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Born on the wrong Side of the Fence

Bruno Ehlich

2005, 2009 Bruno Ehlich

Preface

    How I came to know Bruno Ehlich, a retired sergeant of the Royal Australian Air Force now living near Sydney:

    He was writing his memoirs as a German Hitler Youth drafted into the army at 9 years of age. In late April of 1945 he was captured by a GI tank crew member. He has been hoping to determine who these men were, and while searching the Internet he found information on the 42nd Division Web site. The editor acknowledged that it was the 90th Infantry Division that may have been involved in the area where Bruno was captured.

    My brother Glenn was a member of the 42nd and knowing I served in the 90th, he put me in touch with Bruno. From phone calls, e-mails and letter exchanges we have become very close friends. We have compared dates, WWII combat maps and Army Morning Reports from the 90th. We thus conclude that some armored unit serving with us led to Bruno's capture, or perhaps his liberation.

Vernon N. Schmidt

"E" Company, 358th Infantry Regiment

90th Infantry Division

Contents                   Dedication