Jack Tueller Used a Weapon of Peace in a Time of War. and It Transformed the Enemy Into a Friend.Michael Harrell
On a wet June evening in 1944, Jack Tueller was cold and lonely and scared. Two days earlier, American and British forces had staged the largest amphibious assault in world history on the beaches of Nazi-occupied Normandy, France. D-Day was just the start of a long, difficult push into the heart of the Third Reich, and with one sniper capable of picking off troops at will, it was time for a night of quiet and sleep. But Tueller played a love song on his trumpet anyway, against the request of his captain. It wasn’t for the Allied troops – it was for the German out there, lonely, cold, scared, just like him. See a moment of empathy, connection, and the power of music in the clip below.