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"We were the most forward element in that sector of Normandy." (Interview)

   John R. Sudyk
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John Sudyk in uniform [ca. 1944]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 187th Field Artillery Battalion
Service Location: Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Vermont; Tennessee; Virginia; France; Belgium; Germany; Czechoslovakia
Rank: Corporal
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John Sudyk and his artillery battalion weren't the first to land on the beach, but they helped spearhead the subsequent thrust of the American Army through France and Belgium and into Germany. They witnessed the horrors of the Hurtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge, were in Paris when it was liberated, and saw desperate Germans fleeing vengeful Russians the war's final chaotic days. In the last portion of the interview tape Sudyk's wife Helen contributes her home front memories of working in a defense plant.

Interview (Audio)
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Close shave with a tank. (02:38) Conditions at the Battle of the Bulge. (01:16) Catalogue of the enemy equipment destroyed. (01:31)
Sights and smells around Normandy; the 5000 Plane Raid. (01:36) Visit from General Patton. (01:52) Saving German refugees. (01:29)
How close Germany came to winning the war. (03:03)  

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