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Harry Schmid: Fear of the unknown
The hardest part was not knowing what was going to happen.
Interview outtakes from THE WAR:
"Well we were strafed by airplanes. We had 88 artillery coming in on us all the time. We were in foxholes. The Germans were on the other side of the valley. We were on this side, you know, and, uh, you didn't know whether, what was going to happen. And when you're in, in a, in a mission where you're behind enemy lines, you're worried because you're - nobody knows anything. There's, there's no knowledge as to what you're doing or where you're gonna be and what's gonna happen until some runner comes up and says go over there and this and that and the other thing, which you don't know whether Germans are comin' or they aren't comin'. And that's probably the most thing that mentally bothers you is that you don't know what's goin' on. Now if you're a member of the 82nd you've got your companies, your platoons, and so forth, and you know what you're doing all the time. But we're just a lot of babes in the woods out there. Glider pilots who are just being used as perimeter guards.