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US 85th Infantry Division History and Action Reports from WWII

Discussion in 'Military Service Records & Genealogical Research' started by Steve Petersen, Mar 26, 2010.

  1. Sheldrake

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    This is great. I am taking a group of British soldiers to look at the battles for Rome. We are staying in Terracina and will be looking at its capture by 1/337th. It was a turning point in the battle and German failure to defend the area led to the German army commander being sacked.


    Here is a map I drew showing the action at Terracina.
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    It is covered in the AAR for 337th and their first battalion for May 1944. The first thing they seem to have done after the battle was send the engineers to clear the beach and went for a swim!
     

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    Looks as though he was in the 338th Infantry. While I need to do some more searching, here is the unit crest
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    For some general information about the 338th, look here http://user.pa.net/~cjheiser/ct8/338main.htm


    What other material do you have? Pictures? Documents?
     
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    This won't add a whole lot to what you already know, but here is the info regarding your father on the NARA Electronic POW database. It confirms what Lou stated, that he was in the 338th Infantry Regiment of the 85th Infantry Division. He was first reported as a POW on 11 Oct 1944.

    The Battle of Monte Altuzzo may be of interest to you. It took place in September 1944. The US Army in WWII (Green Books) series has a volume which contains 5 chapters on the role of the 338th in that battle. It's titled Break-Through at Monte Altuzzo, and contains maps and a few photos as well.
     
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    That is a very interesting ara to visit. You can still find many traces of then Gothic line positions IRRC there is a memorial to the 338th
     
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    The website Stand Where They Fought has a page on The Gothic Line Campaign in 1944. Monte Altuzzo is covered about 2/3 of the way down on the page. Lots of great period and modern photos including photos of the 338th Memorial.

    I also came across this video posted by the son of a 338th veteran:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1JPB_iOxrs
     
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    Hi- I was hoping you had the after action reports for the 339th for October and November 1944. Could you email me the scans? Thanks! -Katey

     

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