Invasion of Normandy
[Text] A Jewish German Fighting for the Americans on D-Day

LCVP landing craft put troops ashore on "Omaha" Beach on "D-Day." (6 June 1944). Source: National Archives, #26-G-2337.

“There were guys lying on deck, sailors, and I thought, ‘Why are they sleeping here?’ I hadn’t connected that these guys were dead.” Fritz Weinshank is a Jewish, native-born German who moved to America in 1935. Upon the start of World War II, Weinshank decided to enlist in the U.S. … Continue reading

Invasion of Normandy
Setting Up Hospitals During the Normandy Campaign

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Veteran Travis Winfree, who served with the 29th Division during D-Day, gives a firsthand account of his landing on Omaha Beach and his role during the Normandy Campaign. Winfree was responsible for setting up hospitals around various places in Belgium during that time. He tells one story about being sent … Continue reading

Bill Doyle
Sneaking onto Omaha Beach Before D-Day

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World War II veterans return to the beaches of Normandy, most for the first time since D-Day. One man describes how he snuck onto Omaha Beach before the invasion began and set up explosives before watching the scene unfold below them. Another veteran, Bill Doyle, walks through the D-Day graves … Continue reading

Invasion of Normandy
‘You Were Doin a Lot of Prayin’

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Sergeant Mike Fitch of the U.S. Army’s 29th Infantry Division remembers storming the most dangerous zone of Omaha Beach on D-Day. He describes the chaos of getting into his landing craft and how he was “scared to death.” Fitch explains how he looked for potential areas for cover as he … Continue reading

Invasion of Normandy
Voices of U.S. Veterans From Virginia

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World War II veterans discuss D-Day and their experience in the Normandy Invasion. Taken from the documentary Voices of the Veterans, this clip shows several U.S. veterans from a town in Virginia who were in the first wave to land on Omaha Beach.