EUCMH : First Time ? Première Fois ? Erste Mal ? Eerste Keer ?

france-flagSi c’est votre première visite sur ce site web, j’en profite pour vous souhaiter la bienvenue. Cependant, avant de commencer à visiter, je pense utile de vous dire que pour profiter de ce site à tous les niveaux et plus particulièrement en participant aux débats, aux commentaires et aux activités de la communauté de l’European Center of Military History, vous devez vous enregistrer. C’est gratuit et simple à faire en utilisant le système d’enregistrement ‘un click’, (Social Connect), à droite de ce texte dans la colonne des liens. Quand cela sera fait, vous serez alors un membre de notre Team.


US-Flag-125If this is you first visit to this website I would like to welcome you. Before you start visiting, and to make sure you will experience this website at the top level, I would like you to understand that you gave to become a registered member of the EUCMH community. This registration is, of course entirely free of charge and the process is an easy task if you use the Social Connecting Features on the right side of this post, into the side bar under the name of Social Connect. This is a one click connection that you can ignite with your favorite social network. After this, you will be able to get inside the European Center of Military History and be called a member of the Team.


NL-FlagAls dit je eerste bezoek aan deze website wil ik u van harte welkom. Voordat u begint met het bezoeken, en om ervoor te zorgen dat u deze website ervaart op het hoogste niveau, zou ik willen dat je begrijpt dat je gaf om een geregistreerd lid van de EUCMH gemeenschap. Deze registratie is uiteraard geheel gratis en het proces is een gemakkelijke taak als je het Sociaal aansluiten functies te gebruiken op de rechterkant van deze post, in de zijbalk onder de naam Social Connect. Dit is een een klik verbinding die u kunnen ontbranden met uw favoriete sociale netwerk. Hierna zal je in staat zijn om binnen het Europees Centrum voor Militaire Geschiedenis te krijgen en een lid van het team worden genoemd.


german-flagWenn das ist ihre Erste besuch in diese Website, würde Ich Sie gerne Herzlich Willkommen wünschen. Bevor Sie den Besuch starten, um sicherzustellen dass Sie diese Website auf der obersten Ebene zu erleben, würde Ich gerne dass Sie ein eingetragenes Mitglied der EUCMH Gemeinschaft zu werden. Diese Registrierung ist natürlich völlig kostenlos und das Verfahren ist eine einfache Aufgabe, wenn man die Sozialverbindungs merkmale unter dem Namen ‘Social Connect’ auf der rechten Seite von diesem Post, in der Seitenleiste. Dies ist ein ‘Ein-Klick-Verbindung’, die Sie mit Ihren bevorzugten sozialen Netzwerk entzünden können. Danach sind Sie in der Lage, innerhalb des Europäischen Zentrums für Militärgeschichte zu erhalten und ein Mitglied des Teams genannt werden.


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1.-SS-Panzer-Division. (LSSAH) – War Crimes (Memorandum)

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I am building the file because many things are yet not being said, are being covered or are being hided to the public. My deal is not to stick into a pile of shit to make it smell but to re-assemble the data in a correct way and allow Europeans (not the Europeans from today) those who were in the good side, to read and understand in what way you were tricked out of this game called : World War Two.

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1.-SS-Panzer-Division. (LSSAH) – The Malmedy Massacre’s Files.

Note from Gunter : This publication will stay open because I have many other papers to add at the bottom but unfortunately I don’t have that much time anymore. So make sure to check the recently updated publications’ list (side bar) to find out. Thank you.

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December 14 1944
AAR/1.-SS-Panzer-Div/501/Kampfgruppe Peiper
(I). Regtl Conf 14/12-1600 Dec at CP Blankenheim
(Present) – Poetschke (Maj) /1.-SS-Panzer-Battalion
(Present) – Von Westerhagen (Lt Col) /2.-SS-Panzer-Battalion
(Present) – Diefentahl (Capt) /(3-Bn)2.-SS-Panzer-Regiment (atchmt)
(II). Divisional Attack order released. Order of Battle sets. Combat Column Lead : Maj Poetschke, 1.SS.Pz.Bn (1), 3.SS.Pz.Gren.Bn (2), 9.SS.Pz.Pio.Co (3), AAA.Co (regtl)(closing)

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1111th Engineer Combat Group (Engineers in the Battle of the Bulge)

