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"They told us we didn't have to fight. They were going to drop us where the fighting was and let us make up our mind." (Video Interview, 52:59)

   Philip A. Russell
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Philip Russell, 2001
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Service Location: Normandy, France; European Theater
Rank: Sergeant
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An original member of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, made famous by the Stephen Ambrose book and Steven Spielberg-produced TV series Band of Brothers, Philip Russell participated in some of the most momentous events of World War II. He parachuted into Normandy on the night prior to the invasion of June 6, fought through Holland in Operation Market Garden, and experienced the intense cold and uncertain future of the war during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. Throughout it all, Russell was motivated to keep fighting by the intense camaraderie of the 506th and the sense of mission that emboldened all those that fought the war against Germany.

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Basic training for the 506th at Camp Toccoa. (02:30) Pranks played on English people during his training in England. (00:36) Build up to D-Day. (01:33)
The jump over Normandy; landing in a herd of cows. (03:42) June 6, 1944. (04:26) Operation Market Garden; taking a German pistol as a souvenir. (05:30)
Accidentally capturing a group of Germans who fell into his squad's foxholes. (02:52) Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge. (03:37) The Lt. Spears story from Band of Brothers. (01:21)

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