Army & Navy: First to Fight the Germans

The first group of U.S. soldiers to see action against the German army returned to home base at Fort Knox last week. Bronzed, full of quiet, unique pride, behaving like veterans, they had fought for a month with the British in Libya, got out of Tobruk just two days before Field Marshal Erwin Rommel arrived.

They had volunteered for an unspecified mission. In Libya, most were homesick the first week. But they forgot their homesickness in the rush of battle. Their score: nine German tanks disabled or destroyed; three out of three American M35...

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