The Resource Oral history interview :, Jack Branch ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch, (videorecording)

Oral history interview :, Jack Branch ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch, (videorecording)

Label
Oral history interview :
Title
Oral history interview :
Statement of responsibility
Jack Branch ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch
Title variation
Oral history interview with Jack Branch
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Records the recollections of Jack Branch, American enlisted Sergeant of the Guard at Camp 8, Lyndhurst/Sherando Lake, Va. at the end of World War II (1945). Recalls experiences during the war: landing at Casablanca, Africa (1943); fighting in Italy with the 36th Army Division, and the battle of San Pietro. Talks about experiences with an Army buddy, Fletcher Burks, who he first met in basic training in the States and who was with him on and off throughout his war years, including capture and prisoner of war episodes, liberation and later return to the United States. More specifically, recalls experiences crossing the Rapido River and capture by Germans on Jan. 22, 1943. Talks about box car ride to Falkensburg, Germany and forced labor on potato farms (planting and picking; cutting wood). Recalls Red Cross packages, letter writing, and types of food they ate. Mentions attempts at escape, and final days (forced marches with Russian POWs, from Feb. 7th through April 14th, 1945) before being liberated by Americans. Describes return home, moves to Florida, Fort Meade, Md. and finally, Lyndhurst, Va. to the CCC camp then being used as a POW stockade for German prisoners. Recollects the Camp, makeup of the guard units; the German enlisted men; and general life at the Camp (food, transportation of prisoners, their work at camp and local farms; punishment; and entertainment). In general, recalls World War II experiences over three continents and memories of wartime as a soldier, prisoner of war, and guard to German prisoners in the U.S
Related
Cataloging source
VMC
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Filmed on January 3, 1991
PerformerNote
Interviewer: David Benavitch; interviewee: Jack Branch
Runtime
90
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no.16-6.
Technique
live action
Label
Oral history interview :, Jack Branch ; interviewed by David W. Benavitch, (videorecording)
Publication
Note
  • STACK COPY: Text material only (paper, interviews and newspaper transcripts). Call no.: SD428.G46 H57 1991
  • Forms part of: A history and interpretive proposal for Sherando Lake Recreation Area, an oral history project. For ACCESS TO THE COMPLETE COLLECTION including original copies of all text material and interviews conducted by David Benavitch on video and audio tapes, see Special Coll. call number SdArch nos. 16-1 through 16-13, Boxes I and II. (Videotapes and audiotapes only: Special Coll. SdArch no. 16-2 through 16-11 for the following interviewees: Larry Ballard, Karl Baumann, John A. Betterly, James Blackwell, Jack Branch, Roger Bryant, Albert Moreman, Hans Schagus, Edward VanFlssen, and Mark E. Wolfe). Videotapes only: Special Coll. SdArch no. 16-12 through 16-13 for the following interviewees: Frank Haga and Garland Priddy
Accompanying material
2 sound cassettes (ca. 110 min.) : 1 7/8 ips ; 1/8 in. + 1 transcription (14 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Control code
41337720
Dimensions
1/2 in. +
Dimensions
1/2 in.
Extent
1 videocassette (ca. 110 min.)
Medium for sound
videotape
Other physical details
sd., col.
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videocassette
System details
VHS format
Video recording format
VHS (1/2 in., videocassette)

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