Segment 3


Baum recalls an event that took place at the Maginot Line. Harold Cohen had just taken over the battalion. He argued with Cohen about how the mission should go. They moved out from a small town towards a wooded area when three of Baum's officers were killed by mines. He made Cohen promise to go down the road and engage the Germans there before he went into the minefield with the medics. Baum stepped on a mine and was wounded on the back of his legs and buttocks. They were able to bring the troops back through that area. He estimates that he had at least 40 pieces of shrapnel in his body. Baum was sent to a hospital in France to be treated. Baum loved to dance. He snuck out to go dancing with a nurse at an Air Force club next to the hospital. He popped 11 of his stitches. He was in the hospital for a couple of weeks before going back to his unit. Baum remembers his participation in the Battle of the Bulge. He discusses the meeting between Eisenhower, Montgomery, Bradley, and Patton about the situation at the Bulge and what should be done. Baum was told this story by people in the know. Eisenhower asked the group what should be done. Montgomery wanted to go back and retrain the soldiers. Bradley said to move on and do what is necessary. Patton said he could attack the area, the bulge, within 48 hours. The others laughed at Patton; but he was confident. The weather was terrible and the conditions were very bad.


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