Library to host ‘Blood on the Talon’ author

March 19, 2014 • Local News

Col. Ozzie Gorbitz, author and retired Air Force officer, will be at the Roswell Public Library at 2 p.m. on Saturday, speak[auth] ing about his book, “Blood on the Talon.”

Gorbitz has written a history of the 139th Airborne Engineer Battalion, which was an elite group of brave and spirited airborne troopers who fought the Nazis in the Ardennes and along the Rhine in World War II.

Forged in the humid training fields of Camp Mackall, N.C., the 139th Airborne Engineer Battalion was part of the 17th Airborne Division, and these combat-hardened paratroopers fought through bitter cold and withstood the Fuhrer Begleit Brigade. They also crash-landed in gliders east of the Rhine River.

The 139th beat back an armored onslaught and helped to open the gates into the heartland of Germany for the Allies.

The book is a narrative history of the 139th Airborne Engineer Battalion from formation in 1943 to the end of World War II, according to the website,

Gorbitz will speak in the Bondurant Room at the library, and the Friends of the Roswell Public Library will provide refreshments while the author sells and signs copies of his book.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend. For more information, call the library at 622-7101.

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