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

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A patrol, growing when Lt Thomas of a Cavalry Recon Squad started across the snow with rifle grenades, attacks German snipers discovered on the outskirts of the newly captured town of Beffe, Belgium. Lt Thomas was followed by volunteers consisting of members of his squadron, an infantry headquarters company and an infantry company. The attack was launched with with rifle fire, fragmentation rifle and hand grenades, rifles, BARs, and bazooka company armed with machine guns and light mortars. Twelve Nazis were killed in the engagement. Here, can be seen part of the patrol advancing cautiously through the snow. (Able Co, 1/290-IR, 75-ID, B troop, 4th Cav Recon Sq) January 7 1945. (NARA)(EUCMH)(NHD)(026)

January 8 1945. Tanks of the 4-AD, ready for action in the front lines. Just 2 weeks earlier, on December 26 1944, elements of the 4th Armored Division had broken through German lines to relieve the 101st Airborne Division and the 10th Armored Divisions, surrounded and under siege in Bastogne. (NARA)(EUCMH)(NHD)(027)

US Army Pfc. Edward J. Foley of the 143rd Infantry Regiment of the 36th Division cleaning his Springfield M1903A4 sniper rifle, near Valletri, Italy, 29 May 1944

(SC-190379) US Army Pfc Edward J. Foley of the 143rd Infantry Regiment of the 36th Infantry Division cleaning his Springfield M-1903-A4 sniper rifle, near Valletri, Italy, May 29 1944. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(028)

The picture was taken immediately after the Nazis came out of a ruined building from which they kept sn

Italy. Kamerad ! Trapped in Cisterna by advancing 5-A these Germans raise their hands in surrender while being searched for hidden weapons. The picture was taken immediately after the Nazis came out of a ruined building from which they kept sniping until out of ammunition. In front is captive’s gear which they brought out with them. Germans will change from helmets to hats after being searched. Cisterna, Italy. May 27 1944. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(029)

 Italy. Resistance ended. Two American Fifth Army infantrymen patrolling Cisterna found this dead German lying on the debris-littered street - another Nazi who resisted to the end.' Cisterna, Italy. 27 May 1944

Italy. Resistance ended. Two American 5A (3-ID) infantrymen patrolling Cisterna found this dead German lying on the debris-littered street – another Nazi who resisted to the end. Cisterna, Italy. May 27 1944. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(030)

New Allied landings in Italy. Operation Shingle. Some of the first German prisoners taken by Allied troops, caught in the surprise landings that quickly established a new beach-head for Allies. Italy. January 25 1944. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(031)

AJAs of the 100th Infantry Battalion, rest on a street in Leghorn, Italy, after a grueling 5A, which terminated with the fall of this important seaport. July 19 1944 (SC 192071-6) (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(032)

With the US Army Air Foces in Italy, 1944 -- Their eyes are turned upward as they watch returning bombers circle the landing field.  These bomber crew men have just landed themselves from a mission over enemy-held territory and rare now glad to be back at home base, where American Red Cross Clubmobile girls had hot coffee and doughnuts ready for the boys.  Left to right: Sgt John C Bellendir, 1368 Raymond St, Chicago; Sgt Raymond Swinghln, 235 S 6th St, Lebanon, PA; Sgt Harris B Pate, 109 Spring St, Hamlet, NC; Red Cross girl Peggy Steers, 21 Seymour Pl, White Plains, NY; and Sgt Aubrey Chatters, Rt 2, Milington, MI.

USAAF, Italy, 1944. Their eyes are turned upward as they watch returning bombers circle the landing field. These bomber crew men have just landed themselves from a mission over enemy-held territory and rare now glad to be back at home base, where American Red Cross Club Mobile girls had hot coffee and doughnuts ready for the boys. Left to right : Sgt John C. Bellendir, Sgt Raymond Swinghln, Sgt Harris B. Pate, Red Cross girl Peggy Steers, and Sgt Aubrey Chatters. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(033)

American military physicians show humanism and provide first aid to their helpless opponent – a wounded German soldier.

American military physicians show humanism and provide first aid to their helpless opponent – a wounded German soldier. Normandy, June 1944. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(034)

Doctors of the American 4th Infantry Division are assisting wounded soldiers on the beach of Utah. D-day. Location: Normandy, France Date: June 06, 1944

June 6 1944, Utah Beach, Normandy, France. Medics of the 4th Infantry Division are assisting wounded soldiers on the beach on D-day. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(035)

US Army troops rejoice upon reaching Italian soil after their beachhead landings at Anzio (Operation Shingle) during the Italian Campaign. The Battle of Anzio would commence on January 22 1944 following the Allied amphibious landings at Anzio, engaging German forces in and around Anzio and Nettuno, with the intent of outflanking the Germans at the Winter Line and enabling an Allied attack on Rome. Anzio, Lazio, Italy. January 1944. (Robert Capa)(NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(036)

HQ-45-24601, 7th Armored Division, Germany. Automatic rifleman at right and men with M-1s cover advance of other infantrymen of the 7-AD, as they rout Nazi snipers from houses somewhere in Germany. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(037)

(SC-198422) Bulge, Vaux Chavanne, Belgium. Dugouts build into a bank near the front line offer protection from the German artillery and the cold winter wind blasts for these men of the 82nd Airborne Division. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(038)

(SC-199300) Charlie Co, 1/345th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division, Moircy, Belgium December 31 1944. On the lookout for German snipers, a squad of the 3A Infantrymen move cautiously through the streets of Moircy. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(039)

(SC-197337-8) Men of the 3/9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division move into the mist toward their objective, over a snow covered field near Krinkelt, Belgium, on December 13 1944. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(040)

(SC-198536) American infantrymen of the 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, take positions on the front just past Amonines, Belgium, on January 4 1945. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(041)

(SC-199149) This burning house near Lomré in Belgium drew an heavy barrage of enemy shellfire which wounded a Signal Corps Cameraman. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(042)

(SC-455221) Tank of the 42nd Armored Battalion move into attack near Mabompré, Belgium, on January 16 1945. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(043)

(SC-255690) American Ambulance waits outside a bombed building in Bastogne, Belgium, while a searcher looks for persons injured during the ten-day defense by the 101st Airborne Division. December 26 1945. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(044)

(SC-199265) A view of the damage done to the little Belgian town of Houffalize by the shelling. This town was retaken from the Germans by the 2nd Armored Division. January 18 1945. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(045)

(SC-199266-A) An American jeep enter the shell-torn town of Houffalize, Belgium, by the main road. The town was retaken from the Germans by the 2nd Armored Division. January 18 1945. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(046)

(SC-199507) American troops of Charlie Co, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, drag a heavily ammunition loaded sled through the snow as they move for an attack on Herresbach, Belgium. January 28 1945. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(047)

(SC-455219) Tanks of the 4th Armored Division ready for action in the front line. Bastogne, Belgium, January 8 1945. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(048)

(SC-198775) American Recon troops of the 87th Infantry Division move up the main street in Bihain, Belgium. January 11 1945. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(049)

(SC-199099) 703rd Tank Destroyer Battalion. Sky over the Belgian Ardennes is cross-streaked with vapor trail of high flying bombers en route to Germany. Troops of the 3rd Armored Division (703-TDB) partly obscured by fire trees, patrols the Bulge. (NARA)(EUCMH)(HD)(050)

 

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  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: madfilosofer@gmail.com. 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.

      Gunter

       

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