Central Illinois World War II Stories

WILL - Central Illinois World War II Stories - September 24, 2007

Oral History Interview: Charles Bruns of Champaign

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(Duration: 1:53:40)

Charles Bruns served as an engineer in the 3rd Infantry Division in Africa, Sicily, Italy and other locations in Europe.

Categories: History, Human Rights, Military

WILL - Central Illinois World War II Stories - September 05, 2007

Oral History Interview: Clarence Berbaum of Champaign

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(Duration: 53:22)

Clarence Berbaum was drafted into the U.S. Army in February of 1942. He served in Europe with the 100th infantry, famous for being the only fighting unit ever to capture the Voges Mountains in France. Berbaum served as a radio repairman, usually a few miles behind the front lines. His prior experience in radio repair, he explains, saved him from having to fight in the front lines and probably saved his life. He also took video footage of day-to-day life in the Army. Berbaum talks about the overwhelming feeling of depression that affected him and many others throughout the war. He also talks about the dehumanizing effect that war has on soldiers.

Categories: History, Human Rights, Military