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Ridges and Pillboxes
in the Vosges
Fire and Zeal
|Center of Military
"Courage Under Fire"
to Joe Dutra’s granddaughter, Amy and her husband, Jim Dantzler,
association members, along with their friends and families, have a
special DVD available to them. Titled "Courage Under Fire", this
documentary, produced and directed by Jim Dantzler, captures the
moving personal WW II experiences of nearly all of the twenty-one
70th Infantry Division veterans who were on the tour. With photos
provided by the participants along with WW II shots Jim weaves a
moving, emotional story starting with state-side training, the
baptism of combat and the difficult struggle as the Blazers
Bill Trotter’s modest description of his survival of waking up in a
Philippsbourg house, surrounded by Germans, is a classic that should
not be missed. And this is only one of Bill’s remarkable
experiences. Stan Lambert shares his New Year’s Eve ’45 encounter
with the enemy as point man for I/275 as their battalion headed
north out of Philippsbourg. Tom Craig reports on the dramatic
capture of the Mill in Grossblittersdorf. These and many others will
hold your interest during the 90 minute DVD.
If you would like to purchase a copy of this exceptionally fine
you can order the DVD
from Amazon by cllcking here!
"The Trailblazers" by Edmund C. Arnold. In this history of the 70th Infantry
Division the author shows himself to be the expert journalist that he is. With
his witty, laid back style, Ed free wheels it through our WW II experience,
getting us started a hundred years earlier on the Oregon Trail to make sure of a
timely arrival at our prize winningly-constructed training camp. Of course we
know from him its name, Adair, after an Oregonian, a fallen hero in the
undeclared 1916 war with Mexico. Trained at Adair and Wood and shipped from
Boston to Marseilles, we then entrained to go 500 miles to Alsace where we
became tactical, moved to Lorraine and were tactical again ...until we took
Saarbrucken. In his final words, Ed introduces the 70th Division Association,
conceived by Eugene Petersen in 1962, born of Service Co/ 275 in 1964. So we
still have a life, and according to our constitution, our memory must be eternal
- let it be so. Yep, it sure needs Ed and Chester and their Window Works-whatta
This book is no longer available. Sold out.
The 70th Infantry Division Memorial Directory is now for sale. A must for
anyone planning to visit the 70th's combat areas in Alsace-Lorraine France. This
attractive book is a lasting tribute to all Trailblazers who didn't make it home
and also serves to perpetuate the deeds of the Trailblazers. It is a monument
and memorial directory, with pictures and directions on how to find them, both
in the U.S. and Europe. Of special interest to family members doing research is
a complete listing of Trailblazer casualties buried at U.S. Cemeteries in Europe
(St. Avold, Epinal and Maargarten). Directories are $16.00 each (includes
postage) and there is no limit on quantities. Directories can be ordered from:
70th Infantry Division Association
Diane Kessler, Secretary
Atkinson, NH 03811
Write check to 70th Infantry Division Association.
Snow Ridges and Pillboxes|
Edited by Wallace R. Cheves
Extra: Download Name Index -
Thanks to Diane Kessler, the long-awaited new edition, and now revised, of Snow,
Ridges, and Pillboxes is ready. Much thanks to everyone who helped in this
project. You are about to see the results of your efforts. A special thanks goes
to Hampstead Print and Copy in Hampstead, New Hampshire. They have donated their
editing time and efforts and are only charging for the cost of printing the
If interested, please send a check or money order for $30.00 (made out to Diane
Kessler) and mail it to: 73 Providence Hill Road, Atkinson, NH 03811.
The $30 covers the printer's charge + book rate postage. If you want the book
via priority mail for a birthday or something, please let me know ahead of time
and include an extra $5.00 to cover the additional postage. If you are ordering
more than one book, please contact me for the cost. There is some savings in
postage for multiple copies due to USPS rates.
Ordering instructions are at the bottom of this description.
1.) The new edition of SRP is much easier to read. The book is 8.5 x 11 inches.
This means that the type on every page has been enlarged.
