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Ook dit jaar waren we weer erbij! Het is toch elk jaar weer een mooi moment om stil te staan bij wat je hebt. Trots op de 2 oudsten die weer meegelopen hebben met scouting! Volgend jaar mag Gijs ook meelopen. Vandaag kon ik even genieten van drie generaties die zonder deze bevrijding niet hadden bestaan... #vierdevrijheid#18september2018#rememberseptember#lichtjesrouteeindhoven#eindhovenbevrijd#liberationroute
Men of HQ Troop of 1st Airlanding Brigade Reconnaissance Squadron at Wolfheze on the outskirts of Arnhem, 18 September 1944. The man on the left is manning a PIAT. #abridgetoofar#airborne#slagomarnhem#battleofarnhembridge#marketgarden#liberationroute#britishairborne#worldwartwo
Great to see the city of Arnhem remembering Operation Market Garden anf the men of the 1st Airborne Division. Exactly 74 years ago today and now John Frost's 2nd Battalion was on its way to and taking up positions on the north side of the Rhine Bridge. What a stand they made!
Research never stops. This unexpected find means a lot to my research in the Battle of Bastogne. Renée Lamaire is the nurse that's portrayed in Band of Brothers' Bastogne episode. There she's wrongly portrayed as a nurse in the 101st Airborne Division aid-station instead of the 10th Armored Division... On December 24th the first-aid station was hit by the German Luftwaffe and killed Renée plus 23 others. Some bodies were never found again and completely vanished due to the fire and heat. It made clearing out the building impossible.
I have been researching for @wyoming.wwii.film this week going through the Unit Journals of the 377th Regiment. Sergeant Pedri, of Company B, became a POW on the 14th of November 1944 and I'm trying to narrow down all the events that lead up to that point. It's very interesting to read radio messages about the frontline from 74 years ago. Another interesting though is that these Unit Journals are the only source that write down exactly what's been said in a given point of time. These journals were not written down a month or a year after the war. They were written down the exact minute a message came in. We can't get closer than that. Another point of interest are the code names given to a division, regiment, its battalions and every other unit within the division. Moreover, even General Patton had his own call sign: Lucky 6
In loving memory, Bert Reynolds passed away Monday the 10th of September at age 91. Often he came to The Netherlands to visit the grave of his brother Jack, buried at the Canadian War Cemetery in Groesbeek and to inspire others #hewillbemissed#liberationroute#europeremembers
War cemetery in Ysselsteyn (Netherlands from World War II). Here are 31.585 graves of German soldiers. . . . . #ysselsteyn#ysselsteynwarcemetery#warcemetery#2ndworldwar#ww2#netherlands#liberationroute#friedhof#niederlande#graveyard#limburg#kriegsgräberstätte#volksbund#krieghoff#military#begraafplaats#militairebegraafplaats#duitsland#germany#deutschland
Afgelopen weekend een #fotoreportage gemaakt in #Berlijn. Onder andere bezochten we het #Geallieerde Museum, gevestigd in een oude Amerikaanse Bioscoop. Het Geallieerde Museum vertelt een uniek verhaal: van de Duitse nederlaag op het eind van de Tweede Wereldoorlog tot de splitsing van West- en Oost-Berlijn door de drie westerse bezettingsmachten en de Sovjet Unie. Berlijn werd het brandpunt van de Koude Oorlog. bron: website @liberationroute#vfonds#liberationroute#berlinstagram#visitberlin#berlingram@vfondsvrede
Credit: @everythingeverywhere The last two weeks have been incredibly busy for me as I have been following the path of the Allies in WWII through Western Europe on the @LiberationRoute. I started in Portsmouth, England and crossed the channel to Normandy to visit the beaches, cemeteries and museums associated with D-Day. Then I drove to Belgium and the Ardens forest to visit the sites associated with the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. From there I’ve spent the last week in the Netherlands visiting all the sites associated with Operation Market Garden and the Liberation of the Netherlands. Today I’m in Germany and entering the homestretch of the trip. I’m in the small town in Schmidt, not far from the Belgium border which was near where the Siegfried Line was located and close to the Battle of Hürtgen Forest. From here I’ll be ending my trip in Berlin. This has been a very eye opening trip. I haven’t done a thematic trip like this before where I’ve focused on one subject. I’ve learned a lot more than the cursory story of WWII that you get from documentaries on the History Channel (back when they actually had shows about history). After this trip is over, I start a new one in the Czech Republic right away visiting a bunch of World Heritage Sites before TBEX Europe, where I will be speaking. Aaaand then I’m off to a big trip in Switzerland to finish up by Summer of Europe! #everythingeverywhere#liberationroute#netherlands#thisisholland#holland#wwii#millionaire#pic#roadtrip#travelling#moodoftheday#arabian#menswear#seetheworld#airjordan#palegrunge#3ARAB#ceo#jordans#grunge#success
A new book that I received this week. What I like about Timo Worst's work is how detailed he researched the SS units of Kampfgruppe Knittel in the Battle of the Bulge. It's one of the unknown battle groups, but fought againdt some well known American unit. Besides, the book overall is focussed on the carreer of Knittel, opening up new insights in the life of someone who probably wasn't interested in Nazi politics before Hitler came to power.
