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John C. Copes, III Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: France

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-10-11

Duration: 00:18:19

Subjects: Operation Nordwind, 1944-1945 | Siegfried Line (Germany) | War wounds | United States. Army. Armored Division, 14th | Copes, John C., III | World War II | Military | Veterans | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Army | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe


  • Lefebvre, Marian Interviewer
  • Copes, John C., III Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on October 11, 2007, with John C. Copes, III, an executive officer with Company C of the 125th Armored Engineer Battalion of the 14th Armored Division of the United States Army during World War II. He discusses: his military training; his deployment to France; fighting in Operation Nordwind in Alsace, France; breaching the German’s Siegfried Line; being shot in the leg; recuperating in the hospital; his return home from the war; and his division’s designation as the “Liberators.”