Ernest Hemingway — The Need of a Bailey Bridge: France, August 1944

The Wasteful Valour 0f Wassigny, and the Crossing of the Rhine

As Hemingway and his friends were enjoying the good life of the newly liberated Paris, Barton’s 4th Infantry Division was in hot pursuit of the Germans to the north and east of the capital. By August 31st, 1944, Col. Lanham’s 22nd Infantry (the “Double Deuces”) had secured a bridgehead…