EUCMH-014 – Photos – US Forces in Action 44/45


Before starting to scan my photos collection, I will first publish the photos I have on CDs, DVDs and HDDs. Please notice the tag (NHD) which means that I don’t detain a copy of this photo in High Definition (at least 2600 pixels). If you have the photo in HD you can send it to me and I will replace the small version. Note also (as we talked in our #Facebook Group – #History_Chat_Board), if you have the original caption of a photo published without information I will be really happy to get it from you and I will – of course – credit you in due form. (To comment use the photo N°)
Last note : These photos are (NARA) National Archives & Record Administration. This means Public Domain and Free Fair Use. These photos are also (EUCMH) which mean that you don’t have to but you can credit EUCMH if you re-use a photo from this publication.

(SC-339283) August 18 1944. Seventh Army (7A) La Garde-Freinet, France. An old French uses his own home, made direction sign to guide American and French convoys through his La Garde-Freinet. He substitutes the word Berlin for an arrow. Photo : Katz, 163-SPC. (NARA)(EUCMH)(NHD)(001)

(SC-212495) October 8 1944. Seventh Army (7A) Vagney area France. During the first night that the 3rd Infantry Division troops occupied Vagney, a German tank sneaked into the town and knocked out this American medium tank. Note the hole made by the AV/HV shell in the front of the tank and gunners port. This medium tank was from the 756-TB. Photo Bryard, 163-SPC. (NARA)(EUCMH)(NHD)(002)

(SC-279944) January 24 1945. Attached 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment elements moving toward enemy position around St Vith, Belgium, (7-AD) (509-PIR). Photo : Pfc Murray Shub, 165-SPC. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(003)

St Vith, Belgium, January 1945. Troops of the US 7th Armored Division advance along a road towards St Vith in Belgium, retaken in the final liquidation of the Battle of the Belgian Bulge. (NARA)(EUCMH)(NHD)(004)

(111-C-717) St Vith, Belgium, January 1945. Yanks trudge through the snow from Hunnange (Hünningen), Belgium to St Vith. Soldiers are with Charlie Co, 23rd Armored Infantry Battalion, of the 7th Armored Division. (NARA)(EUCMH)(VHD)(005)

(111-C-681) St Vith, Belgium, January 1945. Part of the remains of the bombed out town of St Vith in Belgium, after the units of the 7th Armored Division, retook the town. (NARA)(EUCMH)(VHD)(006)

(111-C-682) St Vith, Belgium, January 1945. Part of the remains of the bombed out town of St Vith in Belgium, after the units of the 7th Armored Division, retook the town. The men pictured are with Charlie Co, 48th Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division. (NARA)(EUCMH)(VHD)(007)

(111-C-713) St Vith, Belgium, January 24 1945. American Soldiers Man a Dug-In Mortar Emplacement near St Vith, Belgium. (NARA)(EUCMH)(VHD)(008)

(SC-198534) Iveldingen, (St Vith – Amel), Belgium, January 20 1945. Troops from Hq Co, 2nd Battalion, 517th Parachute Infantry Regiment (attached to the 7th Armored Division, trudge through the snow as they march along the edge of a woods near Iveldingen, Belgium, in the drive to recapture St Vith. (NARA)(EUCMH)(NHD)(009)

(SC-199402) Born, Belgium, January 22 1945. American infantrymen of Charlie Co, 23rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division, march up a road southeast of Born, Belgium. Note the height of the snow bank on either side of the road. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(010)

(SC-198389) Vielsalm, December 23 1944 . A 7th Armored Division antitank gun covers the approach on a road to Belgium. Railroad crossing near Vielsalm, Belgium. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(011)

(SC-194121) Verdun, France, September 2 1944. The Luftwaffe bombed Verdun on September 1 1944 in an endeavor to destroy the bridge over the Meuse River at that point and thus delay the Allied advance. This GMC Truck was completely blasted by a near miss. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(012)

(SC-193821) Meuse Argonne Forest, France, August 21 1944. Sgt Fred Owens, Los Angeles, Calif., examines World War One battlefields relics he found in the 1918 Meuse-Argonne Campaign area, France, beside a pile of rotting sandbags. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(013)

(SC-193862) Metz Vicinity, France, September 8 1944. A soldier tries to ease the pain of a bleeding driver until medical aid arrives, after the Jeep he was driving was blown away bit a German Teller mine, near Metz, France. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(014)

