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The Tanker Tapes
The Tanker Tapes, an oral history audiobook by Aaron Elson


 
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The 712th Tank Bn. spent 311 days in combat. Listen to an excerpt: Sam Cropanese.
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George Bussell drove a tank for 11 months in combat, from Normandy to Czechoslovakia, yet the most serious injuries he sustained came in a barroom brawl in Phenix City, Alabama. Forrest Dixon, who prevented George from driving his tank in the front and out the back of the bar the following day, was the battalion's motor officer. Dan Diel, a sharecropper's son from Kansas, was wounded in Normandy, returned in time for the Battle of the Bulge and earned a battlefield commission. Dale Albee enlisted in the horse cavalry in 1938 and also earned a battlefield commission in the 712th Tank Battalion. Russell Loop was a tank gunner and a recipient of the Silver Star. Joe Bernardino and Sam Cropanese were crewmates who were both wounded during the encirclement of the German Seventh Army at the Falaise Gap. These are the veterans you'll meet in The Tanker Tapes, an 11 hour Oral History Audiobook. Listen to an excerpt: Sam Cropanese.

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