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Voices of D-Day: German Soldier Franz Rachmann

It was in the night and I was sleeping, and my sergeant came running and said, "There are a thousand different ships coming in the English Channel."

There was thousands of ships, and we could see landing boats of American troops. Then came thousands of men at one time coming on land and running over the beach. This is the first time I shoot on living men, and I go to the machine gun and I shoot, I shoot, I shoot! For each American I see fall, there came ten hundred other ones!

The final company in the first assault wave, Company E, landed its six boats between a mile and two miles left of its designated beach, which was Easy Green.

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