heroism. "Features the author's artwork of his fellow soldiers and battle scenes, literally sketched from the foxhole Look for these remarkable stories of American courage at war BEHIND HITLER'S LINES"The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for BothAmerica and the Soviet Union in World War IIThomas H. Taylor THE HILL FIGHTS"The First Battle of Khe Sanhby Edward F. Murphy NO BENDED KNEE"The Battle for Guadalcanalby Gen. Merrill B. Twining, USMC (Ret.) THE ROAD TO BAGHDAD"Behind Enemy Lines: The Adventures of an American Soldier in the Gulf Warby Martin Stanton
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About William Foley

World War II combat veteran William A. Foley Jr. is a painter and muralist whose work has been shown in museums, art galleries, and government buildings. Mr. Foley's war art can be seen on He lives in Dallas, Texas. This is his first book.
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