Photographs - Page 2

Photos from the collection of Colonel Sam Conley. Obtained through ebay.

Note on River Crossing demo picture: The following is from Tom Herren, whose dad was LTG Thomas W. Herren. The excerpt is from General Herren's diary on March 13, 1945: "Held river crossing exercise this PM for 3d Bn 276th. .....We may have to make one river crossing very soon. Krauts pulled out today all along our front, so civilians say and our units are moving north tonight hoping to reach the Saar and get a bridgehead there so 12th Armored can go on thru.-would save us many men. Cannot hear my rooster from here. Will miss him at 0600. Big gun very near goes off at 15 minute intervals. Must be a 240mm - shakes the house."

The crossing of the Saar took place on March 20 - the 276th and 274th crossing and entering Volklingen on that date. We were in Alenkessel, Puttengen, Holz, Sielzbach, and Fishbach before dark that day.

 

This photo formed one of the panoramic frames. Look closely and you'll see that Col. Conley's two photos placed side to side give a panoramic view of Wingen from the western approach. That's what the 2nd Bn/274 saw coming off the ridges from Puberg. The infamous railroad underpass is just beyond the house with a snow-covered hip roof on the left. The burning building is the hotel Wenk; and that may be the Bergmann house on the far right of picture 1 (at the center of the composite). The bell tower of the Catholic Church shows clearly in picture 2. The cemetery - where machine gun shooter Erich Meyer was set up - can't be made out. However, it's probably the clear area at the right of the last row of buildings in picture 2. Incidentally, these photos are in "Show Ridges and Pillboxes" also. Hope this helps. Best regards --- Army Leggett (G/274)

Another Frame. Hotel Wenk on fire.

Wingen - location in town unknown.

M/G position near Wingen.

Wingen - location in town unknown.

A view of Wingen.

Capt Eugene A. Sisson, CO, E/274, followed by his radio operator, enters the church where over 250 American POWs were held captive in the cellar since AM of 4 Jan., 1945. 7 JAN 45. Photo: T/4 Newell, U.S. Signal Corps.

Survivors from F/274, who spearheaded the attack on 6 Jan, receive mail while still wearing full battle regalia. L to R: S/Sgt Alex Pollack, Pfc Stan Smith, Pfc Charles Becks, Pfc Jack Mongold and Sgt. Dominic Renzaglia. Official caption from Signal Corps states: Mail call for 70th Division Infantrymen who fought to retake the French town of Wingen after the Nazi counterattack gained control of the town. 781st Tank Battalion, 274th Infantry Regiment, 7 Jan. 1945

AT Gun. The 2nd Bn/274th was without its supporting artillery, so its 57mm AT Guns were lowered into positions and used for direct fire on enemy targets.

Wingen.

Battalion Aid Station. Located in the woods west of Wingen. A pit was scooped out of the ground to provide protection for the wounded who wrapped in blankets, waiting to be evacuated.

Another section of Wingen.

A view of Wingen.

T/Sgt F.J. Conners (Brighton, Mass.) leads group of POWs along Zittersheim road. With fixed bayonet, Pfc Stanley L Smith of Newton, Mass. Guards the rear. Smith recalls: "It was a long hike to Zittersheim, but we got there before dark, and were met by MPs from the 45h Div. who took them into a room one by one for questioning by an American officer. I couldn't understand German so went outside and had chow with a 45th Div. chow truck."

Wounded being evacuated out of Wingen.

From Bill Bassak - I remember this group of prisoners. The wounded man was an officer and he was sitting in an easy chair that the men carried him out of Wingen on (rear group).

Gunner fires a U.S. heavy machine gun from a window. 70th Infantry Division. 6 January 1945. National Archives #111-SC-364315.

A rifleman of 70th Division, batters in a house door in sniper search at Wingen, France, twice taken by Yanks. German mountain fighters infiltrated into our lines after first seizure. Then they were driven out a second time. 1 January 1945. Photo by Tec 4 Edward C. Newell, 163rd Sig Photo Co. National Archives # 111-SC-272301.

Leaving Wingen.

From Fred Cassidy, G/274 - Most that I have seen were in Snow Ridges and Pillboxes - as was this photo which was taken on the afternoon of Jan. 6,1945. It is of Gen. Herren and Lt John Copeland, 2nd Bn Hqs, Anti-Tank Plat. They are on the hill overlooking Wingen-sur-Moder where the 274th was in the process of cleaning up the 12th SS German Mt Rgt, 6th SS Mt Div. Nord.

French lad helps machine gunner of 70th Division, 7th US Army, clean his weapon in Etzling, France. Dated Feb 22, 1945. Signal Corps photo.

Soldier of a tank destroyer unit, 70th Division, 7th U.S. Army, Digs his foxhole behind his .50 calibre machine gun emplacement in (town censored), France. Signal Corps Photo. Dated Feb. 22, 1945. (Web note: Unit attached to 70th since 70th had no TOE tank units)

Service Company, 275th Regiment, 70th Division, 7th U.S. Army, runs its own shower and clothing exchange in (town censored), France. Designed primarily for the line companies, the soldiers come directly from their foxholes to a hot shower and are issued clean clothing. Dated Feb 3, 1945.

River crossing demonstration: Their river crossing practice completed, infantrymen of I Company start trek back to their area. All of them a little bit wiser as far as river crossings are concerned. There were no casualties. I company of the 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Division, 7th Army, Grosbliederstroff area - March 13, 1945. Signal Corp Photo. (See below)

M-4 tanks head back into Wingen after figuring in move to reatake town from Germans after counterattack during night. 7 Jan 1945. 781st Tank Battalion, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Division. Signal Corps photo.