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  1. Custermen

    WWII Army Photos

    My local town library has a thin book on the 2nd Tennessee Army or something to that effect and it covers the maneuvers in middle Tennessee. They also trained some armored units there and a portion of the Rangers. There are not a lot of info as to exact history and what units were there. The book is written more as a local story. I recently bought an aerial photo map that was near McMinnville, TN. The area contained in the map may be part of the area used by the maneuvers. I would like to read more about the Tennessee Maneuvers. I'm more familiar with the Louisiana Maneuvers but there is still not much out there. Steve
  2. Are they Father and Son? Buried next to each other?!! I looked back through the posts and didn't see their unit or date of death info. I am interested in their details and their story. Steve
  3. Custermen

    "Doings of Battery B"

    CaptO Actually my Dad only reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. So he did not go to Fort Sill for training. I know some of the officers in his artillery unit did go to OCS there. Thanks for the info. Steve
  4. Custermen

    "Doings of Battery B"

    I got my latest book on the 328FA. The Red Guidon: 328FA This is another book printed for the Veterans who returned from service in Europe with the 328th Field Artillery Battalion. It is 8-1/2 by 11 format with 129 pages and includes some photos of officers and fold-out group photos of each battery---but almost too small to identify a soldier. The quality is nice but not as good as the above-mentioned book. The pages are glossy but the binding is flimsy and pages are coming loose. The book contains names of officers and Roster of each battery that was recorded in 1919 before the unit was deactivated. The book was probably published within a year or two after that. It has many poems and stories and a little bit of history written as short news articles. In the front is a chonology of events in short one-line entries. I'm having a difficult time scanning images from the glossy pages. I may try to photograph them instead. A nice little addition to my collection on a WW1 unit. Steve
  5. Custermen

    1st Special Service Force

    This link has a map of the entire Italian Front at the time of the Spring Offensive on 11 May 1944. Gustav Line I agree with Rocky about the movie "Anzio". This 1968 movie stars Robert Mitchum as a war correspondent who joins up with Peter Falk, who plays a corporal in the 1st Special Service Forces. They borrow a jeep and drive to Rome and back without meeting any German forces, but their report on this absence of the enemy is discounted. Robert Mitchum is a tough guy. If he had REALLY been there in 1944, then I'm sure the Allies could have waltzed into Rome. Ha! If you read the history books and the Monday-morning Quarterbacks, they say that Lucas could have pushed directly into Rome without any heavy resistance. Maybe. My opinion is that if he had done that, then the battle would have been fought in the streets of Rome and someone would have resorted to shelling or bombing of the Eternal City. I do believe he should have pushed out of the beaches and into the Alban Hills. The above comments are my personal opinnions and do not reflect the opinions of the management. Steve
  6. Custermen

    Types of Engineer Units in WWII

    Marion, Great info! That table is full of useful info. Especially good to know the differences in size and function of the Map Depot and the Photomapping units. I recently found a unit that was a QM General Service that was set up to support a large area with general things such as washing clothes and such. I have always wondered about those other rear echelon troops. Also, there were Railway Engineers. Was that part of Engineers or QM? I guess they operated the rail network and they were "engineers" as the term applies to trains. But what kind of unit were they? Question: You have "Light Ponton Company" . Could that be Light Pontoon Company?? Steve
  7. Custermen

    "Doings of Battery B"

    Here is another item related to this WW1 Artillery Battalion that I picked up on eBay. A Yard Long Photo of HQ Battery, 328 Field Artillery Battalion, dated 1919. Compare that photo with their WW2 counter-parts: HQ Battery of 328FA taken at Camp Shelby, MS in 1943. Of course, this image is too small to see details. To view these Doughboys up close, click on: HQ Battery, 1919 Soon, I will have another book about the 328FA that is dated 1919. I will post photos when it arrives. Steve
  8. Custermen