2.) The rosters (KIA, WIA, Awards, and Combat) all have been retyped. Additions
and corrections have been done to the extent possible. For example,
approximately 250 names were listed on the original KIA roster. Now the number
is 272. The rosters are printed in larger type, making them easier to read than
the earlier editions. The KIA and Awards Rosters are presented in both
alphabetical and by unit format. This should be helpful to everyone using the
4.) The new edition includes a new POW roster not included in the original
5.) Additions to the Awards list has been made. (NEW!)
6.) A Name Index was added at the end of the book. Now you can look up a name,
determine if it is in the SRP text, and immediately find the page number.
7.) The photos are somewhat enhanced but some resolution was lost during the
enlargement process. The quality is similar to the original book and much better
than the subsequent reprint.
8.) SRP is now approximately 540 pages rather than original 420 pages. This is
due to the addition of information and the enlargement of all the rosters.
9.) And lastly, the original book jacket was used for this new edition's front
and back covers.
To order, please email Diane L. Kessler, Associate Member, at FGRZEJKA@AOL.COM
and send a check or money order to: Diane Kessler, 73 Providence Hill Road,
Atkinson, NH 03811. Make checks payable to Diane Kessler! In your email, please
indicate SRP Order in your message title so that I will immediately know that
another book order has been received. Also, then I won't be concerned that the
unknown email is spam. If you have any questions please write to the above
address or email me.
Again, thanks everyone for help on this project. I am especially proud of the
new POW roster. The list definitely would not have been completed without the
help and encouragement of Bob Cole (B/274) and Dale Bowlin (883 FA)
On a personal note, my efforts on this project are in memory of my father,
Ernest J. Kessler, Pvt, E Company, 274th Infantry Regiment who died 17 September
2000 of complications from wounds sustained in the SS counter-attack at the
Wingen-Sur-Moder train station, Saturday, 6 January 1945. Thanks, everyone.
Ordeal in the Vosges|
"Ordeal in the Vosges" by Donald C. Pence and Eugene J. Petersen.
Action starts at the Brumath rail head on Christmas Day 1944 and covers the
German Operation NORDWIND Dec 31 through Jan 13 when the 275th Infantry Regiment
was withdrawn for transfer to the Sarre area. Covered are actions of both sides
in re the German hoped for surprise attack into the U. S. Seventh Army active
front.; German attack, Barenthal; Jan 2: U. S. countermoves at Phillipsbourg,
German attack aborted; Jan 3: German attack at Phillipsbourg; Jan 4: German opn
Zinswiller, U. S. 1st Bn/274 counterattack at Phillipsbourg; Jan 5: U.S.
counterattack at Phillipsbourg, German Operation Zinswiller blocks B-Z road; Jan
10: German attack down Zinzel Valley; Jan 11: German attack Hill 364; Jan 12:
1st Bn//275 attack Hill 364, German counterattack retakes 364; Jan 13: U. S.
36th Engr Regiment relief of 1st, 2nd Bns/275.
This book is no longer available.
Into the Fire|
"Into The Fire: The 275th Infantry Regiment in World War II" by
Tim Desiderio, details the history and record of the Regiment, its challenges,
obstacles and performance, from its formation in September 1943, until it was
deactivated in September 1945.
Forwarded by First Battalion's General Bernard W. Rogers (former NATO Supreme
Allied Commander and Army Chief of Staff), and illustrated by Company C's Roy T.
Veary: 388 pages, twenty-nine maps, sixty-one photographs, and seven original
illustrations, organized into six chapters and three appendices, in a full-color
(laminated) cover: a practical 10 ¾ inches tall by 8 ¼ inches wide, with larger,
easy reading, 14-point text.
Into The Fire follows the Regiment from Camp Adair, Oregon to Fort Leonard Wood,
Missouri, where it was withdrawn from training early and shipped to Southern
France in December 1944. Deployed to inactive sectors to relieve exhausted units
to rest and refit, and to continue training-first, along the Rhine River, and
then in the Vosges Mountains within two weeks, 275th Infantry fought a brutal
engagement against two German divisions. Shifted to the Saar Basin, the Regiment
defended another sector, and then fought its way in to Germany, capturing
Saarbrucken in the spring of 1945; transitioned to occupation duty until
departure from the Theater in September.
