Author Jeff Wells Releases First Book, 'Nine Days in Hell: A British Commando in Arnhem'
Walk Among Heroes founder, Jeff Wells, released his first book, 'Nine Days in Hell: A British Commando in Arnhem,' on September 17, 2019, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden. Wells decided to write his first book after meeting with Rod in 2018. Wells was inspired by Rod's incredible military service, as well as Rod's fascinating life after the military. Wells began writing Rod's story as a hobby, but it eventually evolved and Wells decided to publish it, with Rod's permission.
Signed and unsigned copies can be ordered through the 'books' tab of this website, www.walkamongheroes.org. For those who pre-ordered copies, they have been signed and are in-process of shipping.
Author book signings have been scheduled for:
November 7, 2019 at The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio, Texas in the Pearl District, 5:00 PM
November 21, 2019 at Indy Reads Books at 911 Mass Ave, downtown Indianapolis, 5:00 PM
In this video, Author Jeff Wells discusses the book, Rod's story, and the challenges faced when writing about a subject as vast as World War II.
A teenager during the Battle of Britain, Rod enlisted in the British Army at age seventeen, prepared to fight as an Infantryman in World War II. Following a successful Normandy invasion, Rod planned to join the Allies’ rapid advance across Europe. Just weeks into Basic Training, Rod was selected for Commando School, destined to join an elite group of special operations war fighters. Weeks before Rod was due to graduate Commando training, he was mysteriously removed and transported to an airfield. The next day, he participated in the largest Airborne invasion in military history. On September 17, 1944, Rod jumped into Arnhem as part of ‘Operation Market Garden,’ an aggressive plan to secure an attack route into Germany through the Netherlands. Despite being wounded as he exited the aircraft, Rod fought in Arnhem for nine days in brutal, unthinkable conditions. Surrounded by Germans, 10,000 of Rod’s men jumped in, and only 2,000 returned. Demonstrating remarkable courage, led by Lieutenant Colonel John Frost, Rod and his men held the Arnhem Bridge for three days, repelling massive German counterattacks. Finally running out of food, supplies, and ammunition, Frost was wounded, leaving Rod and his men to fend for themselves. For the next six days, Rod fought through brutal urban combat in Arnhem.
One of few Arnhem survivors, Rod continued military service through the end of war, to Russia, the Nuremburg Trials, and even the liberation of a German Concentration Camp.
Following the war, Rod worked on several top-secret government projects including a real-life flying saucer, as well as the Avro Arrow, one of the most controversial military projects in history. Later, Rod was recruited by General Motors where he developed prototypes for the Corvette project. A very quiet and humble man, Rod has never shared his story. Spanning from childhood to today, with a focus on his World War II service, this is Rod’s story.
Written by a soldier, for a soldier, author Jeff Wells frames Rod’s military experiences within the strategic significance of Operation Market Garden. Incorporating the work of other historians and his own experiences in combat, Wells frames Rod’s role within the greater context of World War II.
100% of all proceeds from the sale of this book assist WISH for OUR HEROES, a charity dedicated to helping military families with basic needs: food, shelter, transportation, child needs, and medical expenses. To learn more, visit www.wishforourheroes.org.