293rd Engineer Combat Bn
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Does anyone have a history of this battalion? The only information I can find comes from Stanton's WWII order of battle. On-line details are essentially nonexistent. My particular interest is in Company C. Any chance a roster exists? Picked up a "short snorter" signed by about 150 of the men! The most signatures I have ever seen on a single note.

 

Supposedly, the 293rd ECB participated in the Ardennes Offensive, with Company C at Luxembourg in January 1945. Unfortunately, no details are given as to the whereabouts of the unit in December 1944. One veteran account mentions actual fighting during the Bulge. However, I cannot see this being the case when in Luxembourg. Perhaps he was speaking of December events or he may have been in one of the other companies.

 

Thanks.

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Does anyone have a history of this battalion? The only information I can find comes from Stanton's WWII order of battle. On-line details are essentially nonexistent. My particular interest is in Company C. Any chance a roster exists? Picked up a "short snorter" signed by about 150 of the men! The most signatures I have ever seen on a single note.

 

Supposedly, the 293rd ECB participated in the Ardennes Offensive, with Company C at Luxembourg in January 1945. Unfortunately, no details are given as to the whereabouts of the unit in December 1944. One veteran account mentions actual fighting during the Bulge. However, I cannot see this being the case when in Luxembourg. Perhaps he was speaking of December events or he may have been in one of the other companies.

 

Thanks.

 

 

I would suggest you contact the National Archives and Records Adminstration (NARA) and ask for the available records from the BN. These records could include a unit history, unit journals and/or After Action Repoerts. The history would provide an outline of the Unit's service. The S-3 journals would provide a message log (and there may be journals from the companies as well); the AAR's provide a monthly summary of activities written for the next higher command. Thee records may also include a variety of miscelaneous reports .

 

NARA will send you a list of avialalbe units on an invoice, and you can purchase what you want.

 

theron

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#3

Yes, good advice. We have a list of research facilities listed in the RESEARCH SECTION. The contact info for NARA in Maryland is listed there, as well as contacts for the Army Corps of Engineers in Alexandria and at Fort Leonard Wood.

 

http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/engforum/index.php?showtopic=23

 

I received (via the assistance of a private researcher) approximately 2000 page of reference material on my dad's unit from NARA in Maryland. WOW!

 

I also received a great deal of material via the Engineer's Office Of History in Alexandria. They were my FIRST BIG find. You can call or write to them. Please let them know I sent you.

 

Call or write to Fort Leonard Wood too. I was there earlier this year and they have one hell of a library.

 

In the interim...

 

See this post. Notice the last entry. I can put you in touch with Joe Izzillo. His book is almost ready for publication. I will send via private email in a few minutes

 

http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/engforum/index.php?showtopic=6343&st=0&p=34016&hl=293rd&fromsearch=1entry34016

 

 

 

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#4

This distinguished unit insignia (DUI) was issued in the 1950's for the battalion. This was very common, for many of the engineer units DID NOT have insignia during the actual war itself.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/293rd-ENGINEER-BATTALION-Army-Pin-DI-DUI-Badge-Crest-/300541132280

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#5

http://www.7tharmddiv.org/bulge/index.htm

 

South of the Southern Shoulder (Luxembourg City and South - before and during the Second Front of Operation Nordwind in Northeast France)

3rd Infantry Division

5th Infantry Division: came north of Luxembourg City and then joined closing of the Bulge

12th Armored Division

14th Armored Division

35th Infantry Division: In attack into Germany until 19 Dec; then transferred 22 Dec to III Corps (with 4th Armored and 26th Infantry Divisions) for attack to relieve Bastogne, after which their 320th Infantry Regiment was then attached to 6th Armored Division to attack the German lines near Bastogne while the rest of the Division countered the German Nordwind attack to the south.

36th Infantry Division

42nd Infantry Division

44th Infantry Division - also see here and here

45th Infantry Division

63rd Infantry Division

70th Infantry Division

79th Infantry Division

87th Infantry Division: 16-24 Dec bitter combat to clear the area between the Saar River and the West Wall; in SHAEF reserve 24-28 Dec and then committed at Moircy, Belgium 30 Dec (see West Southern Shoulder); returned to Luxembourg 15 Jan; captured Wasserbilg 23 Jan; moved 28 Jan to vicinity of St. Vith, Belgium (see North Forward Center)

90th Infantry Division: east of Thionville, France (until 8 Jan 45)

100th Infantry Division

103rd Infantry Division

274th Armored Field Artillery Battalion: (non-divisional) - moved north from vicinity of Thionville, France

293rd Engineer Combat Battalion - Company C in Luxembourg City in January 1945, attached to Gen. Patton's HQ

737th Tank Battalion (Non-Divisional): supported 5th Infantry Division

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#6
http://www.unithistories.com/units_index/default.asp?file=../units/5th%20Inf.Div.asp
Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#7

Hello DustyShelf,

 

My father was in company C / 293rd Engineer Combat during WWII.

 

I am certain that my father was one of the 150 soldiers during this time.

 

His name was Abraham Peress. If so, please let me know.

 

I just acquired a bunch of photos of my father and many of his brothers during the war.

 

I would love to know if you have any photos as well. Who knows - my father may have known yours

 

 

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#8

I just sent DustyShelf a personal message, telling him/her to check out this old post from 2011.

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#9

The signature of your father, Abraham Peress, does in fact appear on the note! Give me your email address and I will send you high-res scans of the front and back. For the record, I have no family connection to the unit. I merely collect signed notes ("short snorters").

 

---Mike

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#10

OMG. THANK YOU SO MUCH

has anyone else contacted you about this?

My email address is knightxpress@gmail.com

 

I also found something that I'm not sure what it is but it could be where my father went while he was with this unit.

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