MP Platoon – 2-ID – Defining Moment at Wirtzfeld – James D. Edwards

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This book is intended to honor all veterans for their sacrifices on the battlefields of the European and Pacific theaters during World War II. It further honors military police everywhere who have served America in the honorable tradition of military service, exemplifying high levels of esprit de corps. It brings recognition to one of the oldest units in America’s military history. More specifically, this book recognizes and pays tribute to a small group of men: the MP Platoon of the 2nd Infantry Division who fought in Europe in World War II. From ”D-Day Plus 1” (the day after the initial wave of troops came ashore) at Omaha Beach, through the defeat of Hitler and Nazi Germany, to their final destination of Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, on May 7, 1945, and the conclusion of the war, this small group of men performed above and beyond their call of duty, earning the Meritorious Unit Service plaque for their contributions to the war effort. This MP unit had a large role in supporting and participating in combat operations and in the eventual defeat of a determined enemy.

James Daniel Edwards, the son of James Douglas Edwards Military Police Platoon, 2nd Infantry Division World War Two, has send me a copy of his last book : Defining Moment at Wirtzfeld. This book is intended to honor all the veterans for their sacrifices on the battlefields of the European and Pacific theaters during World War II. It further honors military police everywhere who have served America in the honorable tradition of military service, exemplifying high levels of esprit de corps. It brings recognition to one of the oldest units in America’s military history. More specifically, this book recognizes and pays tribute to a small group of men : the MP Platoon of the 2nd Infantry Division who fought in the European Theater of Operations. From D 1 in Omaha Beach Normandy, France to Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, this small group of men performed above and beyond their call of duty, earning the Meritorious Unit Service plaque for their contributions to the war effort. This MP unit had a large role in supporting and participating in combat operations and in the eventual defeat of a determined enemy.

Patrick V, Garland, MSG, MPC (retired)
Author of “A Forgotten Soldier-The Life and Times of Major General Harry Hill Bandholtz”
Very few books are written on the roles played by support troops during wartime. Being a retired military policeman, I am always on the lookout for tales related to my field. This book is written by a career policeman whose father happened to serve as an MP during WWII. The author does a good job of honoring his father, but goes further by researching other members of the unit and their accomplishments. The result is an interesting and thorough history of his father’s unit, the 2nd MP Platoon, 2nd Infantry Division (Indianhead), from 1940 through 1945. The book is well illustrated with period photographs of the members of the platoon as they moved across the countries of Europe. In addition it is very well researched and records the names of the men from the unit who were killed in action. Also included are military documents which probably list each and every man who served with the unit during the war years. This would be a good read for any WWII Historian, but especially for those with the added interest of the 2nd Infantry Division and its Military Police Platoon.

Richard L. Ross (5 Stars)(Verified Purchase) : This book describes events most thoroughly!! The detail descriptions and supporting photographs give life to aspect of this book. I thank you sir for all the effort you put into developing this book and passing history on to all the readers!!!

Tim Sinkule (5 Stars)(Verified Purchase) Great Book, My dad was one of the MPs in the book with James Edwards.

Hubert Savelberg (5 Stars)(Verified Purchase) : We live in the village of Wirtzfeld, in the Belgian Ardennes, exactly opposite the Elsenborn ridge where the Battle of the Bulge started on December 16th, 1944. It was that day when this Military Platoon, described in this book and around that time located in Wirtzfeld, answered the attacks from the German army coming from Büllingen for the first time. This book completes our understanding of history of our beautiful village and gives interesting insights about the long road brave soldiers had to endure to free our countries.
We’ll keep the book in our guesthouse library.
Hubert and Brigitte Savelberg-Welsch
Wirtzfeld Valley

Pfc Rocco Festa (Brooklyn, NY) MP Plat 2nd US ID class=

If you want this book – Amazon : Defining Moment at Wirtzfeld: The Story of the Military Police Platoon, 2nd Infantry Division, in World War II

 

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