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"I thought that I was the only GI to land on the coast of Normandy." (Audio interview, 15:16)

   Albert M. Hassenzahl
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Albert Hassenzahl, age 21.
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: C Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Service Location: Camp Livingston, Louisiana; Fort Benning, Georgia; England; Normandy, France; Holland; Bastogne, Belgium; Germany
Rank: Captain
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When paratrooper Albert Hassenzahl landed in France in the early morning darkness of June 6, 1944, he wasn't alone. But for a moment, with no one--friend or foe--visible, it did seem that way. He was wounded a short time later and evacuated, but he returned to Europe to participate in the Market Garden operation and the Battle of the Bulge. Hassenzahl recorded his war memories years later, alone in his study, after a younger neighbor's casual remark prompted him to realize the historical importance of what he had experienced.

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 Audio (Interview Excerpts) (10 items)
The four stages of Paratroop School; injury on a practice jump. (02:31) Inspection before D-Day; dropping into France. (04:34) Suffering a wound; encounter with an enemy soldier on the beach. (04:01)
Operation Market Garden; the liberated Dutch showing their appreciation. (05:45) The Battle of the Bulge. (06:03) The death of Sergeant Zattwich, a man who saved his life."Beginning" (00:26)
Attacking a village house by house; losing many men. (07:06) Death of Segeant Zattwich, a man who saved his life. "Continued" (02:24) Liberating a concentration camp at Landsberg. (02:12)
Opening up about his war experiences after many years. (01:04)  

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