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U.S. Army, 15TH ARMY GROUP HISTORY, 16 December 1944 -- 2 May 1945.
NEW copy. 1989 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1945 edition printed in Austria. 288 pages, 14 photos/drawings, 17 maps.

~~~ The 15th Army Group was the senior command for forces in Italy at the end of World War II.


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[1st Division] H. R. Knickerbocker. DANGER FORWARD: The Story of the First Division in World War II. NEW copy. 2002 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1947 edition. 479 pages, over 100 photos & drawings, 19 maps.

~~~ A regular army unit, the First Infantry Division was one of the first combat formations to move overseas in WWII. Overseas: 7 August 1942. Campaigns: Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, ArdennesAlsace, Central Europe. Days of Combat: 443. The 1st Infantry Division saw its first combat in World War II in North Africa, landing at Oran and taking part in the initial fighting, 8-10 November 1942. Elements then took part in seesaw combat at Maktar, Medjez el Bab, Kasserine Pass, Gafsa, El Guettar, Beja, and Mateur, 21 January-9 May 1943, helping secure Tunisia. The First was the first ashore in the invasion of Sicily, 10 July 1943 ; it fought a series of short, fierce battles on the island's tortuous terrain. When that campaign was over, the Division returned to England to prepare for the Normandy invasion. The First Division assaulted Omaha Beach on D-day, 6 June 1944, some units suffering 30 percent casualties in the first hour, and secured Formigny and Caumont in the beachhead. The Division followed up the St. Lo break-through with an attack on Marigny, 27 July 1944, and then drove across France in a continuous offensive, reaching the German border at Aachen in September. The Division laid siege to Aachen, taking the city after a direct assault, 21 October 1944. The First then attacked east of Aachen through Hurtgen Forest, driving to the Roer, and moved to a rest area 7 December for its first real rest in 6 months' combat, when the von Rundstedt offensive suddenly broke loose, 16 December. The Division raced to the Ardennes, and fighting continuously from 17 December 1944 to 28 January 1945, helped blunt and turn back the German offensive. Thereupon, the Division attacked and again breached the Siegfried Line, fought across the Roer, 23 February 1945, and drove on to the Rhine, crossing at the Remagen bridgehead, 15-16 March 1945. The Division broke out of the bridgehead, took part in the encirclement of the Ruhr Pocket, captured Paderborn, pushed through the Harz Mountains, and was in Czechoslovakia, at Kinsperk, Sangerberg, and Mnichov, when the war in Europe ended. Nicknames: The Red One; The Fighting First. Slogan: No mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great, duty first. Shoulder patch: Red Arabic numeral "I" on solid olive drab background.


[2nd Armored Division] E. A. Trahan, (editor). A HISTORY OF THE SECOND UNITED STATES ARMORED DIVISION 1940 TO 1946. . NEW copy. 2002 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1946 Albert Love Enterprises edition. 208 pages, over 200 photos & drawings, 16 maps.

~~~ This is the first of two official unit histories for the 2nd Armored Division in World War II. Details on the unit are as follows. Activated: 15 July 1940. Overseas: CC "B" 27 October 1942 ; remainder 12 December 1942. Campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes- Alsace, Central Europe, Sicily Elements of the Division first saw action in North Africa, landing at Casablanca, 8 November 1942, and later taking part in the fighting at Beja, Tunisia, but the Division as a whole did not enter combat until the invasion of Sicily, when it made an assault landing at Gela, 10 July 1943. The Division saw action at Butera, Campobello,-and Palermo. After the Sicilian campaign, the Division trained in England for the cross-Channel invasion, landed in Normandy D plus 3, 9 June 1944, and went into action in the vicinity of Carentan; ; the Division raced across France in July and August, drove through Belgium and attacked across the Albert Canal 13 September 1944, crossing the German border at Schimmert, 18 September to take up defensive positions near Geilenkirchen. On 3 October, the Division launched an attack on the Siegfried Line from Marienberg, broke through, crossed the Wurm River and seized Puffendorf 16 November and Barmen 28 November. The Division was holding positions on the Roer when it was ordered to help contain the German Ardennes offensive. The Division fought in eastern Belgium, blunting the German Fifth Panzer Army's penetration of American lines. The Division helped reduce the Bulge in January, fighting in the Ardennes forest in deep snow, and cleared the area from Houffalize to the Ourthe River of the enemy. After a rest in February, the Division drove on across the Rhine 27 March, and was the first American Division to reach the Elbe at Schonebeck on 11 April. It was halted on the Elbe, 20 April, on orders. In July the Division entered Berlin-the first American unit to enter the German capital city. Known as the "Hell on Wheels" division, the Second Armored Division was one of the most famous American units in World War II.


[3rd Infantry Division] Donald G. Taggart. HISTORY OF THE 3rd INFANTRY DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II. NEW copy. 1987 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1947 Infantry Journal Press edition. 575 pages, over 280 photos & drawings, 38 maps.

