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"It's hard to work on a piece of equipment when you're being shot at." (Audio Interview, 11:12)

   George David Harris
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George David Harris, 2002
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 112th Ordnance Company, 34th Infantry Division
Service Location: Fort McClellan, Alabama; Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia; Africa; Milan, Florence, Rome, Salerno, Cassino, Naples and Anzio Beachhead, Italy
Rank: Technical Sergeant
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George Harris already knew hardship when he was drafted into the Army at age 19. He was well prepared for basic training, having already worked in a coal mine; however, it was the mental rigors of combat that Harris found the most difficult to bear. Upon landing in Italy following the invasion, one of the first things he witnessed was a bulldozer burying bodies in a mass grave. Later, at the end of the war, Harris would see firsthand the anger of the Italian people as they mutilated and abused the corpse of their former dictator, Benito Mussolini.

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»Letter from Captain Harold Dill to Mrs. Edith Harris [November 21, 1945]
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Burying bodies following the invasion of Italy. (01:15) The Battle of Monte Cassino. (01:01) Anzio; German propaganda broadcast to the troops to discourage them. (01:30)
Combat in Rome; viewing Mussolini's body; greeted with flowers in Milan. (03:06)  

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