Photographs - Page 31

The following pages are photos, both official and personal, of all units of the 70th. Where known, unit and soldiers are identified.

Church across street from KUR HOTEL, Neiderbronn, France. Building adjacent is where German SS Mountain Troops were held as prisoners in the basement. Eino ran into the church one time when he heard a shell coming in. It hit the steeple and turned out to be a dud. The bomb fell to the street in front of the church. Photo: Mackie.

Floating Military Bridge across the Rhine River in Bingen, Germany, Jan 1945. Quite an engineering feat considering the vast expanse across the river. Notice the walls across the river for the vineyards. Photo: Mackie.

The KUR HOTEL, Neiderbronn, France. This was Reg. Hq., 274th Inf. Reg. from 8 JAN to 20 JAN 1945. It is now called the GRAND HOTEL. Photo: Mackie.

Above: Kur Hotel, Neiderbronn, France (HDQTRS 274TH) - Notice the modern KUR is now called the GRAND HOTEL. (See Below) Dad (EINO) said that the Germans forced them out of the hotel for a few days. We recaptured the Hotel but the Germans left it booby trapped. The first several solders that walked up to the front including an officer were killed. If you remember Eino J. Mackie was the jeep driver for HQ & HQ Co. of the 274th. When we were there last summer the clerk did not know it used to be the KUR HOTEL and actually led me to another place down the street that she thought was the KUR. Dad said that the French cooks took their C-Rations and mixed some other things with it to make some fine cuisine. Dad stayed on the 3rd floor in the back. Just to the left of the KUR is a church and the next building is where Dad and others took their turn guarding the elite SS Mountain Troops. Dad said he dozed off once and the Germans still didn't make a move. Photo: Mackie.

Grand Hotel (formerly Hotel Kur) in Niederbronn, France as it stands today. Photo: Mackie.

The center of Niederbronn...the right rear in the corner store is the photography shop where Lydia Brewster worked some time after the war. She was only seven years old and living in Phillipsbourg at the time of the bombings. The American tanks shot her home and there were 20 folks in the basement. Lydia helped to pull old folks on sleds, 7 km to Niederbronn after the house caught on fire. The house did not burn down and is restored today. Photo: Mackie.

The same area today. Photo: Mackie.

Eino J. Mackie- Regimental HQ & HQ Co., 274th Infantry Regiment of the 70th Division. Photo was taken after the war was over by a German Photographer in exchange for a pack of cigarettes. Photo: Mackie.

Eino searching a German soldier near Behren, France, a short distance south of Saarbrucken. This photo was sent to Eino's home town newspaper in Lead, South Dakota. Photo: Mackie.

North end of SUICIDE DRIVE approaching 88 CORNER. Notice the last pink building on the left side of hwy. can be identified on page 41 in Snow Ridges and Pill Boxes just behind the tank. Road sign shows Baerenthal pointing to the left. Photo: Mackie

Road leading into Phillipsbourg as of June 1999. This was called SUICIDE DRIVE. As Eino entered town, German mortar started to fall. Dad parked his Jeep next to the first barn on the right and hid in a root cellar out in the back. Upon returning to his Jeep, it had 100 holes in it, a flat tire, and the radio was knocked out. On page 37 in the book "SNOW RIDGES AND PILLBOXES", written by Lt. Col. Wallace R. Cheves, is the identical photo taken in 1945. (see above) It is rather amazing how the entry to Phillipsbourg from the south looks virtually the same today! Regarding the church on the right, Dad and others took shelter inside for a short time and found an American soldier laying on the alter. It would be interesting to know who that hero was and who laid him there? Photo: Mackie.

SUICIDE DRIVE, Phillipsbourg, France, from the book "Snow Ridges and Pillboxes, page 37, by Lt. Col. Wallace R. Cheves. This is how it looked in Jan. 1945. Photo: Mackie.