~~~ Details on the unit as follows. Overseas: 27 October 1942. Campaigns: Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, South France, Rhineland, Central Europe. Days of combat: 233. The 3d Division is the only American Division which fought the Nazi on all fronts. The Division first saw action in the North African invasion, landing at Fedala, 8 November 1942, and capturing half of French Morocco. On 10 July 1943, the Division made an assault landing on Sicily, fought its way into Palermo before the armor could get there, and raced on to capture Messina, thus ending the Sicilian campaign. Nine days after the Italian invasion, 18 September 1943, the 3d landed at Salerno and in intensive action drove to and across the Volturno and to Cassino. After a brief rest, the Division was ordered to hit the beaches at Anzio, 22 January 1944, where for 4 months it maintained its toe-hold against furious German counterattacks. On 29 February 1944, the 3d fought off an attack by three German Divisions. In May the Division broke out of the beachhead and drove on to Rome, and then went into training for the invasion of Southern France. On 15 August 1944, another D-day, the Division landed at St. Tropez, advanced up the Rhone Valley, through the Vosges Mountains, and reached the Rhine at Strasbourg, 26-27 November. After maintaining defensive positions it took part in clearing the Colmar Pocket, 23 January18 February 1945, and on 15 March struck against Siegfried Line positions south of Zweibrucken. The Division smashed through the defenses and crossed the Rhine, 26 March 1945 ; then drove on to take Nurnberg in a fierce battle, capturing the city in block-by-block fighting, 17-20 April. The 3d pushed on to take Augsburg and Munich, 27-30 April, and was in the vicinity of Salzburg when the war in Europe ended. Nickname: Rock of the Marne. Slogan: The words of Maj. Gen. Joseph Dickman are sometimes employed, "Nous resterons la!" Shoulder patch: A square containing three diagonal white stripes on dark blue field.


[8th Infantry Division] Marc Gresbach. COMBAT HISTORY OF THE EIGHTH INFANTRY DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II. NEW copy. 1988 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1945 Army-Navy Publishing Company edition. 102 pages, over 60 photos & drawings, 6 maps.

~~~ Details on the unit are as follows. Activated: 1 July 1940. Overseas: 5 December 1943. Campaigns: Normandy, North France, Rhineland, Central Europe. Days of combat: 266. After training in Ireland the 8th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, Normandy, 4 July 1944, and entered combat on the 7th. Fighting through the hedgerows, it crossed the Ay River, 26 July, pushed through Rennes, 8 August, and attacked Brest in September. The Crozon Peninsula was cleared, 19 September, and the Division drove across France to Luxembourg, moved to the Hurtgen Forest, 20 November, cleared Hurtgen on the 28th and Brandenburg, 3 December, and pushed on to the Roer. That river was crossed on 23 February 1945, Duren taken on the 25th and the Erft Canal crossed on the 28th. The 8th reached the Rhine near Rodenkirchen, 7 March, and maintained positions along the river near Koln. On 6 April the Division attacked northwest to aid in the destruction of enemy forces in the Ruhr Pocket, and by the 17th had completed its mission. After security duty, the Division, under operational control of the British Second Army, drove across the Elbe, 1 May, and penetrated to Schwerin when the war in Europe ended. Nicknames: Golden Arrow Division; formerly called the Pathfinder Division. Slogan: These are my credentials. Shoulder patch: An upward pointing gold arrow piercing a silver figure "8" on a blue shield.


[8th Armored Division] Charles Leach, IN TORNADO’S WAKE: A History of the 8th Armored Division. NEW copy. 1992 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1956 8th Armored Division Association edition. 240 pages, over 170 photos & drawings.

~~~ This is the official unit history for the 8th Armored Division in World War II. Details on the unit are as follows. Activated at Fort Knox in April 1942, they deployed to Europe in Nov. 19.44. Landed in France Jan. 5th, 1945. After training at Tidworth, England, the 8th Armored Division landed in France, 5 January 1945, and assembled in the Bacqueville area of upper Normandy. In mid-January the Division raced 350 miles across France to Pont-aMousson to help stem the German drive for Strasbourg, but, finding the enemy already halted, went into training. One element, Combat Command A, took part in the Third Army drive against the MoselleSaar salient, supporting the 94th Division attack on Nennig, Berg, and Sinz, 19-28 January 1945. The Division moved to Simpelveld, Holland, and continued training during the first half of February 1945. On 19 February the Division moved to Roermond, Holland, and launched a diversionary attack, pushing the enemy north of the Heide woods and east of the Roer River. The 8th crossed the Roer, 27 February, and began its drive to the Rhine, taking Tetelrath, Oberkruchten, and Lintfort in hard fighting. After a period of rest and training in mid-March, the Division crossed the Rhine, 26 March, and attacked Dorsten, which was cleared in the face of stubborn resistance. It crossed the Lippe River and entered the battle for the Ruhr Pocket, taking Neuhaus and cleaning out the Soest sector. The Division then shifted south to Wolfenbuttel, mopping up resistance in the area, continued south to Blankenberg, clearing the Harz Mountain region. This was its last combat activity in the war. On 23 April the Division went on occupation duty in the Harz Mountain area. Nicknames: The Iron Snake; also Show Horse. Shoulder patch: Same as the 1st Armored, but with a number "8" in the upper portion of the triangle.


