Who Is The Running Paratrooper?
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The Story Behind One of the Most Famous Battle of the Bulge Photographs Iconic PhotographUS Army Signal Corps Photographer Emil Edgren was sent together with movie man Herb Shannon to the 82nd Airborne Division as the Battle of the Bulge started in December 1944. ‘We were to report with the 82nd Airborne as the Battle […]

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The US 5th Division Photographers – 166th SPC

Little is known about most Signal Corps Photographic units that were attached to US Armored and Infantry Divisions. These Signal Photographic Companies were divided into smaller detachments. Detachment No. 6 of the 166th Signal Photographic Company was a group of seven photographers who followed the 5th Division during its combat on the European front, and […]

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Military Mapping: The Grid System

Military Mapping: The Grid System One of the newest inventions in military map making was the use of grids and coordinates. Up to the First World War, firing techniques for field artillery was one of “trial and error.” This meant that an artillery battery had to shoot itself in. It registered on its target by […]

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The Battle of Berdorf, Luxembourg – Dec 26, 1944

In the past few posts I’ve been talking about a few personal stories of men of the 2nd Infantry Regiment who gave their lives in their first two combat days during the Bulge (Dec 24 & 25). During those days the Regiment managed to advance Breitweiler and Consdorf to the woods south of Berdorf. It […]

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THEY LOST THEIR DAD 76 YEARS AGO

Pvt Charles M Wilkinson of Chemung County, NY, was 36 years old, was married and had three kids. Unfortunately, he was drafted early in 1944 and immediately sent to the front where he joined Company L of the 2nd Regiment in November. Before going overseas he sent his family a card with a photograph of […]

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