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“Barbed wire, mines, mortars, m.g. rifle and 88’ fire everywhere it seems – prayed several times – ‘Why do these things have to be forced upon men?’”

Major Stanley Bach recorded the horrors of D-Day on two tattered pages from a memorandum book and three envelopes he tore open to write on both sides.

He was attached to the Advanced Headquarters 29th Infantry Division as it landed on Omaha Beach during D-Day operations. He recorded his experience beginning at 2:30 a.m. on June 6, and ended his summary at 6 p.m. the same day.

The original notes were transcribed onto scrap paper, then retyped several months later.

See the entry in our digital catalog: https://go.usa.gov/xQ7sJ