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    291st Engineer Combat Battalion Roster

    I reached out to their old reunion organizer / sudo-historian. If I get any rosters I'll share them with y'all. m
  2. In Dec 1944 76 men of the 284th Engr. C. Bn. were sent to London to work with the 1274th Engineer Construction Battalion to build Quonset huts for displaced Londoners. I've never had any luck finding photos of this construction detail, I'm posting this here in hopes that someday some may turn up.
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    358th Engineers, Company "C"

    Here is a 358th photo album on ebay (I reached out and asked about the bumper numbers on the trucks): MPS.CZ 358E F6 (F company?) https://www.ebay.com/itm/233047017274?ViewItem=&item=233047017274
  4. FYI that I now have a page about the 125 AEB here: http://125thaeb.info/ Eventually (when the domain comes up for renewal) it will be moving down under the Division site, 14thAD.org Mikel
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    285th Engineers

    I know the only (as far as I know) living soldier of the battalion, he has a speech by LTC Gottschalk that he was going to let me borrow. Once I have a digital copy of it I'll be posting it to the 285th's website.
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    Our River - help needed

    Our River experts or information needed! As the historian for my father's WWII 284th Engr. C. Bn. - who served as Infantry at the Our, I've always been curious of the details of this crossing / battle (I feel it is fair enough to call it that) as they're severely lacking. I'm working with a 17th AB veteran (they took the hills), a 249th veteran (they build some bridges here), several 284th veterans (they replaced the 17th AB DIVISION as a BATTALION to guard Skyline Drive) and the 6th AD historian (they build more bridges and the 284th was assigned to). Does anyone else have any photos, information, documents, stories or help???? A book is needed on this subject as information is very very lacking (my end goal of this quest - some day - collaboration / credit is for sure an option). I will be at the Our in 3 or 4 weeks with a 284th veteran to go into the hills to try to find their foxholes and the pillbox they faced 100 yards to the East......
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    Our River - help needed

    Thank you Frank, I know Doug and he was extremely helpful during our recent trip over to the ETO.
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    351st General Service Regiment

    Is that link dead now? A son of the 351st reached out to me so I pointed to this discussion.
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    284th photos - where were these taken

    Okay, I'm super excited to report that I have exact locations for each of their stops on the trip south from Nuremberg to Marseilles and that tells us where all the rest stops were on the way. I have some of their maps and after carefully reviewing a map of France I discovered that it was actually marked!!!! I edited to add a image of the map cover just in case someone was looking for the exact same map (and I did see one on posted eBay). Hopefully this will also help others who might be researching this topic!
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    Morning Reports related to my father - 540th Engineer

    Really really cool information to have Marion! Woot! Did you know that he was an Automotive Mechanic (MOS 014) or was that new information?
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    284th - Silent Heroes

    Thank you Marion!! This fourth edition has a ton of new "stuff" added to it! New stories, maps, details, photos and somewhere around 30 new soldier photos added to the yearbook style roster! It is amazing to me how my little book about the 284th keeps on growing! NOTE: It is only the paperback that has been updated, I haven't had a chance to update the Kindle version yet.
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    284th photos - where were these taken

    It is very time consuming, but will be such a blessing the families! Keep up the great work
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    284th photos - where were these taken

    That map is awesome, I've been meaning to finish up the ones that I have been working on for the 284th. I do have their original maps though but the interactive ones are fun because I can add notes / photos and etc. http://284thcombatengineers.com/map.cfm
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    284th photos - where were these taken

    Wow, this is wonderful news! Great work and thank you so much for the help! This is thrilling. Marion I can't get to your map link though, access is denied Here are some details about the 284th's trip south from Nuremberg to the Marseilles area.
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    1111th Engineer Combat Group

    The 284th Engineer Combat Battalion was also part of the 1111th for a while. (April '45)
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    Conversion of map coordinates

    Wow, that is very impressive Alsatian! The 284th started out in Luxembourg with General Patton using them as infantry on the Moselle and Our rivers, then into Germany for the Roer crossing, down to Remagen, then to Nuremberg and finally ending up in Landshut to finish the war in the ETO.
  17. I have a bunch of After Action Reports and they all give very specific locations for things that were happening. I'm trying to figure out if there is a way to convert those coordinates into lat/long so I can find those locations. Has anyone had any luck with this? I'm not sure if it is even possible... An example: Dragline 3 wants signs "Danger Mines, road not cleared" at 276863 Thanks for any advice on this!
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    125th history for sale

    I forgot to update, the 47th TB and 62nd AIB are now online: http://47thtankbattalion.org http://62ndaib.org
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    Hi! My name is Kim

    The book on the 125th is downloadable here: http://digicom.bpl.lib.me.us/ww_reg_his/16/ Also, I hope to bring a website online about the 125th soon. Right now though all I have is the book as well as the 14th's history book so if anyone has anything they can share that would be great.
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    125th history for sale

    Merry Christmas Marion!
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    125th history for sale

    Thanks Marion, I'm honored to do it for the guys and their families. It has been a blessing
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    125th history for sale

    I've adopted the 14th AD and have brought many websites online about their individual units. I found a copy of this online via the military library: http://digicom.bpl.lib.me.us/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1016&context=ww_reg_his Download and enjoy. Mikel PS: websites about the 14th so far: http://14thad.org (resurrected, I hope to give it a facelift soon) http://48thtankbattalion.org http://68thaib.org http://501stafa.org Coming soon: 47th Tank Battalion 62nd Armored Infantry Battalion
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    285th Engineers

    Great! Thanks!!
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    285th Engineers

    Just an FYI that I have brought http://285thcombatengineers.com on line! I'm waiting for some more information from some of the veterans of the unit but it does have some documents and photos. PS - It may take a day or so for DNS to get to everyone!
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    Remagen-Ludendorf Bridge March 17, 1945

    I just recently received a photo of the CP that was hit by the V-2 on 17 March 1945. It was a three story building and what you see is the building all collasped into the basement. You can see the smoke rising from the bomb just behind the house and in the upper left you can see the guys starting to search for those buried under the rubble. Unreal....