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GUEST,petr Ken Burns: The War (101* d) RE: Ken Burns: The War 03 Oct 07

Ive watched it as well, and have always been a fan of Ken Burns.
and obviously it is not an attempt to cover the entire War - rather Americas part in it and narrated by people from several towns.

on another note; some of the stories that my father relates (growing up in a town in Czechoslovakia). At one point the school and hospital were strafed by an American plane (even though the red cross on the roof was clearly marked). There were no kids in the school as the Czech children were let out of school for the last 3 years of the war. My dad and his friends collected the spent shells and made primitive guns out of them - by stuffing them with nitrocellulose? as a propellant...
Which was good fun until someone got a nasty hit in the forehead..

Later a US plane made a bombing run on the railway station..
(apparently it made one warning pass - so anyone in the area
could get out- and then came by a second time and bombed some railway cars.) Unfortunately the railway cars were full of Hungarian refugees
who were locked in and couldnt get out- so dozens of people were killed - a lot of women and children) My dad says hed never seen so many dead people in his life. I wonder if that pilot ever knew.

they knew the war was nearly over when all the germans were leaving
and among them was a Russian soldier on a motorcycle.

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