|New Books of Interest to the 94th Infantry Division and World War II
|The Eighteen-Year-Old Replacement: Facing Combat in Patton's Third Army|
When the United States entered the Second World War, eighteen-year-old enlistees were routinely assigned temporary duties and not sent into battle until they turned nineteen. But as the fighting dragged on, America was eventually forced to draft younger men into combat to replace wounded troops—and following the Battle of the Bulge, more than 300,000 eighteen-year-olds were sent as replacements to the army’s decimated divisions.
|War Stories of the Infantry: Americans in Combat, 1918 to Today|
This book tells the stories of these soldiers. From the muddy trenches
of France in World War I to the arid landscape of Iraq, War Stories of
the Infantry immerses the reader in the immediate drama of combat as American
infantrymen, Army and Marine Corps, have experienced it. In its pages,
infantrymen tell of their struggles with the enemy, the terrain, and the
weather, as well as their own fears and doubts in battle. In the humid
heat of a faraway jungle, in the bone-chilling cold of a Korean mountaintop,
we endure what they endure, see what they see--as they rout the enemy,
open their eyes in a field hospital, or suffer the indignities of a POW
camp. These are the stories of the largely unsung heroes who do the lion's
share of fighting and dying for their country while protecting the freedoms
and liberties that many of us take for granted.
From the muddy trenches of France in World War I to the arid landscape of Iraq, War Stories of the Infantry immerses a reader in the immediate drama of combat as American infantrymen, Army and Marine Corps, have experienced it. In its pages, infantrymen tell of their struggles with the enemy, the terrain, the weather, as well as their own fears and doubts in battle. In the humid heat of a faraway jungle, in the bone-chilling cold of a Korean mountaintop, we endure what they endure, see what they see--as they rout the enemy of open their eyes in a field hospital or suffer the indignities of a POW camp.
by Tony Le Tissier
The 94th US Infantry Division was an organization formed late in the Second World War, made up largely of draft-deferred university students as enlisted men and an officer corps pulled together from various domestic postings with unfortunate consequences for mutual trust and respect.
Initially used as part of the force blockading the Brittany ports after D-Day, in December of 1944, the division was incorporated into General Patton?s Third Army south of the Moselle-Saar Triangle, the base of which was a portion of the Siegfried Line known as the Orscholz Switch. Its first combat experience came in battalion-sized attacks during that terrible winter while the Battle of the Bulge raged to the north, and the Division suffered heavy casualties, many due to the ferocity of the winter weather. Patton, with characteristic zeal, excoriated the division?s officers and senior NCOs for the rate of non-combat casualties. Thereafter, the division was ordered forward on an all-out assault to break through the Siegfried Line. After horrific fighting against entrenched defenders, with ice turning to mud as spring approached, on February 19, 1945, the 94th broke through to open the roads to Trier and the Rhine.
This book is the most comprehensive study to date of the fierce fighting between the 94th U.S. Infantry Division and their German counterparts during that spring of 1945. It sheds new light on the achievements of the outnumbered division in penetrating Germany?s Westwall. With characteristic verve and detail, Tony Le Tissier narrates the action and illuminates the tribulations and sacrifices of American soldiers who won their laurels at great cost.
Tony Le Tissier is a retired French —and German —speaking lieutenant colonel in the British military. A well -recognized expert on World War II and the Cold War, he is author and translator of many books, including The Battle of Berlin 1945, Farewell to Spandau, Race for the Reichstag, and Slaughter at Halbe.
Before Fields Crosses
This is the story of a US military officer, as seen by his son, serving in Europe before and during World War II, with particular emphasis on the officer's heroic actions in stopping the bombing of Belgrade, Yugoslavia.During the onset of World War II, Fortier's father, a U.S. Army officer, was stationed first in Paris and then in the Balkans. As he gathered intelligence he was at first rebuffed at his efforts to get the War Department to recognize the validity of the intelligence he was sending back. However, after having predicted the opening day of the war (Invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939), the swift penetration of the Maginot Line by German mobile forces (1940), and finally determining the composition and fighting organization of a German Panzer Division from first hand observation (1941), he became a significant part of America's intelligence for the war.In the course of these intelligence activities he was credited with persuading the Germans to stop the bombing of Belgrade by the Bulgarian air force, thus saving many Serbian lives. For these actions he was highly decorated by both the Yugoslavs and the U.S.The book is authored by the officer's son, Louis Renshaw Fortier, who was with his father during much of these activities. Louis Renshaw Fortier gives his impressions of traveling to Europe and the reactions of himself and his sister to living in France and Yugoslavia during the build up years of World War II. The author also describes some of his mother's exploits in returning to Belgrade through war-ravaged Serbia after her train was bombed, and his own experience of being charged with the taking out of eight children of the Legation when dependents were ordered home.
The story begins with the background of the life of a junior military officer during the peacetime years, and family life during the inevitable travels from station to station. The son concludes with his descriptions of both his father's and his own experiences upon return from Yugoslavia (1941) throughout the remainder of the war (1945). Available from Amazon.com
From the Back Cover
Morris Redmann was an exceptional young man. He graduated from college at the age of eighteen and had begun law school when his country called him to war. The year was 1943. Morris did not hesitate. From his first day of training at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana, to the frontlines in France, he sent letters home without fail. These letters, from a young infantryman in the 94th division, are a daily account of the rigors of training and of life in battle during Europe's harshest winter in fifty years. Morris was a prolific and brilliant letter-writer. His intelligence and integrity shine on every page. Through these letters, Morris lives on as a beacon of faith and courage.
