Photographs - Page 32

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

88 Corner, page 41, SNOW RIDGES AND PILLBOXES. There were several "88" corners, but the men of the 1st Battalion, 274th Infantry best remember this one at Philipsbourg. Photo: Mackie.

Because the mountains are on both sides of Phillipsbourg, there was only one main street through town so the entire main street was dubbed SUICIDE DRIVE. The road intersects at the north end of town and goes East past the old railroad station and over the mountain to Baerenthal. The road heading West from the intersection heads up through a valley to Neunhoffen. This is the 88 CORNER. This is a photo of the 88 CORNER connecting with the main Bitche-Neiderbronn hiway. The tank would have been parked just to the right around the corner. The road to Neunhoffen heading West is just past the Restaurant. Photo: Mackie.

In front of this barn is where the Jeep was hit with 100 mortar holes. The "barn" is also part of a home under the same roof. The old folks that live here told us that many American soldiers hid in their root cellar behind the barn and another one up on the hillside. Photo: Mackie.

The church is easy to spot in the black & white photo named "Suicide Drive" from "Snow Ridges and Pillboxes". This is the church as it stands today. This where Eino Mackie found the dead American soldier placed on the alter by someone. Also, according to the map on page 22, the hill above the church leads to "Bornsteins Knob" which was the initial objective of Company "A". Photo: Mackie.

Colonel Sam G. Conley on the Rhine. Was this on the captured yacht that was the SS VAN WERT? Photo: Mackie.

Eino was issued this Jeep in Marseilles, France just after debarking from the ship SS Maraposa on the evening of 10 Dec 1944. By the time he drove all through the mountains of NE France and into Germany the odometer registered over 6,000 miles. The jeep had over 100 holes in it because of a mortar attack when he entered "Suicide Drive" at the city limits of Phillipsbourg, France. Photo taken in Mainz, Germany along the Rhine River, June 1945. The other man in the jeep is Michael M. Marian who was the radio operator. Photo: Mackie.

PFC MACKIE stenciled below the windshield on his jeep. Notice the modified fenders. Holes in the fender are for the stars and stripes flags or for flags indicating officer rank. Bumper reads 70 I & R HQ 18. Photo: Mackie.

ENTERING PHILLIPSBOURG FROM THE NORTH. Phillipsbourg was extremely important to the Germans because it was the only route available to move tanks and supplies to the highly strategic Alsatian Plains to the south. Both sides lost heavily in the bitter struggle. German artillery was heavy. This was the 1st Battalion's first taste of watching the earth erupt all around them, seeing men flung into the air, hit the ground, roll over, and then lie deathly still. Then the sickening stench of burning flesh, the cries for Medics, and forever burned into the memories of wounded, the sudden pain of a bullet or a shell fragment. Those men will never forget Phillipsbourg. Photo: Mackie.

SS troops & P.W. enclosure - Bad Kreuznach, Germany. Notice field latrines in foreground. No doubt built by 270th Engineers! Photo: Mackie.

German WAC & Red Cross Woman's part of P.W. Camp - Bad Kreuznach, Germany. Photo: Mackie.

A short time before Eino died, he took a magnifying glass to this photo of the FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT Bridge and wrote down what it said on the sign next to the bridge. OVERALL LENGTH=4502 FT., SPAN=2,221 FT., 95 TON MAIN BEAMS, 9750 PILE STEEL, 92 TON PILE CAPPING, 252 TON PILE BRACING, 4502 FT RAILS, 9-1/2 DAYS TO BUILD IT. MAINZ, GERMANY ON THE RHINE. These men had to mighty sharp to build this bridge in 9-1/2 days!! Photo: Mackie.

One of the root cellars is attached to the right side of the barn. The other one was up on the hill side. Eino drove his Jeep on this flagstone road up on the mountain to scout for machine gun nests. Photo: Mackie.

1st Lt. John W. Gordon, I & R Platoon, R. HQ. CO., 274th Inf. Rgt. (The following is from Jim Hanson). This building was the Hq Co/274 kitchen, mess hall and EM Club. Before we arrived, it was a German boat club. The mess hall was the deck or patio; the kitchen in the rear; upstairs was our EM club - I especially remember playing ping pong there many evenings. To the right and out of the picture is the Rhine. Photo: Mackie.