Three members of an American patrol cross a field on a scouting mission near Lellig, Luxembourg 30 Dec 1944. Some soldiers aquired white bed sheets, illustrated here, to employ as camouflage. From left to right: Sgt. James Storey, Newman, Ga.; Pvt. Frank A. Fox, Wilmington, Del., and Cpl. Dennis Lavanoha, Harrisville, N.Y. Photograph courtesy of the US Army Center of Military History
This design is inspired by the events of the 4th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 and January 1945. The division came back from the Hurtgen Forest in December and was supposed to rest in Luxembourg. They would witness the German assault in the early morning of December 16th 1944. GET YOURS NOW! LINK IN BIO
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Repost from @joedemadio_ww2 Amazing tour today where we explored the Execution locations of Operation Greiff. This operation was Hitler's own idea to capture one or more bridges over the Meuse River before they could be destroyed. This was to support the German Counter Offensive in the Ardennes. As part of the plan, Waffen-SS commando's under Otto Skorzeny would begin this operation on December 16th 1944 disguised in American uniforms. The plans of this operation were captured on the first day of the offensive, causing the operation to be doomed from day one. A total of sixteen men were captured and tried. As a result thirteen of them were executed in December near Henri-Chapelle. Manfred Pernass, Günther Billings and Wilhelm Schmidt were the first ones to be executed in front of an execution squad.
Glad to see these men have a monument. The 326th medical company of the 101st Airborne Division was captured on the 19th of December which resulted in a huge shortage of medical personnel during the Siege of Bastogne. The crossroad they were captured at near the town of Herbaimont is known as Crossroad X.
Never forget the men who made the defence of Bastogne possible. I personally find the the 18th to the 20th of December the most interesting days in the Battle of Bastogne. In Noville a very heavy battle took place between 20th Armored Infantry Battalion (10th AD) with Company A, 506th PIR (101st Abn) and subunits of the German 2nd Panzer Division. This monument is dedicated to the American units and Major Desobry, former CO of the 20th AIB, who led the men in the battle of Noville until he was wounded by a shell that hit the Battalion CP in town. The 506th PIR, 1st Bn commander James LaPrade was instantly killed by that shell.
Our research does not only follow the standard infantry regiments. We can follow all units of the US Army in WWII! Photo: Members of 19th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th Infantry Division, man their gun under a snow-covered cammo net near Haller, Luxembourg.
Technician Fourth Grade Truman Kimbro was in Company C of the 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. During the Battle of the Bulge his unit fought the Germans since day one. He ended up paying the highest price which earned him the Medal of Honor. His official Medal of Honor citation reads: On 19 December 1944, as scout, he led a squad assigned to the mission of mining a vital crossroads near Rocherath, Belgium. At the first attempt to reach the objective, he discovered it was occupied by an enemy tank and at least 20 infantrymen. Driven back by withering fire, Technician 4th Grade Kimbro made 2 more attempts to lead his squad to the crossroads but all approaches were covered by intense enemy fire. Although warned by our own infantrymen of the great danger involved, he left his squad in a protected place and, laden with mines, crawled alone toward the crossroads. When nearing his objective he was severely wounded, but he continued to drag himself forward and laid his mines across the road. As he tried to crawl from the objective his body was riddled with rifle and machinegun fire. The mines laid by his act of indomitable courage delayed the advance of enemy armor and prevented the rear of our withdrawing columns from being attacked by the enemy.
Amazing tour today where we explored the Execution locations of Operation Greiff. This operation was Hitler's own idea to capture one or more bridges over the Meuse River before they could be destroyed. This was to support the German Counter Offensive in the Ardennes. As part of the plan, Waffen-SS commando's under Otto Skorzeny would begin this operation on December 16th 1944 disguised in American uniforms. The plans of this operation were captured on the first day of the offensive, causing the operation to be doomed from day one. A total of sixteen men were captured and tried. As a result thirteen of them were executed in December near Henri-Chapelle. Manfred Pernass, Günther Billings and Wilhelm Schmidt were the first ones to be executed in front of an execution squad.