The book is available from Trafford
Barnes & Noble.
With Fire and Zeal|
"With Fire and Zeal: The 276th Infantry Regiment in World War II" 2nd
Edition, by Keith E. Bonn. 176 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, 7 maps. "With Fire and Zeal"
is the history of a US Army Infantry Regiment whose experience in the Second
World War was shared by only eight of the Army's 288 infantry regiments. The
author traces the unusual origins and training of the Regiment at Camp Adair and
Fort Leonard Wood and the nearly unique circumstances of its deployment
Once in France, the Regiment was almost immediately hurled into the crucible
that was Operation NORDWIND, the last German offensive on the Western front.
After its harrowing baptism of fire in the frozen hell of the Vosges Mountains,
the Regiment participated in the campaign in the Saar, including the Oeting
raids and the assault and seizure of Forbach.
Much more than its oft-interrupted stateside training, it was this combat
experience that hardened the men who coalesced into the regiment that ultimately
adopted the motto that reflected the way they fought--With Fire and Zeal.
Special features: Close-ups of the four German divisions faced by the Regiment
The Battle for Spicheren Heights; Full set of organizational charts of every
unit in the regiment, down to squad level, as well as the 884th Field Battalion
and Company C, 270th Engineers; Rosters of soldiers of the Regiment decorated
with the DSC, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Soldier's Medal, and Purple Heart;
Glossary with photos of selected German and American weapons; Compelling,
evocative sketches by Peter "Tex" Bennet, I&R/276th; Seven original situation
This book is no longer available. For information contact: Aegis Consulting Group, P. O. Box 629,
Bedford, PA 15522. Phone: 814-623-8308, Fax: 814-623-8668, e-mail:
The 270th Engineer Combat Battalion|
270th Engineer Combat Battalion: From Camp Adair to Germany"
by Steven K. Dixon, Associate Member. This book chronicles the 270th through
training to its role in France and Germany during WW2. Illustrated with
pictures, maps and charts and contains official documents.
The book is available through
Shorty and the Radio Men|
"Shorty and the Radio Men"
by Myron Sutton. Mr. Sutton served with the 570th Signal Company. This book is a
fascinating view of Army training at the time. Mr. Sutton was then sent to the
70th and assigned to the 570th Signal Co. He went overseas with them in January
This book is
no longer available.
by Todd Anton: The 70th Divarty went all out to support our operations
from the minute they arrived in theater until the firing of the last artillery
round signifying the war was over! Now we can show our gratitude for those great
fire missions they did in support of all our units. Distant Thunder, the
descriptive title of the history of the 70th Divarty is off the press and ready
for ordering. Todd Anton, a noted historian in his own right, son of Wallace P.
Anton (Hq Btry/882) has recently completed this book and tape set. It has more
that 50 pages of accounts told by the Divarty vets, and 50 pages of color copied
pictures. The book is unique among unit histories in that it is accompanied by
over four hours of audio tapes of artillery veterans telling their stories. The
cost of each set (book and tape) is $40.00. To put a book and tape set in your
collection of 70th Division memories, send your check or money order to: Todd
Anton, 12714 12714 Silver Spur Way, Victorville, CA 92392. Todd will autograph
each copy he mails out.
A War Remembered|
"A War Remembered",
3rd Edition, by Jack Barton. Describes some of the war experiences of Pfc. John
B. (Jack) Barton, 19204240, while he was a member of the I & R platoon of the
274th Infantry, 70th Division - The "Trailblazers". Pfc. Barton was a scout and
observer with the I & R and served with the 274th through its entire campaign.
The book is also located in the following Libraries:
Military Institute at Carlisle Barracks, Ohio State University, West Point, Fort
Benning, Fort Leavenworth, and the Library of Congress. For further
information, write to: Ronnie Barton, 16 E. Magna Vista Ave. Arcadia, CA 91006
Company A, 276th Infantry in WWII|
"Company A, 276th
Infantry in World War II" (1991,
revised 1995) by Frank H. Lowry. The book describes in great detail the eye
witness accounts of wartime activities of a rifle company in the 70th Infantry
Division and the experiences of its men from the time of its activation until
the end of World War II. S/Sgt. Lowry, a retired CPA, served as a scout and as a
squad leader in Company A, 276th Infantry in the Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland, and
Central Europe Campaigns. The book can be downloaded
The Red Scarves|
"The Red Scarves" by William J.
