Stories of a secret war waged in Middle Tennessee from late 1941 through 1944, as seen through the eyes of young superheroes and wide-eyed children who were astonished to see candy and apples being thrown to them from tanks, jeeps and half-tracks.

Combat Boots By the Door

by Sandy Lawrence Zeigler


A series of interviews

in a documentary format


"Jimmy Gentry has become a living legend. He is a spectacular guy, a true Southern gentleman. When he graduated in 1943, he immediately went into service and was one of the first troops to go into Dachau. It was evidently quite a shock for prisoners and young soldiers alike.” 

Rick Warwick

Williamson County Historian, TN

Click HERE to see short video clips.

Sandy Lawrence Zeigler

Sandy Lawrence Zeigler was a child during the Tennessee Maneuvers, but she vividly recalls men in uniform, some of whom lived across the street in pup tents on the campus of Cumberland University, the headquarters of the entire 2nd army.

It wasn't until recently that she realized how few people are left who can recall this largely unknown slice of American history. With this realization, she determined to find a way to keep history alive.

The result is both a book and a short film with interviews of people who lived this history in action - literally all around them, on a daily basis.

Sandy would love to hear your comments and answer any questions you may have. Contact her at

Sandy pictured above with her parents in 1943.


P.O. Box 29, 188 Front St., Franklin, TN 37064

For questions or comments, please contact Sandy Zeigler

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