Day 9 (16.8.18): Normandy exploring the Atlantic defence wall installed whilst France was under Nazi occupation for 4 years stopping at Merville Battery, Pointe du Hoc, Longues Battery, St Mere Eglise and dead mans corner #welovehistory#lastday#normandy#june1944#liberationroute#dday#hometimenow
Leonard A. Funk Jr, Company C, 508th PIR won the Medal of Honor for actions on January 29th 1945. His Citation Reads: He distinguished himself by gallant, intrepid actions against the enemy. After advancing 15 miles in a driving snowstorm, the American force prepared to attack through waist-deep drifts. The company executive officer became a casualty, and 1st Sgt. Funk immediately assumed his duties, forming headquarters soldiers into a combat unit for an assault in the face of direct artillery shelling and harassing fire from the right flank. Under his skillful and courageous leadership, this miscellaneous group and the 3d Platoon attacked 15 houses, cleared them, and took 30 prisoners without suffering a casualty. The fierce drive of Company C quickly overran Holzheim, netting some 80 prisoners, who were placed under a 4-man guard, all that could be spared, while the rest of the understrength unit went about mopping up isolated points of resistance. An enemy patrol, by means of a ruse, succeeded in capturing the guards and freeing the prisoners, and had begun preparations to attack Company C from the rear when 1st Sgt. Funk walked around the building and into their midst. He was ordered to surrender by a German officer who pushed a machine pistol into his stomach. Although overwhelmingly outnumbered and facing almost certain death, 1st Sgt. Funk, pretending to comply with the order, began slowly to unsling his submachine gun from his shoulder and then, with lightning motion, brought the muzzle into line and riddled the German officer. He turned upon the other Germans, firing and shouting to the other Americans to seize the enemy's weapons. In the ensuing fight 21 Germans were killed, many wounded, and the remainder captured. 1st Sgt. Funk's bold action and heroic disregard for his own safety were directly responsible for the recapture of a vastly superior enemy force, which, if allowed to remain free, could have taken the widespread units of Company C by surprise and endangered the entire attack plan. Funk survived the war and passed away at the age of 76 on November 20th 1992.
So my dad all of a sudden told me that my great grandfather was forced to work for the Germans at Omaha Beach. In fact, he was there on June 6th 1944 when the ships artillery started bombing the beaches and the land behind. According to my dad he survived the shelling by taking cover in a nearby crater. Later on he was found by American troops which made him driving trucks as a chauffeur for the US Army. This was his post-war drivers license, but this is a hell of an interesting story to research. No idea why it took so long for me to find out about this piece of family history. (My last name is van Meesen)
Medal of Honor Recipient Cpl. Horace Marvin "Buddy" THORNE of the 89th Cavalry Reconnaissance Sqdrn, 9th Armored Division Killed in action December 21, 1944, near Grufflingen, Belgium Citation: He was the leader of a combat patrol on 21 December 1944 near Grufflingen, Belgium, with the mission of driving German forces from dug-in positions in a heavily wooded area. As he advanced his light machinegun, a German Mark Ill tank emerged from the enemy position and was quickly immobilized by fire from American light tanks supporting the patrol. Two of the enemy tankmen attempted to abandon their vehicle but were killed by Cpl. Thorne's shots before they could jump to the ground. To complete the destruction of the tank and its crew, Cpl. Thorne left his covered position and crept forward alone through intense machinegun fire until close enough to toss two grenades into the tank's open turret, killing two more Germans. He returned across the same fire-beaten zone as heavy mortar fire began falling in the area, seized his machinegun and, without help, dragged it to the knocked-out tank and set it up on the vehicle's rear deck. He fired short rapid bursts into the enemy positions from his advantageous but exposed location, killing or wounding eight. Two enemy machinegun crews abandoned their positions and retreated in confusion. His gun Jammed; but rather than leave his self-chosen post he attempted to clear the stoppage; enemy small-arms fire, concentrated on the tank, killed him instantly. Cpl. Thorne, displaying heroic initiative and intrepid fighting qualities, inflicted costly casualties on the enemy and insured the success of his patrol's mission by the sacrifice of his life.