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Maj Francis M. Cain III
US Army – Corps of Engineers
The 1111th Engineer Group in the Bulge
Role of Engineers as Infantry in Air Land Battle

This study examines the role of US Combat Engineers fighting as infantry in Air Land Battle by analyzing the actions of the 1111th Engineer Combat Group during the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944). The 51st Engineer Combat Battalion and the 291st Engineer Combat Battalion of the 1111-ECG are representative of the 22 engineer units committed as infantry during the Battle of the Bulge to stop the German onslaught. By manning hasty defensive positions at Malmedy, Stavelot and Trois-Ponts, the 291-ECB and C Co, 51-ECB delayed the German advance long enough for the 30th Infantry Division and the 82nd Airborne Division to reach the area and wrestle the initiative from the 6. SS-Panzer Army.

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VII Corps, Breaching the Siegfried Line (September 1944)

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In the early years of World War Two, the German Army amply demonstrated its ability to exploit victory to the fullest. After the tide had turned against the Germans, it became apparent that they also possessed the more outstanding ability to quickly recover from a defeat before their opponents could thoroughly exploit their success. Less than a month after suffering inapparently decisive defeat in which it was crushed and battered beyond recognition, German 7. Armee established a coherent front line from the Meuse River to the Schnee Eifel Range in September 1944. Committed in this wide arc and supported by a motley conglomeration of last ditch reserves, the army’s remaining elements successfully defended the approaches to the Reich. During its withdrawal from Falaise to the West Wall, the 7. Armee passed through three distinct phases.

    – 7. Armee rout following narrowly averted annihilation in the Falaise Pocket, 7. Armee ceased to exist as an independent organization, 7. Armee shattered remnants were attached to the 5. Panzer Armee until the September 4 1944, 7. Armee was apparently reconstituted under the command of Gen d. Panzertruppen Erich Brandenberger
    – 7. Armee then passed through the phase of delaying action while it reorganized its forces and re-established the semblance of a front line. Despite persistent orders from above to defend every foot of ground, Gen Brandenberger realized that a fairly rapid withdrawal was called for, if his forces were to reach the West Wall ahead of American spearheads
    – delaying action ended officially on September 9 1944 when the the 7. Armee was charged with the defense of the West Wall in the Maastricht – Aachen – Bitburg sectors. Along with the fortifications the army took over all headquarters and troops stationed in this area. Of the the 7. Armee 3 corps, the LXXXI Corps was assigned the northern sector of the West Wall, from Herzogenrath to Düren witch position to Rollesbroich and the Huertgen Forest sector

LXXIV Corps was committed in the center, from Roetgen to Ormont and the 1. SS Panzerkorps was to defend the West Wall in the Schnee Eifel sector, from Ormont to the boundary with the 1. Armee at Diekirch.

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5307 (C) (Provisional) – Galahad Redux

The China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater was the last decisive major arena of World War II. Gen Joseph Stilwell was tasked to perform concurrent diplomatic and military miracles in pursuit of Allied victory. His mission of keeping a reluctant China in the war depended upon opening a ground line of supply and communication, to augment the Hump air route that linked India and China. To do this, the Japanese had to be driven from North Burma. Training and equipping Chinese troops to accomplish this mission required several months.

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On the eve of the Chinese attacks in October 1943, a lone American infantry regiment debarked in Bombay, India. By August 1944, this ill-starred force had won accolade and suffered disbandment. During its brief, frenetic history, this first US ground combat unit to fight on the Asian land mass in World War II, was known variously as Shipment 1688, Force Galahad, the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), and Merrill’s Marauders. This organization’s participation in the worth Burma Campaign lasted five and a half months and culminated in the capture of Myitkyina. The seizure of Myitkyina and its airfield permitted Allied transports to fly around the Himalayas instead of over them, and contributed greatly to the success of subsequent offensives to break the blockade of China. Although it was an achievement of high order, Galahad paid a price.

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USEC, Compass, Plan / Cruchon & Emons, Switzerland, WW-1

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Cruchon & Emons (Berne) Marching Compass (1914-1918) US Engineer Corps
Cruchon & Emons (Paris) Marching Compass (1914-1918) US Engineer Corps
Plan Ltd (Neuchatel) Marching Compass (1914-1918) US Engineer Corps

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I was searching for the Cruchon & Emons (manufactured in Paris, France) but I didn’t found one yet. It is also the same thing for the Compass Carrier (Leather Cases). I keep on alert but as far as yet, no luck.

