Photographs - Page 123 - National Archives, ETO

These photos are from the National Archives, and cover several of the areas where the 70th fought. Some of these photos are already on the site in a lower resolution. A special thanks to Amy for her help in searching for these photos! Please note that the captions are the original, and may contain errors.

 

Soldier carrying mortar in baby carriage in Saarbrucken as troops moved into the city today, 20 March 1945. 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Division. Photo: National Archives.

Civilians in Metzing, France form a human chain to repair damage alleged to have been to have been done to their church by American artillery last December, 1944. 70th Infantry Division. 13 February, 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Their river crossing practice completed in the Grossbliederstoff area, Infantry men of I Company start their trek back to their area. All of them a little bit wiser as far as river crossings are concerned. 3rd Bn, 276th Infantry, 70th Division dated 13 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

A assault boat loaded with infantrymen moves across the Saar River in the practice crossing near Grossbliederstoff, France. 3rd Bn, 276th Infantry, 70th Division dated 13 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Platoon Sergeant of I Company hustles his men along after crossing the Saar River in a rehearsal near Grossbliedersroff, France. 3rd Bn, 276th Infantry, 70th Division dated 13 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

A rifle man of the 70th Division batters down a house door in a sniper search in Wingen, France.German mountain fighters infiltrated into our lines after first seizure. then they were drivien out a second time. Dated 17 January 1945. Photo: National Archives.

John C. Cassidy, Cleveland, Ohio, writes message "#1 for Adolph" on the first shell fired from his gun. The target is a point somewhere in Germany. 725th Field Artillery Battalion, 70th Division area, France. 7 February 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Same photo as the left, colorized by We the People Restoration & Colorization.

A memory of Italy, "Castle Hill" at Cassino is found at Forbach, the last big Alsatian town between American troops and Germany. The castle, which is the highest point in Forbach, commands the observation of the lowland into Forbach and the gateway to Germany. The castle, which has been shelled constantly by American artillery, and has finally fallen into the hands of the Americans, is receiving constant return fire from German artillery in Germany. Comany G, 276th Infantry, 70th Division. 21 February 1945. Photo: National Archives.

1200 men, maninly Serbs, Yugoslavs, and Russians escaped en masse from a German prisoner of war hospital in France and made their way to the Allied lines. Here they wait for transportation to the rear of the U.S. Seventh Army sector in Etzling, France. 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Division. 5 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Medic T/5 Max Freeman, 274th Collecting Detachment, 70th Division, U.S. 7th Army, aids a wounded Russian soldier. The latter is one of 1200 men who escaped en masse from a German prisoner of war hospital in France and made their way to the Allied lines in the Etzling area of France. 5 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Some of the Yugoslav prisoners held by Germans in group of 1200 hospitalized men at Styring Wendel, France, who overpowered their guards and made their to American lines at the approach of the 70th Division, 7th Army. 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Div. 5 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

1200 men of all nationalities escaped from a German P.O.W. hospital in Styring-Wendel, France. Here Czechs smile after winning their freedom and making their way to Allied lines in the 7th US Army sector near Etzling area, France. 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Div. 5 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

1200 men of all nationalities escaped from a German P.O.W. hospital and make their way to Allied lines. 14 French P.O.W., among those who escaped were prisoners for 4 1/2 years and came from all sections of France -- Paris, Bordeaux and Normandy. They are now awaiting transport to rear of 7th US Army lines. Etzling area, France. 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Division. 5 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

In the background of this view of the Saarbrucken area, Germany, Nazis set up a smoke screen. Note the dragon teeth tank obstacles of the Siegfried Line in the center. 274th Infantry, 70th Division, US Seventh Army. 4 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Brigadier General Peter P. Rhodes, Commanding General 70th Infantry Division Artillery, ETO. March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Lieutenant General Jacob L. Devers, Commanding General of the 6th Army Group (left) talks to Brigadier General Peter P. Rodes, Artillery Commander, 70th Division. On the right Major General Allison J. Barnett, Commanding General, 70th Infantry Division, talks to Major General Wade H. Haislip, Commanding General, XV Corps, while on tour of St. Jean Rohrbach, France. 20 February 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Brigadier General Thomas W. Herren, Assistant Division Commander, 70th Infantry Division, ETO. March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Infantrymen of Company I, 275th Infantry Regiment, 70th Division, U.S. Seventh Army, run across an open area in the French-German border town of Stiring-Wendel, near Saarbrucken. 14 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

A combat medic of the 276th Inf. Reg., 70th Div. in Forbach, France races across an intersection covered by machine gun fire as white tape indicates. Two other Yanks, protected by a light tank, keep watch in both directions while a thrid mans the turret gun. 3 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Lt. Edwin D. Cooke, Los Angeles, Calif., 70th Div. Wingen, France, lay with the dead for 18 hours during a German counterattack in this territory of France. At one time a Nazi rolled him over to cut off his wrist watch and failed to notice he was still alive. Here, Lt. Cooke (foreground) demonstrates the position he took to escape detection. The other soldiers in the background, one a medic, are dead. The area was, again, taken over by the Allies after an all night battle. 7 Jan. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

John Dored, Russian-born Paramount newsreel cameraman from New York, pictures dead German on ground at Wingen, France, contested by Nazis twice. Counter attack failed. 781st Tk Bn, 274th Infantry Regiment. 7 Jan 1945. Photo: National Archives.