[9th Infantry Division] Joseph B. Mittelman. EIGHT STARS TO VICTORY: A History of the Veteran Ninth U.S. Infantry Division. NEW copy. 2003 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1948 edition. 408 pages, over 170 photos & drawings, 36 maps.

~~~ Details on the unit are as follows. Activated: 1 August 1940. Overseas: 11 December 1942. (Three organic combat teams participated in North African landings 8 November 1942.) Campaigns: Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, North France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe. Days of combat: 304. Distinguished Unit Citations: 24. The 9th Infantry Division saw its first combat in the North African invasion, 8 November 1942, when its elements landed at Algiers, Safi, and Port Lyautey. With the collapse of French resistance, 11 November 1942, the Division patrolled the Spanish Moroccan border. The 9th returned to Tunisia in February and engaged in small defensive actions and patrol activity. On 28 March 1943 it launched an attack in southern Tunisia and fought its way north into Bizerte, 7 May. In August the 9th landed at Palermo, Sicily, and took part in the capture of Randazzo and Messina. After returning to England for further training, the Division hit Utah Beach on 10 June 1944 (D plus 4) , cut off the Cotentin Peninsula, drove on to Cherbourg and penetrated the port's heavy defenses. After a brief rest in July, the Division took part in the St. Lo break-through and in August helped close the Falaise Gap. Turning east, the 9th crossed the Marne, 28 August, swept through Saarlautern, and in November and December held defensive positions from Monschau to Losheim. Moving north to Bergrath, Germany, it launched an attack toward the Roer, 10 December, taking Echtz and Schlich. From mid-December through January 1945, the Division held defensive positions from Kalterherberg to Elsenborn. On 30 January the Division jumped off from Monschau in a drive across the Roer and to Rhine, crossing at Remagen, 7 March. After breaking out of the Remagen bridgehead, the 9th assisted in the sealing and clearing of the Ruhr Pocket, then moved 150 miles east to Nordhausen and attacked in the Harz Mountains, 14-20 April. On 21 April the Division relieved the 3d Armored along the Mulde River, near Dessau, and held that line until VE-Day. Shoulder patch: An octofoil- a design of eight petals on a khaki background. Upper part of the octofoil is red, lower part blue, and there is a white disk in center.


[10th Armored Division] Lester M. Nichols. IMPACT: The Battle Story of the Tenth Armored Division. NEW copy. 1985 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1951 official unit history. 354 pages, over 180 photos & drawings, 29 maps.

~~~ Details on the unit are as follows. Activated: 15 July 1942. Overseas: 13 September 1944. Campaigns: Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe. The 10th Armored Division entered France through the port of Cherbourg, 23 September 1944, and put in a month of training at Teurtheville, France, before entering combat. Leaving Teurtheville, 25 October, the Division moved to Mars-la-Tour, where it entered combat, 1 November, in support of the XX Corps, containing enemy troops in the area. In mid-November it went on the offensive, crossed the Moselle at Mailing, and drove to the Saar River, north of Metz. The Division was making preparations for the Third Army drive to the Rhine when it was ordered north to stop the German winter offensive, 17 December. The 10th held defensive positions against heavy opposition near Bastogne, Noville, and Bras. Resting briefly in early January, the 10th moved out again to defensive positions east of the Saar, south of the Maginot Line. On 20 February 1945 the Division returned to the attack, and took part in the clearing of the Saar-Moselle triangle. The Division then attacked north and captured. Trier, 15 March. Driving through Kaiserlautern, it advanced to the Rhine, crossed the river at Mannheim, 28 March, turned south, captured Oehringen and Heilbronn, crossed the Rems and Fils Rivers, and reached Kirchheim, meeting waning resistance. The Division crossed the Danube, 23-25 April, and took Oberammergau. In May, the 10th drove into the famed "Redoubt," and had reached Innsbruck when the war in Europe ended. Nickname: Tiger Division. Slogan: Terrify and destroy. Shoulder patch: Same as the 1st but with a number "10" in the upper portion of the triangle.


