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    Wiltshire UK
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    Researching WW2 especially Operation Husky and The island of Sicily in 1943.<br />The part played by the Canadian Armed Forces in WW2.<br />Reading biographies especially concerning WW2 participants.<br />Soul/jazz music.

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  1. colinhotham

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    It is obvious that a person or persons are looking after that memorial, now I want to understand more! Colin.
  2. Every now and then, especially if I wake early, I enjoy a journey through the latest posts on Marion's website. I was attracted to this post by the great photos and agree with both Todd and Marion that the photos here are an awesome collection. I particularly like the framed medals and badges, which I suppose is one man's WW2 history. Also in the photo of the truck, the young boy in light coloured shorts and shirt with his hands clasped behind his back would be around the same age as me if it was taken in 1942! The first and fourth photo remind me of the English seaside town and port of Margate near where I was born on the south east UK coast. Colin.
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    Looking for ANY Vets That was In the 291st,,

    Hi Kitty, I'm interested in your Grandpa from Sicily. Where did he come from on the island? I have visited Sicily often and that is the area of my research. Colin. (Royal Wootton Bassett, England, UK.) Also Check out: https://history.army.mil/html/books/010/10-22/CMH_Pub_10-22.pdf Many pages on the 291st!
  4. Over the last ten years John became an important person in my life as via this website and then attending the reunions I got to know and admire this special member of the greatest generation. With Marion's help I attended six reunions and met so many wonderful people and it was John's welcome from the start that made me want to return each year. We all owe him so much and I can only say "thank you" to him and wish him well. Colin.
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    TODAY- 10TH OF JULY 2018 - IS THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE START OF OPERATION HUSKY. THE LANDINGS ON THE ISLAND OF SICILY WERE TO BECOME KNOWN AS "THE RETURN TO EUROPE" AFTER THE VICTORIES IN NORTH AFRICA. We will remember those members of the British and Commonwealth 8th Army, the United States 7th Army, and the Canadian 1st Division who gave their lives for us during the 37 day campaign!
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    401st Combat Engineer Battalion from WW2

    Jason I cannot help you with details of anyone who might have served with your grandfather but I have a link that gives some idea of what he was doing in Jan/Aug 1945 during the advance to the Alps. His unit was obviously concerned with bridging and in particular the Bailey bridge. At Capua there was established the British Bailey bridge school open to Americans, which along with the American School at Maddaloni gave instruction on bridging. It could be he went through one of these establishments. The first mention of the 401st is on page 220* and reading on from there gives some idea of what your grandfather was going through. *See online: US Army in WW2 - The Technical Services - The Corps of Engineers The War Against Germany. (one volume) https://archive.org/details/corpsofengineers00beck NOTE. You may be interested that the person who created this website Marion Chard has made an excellent video entitled NO BRIDGE TOO FAR. www.nobridgetoofar.com Colin Hotham WW2 Researcher.
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    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Sam, I enjoyed reading your Bastard Battalion story. Weston-Super-Mare is not far from my home in Wiltshire, UK and is a famous seaside resort these days as it was before WW2. I was interested to know of it's connection to the Bailey Bridge training. Thank you for posting. Colin.
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    292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)

    I am proud to have this (modern) poster hanging on my office wall. It came from my association with the 36th Combat Engineers Regiment over the last 14 years and attendance at their reunions. Colin.
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    Jean in Siegburg

    This is a reason for this great website's existence and what it does so well. As always the final credit goes to Marion. Colin.
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    2837th Engineer Petroleum Distribution Co.

    Bill, Search also in our "bible" https://archive.org/details/corpsofengineers00beck. Page 411 Colin.
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    Engineer Week and the GPO

    Todd, I have looked through your post dealing with the GPO and found it very interesting. Thank you for passing this on. Colin.
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    Tweets show preservation of burned military records

    I read through this very carefully and admire the work being done to rescue the burnt and water damaged records. The kind of work I'd love to be doing myself. My only thought is that it is only one third of those lost that can be dealt with and the other two thirds are gone forever! A tragic loss. Colin.
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    Black combat engineer

    The black US soldiers caused quite a stir when they arrived in the UK during WW2. I have seen footage in the past of them marching through English towns to the cheers of local residents. They were welcomed I know as another important contribution to the allies war effort. Colin.
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    In the Face of Obstacles - by Cheryl Frizzell

    I will be ordering this from my local library. Colin.
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    Relatives of Slain 36th Engineer Gets Replacement Purple Heart

    That is a great story M1. Do we know any more about him as a 36th Engineer? Is Farmington hills far from you in MI ? It is so good to see the certificate back where it belongs. Colin.