77th Medical Battalion Armored
Subject : Unit History
To : Commanding General, 7th Armored Division
(Sept 1) found us still bivouacked two miles south of Fismes, France, where we had been since Aug 29. Up to this time the battalion had been most fortunate regarding the number of casualties suffered by our own men and although many of our collecting sections had been under fire upon several occasions, our only casualty due to wounds to this date was still one, T/5 Lukowicz of A Co who was wounded the latter part of Aug. We remained in this present area until Sept 2, at which time we moved 84 miles to an area 1/2 mile north of Blercourt, France, which is located 8 miles West of Verdun, France.
(Sept 5) Lt Schini, our one surplus M.A.C. was transferred to the 17th Tank Battalion as Battalion Surgeon Assistant. The division was given a rest period for the majority of our stay in the area at Blercourt and motor maintenance plus care of personal equipment was stressed.
This is a really nice set of photos (Belgium – Battle of the Bulge), never published before, and sent to me from my friend Frank Warner in Pottstown, USA.
Belgian civilians in Aywaille, Belgium, watch the start of an air battle in late December 1944, just north of Harzé, Belgium. Cpl Ralph Salmon of the 54th Signal Battalion took the photograph.
Army Pfc Thomas E. Warner, 54th Signal Battalion, in a jeep during training at Camp McQuaide, California, in May 1942. Warner was from Easton, Pennsylvania.
The job is quiet simple : Get the hell out of the area you are in (the 3 corners area – Holland – Germany – Belgium), move your entire division to the vicinity of St Vith, and help the elements of the 9th Armored Division to get out of the valley, stop the Krauts while the 9-AD’s Combat Command engaged pass trough your positions then move your division trough the 82nd Airborne Division line somewhere around Lierneux …
After Action Report
7th Armored Division
St Vith & Vicinity, Belgium
The 7th Armored Division was activated on March 1 1942, reorganized on September 20 1943, and sent to the United Kingdom in June 1944. The division landed on Omaha and Utah, on August 13-14 1944, and was assigned to the Third Army (US). The 7-AD drove through Nogent le Rotrou, France in an attack on Chartres which fell August 18. From Chartres, the division advanced to liberate Dreux, then Melun, where they crossed the Seine River, on August 24. The 7-AD then pushed on to bypass Reims, liberated Château-Thierry and Verdun on August 31, then halted briefly for refueling until September 6, when it drove toward to the Moselle and made a crossing near Dornot. This crossing had to be withdrawn in the face of the heavy fortifications around Metz.
December 1944, Belgium, Context & Situation
Soldier’s which were involved in the massive German counterattack are the best witnesses to report about general front line situation during the period just before December 16 1944. It goes exactly in same way for the Battle of the Bulge.