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Baker and his men moved towards Munich with greater ease, they did not have winter weather to contend with at that point [AnnotatorÂ’s Note: Spring 1945]. Baker was constantly farmed out to various units as a machine gunner. He remembers moving into the village of Dachau before going to the concentration camp. The village was beautiful, but you could see part of the camp from the town. He remembers trying to keep the prisoners in the camp calm for their own protection and to keep them from dying. Their mission was to maintain order. He had prisoners come up to him, but he could not touch them. He talked to some of the people who spoke English.One of his most vivid memories of the camp was the sound of the flies buzzing around the bodies. He could not believe what he was seeing. He had never experienced anything like it. He was horrified by the sight of the prisoners in the bunks. That experience made him a veteran soldier. Fighting in forests was completely different than fighting in towns. He recalls how difficult it was to dig foxholes in the frozen earth and how difficult it was to keep warm [Annotator's Note: during the Battle of the Bulge].

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