According to the book description of
Through My Eyes, “The story of the furiously fought battle for Italy. A personal account of
an Average Joe's infantry days before, during and shortly after the furiously fought battle for Italy. Although
rejected by the Coast Guard and the Navy in 1942 due to bad eyesight, he was drafted into the army where it was discovered
that he had an uncanny ability to perceive enemy movement and camouflage. His extraordinary talent left him to manning forward
observation posts and directing artillery and mortar fire.
How an Average Joe saved the Leaning
Tower of Pisa. Through My Eyes describes the author's awesome experience as he was ordered to bring artillery fire on the
Leaning Tower of Pisa, which had come under suspicion as being used by the enemy to direct their deadly fire power. Declining
to do so, the young staff sergeant literally saved the tower. His front-row seat allowed him to watch and report with open-mouthed
disbelief and nauseating repulsion the shocking casualties our men suffered and the bloody hell our infantry agonized through.
Inch-by-inch they struggled to disgorge the elite Wermacht from their heavily fortified pillbox position in the rugged Apennine
One reader of Through My
Eyes said, “I wrote the Foreword to this book. Leon Weckstein and I both served in the 363rd Infantry.
His book follows the trail of the 91st through training in Oregon. In April, 1944 the 91st shipped out to North Africa for
Operation Vendetta, then to Italy where it fought out the war. Weckstein knows what it was like to endure combat in the mountains
of Italy. Those who don't should read his book. For those veterans of the 91st, my book, POWDER RIVER! is now out of print.
The original history published in 1947 has been reprinted by the Battery Press and is once again available.”
One reader of Through My
Eyes said, “In this new book, Leon Weckstein tells his personal story of World War II in the mountains
of Italy. This book drives home the horrors of war and its impact on soldiers and civilians alike. If you understand the need
for realism and enjoy reading about the ordinary soldiers of World War II, this book is for you. It also is a rare look at
the "forgotten front," northern Italy, after most of the world's attention was on the action in western Europe.
Its also one of the few books written by a veteran of the 91st Infantry Division. Read this book and you'll understand why
Weckstein and others like him are called "the greatest generation." They didn't like war or the military, but they
had a job to do and they did it well.”