Experience behind enemy lines

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David Roderick saw German fortifications that were made to look like homes or barns and one town was only made of...
Wallace Jeffery and the 300 or so troops in his unit got together after Paris. [Annotator’s Note: the unit was the...
James Livaudais flew from England to Holland on 17 September 1944. Flying at about 500 feet at 150 miles per hour,...
William Pena remembers how his battalion commander was a gung-ho, brave, and tall man who refused to stay at the rear...
Once Lieutenant John Marr and the rest of Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment crossed the bridge at La Fiere,...
Monty Joe Boitnott thought the strategy was ill advised at Kasserine Pass because they knew the enemy was coming. They...
Tom Quigley remembers watching as the two platoons before his made their way down the hillside, through some fields,...
James Livaudais knew he had really seen combat after the battle at La Fiere and the Merderet crossing. He thought at...
After Lieutenant John Marr and the rest of Company G, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment crossed the La Fiere causeway,...
John Marr landed in water up to his armpits on D Day after the jump [Annotators Note: into Normandy] and immediately...
One night, the battalion command sent John Witmeyer on a patrol behind German lines. Witmeyer took six other men out on...
James Livaudais entered the service in March 1942. His division was to be the Sergeant York Division. The decision...
James Livaudais flew in a glider over Allied shipping in the English Channel on his route to land in Normandy on D-Day...
Charles Moore went to Bottesford which was 18 miles from Nottingham. [Annotator’s Note: Moore and the 440th Troop...
Wayne Pierce and his battalion had received orders to advance earlier in the evening in the woods adjacent to the...
Monty Joe Boitnott found out through mock ups and charts what their destination and code name were going to be before...
Monty Joe Boitnott never got the Garand rifle in his outfit. The first things they got did not even have a bayonet but...
Once the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment arrived at Casablanca, Morocco and set up camp, Clinton Riddle and his comrades...
Walter Barnes and his fellow infantrymen did a lot of walking. Some of the men were not used to walking that much and...
David Roderick had to keep the lane open in Cherbourg for Patton and the 3rd Army. He also helped stop Hitler’s counter...
Charles Moore had his next major mission when he participated in the invasion of Southern France. [Annotator’s Note:...
Charles Moore flew in the major airborne operation to cross the Rhine River. Like the operation into Holland, this was...
Edward Tipper and the troops of the 101st Airborne were very confident about jumping into France. Their training was...
After paratrooper John Marr unexpectedly landed in deep water after his jump into Normandy on D Day, his first priority...
William Blanckenburg realizes that taking four months to go 26 miles was not exactly a lightning attack. He took...
Lieutenant John Marr was involved in the mission planning meeting between Lieutenant Colonel Charles J. Timmes [...
Byron Othello Wilkins made sergeant on 3 December [Annotators Note: 3 December 1944] and met the new captain around...
The D Day assembly plans for paratroopers like John Marr were completely forgotten in the chaos of the jump. The...
Edward Tipper remembered the attack on Carentan and his subsequent wounding as an ordinary series of events. The most...
After darkness fell, Lieutenant John Marr began to lead the 1st Battalion, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment back to...
They crossed into eastern France and had to wade through a river as they headed towards the German lines. It was muddy...
When Charles Coolidge was in Italy Patton did not mean a thing to him. Coolidge passed a vehicle with General Patton in...
James Livaudais remembers some of the men in his company who were not exactly the best soldiers. One was named James...
Gonzales was 10 years old when the Japanese invaded [Annotator's Note: Manila, Philippine Islands]. At the time he...
Corbin discusses the Battle of the Bulge, the Hammelburg Raid, and the book The Longest Winter [Annotator's Note: The...
Stegmeier was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1922. At the time of the interview he is 85 years old. He attended Grandview...

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