M4A3(76)W Sherman in the Belgian village of Beffe. This M4A3(76)W was part of C Company 771st tank battalion. During a move from Magoster to Marcourai on the 8th of January 1945, the Sherman slipped on the icy road and slid into the ditch. As the tank was recovered out of the ditch it hit a daisy chain of German mines which disabled the tank and set it on fire. The bogies were destroyed at the time by the mines. Other parts of the tank that are missing were probably taken as spares by the US Army in WWII. The driver Salvatore DiMartino was killed and the commander Lt. Norbert E. Karl was severely wounded but survived the war. Karl had received a battlefield commission less than a month before. Cpl Frank M. Bottini and T/Sgt Kenneth C. McKnight were also wounded This Sherman was left abandoned for many years, where it was knocked out beside the road between the village of Magoster and Beffe 5 miles south of Erezee. It was very evocative of the Battle of the Bulge as it was left at an angle in the middle of the fence with its turret pointing forward, but slightly to its right as if taking a at an enemy tank. In December 1984, after 40 years resting in that field undisturbed, it was hauled away and deposited on the concrete base in the centre of Beffe. This tank now bears the markings of 'A' company, 33rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armoured Division. The rear decks are not original but were recovered from a range wreck fro the restoration in the 80's. In 1972 the commanders hatch was stolen and kept as a souvenir for 30 years, In 2002 the thief felt sorry about his act and he brought it back. After about 30 years, the hatch was back where it belongs. The co-drivers hatch has been buckled and jammed open since the day it was disabled. Information source: http://tank-photographs.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/beffe-m4a3-sherman-tank-belgium.html
December 16, 1944 – today the weather was cloudy and cold. The Jerries laid a barrage of artillery in our area starting at 0500 and from now on artillery continued to land in our sector all day and night – all men were kept on the alert for an attack all day and night – things are beginning to pop – two casualties were suffered today from shrapnel – Pfc Smilley was wounded in right femur and Pfc Allen was wounded in the left shoulder – 2nd Lieutenant Woods was also evacuated with second-degree burns on the right hand and left knee – back in the American lines where the kitchen was located – shells came in early in the morning – all men took the bomb shelters in the backyard - one shell landed 15 yards from a house in which our kitchen was located – no casualties. December 17, 1944 – artillery barrage continued along the lines occupied by our troops – at zero 0900 air activity was terrific and friendly planes were in the sky – jerry planes were strafing our lines and our planes were strafing and bombing the German lines – dogfights were overhead and three Jerry planes were shot down during the fight – one P-38 was shot down – it was apparent that the Germans were starting a big attack – back in the kitchen area – artillery was coming in fast and men went to the bomb shelters at 1000 and remained there until seven o’clock – one shell knocking out the windows and strafing the side of a house and roof – although artillery had seemed to decease enemy patrols were numerous and active all day – upon receipt of orders to withdraw the company – withdrew at 1500 hours leaving a small covering force to assemble near homes and Belgian, where the company dug in for the night and set up a perimeter defense – In the rear echelon kitchens received orders to load up about 0900 but due to enemy positions the convoy did not move out until 1500 from Murringen, Belgium, to Camp d’Elsenborn before arriving at 1850 – Lieutenant Murray was the only casually suffered today he was hit by a fragment of a booby-trap. Story by Sgt Chuk E. Katlic F Company, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division
Excited to say that I'm working on a documentary about an American Soldier that became a POW in WWII. @wyoming.wwii.film. is making a documentary film about Sgt Silvio Pedri. In November of 1944, Sgt Silvio J. Pedri of the 95th Infantry was sent on a mission to cross the Moselle river near Metz, France. His objective was clear: secure the opposite bank and create a diversion so that a larger unit could build a bridge to bring in the heavy artillery and take the city of Metz from the German army. Sgt Pedri had trained for almost two years for this moment, detailing every step of the way in letters to his fiancé in Rock Springs, Wyoming. However, no amount of training could have prepared him for what happened over the course of these few days. After losing most of his closest friends in a grueling battle against the Germans and mother nature, Sgt Pedri was taken prisoner. His letters home went silent, as did his account of the War once he finally made it back to American soil. Picture and text from: http://www.wyomingwwiifilm.com Go give them a follow and check their website for more information! @wyoming.wwii.film
Sooo today I officialy got the keys for my room in Arnhem! I felt it was time to move out of the house and live on my own. In September I will start my Masters program in Military History at the University of Amsterdam too. So an entire new chapter is coming up. No worries, I'm still doing research, tours and everything else!
Just finished a Battle of the Bulge tour in the footsteps of the 10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division. Made another family very happy! Spent some time resting and snacking in front of the Easy Company Memorial and currently working out at the gym in Bastogne.
