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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).


Siegfried Line - This scene shows a typical Hurtgenwald defense line such as that occupied by the German 89th Infantry Division while fighting against the US 9th Infantry Division in September 1944.


Actor 2nd Lt Efrem Zimbalist, Jr US Army (Served 1941-1946) Short Bio: The gentleman actor best remembered for his numerous TV roles, Zimbalist served in the Battle of the Bulge on the Siegfried Line where he was severely wounded in the thigh.


Crossing the Seine and the advance to the Siegfried Line 24 August - December 1944: British soldiers lie on the banks of the Seine, giving their comrades covering fire during the crossing of the river near Vernon.


VII Corps, Breaching the Siegfried Line (September 1944) | EUCMH


Breaking the Siegfried Line, October - December, 1944


US XIX Corps, Across the Siegfried Line, October 1944 | EUCMH