14:43 | Mathew Sikorski was a 10 year old boy in Warsaw when the Nazis invaded Poland. He describes the effect on his family, the terrible acts of the occupying force, and the close call when an artillery shell hit his apartment.
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As a young boy in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation, Mathew Sikorski witnessed many roundups of civilians in the streets, including this incident when he encountered German soldiers while riding home on his bicycle.
Although he was just a boy when Nazis forced the Jews of Warsaw into a walled ghetto, Mathew Sikorski has vivid memories of this time, including the heroics of Irena Sendler and Maximilian Kolbe, who saved thousands of Jews from the death camps.
Mathew Sikorski relates his family's odyssey during and after the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, which led to separation from his father and his exile to forced labor in Hameln, Germany. (Warsaw Uprising and Exile- Part 1 of 2)
Mathew Sikorski relates his family's odyssey during and after the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, which led to separation from his father and his exile to forced labor in Hameln, Germany. (Warsaw Uprising and Exile- Part 2 of 2)
Several unusual events during his time in forced labor in Hameln, Germany, are recalled by Polish exile Mathew Sikorski, including close encounters with attacking Allied planes.
Polish exile Mathew Sikorski recalls the joy of liberation when Allied troops entered the town of Hameln, Germany where he and his mother were assigned to work in a blanket factory.
Mathew Sikorski tells how he attempted to find out the details of his father's death in a concentration camp and then opines on the greater moral issues regarding the Nazi and Soviet occupations of his Polish homeland.
After a mission, Mitch Touart and his crew notice that one of the planes has gone missing, only to find out that it has crashed into an embankment. COL Dunning ends up having to make a tragic decision about SGT Edelman, who is trapped in the aircraft.
The first operation for the 4th Division was the landing on Roi-Namur. Lawrence Snowden remembers that, though it was an easy victory, valuable combat experience and important lessons were imparted on the Marines.
Gilbert Jensen had a best friend named Billy Ricketts. The war caught up with their friendship on a three man patrol in the jungle of Guadalcanal. Other combat memories from this time include a night attack on a Japanese camp and nighttime Japanese banzai attacks.
Eugene Whitfield tells the story of the twin kamikaze attacks on the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga. The first plane caught them by surprise when the Japanese pilot came straight down out of the sun. The second one hit the bridge and the captain was wounded, but he proved to be very tough.
As Al Brown's unit moved North from Italy into the Rhone Valley, the Germans fought very skillful delaying actions. Digging in near Belmont, France, he noticed an officer and a radio operator casually sitting in the open. Before long, they were all running.
In a mountain village during the Battle of the Bulge, Tank Mechanic Cecil Gladney could look down and see German troops in their positions below. Following combat units into Germany, he noted that the German civilians treated him better than the French.
He felt at home in the tank but Al Morehouse knew it would be a big target when they got to the battlefield. As his unit headed to Europe in a convoy, he somehow resisted the seasickness that struck nearly everyone else
Curtis Mackey describes the events leading up to an injury. He was on patrol en route to Saint-Lo in Normandy and was faced with a situation that forced him to shoot with one hand and hang from a high barbed wire fence with the other hand.
In 1942, Al Morehouse was in his second year at Purdue University when the Army called and he was off to join the war effort. His training got off to a dubious start when the mess sergeant noticed some food left on his plate.
John Durkin lost his cushy intelligence assignment when his airborne training caused his transfer as the Army readied to invade Sicily. He was relieved that there was no German resistance but alarmed when he got stuck in a tree.
During a 28-day trek by foot from the South end of Japan to Okinawa, Duard Baxter explains an occasion where one Japanese sniper had several men in his regiment pinned behind a rock for a long time until they eventually took him out.