Eugene Brinkman’s Last Patrol

HIS LAST PASTROL. Researching and reconstructing the battlefields has always been a passion of mine. Working closely with my friend Myra Miller has allowed me to request many service records of WWII veterans. Two years ago I requested my very first Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF). An IDPF contains information regarding an individual soldier’s death. […]

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Visiting the Siegfried Line – 5 Locations You MUST See

The Siegfried Line near Wallendorf is probably the best spot to dive into the Battle of the Bulge in Luxembourg. The defensive structures around the village are part of a 630km defensive line full of pillboxes, tank traps and other stuff. I travelled to Wallendorf to see some of these defenses. Around the village you […]

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The First Across The Rhine!

The 5th Infantry Division was the first division to cross the Rhine River. On the night of March 22nd 1945, they crossed the river and within 24 hours the whole division was across. They managed to establish a six-mile deep bridgehead and capture 19.000 demoralized German troops. Their crossing was also the first crossing ever […]

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The taking of Bitburg – A Veteran’s Story

By Edgar Valderrama from C Company, 11th Infantry Regiment The following story was passed on to me by Edgar Valderrama, a veteran of the 11th Infantry Regiment of the 5th Infantry Division. Valderrama was in C company and probably joined the division before the division’s battle at Metz. His name is in the official 11th regimental roster, […]

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