Books: Child Soldiers

THE BRIDGE (215 pp.) — Manfred Gregor — Random House ($3.50).

On one side of the bridge crouched seven German teen-agers with only two weeks of military training. On the other side was a combat patrol of battle-hardened G.I.s supported by three Sherman tanks, artillery and planes. The result? Two U.S. tanks destroyed, a scatter of U.S. dead in the street and, finally, a crestfallen U.S. withdrawal to allow planes and artillery to soften up the remaining schoolboy defenders.

This bloody skirmish serves Germany's Manfred Gregor as the core of his first novel. Like his seven heroes, Author Gregor was called up...

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