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Redeyed ‘Cuz I Couldn’t Put it Down!, January 23, 2015 By Donna Foley

On the edge of my seat one minute, laughing out loud at others, I was truly delighted by this unusual story. It’s not often that an action-adventure book with a military setting is filled with humor, but this one is! And there is suspense a-plenty. I found it hard to put this book down. The value-added is that one learns a lot of heretofore virtually unknown U.S. military history (because it was top secret at the time) from the period of 1968 − 1970. Clearly, author Bill Fortin has done his homework, and educates non-military readers with a series of footnotes explaining military jargon, events, equipment, protocol, ritual, etc. “RedEye: Fulda Cold” is a thoroughly absorbing and entertaining novel. I highly recommend it.

A Cold War Redeye Memory!

Note:  I’m very glad to make your acquaintance, George.

Red Eye Fulda Cold - A Cold War NovelHello Bill,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me and know that I am honored to make your acquaintance.

I downloaded Redeye Fulda Cold from Amazon and am only a little over a quarter of the way into your book and loving it for a couple of reasons.

  • First because I was a project officer involved with the introduction of Redeye to US Army Hawaii in the early 70’s.
  • Second, because as an enlisted man I was assigned to an armored 155 field artillery battalion located in Hammelburg, Germany back in the 50’s. Our mission was to support an armored cavalry unit patrolling the Fulda Gap.

Your book is wakening many dormant memories and impressions I had of my first overseas tour in Germany, the alerts, the times spent in the field and of the many unique characters I encountered in my adventures as a young soldier.

I can closely associate with the situations you’ve so far revealed. Your book isn’t just telling what I’m sure will be an interesting story but revealing the emotions that soldiers feel as they are put through the mill and the Snafu’s which are so prevalent in the military. It’s easy for me to identify with your role in this book. I feel as if I’m right there with you.

A Cold War Warrior’s Note!

Hello Bill,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me and know that I am honored to make your acquaintance.

I downloaded Redeye Fulda Cold from Amazon and am only a little over a quarter of the way into your book and loving it for a couple of reasons. First because I was a project officer involved with the introduction of Redeye to US Army Hawaii in the early 70’s. Second, because as an enlisted man I was assigned to an armored 155 field artillery battalion located in Hammelburg, Germany back in the 50’s. Our mission was to support an armored cavalry unit patrolling the Fulda Gap. Your book is wakening many dormant memories and impressions I had of my first overseas tour in Germany, the alerts, the times spent in the field and of the many unique characters I encountered in my adventures as a young soldier.

I can closely associate with the situations you’ve so far revealed. Your book isn’t just telling what I’m sure will be an interesting story but revealing the emotions that soldiers feel as they are put through the mill and the SNAFU’s which are so prevalent in the military. It’s easy for me to identify with your role in this book. I feel as if I’m right there with you.

Author’s Note: Redeye Rev. 11/04/2014

Author’s Note:
Many people forget that during the Vietnam War era there was
another war going on — one that had been raging since the 1950’s: The
Cold War. While brave men were dying in Vietnam, equally brave men
were facing an enemy much more threatening than those in Southeast
Asia – namely the Soviet Union. RedEye Fulda Cold brings to light the
rigors and experiences of those in the 3rd Armor Division, as well as
humorous anecdotes of life in the U.S. Military in Europe in the 1960s.
The Cold War, as played out in places like the Fulda Gap, and the threats
and missions our soldiers faced in this environment, is all but forgotten
in our history except by those who served in it.

Funny, insightful and history with a twist of irreverence


August 21, 2014
By jOHN
This review is from: Redeye Fulda Cold: A War in the Cold Novel (Kindle Edition)
Funny, insightful and history with a twist of irreverence. A blend of History Channel told by characters from M.A.S.H. I found the story line fascinating and knowing the author was ‘there’ made it come alive. The background, footnotes and attention to detail of the characters and locations brings the story alive and hard to put down. Not sure how to top this story. Well done.

Never Forget!

Great Reading!
By James Pittmanon June 9, 2014

Many people forget that during the Vietnam War era there was another war going on; one that had been raging since the 1950’s – the Cold War.

While brave men were dying in Vietnam, equally brave men were facing an enemy much more lethal than those in Southeast Asia – namely the Soviet Union.

Redeye Fulda Cold brings to light the rigors and experiences of those in the 3AD, as well as humorous anecdotes of life in the US Military in Europe in the 1960’s.

The Cold War, places like the Fulda Gap, and the threats and missions our soldiers faced in this environment are all but forgotten except by those that served there and veterans of that era, will find this book especially memory-invoking. Redeye Fulda Cold opens the window pane of military history during the Cold War in an interesting and especially accurate manner, and it is a must read!

A Possible Scenario for Plugging the Gap!

This review is from www.Amazon.com: Redeye Fulda Cold: A War in the Cold Novel(Paperback Edition) July 2, 2014 – Martin Milco – 5.0 out of 5 stars on Amazon!
I served in Gelnhausen as 1st Platoon Leader. Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 48th Infantry. My time there did not overlap with the author’s, but this is an excellent, and at times humorous account of Cold Warriors whose mission it was to plug the Fulda Gap in the event of a Warsaw Pact invasion of Western Europe, I highly recommend this story for those interested in this period of history.

Although written as fiction, the novel does give a look and feel of what it was like for the two super-powers to stand eyeball to eyeball just a few kilometers apart for over 40 years. NATO forces were greatly disadvantaged in terms of personnel and armor versus its potential adversary. Consequently, planners and intelligence agencies were constantly devising and revising plans and operations to mitigate this enormous disparity.

Fortin’s novel focuses on a unique operation within the overall defense plan. Parts of this story are gleaned from actual NATO OPLANs while others are a pure figment of the writer’s fertile imagination. Which is which? Who but the author knows? There were many soldiers like the Character, Rick, some draftees also like the protagonist, others volunteers who stood a watch on one of the world’s most vital walls of freedom. The Cold War was won by these warriors. Read this novel.

Cold War is not over!

Bill Fortin is a great story teller. If you think that the US military was only focused on Vietnam in the 1960’s, you’d be very wrong. American’s greatest threat was just across Germany’s Fulda gap, where Soviet forces waited to attack. The Cold War was on the verge of turning into a blazing hot war at any moment. Redeye is a great read, and along the way you’ll learn some things about America’s continuing role in keeping Europe free. A role that could be on your front page tomorrow! This very Cold War is anything but over!  John C Swanson