click to enlarge [14th Armored Division] Timothy J. O'Keeffe. BATTLE YET UNSUNG: The Fighting Men of the 14th Armored Division in World War II. NEW copy, hardcover. (Casemate, 2010) 16 pages of black & white photographs, 6x9, 336 pages.

~~~ While headline writers in the ETO were naturally focused on events in Normandy and the Bulge in the north, equally ferocious combats were taking place in southern France and Germany during 1944–45, which are now finally getting their due. The US 14th Armored Division—a late arrival to the theater—was thrust into intense combat almost the minute it arrived in Europe, as the Germans remained determined to defend their southern flank.
~~~ Like other US formations, the 14th AD, after advancing through France against intermittent opposition, was hammered to a standstill at the Westwall in the fall of 1944. Nevertheless, it had gained experience, and when the Germans sought to turn the tide, with Operation Northwind, they found a hardened formation against them. This book explores in detail what happened in the month of January 1945 in the snow-covered Vosges Mountains, when the Wehrmacht's attempt to destroy the Sixth Army Group failed. Northwind began in the mountains but was extended onto the plains of Alsace very near the Rhine River. A strategic withdrawal after a hellish ten days of fiery combat allowed the Allies to hold the line until a spring offensive. The dreadful cold and the conflagration of battle took a toll on both sides, but by now the 14th and the other American divisions felt the heat of battle in their hearts and knew what had to be done to defeat a wily enemy. But the Siegfried Line still loomed in front to American forces, and in the sector of the 14th, the divisions literally exploded their way through it in March at Steinfeld, and began to propel the Wehrmacht into a retreat from which it could never recover. Armored columns kept punching their way through roadblock after roadblock in town after town with powerful artillery and air concentrations that never gave the German soldiers a chance to respond. As a result of the rapid advance of Seventh Army and the 14th, German POW camps like the ones at Hammelburg and Moosburg were liberated of over 100,000 prisoners, an achievement which gave the division the nom de guerre "The Liberators."


[28th Infantry Division] U.S. Army, HISTORICAL AND PICTORIAL REVIEW OF THE 28TH INFANTRY DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II. NEW copy. 1999 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1948 Albert Love Enterprises edition. 204 pages, over 280 photos & drawings, 8 maps.

~~~ This is the official unit history for the 28th Infantry Division in World War II. Details on the unit are as follows. Activated: 17 February 1941. Overseas: 8 October 1943. Campaigns: Normandy, North France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe. Days of combat: 196. The 28th Infantry Division after training in England, landed in Normandy, France, 22 July 1944, and entered the hedgerow struggle north and west of St. Lo. Inching their way forward against desperate opposition, the men of the 28th took Percy, 1 August, and Gathemo, 10 August. On the 12th, Brigadier General Wharton was killed a few hours after assuming command. The Division began to roll north and east, 20 August, meeting light resistance except at Le Neubourg, 24 August, and Elbeuf on the 25th. After parading through Paris, 29 August, it continued its sustained drive through France and Luxembourg to the German border, assembling near Binsfeld, 11 September: It began hammering at the Siegfried Line, 12 September, destroying pillboxes and other fortifications, moved north to Elsenborn, 1 October, then returned on the 6th for patrols and rotation of troops. The 28th smashed into the Hurtgen Forest, 2 November 1944, and in the savage seesaw battle which followed, Vossenack and Schmidt changed hands several times. On 19 November, the Division moved south to hold a 25-mile sector along the Our River in Luxembourg. The Von Rundstedt offensive broke loose, 16 December, along the entire Division front. The 28th fought in place using all available personnel and threw off the enemy timetable before withdrawing to Neufchateau, 22 December, for reorganization. The Division moved to a defensive position along the Meuse River from Givet to Verdun, 2 January 1945, then to a patrol of the Vosges Mountains, 17 February. From 1 to 5 February, it participated in the reduction of the Colmar Pocket, headed for the Rhine and crossed the Rhine-Rhone Canal, 6 February. After an attack toward the Ahr River, 6 March, the 28th engaged in training, rehabilitation, and holding defensive positions. Beginning 7 April it performed occupation duties at Julich and Kaiserlautern until it left France. Nickname: Keystone Division; Slogan: Fire and Movement. Shoulder patch: A red keystone.


[29th Infantry Division] Joseph Ewing. 29 LET'S GO: THE 29TH INFANTRY DIVISION IN WORLD WAR. NEW copy. 1979 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1948 Infantry Journal Press edition. 215 pages, over 200 photos & drawings, 30 maps.

~~~ The 29th Infantry Division was composed of National Guard units from Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland. It served with distinction in France, Belgium and Central Germany as part of the Ninth Army. This is considered one of the best divisional histories of World War II.