Morris's young life was filled with promise, but this promise was not to be fulfilled. His last letter to his parents was written in January 1945. During the Battle of the Bulge, a German artillery shell struck and killed him instantly. He was nineteen years old.
Morris had grown up in a large, devoted family in New Orleans. He was the beloved oldest child of ten. His letters were meticulously kept in shoeboxes and stowed away in the attic. Upon his parents' deaths, Kerry Redmann, one of Morris's younger brothers, became the keeper of these letters.
Kerry, with the encouragement of esteemed historian Stephen Ambrose, compiled Morris's letters into a volume that is both a testimony to one man's trials of war and a memorial for all the brave soldiers who have lost their lives for their country.
Morris Redmann is buried in the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery at Hamm, Luxembourg. However, his life will not be lost to the annals of time. His letters survived when the soldier did not. His Unfinished Journey will now be traveled by all readers of this fascinating historical record and will continue to enlighten for generations to come.
About the Author
Kerry Redmann is one of Morris B. Redmann Jr.'s eight younger brothers. The book's original purpose was for the enlightenment of two of Morris's youngest brothers, who--at ages three and four years, respectively--did not understand the significance of his absence from home. The author was fourteen years old when Morris left for the military; he now lives in Covington, Louisiana.
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manuscript, hidden from everyone but the attorney defending him, tells
of Capt. David Dubin's investigation into Martin's activities and of
both men's entanglements with fierce, secretive comrade Gita Lodz.
From optimistic soldier to disenchanted veteran, Dubin—who, via the manuscript, becomes
the book's de facto narrator—describes the years of violence he
endured and of a love triangle that exacted a heavy emotional toll. Dubinsky's
investigations prove revelatory at first, and life-altering at last.
makes the leap
from courtroom to battlefield effortlessly.
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A. Cleveland Harrison, B/301Click on cover to buy
Half a century ago, Harrison, now emeritus professor of theater at Auburn University, experienced just a single day of combat in his two years of military service. Still, he, no less than other more experienced soldiers, was shaped by WW II. A relatively privileged middle-class boy from Little Rock, Ark., Harrison was not an enthusiastic draftee--so he was pleased to be assigned initially to an Army Specialized Training Program, which selected the best and brightest draftees for technical and professional education in civilian colleges. (Relatively little is known about that program, and Harrison's description of his days as a uniformed student at the University of Mississippi make a contribution to the war's social history.) But in 1944, when the program was cut back and men were needed as infantry replacements on the front, Harrison was reassigned to the 94th Infantry Division; shipped to Europe in July, he was badly wounded in his first action. Combining a novelist's sense of people and events with the story of his development into an infantryman--not an eager soldier but a good one--Harrison describes his hospitalization, convalescence in England and subsequent assignment to a branch of the military government of occupied Germany--the kind of assignment ASTP graduates were supposed to receive in the first place. The result is a celebration of every draftee who came when he was called, did his duty where he was assigned and came back to shape America's century, and a reminder that every soldier's experience was, in the end, distinct.
My name is Lee Estes. I was in Co. F, 376th and went over with the division. I was evacuated on Jan. 26, 1945 with frozen feet. Recently, I have completed a book titled Fading Warriors which chronicles the stories from 47 veterans of World War II. These experiences include all branches of service and all theaters of operation. The volume contains 280 pages, more than 150 photographs, some other never before seen graphics, and is completely indexed. My experience as a rifleman in F Co. is just one among this collection. Fifteen of the people featured have already passed on. There is one long lingering mystery from the war revealed in one soldier's story.
The book is available at a discount of 30%. It is quite different from most books of this type, printed on quality paper with excellent reproduction of the photos and graphics.
My mailing address is:
Sadly, I can report that twenty one of the veterans chronicled in Fading Warriors have now passed away.
Edited by L.G. Byrnes, HQ/302
Harry Helms, Jr
609 Dogwood Drive
Downingtown, PA 19335
|94th Infantry Division
"Commemorative History Vol 1 "
"Commemorative History Vol 2"
No Longer Available
Home from the Second Platoon
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Robert K. Adair, I/376
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Hamden, CT 06517
|The Way it Was
James Puryear, HQ E/302
559 Cleveland Street
Pulaski, TN 38478
(Out of Print) About A.S.T.P.
Louis E. Keefer
PO Box 2160
Reston, VA 20195
Francis Schackelford E/302
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Snowhill, NC 28580
Toast for You and Me and A
Toast For You & Me, vol 2
Robert C. Valentine (Father - George Campos E/301)
AMDG Pictures, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA 90080
retail softcover price: $32.98
Non-fiction, beautiful quality book 9.25 x 8.25
handy reference guide, 296 pages
over 700 illustrations llustrations in color and black and white
original WW II cartoons
The Greenbrier as a World War II Army Hospital
Louis E. Keefer
PO Box 2160
Reston, VA 20195
|Dog Tags Yapping
by Morton D. Elevitch
History of the 376th Infantry Regiment
of the 356 FA BN
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