Manufactured in Paris, France and in Berne, Switzerland by Cruchon & Emons and in Neuchatel, Switzerland by Plan Ltd, this World War One mirror sighting compass was never as well-regarded as the prismatic models. When introduced into US Army service in 1916 (in fact the US Engineer Corps ordered them), this mirror sighting compass was the most accurate marching compass ever fielded by US forces.

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A Soldier Wounded in the Face (Research)

This is the way things goes over here. On August 9th 2015, I spend a moment talking over the fence with my neighbor, M. Jacques Maréchal from Francorchamps, which was the owner of the 1730 build house I am actually renting. I told Jacques that while cleaning the entrance of the house I’ve found 3 cartridge cases (Cal. 30 M1) stamped RIA 4 (should be Rock Island Armory 1944). He then told me that in the period of the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, (he was still in the house) he got the visit of an American tourist named Kennedy who was searching for a bullet. In fact, this soldier (he told me) was standing in the door of the house when he was hit by a bullet (probably from a German sniper) which wounded him on the side of his face and still wondering about the nationality of this bullet he pretended to know exactly the place where the bullet entered in the wood stairs behind him.

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US Militaria, USAAC Pilot Pocket Compass Longines Wittnauer 1941

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WWII US AAC Pilot Pocket Compasss Longines Wittnauer
This is an one WWII Authentic U.S.G.I. Army Air Corp AAC Longines Wittnauer army navy pilot pocket compass. Longines Wittnauer watch company. Mint condition never use. World War II Compass Assembly Pocket Type, Air Forces Order No W535 – AC-27707, Longines-Wittnauer Watch Co Inc.The compass was made by Longines-Wittnauer during WWII as part of a US Pilots Survival Gear.

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1A Antiaircaft Activities, Battle of the Bulge

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Official US Army War Report
First Army Antiaircraft in the Battle of the Bulge
Personal Experience of an Army AA Staff Officer
Lt Col Paul C. Davis

First Army AA at its peak consisted of 56 battalions; it is therefore manifestly impossible to discuss all AA action with the Army. I shall therefore highlight the battle by discussing only the following pertinent subjects and actions :

    The Liège Diver Belt-(V-1 Defense)
    Army AA in the Ground Role
    AA in the Primary role, which is subdivided into :
    (a) The Air and Airborne Attacks on V and Vll Corps-16 to 20 December
    (b) The Air Attack on Communications Centers West of the Meuse River
    (c) The New Year’s Day Raid

The V-1 Attack

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US Army Militaria : Faber Eraser – WW-2

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As today (August 6 2015) I still have 5 or 6 boxes for sale (then over). If Interested, contact me. I am asking $50/box +S.

One of those Eraser will find his place inside every Maps Carrying Pouch/Case WW-2. These on the photos were issued to a local depot in Belgium but weren’t delivered to the troops.

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The Eberhard Faber Pencil Company began as a US subsidiary branch of A. W. Faber Company in 1849. Eberhard Faber’s great grandfather, Casper Faber, began to manufacture and market pencils in the village of Stein, located near Nuremberg, Bavaria (now Germany), in 1761. Casper Faber’s son, Anton Wilhelm (A. W.), took over the management of the business in 1784 and grew the business. He eventually renamed it A. W. Faber Company. The company continued under several more generations of Fabers, until Eberhard Faber moved to New York City to manage a subsidiary branch of A. W. Faber Company.

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Raymon Hook : 325/82-A/B, Bulge

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Raymon Hook
325th Glider Infantry Regiment
82nd Airborne Division

[…] After manning a defensive position on the German border East of Grossbeek for about a month, alternating one week in the front lines and one week in reserve, we were relieved by the Canadian Troops and moved out on foot and then trucked to a camp near Sissonne, France for refitting and replacements of personnel, which by this time we sorely needed ! On Dec 18, 1944, we were alerted for a move to Belgium to help stop von Rundstedt in the Battle of the Bulge. We were loaded into open-bed semi-trucks. There was standing room only. As we drew closer to Belgium, we were leaning against or laying on top of each other. The cold was terrible ! A few hours after unloading at Werbomont, Belgium, we started marching in the night to take up defensive positions along the Vielsalm, Salmchateau, Joubiéval, Regné highway (RN-89).

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