[31st Infantry Division] U.S. Army. HISTORY OF THE 31ST INFANTRY DIVISION IN TRAINING AND COMBAT, 1940-1945. NEW copy. 1994 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1946 Army & Navy Publishing Company edition. 204 pages, over 370 photos & drawings, 11 maps.

~~~ This is the official unit history for the 31st Infantry Division in World War II. Raised in 1940 from National Guard units in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana & Florida and known as the ' DIXIE ' division, it consisted of the 124th, 155th & 200th Infantry regiments. The 31st Infantry Division arrived in Oro Bay, New Guinea, 24 April 1944, and engaged in amphibious training prior to entering combat. Alerted on 25 June 1944 for movement to Aitape, the 124th RCT left Oro Bay and landed at Aitape, New Guinea, 3-6 July 1944. The combat team moved up to advanced positions and took part in the general offensive launched 13 July, running into bloody fighting along the Drinumor River. Meanwhile, the remainder of the Division relieved the 6th Infantry Division in the Sarmi-Wakde Island area, 18 July 1944, built bridges, roads, and docks, patrolled the area, and engaged small units of the enemy, trying not to provoke a large scale counterattack by the enemy. Over 1,000 Japanese were destroyed in these actions. In mid-August the Division began to stage for the Morotai operation, leaving Aitape and Maffin Bay, 11 September 1944. The Division made an assault landing on Morotai, 15 September 1944, meeting only light opposition. During the occupation of Morotai, elements of the Division seized Mapia, 15-17 September, and waded ashore on the Asia islands, 19-20 September, only to find the Japanese had already evacuated. Other elements reverted to Sansapor, where they maintained and operated the base. On 22 April 1945, the Division landed on Mindanao to take part in the liberation of the Philippines. Moving up the Sayre Highway and driving down the Kibawe-Talomo trail, fighting in knee-deep mud and through torrential rains, the 31st forced the enemy to withdraw into the interior and blocked off other Japanese in the Davao area. With the end of hostilities on 15 August 1945, the 31st accomplished the surrender of all Japanese forces remaining in Mindanao. Nickname: Dixie Division. Slogan: It shall be done. Shoulder patch: A white disk on which is a red circle, within which are two red D's, back to back.


[40th Infantry Division] U.S. Army. 40TH INFANTRY DIVISION (WWII). NEW copy. 1995 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1947 Army-Navy Publishing Company edition. 184 pages, over 200 photos & drawings, 6 maps.

~~~ A California National Guard unit with some units from Utah & Nevada, they served in the Pacific and fought on New Britain from April 1944, the Philippines from Jan. 1945 on and garrisoned Korea from Sept 1945 on. The 40th Infantry Division's first oversea assignment was the defense of outer islands of Hawaii, where it arrived in September 1942. Training continued as defensive positions were improved and maintained. In July 1943 the Division was concentrated on Oahu, and relieved the 24th of the defense of the North Sector. Relieved of the North Sector in October 1943, the 40th entered upon a period of intensive amphibious and jungle training. On 20 December 1943, the first units left for Guadalcanal, and by mid-January 1944, movement was completed, and the Division prepared for its first combat assignment. On 24 April 1944, it left Guadalcanal for New Britain. The Regiments of the Division took positions at Talasea on the northern side of the island, at Arawe on the southern side, and at Gape Gloucester near the western end. Neutralization of the enemy was effected by patrols. No major battle was fought. Heavy rain and mud were constant problems. The 40th was relieved of missions on New Britain, 27 November, and began training for the Luzon landing. Sailing from Borgen Bay, 9 December 1944, the Division made an assault landing at Lingayen, Luzon, under command of XIV Corps, on 9 January 1945. Seizing Lingayen airfield, the Division occupied Bolinao Peninsula and San Miguel, and advanced toward Manila, running into heavy fighting in the Fort Stotsenburg area and the Bambam Hills. Snake Hill and Storm King Mountain were taken in February and the 40th was relieved, 2 March. Leaving Luzon, 15 March, 1945, to cut behind the Japanese, the Division landed on Panay Island on the 18th and knocked out Japanese resistance within 10 days, seizing airfields at Santa Barbara and Mandurriao. On 29 March, it landed at Pulupandan, Negros, advanced through Bacolod toward Talisay, which it secured by 2 April 1945. After mopping up on Negros Island, the Division returned to Panay in June and July 1945. In September 1945, the Division moved to Korea for occupation duty.


[66th Infantry Division] Sinto Wessman. 66: A Story of World War II. NEW copy. 2001 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1946 Army-Navy Publishing Company edition. 175 pages, over 200 photos & drawings, 3 maps.

~~~ A history of the US 66th Infantry division in WW 2, known as the Panther division. The three regiments of the 66th Infantry Division arrived in England, 26 November 1944, and the remainder of the Division, 12 December 1944, training until 24 December 1944 when the Division crossed the English Channel to Cherbourg. A German torpedo ripped into the transport as it was crossing the Channel, and 14 officers and 748 enlisted men were lost. Attached to the 12th Army Group and designated the 12th Army Group Coastal Sector, with operational control of all French forces in the area, the 66th relieved the 94th Division in the BrittanyLoire area, 29 December 1944. Its mission of containing the enemy in the St. Nazaire and Lorient pockets was carried out by daily reconnaissance patrols, limited objective attacks, and the maintenance of harassing and interdictory fires on enemy installations. A heavy German attack near La Croix was repulsed, 16 April 1945, and several strongly emplaced enemy positions were taken, 19-29 April 1945. Enemy troops in the Lorient and St. Nazaire pockets surrendered to the Division upon the end of hostilities in Europe, 8 May 1945. The 66th moved to Germany on occupation duty, in the Koblenz subarea, 20 May 1945, and left for Marseille, 26 May 1945. It sailed for home 27 October 1945.


[82nd Airborne Division] W. Forrest Dawson, SAGA OF THE ALL AMERICAN. NEW copy. 2004 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1946 Albert Love Enteprises edition, the "official" unit history for the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II, first reprinted by Battery Press in 1978. Hardbound, 9 1/2 x 13, 381 pages, 852 photos & drawings & 6 maps.


[90th Infantry Division] Joe I. Abrams. A HISTORY OF THE 90TH DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II, 6 June 1944 to 9 May 1945. NEW copy. 1999 limited Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1946 edition. 126 pages, over 180 photos & drawings, 1 map. Issued without dust jacket, embossed cover in color.

