World: Know Your Enemy

Sergeant Arnold A. Petry of Long Beach, N.Y. knows his Germans. He fights them armed with two automatic pistols and a Thompson submachine gun. When his platoon was surrounded in an apple orchard west of Tettingen, Germany, the sergeant growled to his men: "We won't surrender."

Through a long week of terror, cold, starvation, the men held out. Repeatedly the Nazis attacked and were thrown back. Artillery, both German and American, shelled the position. The trapped men, their food gone, came closest to surrender when the Germans set up a field kitchen near by.

But Sergeant Petry knew what he was fighting...

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