|Collection||Albert A. Gliniecki|
|WVM ID Number||OH 1584|
|Object Name||Oral History|
|Title||Oral History Interview with Albert A. Gliniecki, Stephen E. Ambrose WWII Oral History Class Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|Event||World War II|
|Narrator's Name||Albert A. Gliniecki|
|Interviewer's Name||Nina G. Rau|
In this oral history interview, Albert Gliniecki, a Milwaukee native, discusses his five year service in the US Army with the 10th Infantry Division before and during World War II in which he operated as a machine gunner.
Glinkiecki states that the need for work led him to enlist at the age of eighteen in November 1940. He talks of his training in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee before departing for Iceland and nineteen months of further training and fortification construction. Gliniecki recalls being inspected by Generals Eisenhower and Patton during training in Northern Ireland for deployment to the Siegfried and Maginot lines. He describes waterproofing jeeps in preparation for his landing on Utah Beach on D-Day Plus 21; the morale of the men; the conditions encountered on the beach; relieving the 1st Division at Caumont; and St. Lô, the Battle of Replacement Depots," and the "sweep" there. Gliniecki speaks of hampering shortages, and an ignorance of the big picture, as the only expectation of him and his fellow soldiers was to confront and defeat the enemy. He attests to the randomness of action in a soldier’s life; and to the difficulties of operating in the hedgerows of France. He recounts his wounding at Metz; a night bombardment that left him alone among the foxholes; an encounter with a shell-shocked GI; and French Resistance poseurs. Gliniecki chronicles his re-wounding, a convalescence interrupted by his needed presence during the Battle of the Bulge, and the corralling of German prisoners in anticipation of delivering them to the advancing Russian army.
With the point system allowing him to be discharged and escape reassignment to the Pacific theatre, Gliniecki alludes to a certain discomfiture with his return to civilian life, where enclosure in a house was "weird" and the sight of unmolested storefronts unusual. He worked for the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company for thirty-six years. He asserts that training can never prepare one for the actuality of war.
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Transcript: 20 pgs.
Gliniecki, Albert A.