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Discussion in 'Italy, Sicily & Greece' started by kerrd5, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. kerrd5

    kerrd5 Ace

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    Sicily or Anzio.

    eBay. "From the estate of veteran of the army Obergefreiter Günter Schlosser.

    "1941 training as Kradmelder at d. III. Department of Artillery Teaching Regiment 1 in Jüterbog. After a brief assignment on the Eastern Front in 1942, he came to the Artillery Regiment 29 (mot.) of the 29th Infantry Division (mot.) in the
    re - installation to Stalingrad in 1943, later renamed 29th Panzer Grenadier Division. He fought with this unit from the middle of 1943 as a crew member (2nd gunner) of a Marder II Jagdpanzer in Sicily (July 1943 in and near Messina) and Italy (including Anzio) until 1945."

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    Dave


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  2. wooley12

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    Cisterna was in January. The shorts on the one man point to Africa. They would be original 1st Btn Rangers. I'm a Ranger historian and might be able to get their names if you would be interested.
     
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    You are mistaken. The 29th Panzer Grenadiers were not in North Africa. This photo is either Sicily or mainland Italy.


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    Thanks for the correction. I am completely ignorant about Axis movements.. If I did know about 29th Panzer positions I would have a better idea as to which Ranger Btn they might have engaged. I suppose one could search weather records from southern Italy for Sept/Oct and see it it was warm at any time. . For my second guess, I'd say Sicily in August of 43. I would be happy to post that picture on the Ranger descendants Facebook page for their input.. One of those guys might be someones dad. You never know.
     
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    If you can find out who they are you maybe able to better date and place the photo. From the other photos Sicily would seem to be a good bet although Southern Italy wouldn't be impossible. Ground looks dry and rather barren not much in the background either.
     
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    I confess I am baffled that you infer the two Americans are Rangers and not ordinary infantrymen of Seventh Army (Sicily) or Fifth Army (Salerno and Anzio).


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  7. wooley12

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    The leggings made me suspect that they could be Rangers. All the Rangers wore them. I'm not sure how widespread the use was with other units.
     
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    Leggings were pretty standard in the US Army field uniforms of the times, not a Ranger exclusive article of uniform. The folks with the different footware were the airborne types.
     
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    A couple of Pacific legends...I mean Marines
     
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