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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

    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.
  11. Carl was a true friend and a very special person. Over the past 7 years I got to know him very well and stayed with him at his house in Barrington, RI, three times. He took me on many trips to show me round his state, which I will always treasure as great memories. He came from "the greatest generation" and we owe him and his fellow WW2 veterans so much. He will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Carl. Colin.
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    Veteran's Day 2016

    Todd I am honored to have met you and being able to call you a friend is really important to me. Colin.
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    Veteran's Day 2016

    I will be at Royal Air Force Blake Hill Farm here in Wiltshire on Sunday as usual. This long gone RAF station was used for the D-Day landings and ceased to exist many years ago. I will be honouring all the British, Canadian and United States forces that flew from this airfield in C47's and gliders. Colin.
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    Future Engineer's Reunion - Please voice your opinions!

    Well I think 12 would work but I make it 15+ and the one thing a lower number would affect is our relationship with the Crowne Plaza's attitude to room discount and hospitality suite. Perhaps we'll end up in a B&B??? Maybe we now leave it till the new year and than start a positive drive to recruit people for 2017. I think of people like Nancy and those who respond on FB but don't attend? Your last paragraph holds the key Marion! Colin.
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    Future Engineer's Reunion - Please voice your opinions!

    Hi Marion, I totally agree that some thought is needed on this before the annual reunion ceases to exist by default! No one is here to make the decisions for us any more but we have proved by the 2016 reunion that it is possible that when a number of interested and dedicated people pool their efforts an amazing outcome can be achieved. There is already a core of enthusiastic, relations, friends and those that wish to be associated with the 36th/540th in an annual get together. So why not widen it to include paying a yearly tribute ALL engineer vets, but keeping the current format/location? Colin.
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