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A dangerous assignment : an artillery forward observer in World War II

Author: William B Hanford
Publisher: Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, ©2008.
Series: Stackpole military history series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Cpl. Bill Hanford had one of the U.S. Army's most dangerous jobs in World War II: artillery forward observer (FO). Tasked with calling in heavy fire on the enemy, FOs accompanied infantrymen into combat, crawled into no-man's-land, and ascended observation posts like hills and ridges to find their targets. But beyond the usual perils of ground combat, FOs were specially targeted by the enemy because of their crucial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Personal narratives, American
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hanford, William B.
Dangerous assignment.
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, ©2008
(DLC) 2008004306
(OCoLC)191732578
Named Person: William B Hanford; William B Hanford
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William B Hanford
ISBN: 9780811746366 0811746364
OCLC Number: 774402000
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 247 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Stackpole military history series.
Responsibility: William B. Hanford.
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Cpl. Bill Hanford had one of the U.S. Army's most dangerous jobs in World War II: artillery forward observer (FO). Tasked with calling in heavy fire on the enemy, FOs accompanied infantrymen into combat, crawled into no-man's-land, and ascended observation posts like hills and ridges to find their targets. But beyond the usual perils of ground combat, FOs were specially targeted by the enemy because of their crucial role in directing artillery fire. Hanford spent much of his time fighting in the Vosges Mountains in eastern France and then in Germany in late 1944 and early 1945.

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