Lovingly dedicated to my father, Walter
"Monday" Poniedzialek ,
540th Engineer, and all the outstanding
engineers of VI Corps!
This website began as a simple one-page
site in June 2004, after my initial
research into my father's military
history. However, it quickly and
unbelievably snow-balled into what you see
before you today. I now have a
comprehensive understanding of the 540th
after reading hundreds of pages of sitreps
from the National Archives, talking with
members of his unit, perusing through
dozens of books, contacting various
institutions, including the Army Corps Of
Engineers' Office of History, and meeting
people throughout the world.
This site's main emphasis revolves around
information regarding the VI Corps
Engineer Combat Regiments:
- 36th - 1st, 2nd and 3rd battalions
(later renamed the 2826th, 2827th &
- 39th - 1st and 2nd battalions
- 540th - 1st and 2nd battalions (later
renamed the 2832nd & 2833rd)
- 1108th - 48th & 235th battalions
These independent engineer regiments,
bravely fought against the Axis powers
beginning with the invasion of North
Africa in November of 1942. From there,
their arduous journey led them into
Sicily, Italy, southern France and central
Europe, before ending their tour of duty
in Germany and Austria in 1945.
However, these pages now proudly feature
hundreds of links, tidbits and full-blown
accounts of various other units, along
with photos, memoirs, maps, after-action
reports and more.
If you are a WWII vet or a family member
and wish to include your history or the
history of a loved one, I'd love to hear
from you. My main emphasis is to acquire
the history of the men who served with the
1st, 3rd, 9th, 34th, 36th, & 45th
Infantry Divisions, 1st & 2nd Armored
Divisions, 82nd Airborne, and any other
unit who fought alongside the 36th, 39th,
540th or 1108th Combat Engineers in the
Take a moment to visit the site dedicated
to my documentary NO BRIDGE TOO FAR
Take a moment to glance through the menu
at the top and don't forget to look at the
sidebar, included on every page.
Check out our Engineer Photo Gallery,
featuring over 2000 photographs from my
personal collection. Many thanks to all
for their photo contributions!
Our VI Corps Forum
contains a wealth of information and is
not limited to engineers, but includes
units of from all branches of the armed
services. You'll also find reunion
information, research help, and much more.
Make sure you register to become a
member. This allows you to read,
post and reply. See ya there!
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Happy browsing, Marion
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