By now the company and convoy were way ahead. for informational purposes only. all rights reserved, but authorized for use by the 709th Tank Battalion Association. While we were figuring out what was the matter, B company decided to pass us and bit by bit took off the side of the road as they went by. From Knox, I took a circuitous, jostling, crowded train down to Ft. Benning, where, as a tank-crew replacement, I joined the 709th and C Company getting ready for Europe. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address(es). The next day he readily agreed to donate the land for the reburial. It was raised in May 1941 and used for occupation duties during the German occupation of France in World War II until the Allied invasion. You are not logged in, the post has not been submitted. 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So everyone pitched in and fixed our track, stopping every once in a while for a gulp of ice cold beer (as it was pretty hot). From the Burgomeister, we obtained official town records that listed all local Nazi party members still in the community. At 9:30 we pulled another tank out of the middle of the road; it had run out of gas and at 10 pm we passed a 90mm Pershing stuck in the dirt; it being so wide and the roads being so narrow. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: Your request to send this item has been completed. The 709th Static Infantry Division was a German Army infantry division in World War II. Back To Top Cursing, he raced up to the top of our tank, ripped the 30-caliber machine-gun from its turret mount (we had switched from a 50-caliber), and, with the gun in his bare hands, started to blaze away as the Messershmidt swooped down past us. Armored Basic 521 This was toward the end of the war. The group of viewing Germans included an 86-year-old Catholic Bishop, who claimed he was too sick and infirm to do the necessary walking. Army Patch: 709th Tank Battalion You are bidding on the following U.S. military patch: Unit: 709th Tank Battalion - Asian made Era: 1950/60's Size: 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 Condition: Very Good Our Policies: P At 10:30 we finally pulled in, opened our bedrolls and fell asleep. The gunner Arnold Lien drown while Sgt. 2633 Alta Glen Drive Birmingham, Alabama 35243-4509 E-mail: email@example.com Telephone: 205 967 5348. We thought they might be regrouping for further combat in the then-fabled South German Redoubt, or in a redoubt in the Austrian Mountains. In late November or early December 1943, I was fresh out of basic at Ft. Knox and, even though married to Harriet for a year and a half, was just a 20 year old, half-scared kid with a brand new college degree in hand, which had been granted in absentia. How he knew right off I was Jewish was a surprise; I marveled at the speed of the company grapevine. They must have noticed that we were 20 and they were just 2, because they allowed us to take our needs, which was very kind of these guys. Vogel, 1st platoon Sgt, had a broken fan belt and they didnt have any more. Co. A 2nd platoon. We left the states on February 28, 1944, and were sent to England where we trained in preparation for D-Day. He had been shot in the back of the head. © ISSN : 1803-4306 Only for personal use. Many of the officers, non-commissioned officers (NCOs) and men in these divisions were either previously wounded, older men, lacking combat experience, suffering from medical conditions, or conscripted prisoners-of-war. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ten days later the division reported that it had sustained around 4,000 casualties from an initial strength of over 12,000. Please enter the subject. I held the chicken upside down by its two legs and he wrung the neck. He then said I should take bow gunners position in the next tank allowing Happy Baun to be the gunner. At 5:30pm, we slowed down and there was Clarkes tank about 50 in front of one track he had thrown. (not yet rated) After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. [Dale Adams Hughes] Most of the others were also shot in the back of the head, at close range. This certainly beat eating K-rations. A page dedicated to the brave servicemen of the 709th Tank Battalion in WWII. Davis, in the center, was slightly wounded by a piece of shrapnel hitting between the bogie wheels. I will never forget the smell of rotten cabbage as out tanks drove through the fields. Then we went to get Truman Sylvest about a hundred yards forward. There's a problem loading this menu right now. He welcomed me but was obviously engaged in more important matters than making a green replacement comfortable. The division was trapped in the Cotentin Peninsula and destroyed in the defense of … The 70th Tank Battalion was the U.S. Army's first separate tank battalion, activated on June … From there I was sent to Camp Polk, LA, and joined the Third Armored Division, Company H. After spending several months at Camp Polk, I was sent to maintenance school at Fort Knox for three months. The commander of the division at the time of the D-Day landings was General Karl-Wilhelm von Schlieben who took command in December 1943 after two and a half years of continuous command of Eastern Front combat units, including the 108th Panzer Grenadier Regiment, 4th Rifle Brigade, 208th Infantry Division and the 18th Panzer Division. Elements of the 709th were heavily engaged on D-Day, defending the peninsula against US airborne landings and against the US 4th Infantry Division landing on Utah Beach. The 709th, prior to July 1945 was stationed in Rossbach, Czechoslovakia and many of the veterans with high points had been sent home. He threatened me even though I was somewhat bigger and heavier than he was. Would you also like to submit a review for this item? Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
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