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Once Upon a Tank in the Battle of the Bulge
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5 crew members recall the day their tank was knocked out. Listen to an excerpt: Jim Gifford.
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In 1991, at a reunion of the 712th Tank Battalion, Aaron Elson interviewed Ed Spahr. Asked if he was wounded, Ed said his lieutenant, who was standing with his head out of the turret, was struck by a machine gun bullet near his eye, and came back into the tank. The tank was then hit in the track and immobilized by a shoulder-fired panzerfaust. The lieutenant ordered the crew to abandon tank. When they were relatively safe behind the tank, the lieutenant, unaware he was bleeding profusely, removed a camera from his neck, handed it to Ed and said "Take my picture." While he was holding the camera up, Ed was struck by a projectile in the fleshy part of his arm. A year after that interview, at the 1992 battalion reunion, the lieutenant, Jim Gifford, showed up, along with Ed and two other members of the crew that day. Aaron got them all sitting around a table reconstructing that day and talking about the rest of their experiences. He then interviewed each crew member individually, as well as the gunner, Stanley Klapkowski, who was not at the reunion. Listen to an excerpt: Lieutenant Jim Gifford.

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