~~~ Covers operations for June 6th 1944 to 9 May, 1945. It contained the 357th, 358th & 359th Infantry regiments, The 90th Infantry Division landed in England, 5 April 1944, and trained from 10 April to 4 June. First elements of the Division saw action on Dday, 6 June, on Utah Beach, Normandy, the remainder entering combat, 10 June, cutting across the Merderet River to take Pont l'Abbe in heavy fighting. After defensive action along the Douve, the Division attacked to clear the Foret de Mont Castre, clearing it by 11 July, in spite of fierce resistance. An attack on the island of Seves failing, 23 July, the 90th bypassed it and took Periers, 27 July. On 12 August, the Division drove across the Sarthe River, north and east of Le Mans, and took part in the closing of the Falaise Gap, taking Chambois, 19 August. It then raced across France, through Verdun, 6 September, to participate in the siege of Metz, 14 September-19 November, capturing Maizieres les Metz, 30 October, and crossing the Moselle at Koenigsmacker, 9 November. On. 6 December 1944, the Division pushed across the Saar and established a bridgehead north of Saarlautern, 618 December, but with the outbreak of the Von Rundstedt drive, withdrew to the west bank on 19 December, and went on the defensive until 5 January 1945, when it shifted to the scene of the Ardennes struggle. It drove across the Our, near Oberhausen, 29 January, to establish and expand a bridgehead. In February, the Division smashed through Siegfried fortifications to the Prum River. After a short rest, the 90th continued across the Moselle to take Mainz, 22 March, and crossed the Rhine, the Main, and the Werra in rapid succession. Pursuit continued to the Czech border, 18 April 1945, and into the Sudeten hills. The Division was en route to Prague when the war in Europe ended. Nickname: Tough 'Ombres; formerly called the Texas-Oklahoma Division. Shoulder patch: A khaki-colored square on which is superimposed a red letter "T", the lower part of which bisects the letter "O", also in red.


[92nd Infantry Division] Colonel Paul Goodman. A FRAGMENT OF VICTORY IN ITALY, THE 92ND INFANTRY DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II. NEW copy. 1993 Battery Press reprint edition of the original classified history written in the 1950s. 248 pages, 7 maps.

~~~ "This history was classified when it was written in the early 1950s. Written by a division staff officer with the express approval of the Division command, it is an important history for this famous unit. Details on the 92nd Infantry Division are as follows. Activated: 15 October 1942. Overseas: 22 September 1944. Campaigns: North Apennines, Po Valley. The 370th RCT, attached to the 1st Armored Division, arrived in Naples, Italy, 1 August 1944 and entered combat on the 24th. It participated in the crossing of the Arno River, the occupation of Lucca and the pentration of the Gothic Line. Enemy resistance was negligible in its area. As Task Force 92, elements of the 92d attacked on the Ligurian coastal flank toward Massa, 5 October. By the 12th, the slight gains achieved were lost to counterattacks. On 13 October, the remainder of the Division concentrated for patrol activities. Elements of the 92d moved to the Serchio sector, 3 November 1944, and advanced in the Serchio River Valley against light resistance, but the attempt to capture Castelnuovo did not succeed. Patrol activities continued until 26 December when the enemy attacked, forcing units of the 92d to withdraw. The attack ended on 28 December. Aside from patrols and reconnaissance, units of the 92d attacked in the Serchio sector, 5-8 February 1945, but enemy counterattacks nullified Division advances. On 1 April, the 370th Regiment and the attached 442d Infantry Regiment (Nisei) attacked in the Ligurian coastal sector and drove rapidly north against light opposition. The 370th took over the Serchio sector and pursued a retreating enemy from 18 April until the collapse of enemy forces, 29 April 1945. Elements of the 92d Division entered La Spezia and Genoa on the 27th and took over selected towns along the Ligurian coast until the enemy surrendered, 2 May 1945. Nickname: Buffalo Division. Slogan: Deeds, not words. Shoulder patch: Black-bordered circular patch of olive drab, containing a black buffalo."


[94th Infantry Division] Laurence G. Byrnes. HISTORY OF THE 94th INFANTRY DIVISION IN WORLD WAR II. NEW copy. 1982 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1948 Infantry Journal Press edition. 534 pages, over 150 photos & drawings, 31 maps.

~~~ "The 94th Infantry Division was part of the 9th Army in the ETO."


