Preserving The Oral HistorIES of Combat Veterans

COMBAT STORIES FROM World War II

Dan McBride | 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division - Army

10:35   |   Dan McBride was dug in at Bastogne, but he was lucky enough to be on the relatively quiet side of town. It was mostly small probes but there was one big final assault. He describes how the fierce battle seemed in slow motion to his perception, the altered state of combat. After the Germans withdrew, the GI's moved to counter attack. He stood up to move after a tank round burst overhead and he fell flat on his face, unable to walk. "Mac? You hit again?"

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