yeah that was the Bulge movie with Fonda,,not bad... I'd believe your uncle about the tank instead of a author/historian ,,he was there!
I'm 2nd generation American. ALL my Grandparents brothers [and husbands of the women] fought in the ETW,, and as a baby boomer I'd bet this is how most of us got into collecting from the families stories/histories..
Thanks for posting John, great story/history,,,glad he survived it!