[99th Infantry Division] Walter E. Lauer. BATTLE BABIES: The Story of the 99th Infantry Division.. NEW copy. 1985 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1951 Military Press of Louisiana edition. 353 pages, over 100 photos & drawings, 32 maps.

~~~ "Details on the unit are as follows. The 99th Infantry Division arrived in England, 10 October 1944, moved to Le Havre, France, 3 November, and proceeded to Aubel, Belgium, to prepare for combat. The Division first saw action on the 9th, taking over the defense of the sector north of the Roer River between Schmidt and Monschau. After defensive patrolling, the 99th probed the Siegfried Line against heavy resistance, 13 December. The Von Rundstedt attack caught the Division on the 16th. Although cut up and surrounded in part, the 99th held as a whole until reinforcements came. Then it drew back gradually to form defensive positions east of Elsenborn on the 19th. Here it held firmly against violent enemy attacks. From 21 December 1944 to 30 January 1945, the unit was engaged in aggressive patrolling and reequipping. It attacked toward the Monschau Forest, 1 February, mopping up and patrolling until it was relieved for training and rehabilitation, 13 February. On 2 March, 1945, the Division took the offensive, moving toward Keln and crossing the Erft Canal near Glesch. After clearing towns west of the Rhine, it crossed the river at Remagen on the 11th and continued to Linz and to the Wied. Crossing on the 23d, it pushed east on the Koln-Frankfurt highway to Giessen. Against light resistance it crossed the Dill River and pushed on to Krofdorf-Gleiberg, taking Giessen 29 March. The 99th then moved to Schwarzenau, 3 April, and attacked the southeast sector of the Ruhr pocket on the 5th. Although the enemy resisted fiercely, the Ruhr pocket collapsed with the fall of Iserlohn, 16 April. The last drive began on 23 April. The 99th crossed the Ludwig Canal against stiff resistance and established a bridgehead over the Altmuhl River, 25 April. The Danube was crossed near Eining on the 27th and the Isar at Landshut, 1 May, after a stubborn fight. The attack continued without opposition to the Inn River and Giesenhausen when VE-day came. Nickname: Battle Babies; formerly Checkerboard Division. Shoulder patch: A fivesided shield of black on which is superimposed a horizontal band of white and blue squares."


[101st Infantry Division] Leonard Rapport and Arthur Northwood Jr, RENDEZVOUS WITH DESTINY: A History of the 101st Airborne Division. 107 maps, 122 photos & drawings, 822 pages.

~~~ Originally published in 1948 by the Infantry Journal Press, this is the story of one of the finest American units in World War II. Activated: 15 August 1942. Overseas: 5 September 1943. Campaigns: Rhineland, Central Europe, Normandy, Ardennes-Alsace. Days of combat: 214. The 101st Airborne arrived in England, 15 September 1943, and received additional training in Berkshire and Wiltshire. On 6 June 1944, the Division was dropped into Normandy behind Utah Beach. Against fierce resistance it took Pouppeville, Vierville, and St. Come du Mont. On the 12th, the stronghold of Carentan fell, and after mopping up and maintaining its positions, the Division returned to England, 13 July, for rest and training. On 17 September 1944, taking part in one of the largest of airborne invasions, the 101st landed in Holland, took Vechel and held the Zon bridge. St. Oedenrode and Eindhoven fell after sharp fighting on the 17th and 18th. Opheusden changed hands in a shifting struggle, but the enemy was finally forced to withdraw, 9 October. After extensive patrols, the Division returned to France, 28 November, for further training. On 18 December, it moved to Belgium to stop the German breakthrough. Moving into Bastogne under the acting command of Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe, it set up a circular defense and although completely surrounded, refused to surrender on 22 December. Its perimeter held against violent attacks. The 4th Armored Division finally reached the 101st on the 26th and the enemy offensive was blunted. Very heavy fighting continued near Bastogne for the rest of December and January. On 17 January 1945, the Division moved to Drulingen and Pfaffenhoffen in Alsace and engaged in defensive harassing patrols along the Moder River. On 31 January, it crossed the Moder in a three-company raid. After assembling at Mourmelon, France, 26 February 1945, for training, it moved to the Ruhr pocket, 31 March, patrolling and raiding in April and engaging in military government at Rheydt and Munchen-Gladbach. The 101st reached Berchtesgaden by the end of the war and performed occupational duties until inactivation in Germany. Nickname: Screaming Eagle. Shoulder patch: Black badge with black arc streaming above; on the badge is white screaming eagle; appearing on arc, in white, is "Airborne." In addition to the combat narrative, the appendices include a Roll of Honor for division dead, an accounting of individual decorations, foreign citations awarded to the division and airborne songs and poems. 2000 reprint, hard bound, no DJ. Please note that this is a reprint of the original 1948 edition not the later 1965 second edition.


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Heavey, William F., DOWN RAMP! THE STORY OF THE ARMY AMPHIBIAN ENGINEERS. NEW copy. 1989 Battery Press reprint edition of the original Infantry Journal Press edition published in the late 1940s. 271 pages, 34 photos/drawings, 15 maps.

~~~ This history covers all five of the Special Engineer Brigades in WWII.


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Binkoski and Plaut, THE 115TH INFANTRY REGIMENT IN WORLD WAR II. NEW copy. 1988 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1948 Infantry Journal Press edition. 370 pages, 115 photos/drawings, 16 maps.