Greenwalt. Privately published through Aberjona Press. A detailed history of C/276 by its former Company Commander.
This book is no longer available.
Men and a Time Remembered|
"Men And A Time
Remembered" a history of the 276th
Infantry Regiment with considerable emphasis on the 2nd Battalion and E Company
written by H. Lynn McGuire, Andrew J. McMahon and Philip C. Lester, all of E
Company. This book is now available.
includes shipping and handling to: Andrew J. McMahon, 112 Tam-O-Shanter Drive,
Blythewood, SC 29016. It is in
the following libraries: U S. Army Military History Institute, Temple
University, Ohio State University, US Army Command & General Staff College Ft
Leavenworth, KS, Infantry School Donovan Technical Library, Ft Benning, GA,
Library of Congress, U. S. Military Academy, Pentagon Library, U. S. Army Center
of Military History, Benton County Museum, Philomath, OR, Eastern Washington
University, Florida State University, Charles F. Brush High School, South
Company L, 276th Infantry Regiment|
"Company L, 276th
Infantry Regiment" Its WW2 history
and recollections of surviving members 50 years later by Gene Burtner, Platoon
Sgt. and Roger Conarty, Company Commander. This 168 page book is highly
attractive with many photographs and tales contributed by company members. While
concentrating on Love Company, this book will be of interest not only to 70th
veterans but to any WW2 buff. Privately published.
a book of WW II memories, by Roy T. Veary. Mr. Veary served in the 70th Infantry
Division in WW II. He was captured by the Germans a short time after his first
combat action, so the book is mainly about his POW experiences. He never gave up
trying to escape, and did get out of the Stalag at Hammelburg on three
occasions. His time of freedom varied from hours to several days, but was
recaptured in all cases. He describes from first-hand, the attempt by General
Patton's Third Army to free Patton's son-in-law from Hammelburg and how that
raid raised, then dashed, the POWs' hopes for freedom. Veary and his American,
British, Australian and Russian fellow prisoners were finally freed by the 3d
Infantry Division. This
book is now available through Author House (1-800-839-8640).
Mr. Veary will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Mr. Veary's address
is: Roy T. Veary, 594 S. La Luna Ave. Ojai, CA 93023.
World War II is Not Over|
"World War II Is Not Over", written by Frank Yarosh, Co. C 274th
Inf. Reg’t, in a non-sophisticated language style. He shares intimate
happenings, thoughts and details of harsh experience in brutal intense combat
lasting over 2 weeks in Phillipsbourg, France, as the lead scout in the attack
on January 4, 1945. On January 21, Frank and a Co. C buddy, Glenn, along with 2
Co. G infantrymen, Banker and Demuth, were captured in a Maginot Line Pillbox.
After an intensive interrogation by German Intelligence they were moved across
the Rhine to Stalag 12A (Limbourg) and then by a 5 day boxcar journey to Stalag
11B (Fallingbostel) in northern Germany. Frank describes in vivid details the
horrible living conditions of the life of a noncommissioned American soldier as
a prisoner-of-war. It was a “holocaust” of sorts involving little food (lost 65
pounds in 3 months), no heat or hot water, no showers, or laundry, tough work
details, lice, diarrhea and despondency.
After liberation on April 16, 1945, by the British Desert Rats, Frank spent 6
weeks in Winston Churchill Hospital, Oxford, England, prior to being shipped to
the USA. Homecoming was great for him and his immediate family, but please
remember that a liberated POW in WW2 was not considered to be a hero by the
general public. “Take no prisoners” was the nature of the mentality of the time
without consideration of how one was captured.
The reader will find this unusual story to be a page-turner and a worthwhile
book. This book is recommended for every library and WW2 history buff.
