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Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (1918- ) USA WW II. In uniform five years serving in the European Theater and earned a Purple Heart at Huertgen Forest where he was wounded in the left thigh by a shall fragment while leading an infantry platoon during an attack on Germany’s Siegfried Line. Best remembered for his role as Inspector Lewis Erskine in the TV series “The F.B.I.” (1965-74).

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A German officer eats C-rations as he sits amid the ruins of Saarbrücken, a German city and stronghold along the Siegfried Line, in early spring of 1945.

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At the Siegfried Line, a 7th Army soldier looks over the trench and pill-box defenses near the village of Steinfield. Pin by Paolo Marzioli

West Wall Medal_obverse_Close-up The Deutsches Schutzwall Ehrenzeichen was established on August 2,1939 to award planners, designers and workers who build the Siegfried Line and other defense fortifications on Germany's western border.

West Wall Medal - reverse_close-up. The Deutsches Schutzwall Ehrenzeichen was established on August 2,1939 to award planners, designers and workers who build the Siegfried Line and other defense fortifications on Germany's western border.

West Wall Medal - obverse with original ribbon. The Deutsches Schutzwall Ehrenzeichen was established on August 2,1939 to award planners, designers and workers who build the Siegfried Line and other defense fortifications on Germany's western border

Winston Churchill with Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, Chief of the Imperial General Staff Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke and General William Simpson of the 9th American Army at the Siegfried Line, just outside Aachen, Germany, on 6 March 1945.

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