This book is really important to me because the town of Wirtzfeld, located between to the North : Elsenborn; the East : Krinkelt-Rocherath; the South : Muringen-Bullingen and the West : Berg-Butgenbach is almost a part of my backyard. I’ve spent all my childhood over there as well as in Krinkelt-Rocherath.
James Daniel Edwards, the son of James Douglas Edwards Military Police Platoon, 2nd Infantry Division World War Two, has send me a copy of his last book : Defining Moment at Wirtzfeld. This book is intended to honor all the veterans for their sacrifices on the battlefields of the European and Pacific theaters during World War II. It further honors military police everywhere who have served America in the honorable tradition of military service, exemplifying high levels of esprit de corps. It brings recognition to one of the oldest units in America’s military history. More specifically, this book recognizes and pays tribute to a small group of men : the MP Platoon of the 2nd Infantry Division who fought in the European Theater of Operations. From D+1 in Omaha Beach Normandy, France to Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, this small group of men performed above and beyond their call of duty, earning the Meritorious Unit Service plaque for their contributions to the war effort. This MP unit had a large role in supporting and participating in combat operations and in the eventual defeat of a determined enemy.