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"Since my old outfit… was in the area, I avoided looking at the dead GI that I passed on the way to the slit trench.… I was afraid I might recognize him; in this case it was something I felt would be best unknown as far as I was concerned." (Memoir, page 22)

   Edgar Norman Henry
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Edgar Henry in POW ID photograph
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: Headquarters Company, 168th Regiment, 34th Division
Service Location: Northern Ireland; Scotland; England; Algeria, Tunisia, Africa; Italy; Germany; France
Rank: Corporal
POW: Yes
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As a forward observer during action in World War II North Africa, Edgar Henry found himself dealing with difficult terrain, punishing weather, and an enemy that was better equipped. He didn't blame the Americans' inexperience for their losses at Kasserine Pass in February 1943 so much as superior German firepower and air support. During that battle, Henry and a group of men from his company got lost and were captured by Germans. He spent the next 27 months in captivity, most of them in Moosburg, Germany's Stalag VII A camp, where he kept a diary that came in handy years later in writing a detailed memoir of his war experiences.

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