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They Were All Young Kids: The story of Lt. Jim Flowers and Hill 122
They Were All Young Kids


 
On July 10, 1944, Lt. Jim Flowers led a platoon of four tanks to the aid of a battalion of infantry that was cut off on the plateau of Hill 122 in Normandy. After breaking through the German defenses and leading a company of infantry down the hill, the tanks ran into several well-concealed anti-tank guns. All four were destroyed, three of them going up in flames. Nine of the 20 crew members were killed, several wounded and two captured. That was just the beginning of a two-day ordeal for Flowers, who lost both his legs, and his gunner, Jim Rothschadl, who was badly burned. The story is told through interviews with several surviving members of the platoon.
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Paperback - 218 pages. Expanded from a chapter in "Tanks for the Memories," "They Were All Young Kids" tells the story of the battle for Hill 122 in Normandy through the eyes of Lieutenant Jim Flowers and the surviving members of his platoon. After coming to the aid of an infantry battalion that was surrounded by German paratroopers on the summit of Hill 122 in Normandy, the four tanks in Flowers' platoon ran into an ambush by well-concealed antitank guns, and all four tanks were destroyed, three of them going up in flames. Nine of the 20 crew members were killed, several were wounded and two were captured. Floweres was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, but left both of his legs on that piece of "bloody French real estate." Aaron interviewed not only surviving members of the platoon, but the brother of a crew member killed in action and an infantryman who was following behind one of the tanks, and was wounded, lost a leg and became a prisoner of war.