"In proud and grateful memory of those men of the armed services of the United States of America who in this region and in the skies above, endured all and gave all, that justice among the nations might prevail and that mankind might enjoy freedom and inherit peace." 🇺🇸 An immensely moving experience to visit the American cemetary in Luxembourg. Many of these thousands of men died fighting the Battle of the Bulge, and General Patton is buried here as well. He did not die in the war but his family knew he would want to be with his men. 🇺🇸 Ready for your own Liberation Route tour through Europe? DM or firstname.lastname@example.org today to get started planning your own tailor made journey. 🇺🇸 #WW2#battleofthebulge#history#history#historytour#neverforget#grateful#luxembourg#americanhistory#europeanhistory#generalpatton#usarmedforces#usa#usarmy#ww2history#liberationroute#veterans#travelplanner#bestvacation#travelgram#travel#instatravel#luxurytravel#louisawhitetravel#travelinspiration#travelplanner#wheretonext#traveleurope#travelcurator#bespoketravel
My car is getting its annual checkup and the garage gave me an electric (!) bike for the day 😆🚴🏼♀️💨 So I thought this is a great opportunity to see parts of the Liberation Route and visiting the Liberationmuseum again. There's an exhibition on the communist resistance in the Netherlands during WWII. Check it out if you can! #biking#enjoy#liberationroute#operationmarketgarden#fietsen#bevrijdingsmuseum#groesbeek#breedeweg#dehorst#tentoonstelling#communisme#verzet#resistance#kerkarchitectuur#churches#museum
Visited the Overloon War Museum yesterday with my girlfriend. Very happy to see the new part of the museum called: 'War belongs in a Museum', which helps understanding the war for every visitor. @oorlogsmuseum This M4 Sherman tank belonged to the 7th Armored Division and was disabled near the village of Overloon in October 1944. Follow @7th_armored for interesting collection posts!
Two days ago I was able to visit the Tunnels near the former concentration camp of Mittelbau Dora near Nordhausen. Inside the tunnels the V1 and V2 rockets were manufactured. Today these tunnels can be visited and there's still so much scrap metal from the facility spread out through out the tunnels. My buddy Gil liberated one of the German Labor camps near Nordhausen.
Said good bye to my friend David Marshall this afternoon! It was an honorable week for me to help out with a documentary about David's war experience. It's the first time I really got to know one of the men of the greatest generation. He is so humble, fit and had loads of stories. Browsing through Morning Reports together to see if he knew men on them sparked the lights in his eyes when he recognized them! Good bye for now my friend, until we meet again. - @footstepsresearchers
~And you ? What do you know about history ? ~ Glad to be here. Glad to learn something new about Europe history. ⚓️Normandy , France . ⚓️Must see. Must feel. Must experience. So 😔place. Unbelievable huge amount of crosses(9387)✝️. #respect#magnifique#normandy#normandybeach#normandia#bitwaonormandię#normandybattle#overlord#normandie#omahabeach#awesomplace#szeregowiecryan#cmentarz#normandybeach#normandyinvasion#normandietourisme#awesomeplace#nowar#moving#emotional#touched#sadhistory#americansoldiers#dday#liberationroute#liberationrouteeurope
Credit: @everythingeverywhere My @gadventures Baltics tour has ended, but I still have a lot more to share! The tour was a great success and one of the better G tours I’ve been on (and I’ve been on 14 tours!) I was able to visit 3 new countries on the tour, and even used the opportunity to visit two other countries on either end of the trip (Belarus and Russia). I learned a lot about the Baltic states, and the differences between them (and the difference are quite large). I’ll be posting more photos as I process them, and as always follow along on my Instagram Stories, where I’m much more active. If you are interested in taking the same exact trip I did through the Baltics, click on the URL in my bio! Today I’m leaving Helsinki and will be heading to London where I’ll be starting a trip through Western Europe following the Liberation Route which the Allies took in WWII. I’ll be starting in London and working my way to Berlin via France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The photo today was taken in Riga, Latvia. #everythingeverywhere#baltics#instatravel#travelgram#travelphotography#landscapephotography#gadventures#gwanderers#latvia#liberationroute#successful#pink#fotografia#ocean#camera#ファインダー越しの私の世界#soccergame#expensive#saudi#foodlover#businesswoman#jordan#sneakercommunity#designer#foodpics#اربد
Alex Penkala is one of the lesser known characters in Band of Brothers. I was very surprised to learn more from his IDPF from the archives. I'm slowly requesting more service files of the men of Easy to see what else there is to learn about them. Check my website to learn more about Penkala! http://www.joedemadio.com #footstepsresearchers@footstepsresearchers
