Memories of the European experience
the passing of years. Accuracy
vague and half forgotten. To record, inblack and white here and now, the mood, the impressions, the exciting events of the worst daysand the
is the purpose of these stories. Connecticut men of the 10th were asked for theirown stories and impressions and in their own words they are here so recorded:
Norman G., S/Sgt., Co. B.,
"The closest shave I had was when amachine gun burst went through the
of my jacket without scratching me.
was at Mt. Belvedere, on the NorthernApennines, in February. We were attack
strongly defended by the Jerries,moving up its slopes. Other fellows in mycompany were not so lucky; one squadwas practically wiped out. It
about aday and a night to take the
It wasone of the roughest fights I was in."
Pfc, Co. B., 85th Inf.,Bridgeport
we were in Italy we got stuck way up in the Apennines, in the
of Monte Frecadezio. We went on
patrols, led by the
partisans.We were pretty green and we saw, orthought we saw, Germans behind every
but we only had two engagements
the enemy there. Both ended successfully for us. It was certainly admirablethe way they got the provisions up to usway up in those mountains. I am sorry
there are so many of our
us now to share the nice memories."
George E., Pfc, Co. H., 86thInf., Bridgeport"There's a lot of things I remember
I don't want to. One thing I can say
that the Red Cross girls were on the
over there. We even met them onfront lines. Even when we were getting
up, right on the front
and they had to jump into our foxholes."
Edward J., Pfc, Co. H.,
for their liberation. They
up to us, shouting 'Liberators,' and kissing
always remember iswhen a dud shell landed about three
away from me. I got hit by the snow it
up, but if it was a live shell . . .let'snot talk about that."
J., T/4., M.D.,
Inf., New London"What I saw in Europe made me appreciate
all the more. We had
damntough days, any time they startedto push it was tough."
Wendell EL, Pfc, Co. F.,
Inf., Manchester"The conditions in Italy got me. It's
torn, poverty stricken, and the
are hungry. It was the worst the first day
Italy . . . those
begging for something to eat. But
Italy is something . . . very
at Lake Garda, and Tarviso."
Norris J., Pfc, Co. F., 85thInf., Ansonia"The worst day I had was on Mt.
in central Italy,
81 mm mortar got knocked out andour captain was wounded. I was rightbehind the mortar, five or six
away,when the shell hit it. I was in a fox hole
Elmer H., Pfc,
C,605 F.A., Danbury"The
of Italy have got the 'gim-