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“It’s funny I think the only thing you got to do to fix a forgetful man is put him in combat—he will close his eyes and find that he cannot forget a single thing he ever saw smelled felt or heard.” —Bucky Barnes, August 10, 1943.

Photograph: “Staff Sergeant James Barnes with French résistants after the Battle of Saint-Martin-de-Mer, June 1944.” National Archives and Records Administration.

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Staff Sergeant James Barnes displays a classic “thousand yard stare” in this famous photograph taken in the hours after the assault on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

Excerpt from “June 7, 1944″ of The Night War:

All of us alive Steve shot in the thigh but OK somehow thank fucking Christ we are in a church with about 45 other guys the whole place quiet as Borough Park on a Friday night just guys breathing except I think in our heads it is still loud. All any of us can possibly be hearing are the guns the 88s the way sand is under your boots when it’s red through ears ringing men screaming the buzzsaws hitting the sand like each bullet’s a lightning strike and the sand sprays up like when a guy gets hit in an artery.

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In 1947, Master Sergeant James B. Barnes’s surviving field journals were posthumously published as the classic war memoir The Night War. Now a high school history classroom mainstay and required reading at West Point, this highly anticipated 60th Anniversary Edition presents the original, unedited text alongside detailed historical notes that provide important context to the extraordinary wartime heroics of Captain America and the Howling Commandos.

Barnes, James B. The Night War: The Wartime Memoirs of a Howling Commando. Ed. Harold Miller. 60th Anniversary ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2005. Print.

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