This book’s 2nd Edition is available at Xlibris Publishers, 436 Walnut Street,
11th Floor, Philadelphia PA, 19106. Telephone 1 888 795 4274. ($14.44+S&H). Or
go here. Books may
also be ordered through any bookstore using ISBN #1-4010-2930-2. A request that
it be back-ordered will expedite delivery!
"Survival", The inside story of the infamous Stalag IXB. Based on
Sam Higgins (B/275) vivid recollections while reviewing the daily entries he
made on the margins of his New Testament. Built around actual entries, Survival
will reveal such horrors as the segregation of the American - Jewish soldiers,
the filth and stress of cramped living conditions and the meager food rations.
Conversations characterize the raw, realistic, but oft-times humorous moments as
these soldiers sought to adapt to a marginal existence behind barbed wire.
William Schmied, former CO of B/275, writes the forward. Since it is about, and
a result of, the capture of the remaining members of B/275, 70th Infantry
Division, this book should be of interest to members of the 70th Infantry
Division Association and World War Two buffs everywhere.
The Battle of Wingen-sur-Moder|
The Battle of Wingen-sur-Moder,
by Lt. Col. Wallace Cheves. New edition! Available through
Merriam Press. This
is a much improved version of the original copy made in the late 70s and early
80s. New edition edited by Steve Dixon.
I Never Had it So Good|
I Never Had it So Good, by Jack
Rokahr. A privately published autobiography of Jack Rokahr who served with D/274
as a 2LT mortar platoon section leader.
This book is no longer available.
Seventh Army Report of Operations|
"The Seventh United States
Army Report of Operations", 2 Volumes. Reprinted by the Battery Press,
Nashville, Tn. These reports and maps are a direct reprint of the original 3
volume work. It was written by the Historical Detachment of the Seventh Army. It
covers the history of the Seventh Army from its invasion in Southern France to
the end of the War.
Seven Days in January|
"Seven Days in January" by Wolf
Zoepf. Available from the
Press. A fair and balanced account of the Battle of Wingen from the German
When the Odds Were Even|
"When the Odds Were Even", by
Keith Bonn. A thorough account of the Vosges Mountains
Campaign from October 1944 - January 1945. The book can be
obtained through Aberjona Press.
The Other Battle of the Bulge|
"The Other Battle of the Bulge",
by Charles Whiting. A look at Operation Northwind (Nordwind). Excerpts from
Blazers are featured in this book. Book is available from Scarborough House,
America's Forgotten Army|
"America's Forgotten Army",
by Charles Whiting. A concise history of the US Seventh Army from Sicily to the
surrender of Germany. Available from Sarpedon Press, Rockville Center, NY.
"Black Edelweiss", by Johann
Voss, Available from the
Press. "...Apart from the piercing insights into the question of why the
German soldier fought as he did, the author's anguished, yet resolute
examination of the dialectic between the honorable comportment of his unit and
the fundamentally reprehensible conduct of other non-combat groups behind the
front lines who wore the same uniform makes this book unique." Trailblazers
fought against the 6th SS and this book will provide insights concerning their
"Winter Storm - War in Northern
Alsace November 1944 - March 1945" by Lise M. Pommois. Turner Publishers,
1991. Commissioned by the Rainbow Division Association - it is a thorough
account of the action in Northern Alsace. Many maps and pictures. This book is
no longer in print. Used copies may be available from book dealers.
Riviera to the Rhine|
Aegis Consulting Group, Inc. has announced its authorized reproduction of the
official history of the Seventh Army in Europe during World War II in a new,
particularly affordable format.
"Riviera to the Rhine", by Jeff Clarke
and Robert Ross Smith, was originally introduced by the US Army Center of
Military History in 1993, as part of its official history of the Second World
War. Until now, it has only been available either through the US Government
Printing Office or in very limited quantities through a magazine company which
has already declared its limited run out of print.
Some Seventh Army veterans have nevertheless acquired copies of this excellent
book, and all of them have strongly recommended that Aegis try to make it
available to all veterans of the Association and their families.
