Thursday, May 30, 2019

Pfaffenheck, Part 2

On 16 March 1945 the second platoon of Company C, 712th Tank Battalion, fought a battle in Pfaffenheck, Germany, in what Lieutenant Francis "Snuffy" Fuller called "my worst day in combat." His platoon lost four men killed, three wounded, and had three tanks knocked out. In this episode Aaron Elson, whose father served in the 712th, presents accounts of the battle from several of its participants.

Podcast: Lieutenant Tarr's Platoon

Monday, May 13, 2019

Pfaffenheck Part 1: Snuffy Fullers letter

"So long kids, and if I never see you again, goodbye." Those were Billy Wolfe's last words to his twin sisters Maxine and Madalene. Billy joined the 712th Tank Battalion as a replacement on March 4, 1945. On March 16 Billy's tank was hit and burst into flames. His body was never recovered.He was 18 years old.

Podcast: Lieutenant Tarr's Platoon