World War II veteran Joseph Robertson remembers a German soldier he killed at the Battle of the Bulge; a story from the archives of America's national oral history project StoryCorps.

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In this animated documentary, World War II veteran Joseph Robertson tells son-in-law John Fish, Jr. about fighting for the Allies at the Battle of the Bulge, Hitler's last major offensive. Amidst fierce combat and harsh winter weather, both the Germans and the Allies suffered heavy casualties. But Mr. Robertson has never been able to forget one young soldier he killed there. In July, 2005, he recorded this memory through StoryCorps, the national oral history project. Joseph Robertson, 86, joined the National Guard in 1935. During World War II, he served in Europe as part of the 30th Infantry Division. In 1961, after 26 years of service in the Army, Joseph Robertson retired. Written by Anonymous

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4 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Germans in the Woods is a fine animated account of a moment orally told by a World War II veteran
11 November 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this today-Veterans Day-on the Vimeo site as linked from Cartoon Brew. Retired soldier Joseph Robertson tells his son-in-law, John Fish, Jr., his account of killing a young German one during the Battle of the Bulge. Animator Tim Rauch uses black-and-white line drawings to effectively convey the atmosphere of what it was like to have to defend yourself against someone so young yet also very insistent on taking one's life in service to his country and how the resulting feelings can become mixed as the years go on. This short's length is only three minutes yet the impact can stay for days if one thinks about what many men like Robertson had to go through just to survive. So it's to many of those men and women who've experienced such situations that this comment is dedicated to. May God help your souls for the rest of your lives.


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