A hotel in Wingen, France, suspected sniper hideout, is hit by U.S. tracer bullets as infantrymen of the 70th Division retake the town from German mountain troops. The nazis managed infiltration of our lines, seizing prisoners, but were soon behind barbed wire. Wingen is at the southerly edge of German spearhead near Bitche. 6 Jan. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Wounded infantrymen, after receiving aid from medics and wrapped in blankets, rest in a protective trench after battling through the night to retake the French village of Wingen from german mountain fighters. After the Nazis dislodged Yanks by infiltration, American infantry and tanks surged in again to retake the town. 6 Jan 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Nazi soldiers are shown carrying their wounded on litters from the French village of Wingen after Yanks seized it from German mountain fighters who infiltrated through our lines. The captives were among the first taken in the attack to retake Wingen at most southern tip of German spearhead in Bitche area. 6 Jan. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Houses in the French village of Wingen are shelled by U.S. tanksin the action that took the town a second time from the Nazis. German mountain fighters infiltrated into our lines during the night, seizing th etown and some Yank prisoners. 6 Jan. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

A 4.2 mortar crew prepares to hurl a harassing barrage of white phosphorous shells on enemy positions to protect movement of 274th infantrymen (in background) moving up to new positions above Wimmenau, France. 83rd Chemical Mortar Bn., 274th Infantry Regiment. 25 Jan. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Mortar fires on enemy positions in German held third of Forbach, France. Officer checks range with observation post over phone as squadman ducks the blast of another round on the way. Company D, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Division, U.S. Seventh Army. 24 Feb, 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Medic and infantryman take shelter against a pile of rubble as German artillery shells newly captured Behren. 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Div. 17 Feb. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Same picture as left -- colorized by We the People Restoration & Colorization.

PFC Vincent J. Wenge of Coleman, S. Dak., Company I, 276th Inf. Regt., 70th Div. bails out his foxhole, which was flooded by melting snows. Morsbach area, France. 2 Feb. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Hit by flying shrapnel, a civilian woman of Frobach, France is carried to an American aid station by three Frenchmen. 70th Div., 7th US Army. 23 Feb. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Women refugees cook on the community stove in the cave that is an abandoned mine. About 80 men, women and children have established an almost self-sufficient community life. They are observed by the American patrol [that] investigated the mine for possible enemy hide-outs. The mine is located in "no man's land", near German held Gorsbliederstoff area, France. Co. F, 2nd Bn., 275th Inf. Regt., 70th Div. 26 Jan. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Infantrymen from L/274 carry a fallen comrade who died in the assault on Spicheren, France earlier in the day. The soldier in the background is carrying the dead man's equipment. Signal Corps photo dated 22 Feb. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

This church was damaged by constant shelling during the assault on Kerbach, France. The town was captured by U.S. Seventh Army infantrymen. 274th Inf. Regt., 70th Div. 22 Feb. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Three infantrymen of the 276th Inf. Regt., 70th Division, Seventh U.S. Army, fighting in bitterly contested Forbach, are constantly on the alert for counter action. One guards rear from behind halftrack, another observes from behind tree, while the third crouches behind a jeep. 3 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Two Yank infantrymen, right, peer from the doorway as enemy shell finds a mark at the intersection in Forbach. The 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Division, Seventh U.S. Army, is clearing the town and surrounding high ground of Nazi units. 3 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Vehicles and maintenance tank of the 70th Division, U.S. Seventh Army, wait in Kerbach, France, for orders to move on to the next town. Kerbach had been cleared of the enemy. 274th Inf. Regt. 22 Feb. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

The town of Spicheren, France, was taken by the 27th Infantry Regiment, 70th Division, U.S. Seventh Army. The church tower looms prominently. 22 February 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Through the debris-covered street walk infantrymen of 70th Division. The U.S. Seventh Army men are passing through a liberated section of the city of Forbach, France. 23 February 1945. Photo: National Archives.

A gun crew, whose guns just knocked out two enemy tanks, relax between fire missions. An open fire protected by empty 105mm shell cases helps keep them warm. Bty B, 311th FA Bn., [attached], 70th Div. Niederbetschdorf, France. 17 January 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Vehicles of the 274th Inf. Regt., 70th Inf. Div., 12th Army Group, pass in review at formal parade on Wilhelmstrasse, Wiesbaden, Germany on July 4th, 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Soldiers stack bales of dirty clothing which will be sent to quartermaster laundry in rear area. SV/275, Metzing, France. Note medics walking to building. A small sign on the window shutter to the left of the door reads "Shower". 3 February 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Here men may remove their clothing, as they come direct from the foxholes, take a hot shower and receive an issue of clean clothing. The room, a former restaurant, forward of the forward command post, with a clothinh unit and shower exchange, is close to the front lines. Service Company, 275th Inf. Regt., 70th Division, U.S. Seventh Army, Metzing, France. 3 February 1945. Photo: National Archives.

The German Siegfried Line city of Saarbrucken, whose approaches are rimmed with pillboxes and Dragon's Teeth tank barriers, seen from the air. Two bridges over the Saar River can be seen intact. A third bridge has been destroyed. American troops are fighting only 1,000 yards from the river. 70th Inf. Div, XV Corps. 18 Mar. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Litter bearers carry wounded infantrymen through back streets of Wingen, to avoid possible sniper fire. Germans were routed a second time from the town after counter attacking during the night and seizing Yank prisoners. 70th Division. 7 January 1945. Photo: National Archives.

A machine gun covers the approach to the Bailey Bridge constructed by U.S. Seventh Army engineers over the Saar River near Saarbrucken, Germany. 48th Eng. Bn. [Attached], 70th Div., 7A. 21 March 1945. Photo: National Archives.

A Seventh Army infantryman, Pfc. Coy Hines, Medill, Okla., relaxes in the sun under a recently renovated sign in Forbach, France. The bottle contains, not schnapps, but perfume. Coy says the boys need a bit of "freshening". 1Bn, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Div, 7th U.S. Army. 23 Feb. 1945. Photo: National Archives.

Same picture as above right -- colorized by We the People Restoration & Colorization.


 

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