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Henry Foertschbeck

(9/27/1919 - 3/13/2000

Same War - Different Missions is a collection of letters home and memories from three GI's and a German who served in Europe during World War II. The letters home could not describe any details of the war due to security concerns, most of the letters related to home and family.  


Richard F. Robinson, 23rd Infantry, wrote his memories beginning with listening to the attack on Pearl Harbor through D-Landing on Omaha Beach - Easy Red Sector.

Chester Sobus, the author's uncle-in-law, 82nd Airborne, wrote mostly about home and family.  He served in North Africa, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany,  D-Day he parachuted behind enemy lines at Ste. Mere Eglise.


Henry G. Foertschbeck, the author's uncle, served in the 19th Special Services Co. dedicated to supporting troops during R & R (rest & relaxation) periods.


Heinz Hertrich, served with the German forces on the East Front.  He was captured by the Russians at the end of the war and spent five years in a Russian POW Camp on the Black Sea.  His memories are printed in the original German and the author's English translation.

There are also memories and stories from several other GI's who served in Europe.

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