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    • The Valiant Virgin, the Lady in Red, and the Richest Man in Town

    • A WW2 Oral History Interview with Hal Mapes, B-17 Waist Gunner, ex-POW
    • By: Aaron Elson
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Hal Mapes was a waist gunner on a B-17, and was one of only two men to survive the collision of two bombers in the sky over Chartres, France. As a POW, he took part in the 80-plus day march across Germany near the end of the war. "Best diet I was ever on," he would say more than 50 years later. "We didn't have anything to eat."

    Regular price: $2.07

    • The D-Day Tapes

    • An Oral History
    • By: Aaron Elson
    • Narrated by: Vincent "Mike" McKinney, Ed Boccafogli, Bill Pirone, and others
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    In 1994, Tom McKinney was watching the 50th anniversary of D-Day ceremonies on television with his father, Vincent “Mike” McKinney. Tom noticed his father, who rarely spoke about the war, turning red while President Clinton was introducing a veteran as the first American to land on Omaha Beach. McKinney was in the first wave to hit the beach, his boat took two hits, and he had to step over bodies to get ashore. When he looked around, he saw no one.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • D Day Tapes.

    • By Charles on 10-08-12

    Regular price: $10.46

    • Company Commander

    • A World War II Oral History Interview with Arnold Brown
    • By: Aaron Elson
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    "After the battle, we picked up a German soldier who had been wounded. He had been shot in the leg with a .50-caliber bullet, and had lain out overnight in this freezing, subzero weather. Both of his arms and both of his legs were frozen stiff as a board. He begged us to shoot him. I couldn't do it. I asked for a volunteer. But these battle hardened soldiers would not volunteer. One soldier lit a cigarette and held it to his lips. Another soldier brought him a hot cup of coffee and held it so he could get coffee until we got the litter jeep up there...."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Poor sound quality doesn't mar this gem

    • By Sean on 02-14-14
    • A World War II Oral History Interview with Arnold Brown
    • By: Aaron Elson
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
    • Release date: 01-06-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

    Regular price: $2.07

    • Kill or Be Killed

    • A World War II Oral History Interview with Vern Schmidt
    • By: Aaron Elson
    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Vern Schmidt was assigned to the 90th Infantry Division in February of 1945, along with two other replacements. Within 10 days, the other two were dead. This interview includes stories from Vern's wife Dona, whose family moved from Texas to California during the heart of the Dust Bowl.

    • A World War II Oral History Interview with Vern Schmidt
    • By: Aaron Elson
    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
    • Release date: 01-06-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

    Regular price: $2.07

    • March Madness

    • 10,000 men, 800 miles, 86 days, 3 stories
    • By: Aaron Elson
    • Narrated by: Aaron Elson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Aaron Elson has been interviewing World War 2 veterans for 20 years. In this oral history audiobook, he presents, in their own voices, the stories of three survivors of the "Black March" across Germany near the end of the war.

    • 10,000 men, 800 miles, 86 days, 3 stories
    • By: Aaron Elson
    • Narrated by: Aaron Elson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 10-20-10
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 5 ratings

    Regular price: $15.95