SC-193930-S, Moselle River. A 7th Armored Division (Engineer) Tankdozer crosses a canal over a ‘fill-in’ bridge built by the Engineers, on his way to the Moselle River, France, September 12 1944. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(015)

SC-194914-S, Holland, October 10 1944. GI’s stop at an ever welcome sign, showers to was away the grime of war, hung outside a coal mine in Holland. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(016)

SC-203141, Germany, Wetzlar, Allied POWs Camp. Prisoner of War Camp ‘Dulag-Luft’ for Allied Airmen near Wetzlar, Germany. This Camp was by-passed by the 7th Armored Division, US 1A, forcing the Germans their to retreat without taking the prisoners with them. This Camp was a Model PW for Allied POWs. This photo is part of a 9 photos set 24361-24369 included. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(017)

SC-193931-S, Moselle River. American infantrymen cross a canal over a ‘fill-in’ bridge built by the Engineers, on their way to the Moselle River, France, September 12 1944. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(018)

SC-194131, France, 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion. 2/Lt Will Rogers Jr, son of the late comedian, cooks his field ration over a stove somewhere in France. He resigned from Congress to join the Army and is in command of a Tank Destroyer Platoon. He saw action in Rambouillet, Mélun, Verdun, France. His home is Beverly Hills California. September 4 1944. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(019)

SC-194280-S, Near Arnaville, France. Communication lines laid across the Moselle River by Signal Battalion where broken three times, so they decided to swim the lines across farther down the river. September 21 1944. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(020)

HQ-44-17148, Moselle River, France. Troops of the 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division. American Infantrymen wade ashore after crossing the Moselle River in France, hot on the trail of the retreating German forces. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(021)

SC-194379, Verdun, France. An American tank passes through Verdun which is still burning and smoking as a result of the bombing attack by the Luftwaffe. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(022)

SC-194513, Nancy, France. Happy French civilians gather at the square in Nancy to celebrate their liberation from Nazi rule, September 16 1944. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(023)

SC-194676-A-C, Nieuwstad, Holland. American tankman observes through filed glasses the effect of firing into the village of Nieuwstad, Holland, September 29 1944. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(024)

SC-194690, 5th Infantry Division, France. Two GIs with flames throwers in France. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(025)



  1. Wow! I never knew that so much archived and collected history was gathered up, especially by one man. My Dad was killed in action on March 16, 1945, 2 weeks after I was born (March 2), in Beulich, Rhineland, Germany. He was in a detachment of the 90th Infantry, and was a machine gun specialist. I don’t know enough about him, because no one in my family talked much about him. Most of the members of my family (on that side) are gone, now, and I only have an 86-year old aunt to use as a reference. I am trying to research as much as I can (I’m 73, going on 74,) and I’m doing a genealogical search. My Mom was married three times, all to WW II heroes, and my family tree is so gnarled with twigs and branches, that it’s very hard to know where to start. My Dad’s name was Morton Kirshner; he was known as “Smiley.” His G.I. number was Pfc.12184510.
    According to a letter my Mother had, Smiley was: Acting Machine Gun Sergeant in the 502nd AAA on gun mount for nine months; was cannoneer and machine gunner for eight months with the 571st Half-Track outfit on the M-16 track equipped with the M-51 mount; was Chief machine gunner with the 836th AAA; had charge of the of the M-51 multiple machine gun caliber 50 mount and crews. At time this letter was written he was in Company B, 137th Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Livingston, Louisiana,(December 19, 1944). Mr. Gillot, if you can find out whether or not any survivors exist who knew my Father, and perhaps have a passing memory of him, I would greatly appreciate your efforts in putting me in contact with your fellow heroes. Thanks so much for your kind attention to this now and in the future and thanks for the formidable task you have taken upon yourself. —-Jay Elzweig (my adoptive name) My eMail is: My landline is 631-262-0169 (Northport, New York.)

    • Hello and Greetings from Belgium,
      You gave out a lot of interesting information and I will start searching and collecting more about Pfc Morton ‘Smiley’ Kirshner. I will also try to give you some links to associations and peoples involved in the history area related to your Dad. You don’t need to worry as every updates to this post will send you an email to let you know that something was added to the file.



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