By Marcus Brotherton
A story of heroism and adventure-a memoir approximately Sergeant Darrell "Shifty" Powers, a hugely revered Band of Brothers soldier.
whilst he used to be a boy starting to be up within the distant mining city of Clinchco, Virginia, Shifty Powers's target was once to develop into the easiest rifle shot he may be. His father knowledgeable him to hear the woods, to "see" with out his eyes. Little did Shifty understand his finely-tuned talents may at some point retailer his life-and the lives of a lot of his friends.
Shifty's War is a story of a soldier's blood-filled days struggling with his means from the seashores of France to the heartland of Germany, and the epic tale of ways one man's skills as a sharpshooter, in addition to an engagingly unassuming character, propelled him to a lifestyles more than he may have ever imagined.
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Shifty's War: The Authorized Biography of Sergeant Darrell "Shifty" Powers, the Legendary Sharpshooter from the Band of Brothers by Marcus Brotherton