With the majority of WWII veterans having passed away already, we’re steadily seeing the remainder pass right before our eyes. Soon enough we won’t have the luxury of listening to some of the tales these brave men accumulated over the years straight from their mouths, it’ll be stories in some book or another we may peruse during our own downtime.
The vast amount of tales surviving from that period talk of heroic deeds, command failures and perseverance to continue on with the struggle, most of which only pale in comparison to what 97-year-old T. Moffat Burriss has to tell. If you’ll recall the 1977 classic “A Bridge Too Far” then you’ll likely note Robert Redford’s character Major Cook was based on Burriss. At the time Burriss got his orders directly from then General Dwight Eisenhower and the bridge from the film was less lengthy than described, of which they were told to retreat and allow the Russian Army to take control of Berlin. In an interview with Fox News, he states:
“But I said: ‘I can’t stand this any longer.’ I got in my Jeep with the lieutenant and sergeant and said, ‘Let’s go across the river and see what we can see, see if there are some [krauts] still over there.'”
Much to the surprise of everyone involved, they found not a couple of military personnel, but 15,000. It was a Nazi Panzer Corp. Instead of running scared in the face of such a trial, the three men decided on a completely separate plan, one which required a hell of a lot of luck to pull off and one that deserves the recognition of an actual legend. I won’t spoil the surprise, take a listen to the story that forever engraved the man’s name in the hearts and minds of allies from all nations.