~~~ This history covers one of the three infantry regiments assigned to the 29th Infantry Division in World War II. It traces the 115th from induction into federal service in February 1941 through training in the US to combat in Europe. Thee are chapters on its D-Day assault, the hedgerow battles in Normandy, the Brest campaign, the Roer River campaign, and the final drive through Germany. Also included is an Honor Roll of Killed in Action. New hard bound with regimental crest embossed in cover.


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Collins, Lawrence D., M.D., THE 56th EVAC HOSPITAL: Letters of a WWII Army Doctor. NEW copy, still in shrinkwrap. Hardcover in dust jacket. University of North Texas Press, 1995. 40 b&w photos, map, bibliography, index, 352 pages.

~~~ Collins arrived in North Africa in 1943 as a member of the 56th hospital unit, which hailedfrom Baylor Medical College in Dallas, and eventually wound up in Bizerte, Tunisia. His letters to his wife and mother, often accented by wit or irony, first tell about his military and travel experiences and discuss books he is reading. Then the 56th crosses the Mediterranean to Italy and receives its first real combat experience, the most rugged part of it consisting of 73 days at the Anzio beachhead. Shelling and bombing become so intense that several patients go AWOL from the hospital and return to their units on the front line because they feel they will be safer there. Although a physician, Collins has to do a considerable bit of surgery; his work with gas gangrene proves especially interesting. Moreover, his descriptions of a Benedictine monastery above Pompeii and of other sites add interest to his engaging letters.


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Hardin, James N., NEW YORK TO OBERPLAN. Original 1946 copy. Hardcover with dust jacket. Battery Press is the distributor of original copies of this memoir and unit history for the 101st Infantry Regiment in WWII.

~~~ The 101st Infantry Regiment was part of the 26th Infantry Division.


McDonough, James & Richard S.Gardner SKYRIDERS: History of the 327th/401st Glider Infantry . NEW copy. Battery Press, 1980. 176 pages, 200 photos & drawings.

~~~ "The 327th/401st Glider Infantry Regiments were the glider infantry component to the 101st Airborne Division in World War II. This is not an reprint but an original history."


Shirley, Orville C., AMERICANS: The Story of the 443d Combat Team. NEW copy. 1998 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1946 Infantry Journal Press edition. 152 pages, 49 photos/drawings, 7 maps.

~~~ This is the unit history of the famous 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Composed of Nisei (Japanese-Americans), they performed splendidly in campaigns in Central Italy, Southern France and finally the Po River campaign in Northern Italy during 1945.


Mandle, William, COMBAT RECORD OF THE 504TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY REGIMENT ("The Devils in Baggy Pants") . NEW copy. 2004 Battery Press reprint edition original 1946 edition published in Paris, first reprinted by Battery Press in 1977. Hardbound in laminated covers; 9 1/2 x 13, 172 pages, 447 photos & drawings & 6 maps.

~~~ The 504th was a regiment in the 82nd Airborne Division; this history covers operations in Sicily, Anzio, Holland, the Battle of the Bulge and central Germany.


Lord, Walter, HISTORY OF THE 508TH PARACHUTE INFANTRY . NEW copy. 1990 Battery Press reprint edition of the original 1948 Infantry Journal Press edition. 120 pages, 190 photos & drawings, 15 maps.

~~~ A reprint of this fine airborne unit history. Activated 20 Oct, 1942, they were sent overseas in late Dec, 1943 and attached to the 82nd Airborne division. They fought at Normandy in June 1944, the Nijmegen-Arnhem jump and the defence of Belgium during the Bulge. They ended the war as an occupation unit in Berlin."


Turner Publishing Company, TANK DESTROYER FORCES - WWII. Turner Publishing Company, 1992. NEW copy. Hardbound with laminated covers. 340 pages, illustrated endpages, 9" x 12". Protected by a heavy, removeable mylar cover.

~~~ This is the definitive history of the Seek, Strike, and Destroy Tank Destroyer Forces in WWII. Every TD unit is listed along with its actions during war. More than 2,000 photographs accompanied by maps, personal stories, charts, TD insignia in full color as well as nearly 1,000 individual biographies of Tank Destroyer men. Indexed. Roster of thirteen thousand members included.


Risch, Erna, THE TECHNICAL SERVICES: THE QUARTERMASTER CORPS: Organization, Supply and Services. Volume I. Washington, D.C.: Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, 1953. First Edition. VG. Spine slightly sunned, otherwise a tight clean volume. Part of the U.S. ARMY IN WORLD WAR II series. Photographs, charts, index, 418 pages.


Wardlow, Chester, THE TECHNICAL SERVICES: THE TRANSPORTATION CORPS: Responsibilities, Organization, and Operations. Washington, D.C.: Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army., 1951. First Edition. VG. Spine sunned, rippled and very slightly frayed at top. Top corners of book bumped, otherwise a tight clean volume. Part of the U.S. ARMY IN WORLD WAR II series. Photographs, charts, index, appendices, 454 pages.


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