Shootout!

Season 1 Episode 7

WWII Assault on Germany

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Aired Weekdays 10:00 AM Aug 16, 2005 on The History Channel
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WWII Assault on Germany
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In 1944 Ike's order was short and to the point: Destroy the German army. If successful, the Allied Forces would win the war in Europe. To American GI's that meant defeating a foe bent on defending his homeland at all cost. Shootout: Assault on Germany recounts and reenacts the vivid combat experiences of American soldiers who participated in one of the greatest military campaigns of World War II. Through interviews, archival footage and re-creations, vets share their graphic memories of penetrating the Siegfried Line, the formidable German border defense system; fighting in the Hurtgen Forest, a dark, dense wooded area that rendered tanks and air power useless; and sewing up the Ruhr Pocket, an industrial region where some of the most intense fighting in the European theater took place. The veterans put the viewer right in harm's way with their deeply personal stories of what it was like to shoot and kill the enemy and conquer Germany one pillbox, one troop shelter, one hill top and one town at a time. They shed tears over lost comrades and reveal the awful effects of combat, including the psychological stress that still haunts them sixty years later. The price of victory was steep but to a man, it was worth it. If you want to know what made these veterans "the greatest generation," Shootout: Assault on Germany lets you know straight from the gut.moreless
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