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By Gerhardt B. Thamm

“As a 15-year-old boy I fought in short in a conflict. My struggle was once neither noble nor heroic. I observed the horrors that no 15-year-old boy should still ever see. I got here into struggle basically by means of happenstance, and survived it simply by way of luck.”
Gerhardt B. Thamm grew up on his grandfather’s farm in reduce Silesia, the hinterlands of Germany. In early 1945 this land, close to the Czechoslovakian and varnish borders, grew to become a battleground. The Soviets captured reduce Silesia in February, and Thamm, like lots of his Hitler formative years highschool classmates, used to be conscripted to struggle at the jap entrance until eventually the previous few days of worldwide struggle II, experiencing firsthand fearsome barbarity and atrocity. Thamm’s kin was once deported from Silesia in 1946 to West Germany. Gerhardt Thamm arrived within the usa in 1948. The 17-year-old Thamm joined the U.S. military a similar 12 months and served greater than twenty years as an enlisted man.
“Maybe, simply probably, I fought during this warfare to flee the barbarity. might be I wrote this booklet to nonetheless the memories.”

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