Experience behind enemy lines

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James Smith almost starved to death with only three days rations on his back. They were not organic to the 1st Marine...
On trip after the winter weather started to move in, they were briefed to a 50 knot head wind. They were in formation....
Loevsky was taken to a German headquarters and was marched through the streets of Berlin past angry crowds. He could...
The 2nd Division took Leipzig, Germany. It was heavily fortified. In Leipzig they found doorways and stairways that led...
William Lansford served as a machine gunner in the weapons platoon of Company E, 2nd Marine Raider Battalion on...
[Annotators Note: William DiSanza served in the army and was assigned to the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, and...
Lynn Compton remembers going through Carentan without any resistance. When the bullets started coming the men were...
Ardell Bollinger did not learn the names of the people who helped him or where he stayed because Bollinger thought he...
They were supposed to leave around 4 p.m., but they were delayed because the area around Schweinheim had not been...
John Weinart notes that the previous story was probably the closest he ever got to being killed. It was not an unusual...
The Preparations for Overseas Movement [Annotator's Note: POM] he doesn't remember a lot of. He remembered having to...
Richard Candelaria went down the hill to a couple of cabins. He did not see anyone near the first one. When he went to...
That night they ran out of trees [Annotator’s Note: after escaping a German prisoner of war camp and looking for...
Richard Cole heard that some of the aircraft had cameras on them but his was not one of them. The picture of Doolittle...
[Annotator’s Note: James Carrington enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1939 and spent two years in China...
When the guys heard Axis Sally playing over loud speakers they laughed. They knew it was just propaganda. The Germans...
Clayton Kelly Gross had to make an emergency landing on Omaha Beach before he went home. He flew a mission over the...
Slape and Creger [Annotators Note: Sgt. William Slape and Private John B. Creger] were trying to get back to the...
The Germans issued blankets to the POWs that were threadbare and worthless. Loevsky states that when the Germans knew...
Clinton Gardner and the armed forces with him were so well trained that he does not remember being afraid when they...
At Kasserine Pass Edward LaPorta was set up at about the middle of the pass. They were on an outpost and there was a...
The first of the three battles that stands out to William Lansford was at Asamana on 11 November [Annotators Note: 11...
Steve Pisanos decided to return to base. Fuel was an issue on missions. There were incidents of Spitfire pilots having...
Leonard Spivey was hanging in his parachute and it was cold. Spivey was not uncomfortable because he thinks he had a...
Lynn Compton remembers Doc Roe [Annotators Note: Company E medic Eugene Roe] as the medic who worked on him when he was...
There was a good 40 knot tail wind that was with them for several hours. When they got to the coast of Kyushu they were...
Kanaya said that medics followed the troops into the field. He liked to pick units that he knew would probably get into...
The fighters rendezvoused with the SBDs [Annotator's Note: Douglas SBD "Dauntless" dive bomber], then had to look after...
Keema had flown back to back to back missions on eight, nine, and ten [Annotator’s Note: 8, 9, and 10 October 1943]....
Joseph Armanini tells a story about how the tail of a B-17 [Annotator’s Note: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber...
Once they [Annotators Note: Richard Cole, James Doolittle, and the crewmen aboard their B-25 which had just taken part...
Hershel Williams does not remember knocking out some of the pillboxes. One of them, however, Williams remembers, ran...
All of the men in Zawada's squad wondered why they were going behind German lines to liberate Hammelburg. Rumors...
After the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot [Annotators Note: the Battle of the Philippine Sea] the action really slowed down...
Sherman believes that everyone should know a little bit about every theater. Sherman believes that the generosity and...
They moved toward Colmar [Annotator’s Note: Peterson probably does not mean Colmar, France, as it is Alsace; instead he...

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