This site is lovingly dedicated to my father, Walter "Monday" Poniedzialek , a 540th Engineer and all the other outstanding engineers of VI Corps.
This website began as a simple one-page site in June 2004, after my initial research into my father's military history. However, it quickly and unbelievably snow-balled into what you see before you today. I now have a comprehensive understanding of the 540th after reading hundreds of pages of sitreps from the National Archives, talking with members of his unit, perusing through dozens of books, contacting various institutions, including the Army Corps Of Engineers' Office of History, and meeting people throughout the world.
This site's main emphasis revolves around information regarding the VI Corps Engineer Combat Regiments:
- 36th - 1st, 2nd and 3rd battalions (later renamed the 2826th, 2827th & 2828th)
- 39th - 1st and 2nd battalions
540th - 1st and 2nd battalions (later renamed the 2832nd & 2833rd)
- 1108th - 48th & 235th battalions
These independent engineer regiments,
bravely fought against the Axis powers beginning with the invasion of North Africa in November of 1942. From there, their arduous journey led them into Sicily, Italy, southern France and central Europe, before ending their tour of duty in Germany in 1945.
However, these pages now proudly feature hundreds of links, tidbits and full-blown accounts of various other units, along with photos, memoirs, maps, after-action reports and more.
If you are a WWII vet or a family member and wish to include your history or the history of a loved one, I'd love to hear from you. My main emphasis is to acquire the history of the men who served with the 1st, 3rd, 9th, 34th, 36th, & 45th Infantry Divisions, 1st & 2nd Armored Divisions, 82nd Airborne, and any other unit who fought alongside the 36th, 39th, 540th or 1108th Combat Engineers in the ETO.
Take a moment to visit the site dedicated to my documentary NO BRIDGE TOO FAR I began an online funding campaign on April 9, 2014, in order to complete parts two and three. Thanks in advance for your help!
If you are conducting research on a loved one and his WWII unit, please read this first! It will answer many of your initial questions.
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