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Tanks for the Memories: An Oral History of the 712th Tank Battalion in World War II
by Aaron Elson
Aaron Elson attended a reunion of the 712th Tank Battalion, with which his father served in World War II, a few years after his father's death. He returned two reunions later, in 1989, with a tape recorder, and has been preserving the stories of World War II veterans ever since. When he arrived at that first reunion, one of the first...
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Categories: History
9 Lives: An Oral History
by Aaron Elson
"After the battle, we picked up a German soldier who had been wounded," said Arnold Brown, who was a company commander in the 90th Infantry Division during World War II. "He had been shot in the leg with a .50-caliber bullet, and he had laid out overnight in this freezing, subzero weather. Both his arms and both of his legs were frozen...
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Categories: History
They Were All Young Kids: The story of Lieutenant Jim Flowers and the first platoon, Company C, 712th Tank Battalion...
by Aaron Elson
On 10 July, 1944, four Sherman tanks went to the aid of an infantry battalion that was surrounded at the top of Hill 122 in Normandy by elite German paratroopers. The plan was for the tanks to create a path through the almost jungle-like tangle of trees and shrubbery and for a company of infantry to follow close behind, creating an...
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A Mile in Their Shoes: Conversations With Veterans of World War II
by Aaron Elson
Aaron Elson has been recording the stories of World War 2 veterans for more than 20 years. In this collection he presents a dozen compelling interviews. They include a conversation with five 101st Airborne Division veterans of the siege of Bastogne, a 90th Infantry Division Medal of Honor recipient, two 82nd Airborne veterans of D-Day...
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The D-Day Dozen: Conversations With Veterans of the Longest Day, the Huertgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge
by Aaron Elson
In 1987, Aaron Elson went to a reunion of the tank battalion with which his father served in World War II. He was so moved by the stories the veterans shared among themselves but often didn't tell their families that he returned with a tape recorder. The rest is history. Oral history. Inspired by Studs Terkel and Stephen Ambrose, Elson...
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Categories: History
Merry Christmas in July
by Aaron Elson
John Sweren flew 58 missions as a tail gunner in a B-26 during World War II. On July 28, 1944, the plane took a direct hit, breaking off the tail section with him in it. Sixty-one years later, on July 28, 2005, the villagers of Fierville-Bray, France, dedicated a monument to John's plane. Aaron Elson, author of "A Mile in Their Shoes:...
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Categories: History
The Armored Fist: The 712th Tank Battalion in the Second World War
by Aaron Elson
The 712th Tank Battalion landed in Normandy three weeks after D-Day and spent eleven months in combat. Along the way, its men dug up potatoes with their tanks and roasted them on the exhausts; liberated Calvados; drank wine and champagne; collected Lugers, banners and other trophies of war; and fought and died together in some of the...
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Categories: All Nonfiction; History
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