    1st Special Service Force

    I think I picked up a copy of "Devil's Brigade" in one of those bins of DVD's at $5. I used to have a book about them called: "The Devils' Brigade" - by Robert Adleman and Colonel George Walton. It was more of an oral history than a real history. So, I gave it to someone who wanted some books to read. This unit was founded by Colonel Frederick and the trained in Helena, Montanna. Their first assault was the scaling of the 200-foot cliff of the Monte la Difensa in Italy, as depicted in the movie. Later they commanded a 10-mile portion of the Anzio front where their nightly patrols earned them the name Schwartzteufeln, or "Black Devils." The book seemed to tell more about their underground club they built at Anzio then the fighting they did. Their patch is a red Arrowhead with point down and word CANADA and USA. A very desirable patch for collectors. They had a unique branch collar insignia of 2 crossed arrows forming an X. Steve
  9. Custermen

    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    Yes, I got a PM from her and we have made contact. She has evidence to believe that her Uncle was a member of the 339th 'Polar Bear' Regiment. I wrote the current historian of the Polar Bear Association to see if he finds the name on a roster. He has finished a manuscript on the history of the 339th Regiment but can't get it published. {Edited to add Update} I sent the info about Judy's uncle to two of my friends and asked for help. The first person is a genealogist who is good at finding families, burial sites and interestingly, WW2 Enlistment Records. She found a reference that identied the soldier was a member of HQ Company, 3rd Battalion, 339th Infantry Regiment. She also dicovered the soldier had a famous uncle---his uncle was Big Louie who stood at 8 feet and 4 inches tall. Of course, Judy knew this bit of family history. The second person is the Historian of the Polar Bear Association. John located a WW2 roster that listed this soldier as a member of the HQ Company of the 3rd Battalion and included his full Name, Rank and Serial Number. So, I consider the case closed as they confirmed that her Uncle was in fact a member of the Custer Division. Now Judy has info that will allow her to do much more research into his unit and look for General Orders that may tell about what he did. BTW, when I was reading GO's at the Archives, I found some Bronze Star Medals issued to clerks in the HQ units who were written up for their dedicated service. Nothing mentioned about being in combat. Steve
  10. Custermen

    9 mm Beretta

    Keeping on Topic, I bought my first modern hand-gun that didn't shoot black powder. Nice, eh? It is a modern Beretta Model 96D, .40 caliber that is single shot without a safety. Kinda strange for me but it still will do its job. Steve
  11. Custermen

    Anzio by Lloyd Clark

    Ah, but he is a British author. I have a problem with those Brits. I know this is my Mother Tongue but they just don't write the same as Americans. And where did they dump all of those punctuations? There must be a pit somewhere in the North Sea where they toss all of those commas. Steve
  12. Custermen

    Memoribilia and Collectibles

    Here are two items that I picked up that are more recent history but interesting. This is an overseas cap worn by the Polar Bear Association of veterans of the 339th Infantry Regiment, 85th Infantry Division. The cap probably first appeared at their reunion in 1962. The second item is a pin that was attached to the hat on the opposite side. It is a copy of the DUI of the 339th Infantry Regiment but a nice quality piece. The enamel color should be royal blue and not so purple. Speaking of this unit, I just finished reading a book on them; "FIghting the Bolsheviks". This was the memoirs of PFC Donald Carey who served with the 339th Regiment from 1918 to 1919 on the North Russian Expedition. This book has details of the soldier's life during WW1 and it is interesting to hear how they survived in Russia during the winter months. This soldier joined the army and within 2 months he had completed training and shipment to England. He returned back to Detroit within 1 week of the day he left home to join the Army. Amazing. Steve
  13. Custermen

    9 mm Beretta

    Here are a few items that my Dad brought back. Lugar 9mm and a Walther 9mm(.380 Auto). Just above them is the Police helmet. (Oops, it grabbed a different photo without the helmet) I'll see if this Attachment thing works. Steve
  14. Custermen

    MARNE's Collection...

    Great little booklet. But what is it with the page of photos of the Dogs???
  15. Custermen

    This Day in History - Civil War Begins 4-12-1861

    Okay....Don't go showing off how smart you are. I don't understand a thing you said. Actually, I think I do but I'm not too sure. Are you saying that my Webpage should have all the files on that page placed in a sub-folder? I've always created my webpages with the photos in the same directory as the HTML file. Why is that a problem with displaying the photo on your forum? Are you saying it is poor web design? (If so, why? security? slow load?) We can take this "off-line" if you wish. Steve(confused)