Then & Now: 84th Infantry Division in Geilenkirchen November 1944, being supported by a British M4A4, the town was on the border between the US an British areas. I made this picture during a scout for an upcoming documentary about a veteran of the 84th Division. I'll be meeting him next week! I made some other Then & Nows too, but they are part of the project. You'll see them in the documentary! #footstepsresearchers
The last two weeks have been incredibly busy for me as I have been following the path of the Allies in WWII through Western Europe on the @LiberationRoute. I started in Portsmouth, England and crossed the channel to Normandy to visit the beaches, cemeteries and museums associated with D-Day. Then I drove to Belgium and the Ardens forest to visit the sites associated with the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. From there I’ve spent the last week in the Netherlands visiting all the sites associated with Operation Market Garden and the Liberation of the Netherlands. Today I’m in Germany and entering the homestretch of the trip. I’m in the small town in Schmidt, not far from the Belgium border which was near where the Siegfried Line was located and close to the Battle of Hürtgen Forest. From here I’ll be ending my trip in Berlin. This has been a very eye opening trip. I haven’t done a thematic trip like this before where I’ve focused on one subject. I’ve learned a lot more than the cursory story of WWII that you get from documentaries on the History Channel (back when they actually had shows about history). After this trip is over, I start a new one in the Czech Republic right away visiting a bunch of World Heritage Sites before TBEX Europe, where I will be speaking. Aaaand then I’m off to a big trip in Switzerland to finish up by Summer of Europe! #everythingeverywhere#liberationroute#netherlands#thisisholland#holland#wwii
Toertochtje op de fiets met @karintempelaar in omgeving van #chaam de #liberationroute gereden door de #chaamsebossen het #prinsebos en over de #strijbeekseheide#visitbrabant#visitthenetherlands#brabant#nederland#netherlands#fietsen#cycling#fietstocht#cyclinglife#cyclingadventures#samennaarbuiten#oppad#fietsknooppunten@brabantse_natuur@provincienoordbrabant
Repost of @joedemadio_ww2 Then & Now: A column of white washed M4A3 76mm VVSS Sherman tanks of the 2nd Armored Division at Fisenne Belgium, 21 January 1945. When I made the Now picture an old woman came out of the house to ask me what I was doing. I showed her the picture and amazed as she was she told me it was her mother in law standing there at the door in 1945. She had married the son of the woman after the war and came to live in that house. He had already passed away, but I think it made her day to see this picture.
Then & Now: A column of white washed M4A3 76mm VVSS Sherman tanks of the 2nd Armored Division at Fisenne Belgium, 21 January 1945. When I made the Now picture an old woman came out of the house to ask me what I was doing. I showed her the picture and amazed as she was she told me it was her mother in law standing there at the door in 1945. She had married the son of the woman after the war and came to live in that house. He had already passed away, but I think it made her day to see this picture.
Last week I discovered a new plaque about the Sauer River Crossings of January 18th 1945 that I never seen before. I visited Bettendorf many times in the past, but somehow always missed this one. Glad to see the 4th Infantry Division being noticed as I was doing some research and taking pictures for Doug Lynch, grandson of William Lynch who was with Company A, 8th Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. On January 18th 1945, this unit supported the 10th Regiment of the 5th Division in crossing the Sauer River in the Gilsdorf-Bettendorf sector. Company A of the 8th Regiment spearheaded the attack for the 1st Battalion and crossed the river safely east of Bettendorf. After two days of fighting Lynch found himself north/northeast of Bettendorf. That same day the 1st Battalion received the orders to attack the German lines between the Bildgeshof farm and the Kranzenhof farm. At what time and where exactly William Lynch was killed is unknown. He was hit by shrapnel fragments in his arms and chest and lost his life as a result of that. William Lynch is burried at Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial. Ir's amazing to work in @footstepsresearchers projects like this. Today these friendly cows will meet you near the crossing site where you can enjoy the current of the Sauer River in peace. The view near the Bildgeshof farm over Bettendorf is stunning too.
Last day in the Ardennes spent visiting sites that I visited a long long time ago. Also recorded a video about the character that @jimmyfallon plays in Band of Brothers, Lt. George Rice and told the real story of his involvement in supplying the 506th PIR as they arrived in Bastogne on the 19th of December 1944. #footstepsresearchers