To enhance the book's affordability and to allow veterans and their family
members to purchase only those parts of the originally 600+ page book which are
of interest to them, Aegis has produced the book as a series of lower-priced
separate volumes. For ease of reading, the text, all of the many photos, and
excellent maps are also 21% larger than in the original government printing.
Volume I, The Invasion and Campaign in Southern France covers the planning for
and execution of Operation DRAGOON and the destruction and pursuit of German
forces up the Rhone Valley to the Vosges foothills. It addresses the period from
August through September 1944. This 229-page volume sets the stage for the
Seventh Army's offensive against German defenses in the High Vosges Mountains
and the drive to the Rhine. Volume II, The Campaign in the High Vosges addresses
the fighting of the VI and XV Corps as they ground their way into some of the
most eminently defensible terrain in all of Western Europe, and, for the first
time in history, ultimately pierced the extensive German defenses there. This
220-page volume covers the stunning defeat of the German's Army Group G in
Volume III, Operations in Alsace and Eastern Lorraine, and the Drive to
Stuttgart covers the advance to the German frontier, the suspension of offensive
operations in the wake of the German Ardennes Offensive, the repulse of
Operation NORDWIND, as well as operations in the Colmar Pocket, and the attack
in the Saar which followed. Using material from the US Army's The Last
Offensive, the volume also covers the final drive across the Rhine and the
Seventh Army's drive into southern Germany. The roles played by elements of the
70th Infantry Division in these operations are explained thoroughly in this
Each perfect-bound, soft-cover volume may be purchased for $14.95 individually;
and all three can be ordered for $39.95. Shipping for one book is $4.00, and
each additional book is $1.00. Pennsylvania residents must add 6% sales tax.
Order from Aegis Consulting Group, PO Box 629, Bedford, PA 15522; toll-free
phone: 866-265-9063; email:
Personal checks, money orders, and VISA/MasterCard, American Express, and
Discover are all welcome.
"Camp Adair" by John Baker. From the forward: "At the beginning of
World War II, our nation needed to train hundreds of thousands of young soldiers
for combat in Europe and the Pacific. A site of several dozen square miles north
of Corvallis was selected for one of the U.S. Army's new training bases.
Hundreds of farm families were forced to depart. Soon trainloads of troops began
arriving, and about 1,800 buildings were constructed.
Between 1942 and 1944,
Camp Adair served its purpose. An estimated 100,000 troops were trained there,
including most of four army divisions.
Many of those men returned to Oregon after the war, to build families, farms,
and businesses here. Sleepy valley communities were transformed. Those former
soldiers had a major impact upon Oregon's postwar population and economic
My wife remembers, as a child, waving to passing troop convoys from a family
farm along Highway 99W. But as one who didn't move to Oregon until the 1950s,
I've been only vaguely aware of the Camp Adair story. However, I've talked to
many Oregonians these past five decades who trace their local roots to Camp
Adair training. So I knew it had been a big deal, but few of the details.
John Baker grew up in the shadow of Camp Adair, and has researched those
details, and tells an important story in this book. It's one that probably means
most to those who spent part of their youth training there. But it's also an
important story for anyone who wants to understand how our country prepared to
fight and win World War II, and for anyone who cares about 20th Century
development of Oregon."
Of note: the late Gus Comuntzis gives his recollections of Camp Adair in the
To order this book send 16.95 plus 3.95 shipping and handling to Oregon Coast
History Center, 545 SW 9th St., Newport, Oregon 97365. You can send a check or
charge it to your Visa, Mastercard, or Discovery. Orders can be faxed in at
541-265-3992. If you have any questions you can call 541-265-7509. All profits
from the sale of the book will go to the Polk, Benton, and Lincoln County
A Worm's Eye View|
"Camp Adair" by PFC Calvin T. McKibbin and Marsha
Wright, Editor. Set during one of the most tumultuous times in the history of
America, A Worm's Eye View is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Cal's memories
as a Private in 1944, during the invasion of Germany, reveal the everyday life
and drudgery of war, and personalize the struggle of millions on both sides of
Cal served with the A&P Platoon of Headquarters Company of the
3rd Battalion of the 274th Infantry.
This book may be ordered through
Barnes and Noble.