Guestblog WWII Veteran: Dogfaces in Frankfurt am Main
George G Klein – From Ranger to Forward Observer
Edgar Valderrama – 5th Infantry Division, 11th Infantry Regiment, Company C Entering the City We were a scraggly, dusty, sorry looking line of Dogfaces dragging ourselves single file into the first German city I had seen since ‘joining’ the Fifth Infantry Division as a replacement. The city had been rendered an impressive pile of ruins […]
The 2nd East Yorks take Venray
Earlier this year D-Day Overlord published an article on how George G Klein did not land in Pointe du Hoc on D-Day. Instead at the time he was in Northern Ireland with B Battery of the 46th Field Artillery Battalion, attached to the 5th Infantry Division. Instead of judging Klein for covering up his real history […]
Christmas 1944 in Luxembourg
After the heavy battles that took place near Overloon from September 30th to October 14th 1944, Venray would be the next town to be liberated. This was the task of the of the British 3rd Infantry Division. In this article I’m not trying to give a factual description of these battles. Instead, I’m trying to […]
Lost in the Ardennes – Veteran Story
Christmas 1944. A day that I believe every veteran of World War 2 remembers. May it be the people he was with, may it be the house stayed at, may it be the foxhole he shared or may it be the meal he at that day. Christmas is a day you simply can’t forget, especially […]
Flat beer from Metz – Letters of War Pt 2.
Edgar Valderrama was a replacement in C. Company, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, after the Battle of the Bulge. He joined the division in Luxembourg and crossed the Sauer River with them in February ’45. Ed still has quite some stories to tell us. To keep his memory and all the others of the 5th division […]
Twin Brothers in Battle
So here is another letter from our research project to 1st Lieutenant Orvin E. Nelson from the 10th Infantry Regiment. In this letter you’ll read that he was in the 28th Division before joining the 5th Infantry Division. After his basic training he joined A Company of the 110th Infantry in 8 Nov 1942. On […]
Another 5th Infantry Division footsoldier for Patton!
I’d like to share this letter and story from Elva Pack with you, written on April 10th 1945. Elda and Elva Pack were twin brothers who both were in the same unit and company during the Second World War. They served under Patton’s 3rd Army in the 5th Infantry Division, 10th Infantry Regiment. I think […]
Battlefield Mysteries – Night of the Bayonets
Arnold Whittaker, member of the 5th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge talks about his exerpiences during the Battle of the Bulge! Interestingly, Arnold talks about the hard winter conditions he faced during the battle. Just like many other Bulge veterans, it’s always the cold and the hunger that were their biggest enemy! […]
The Liberation of Berdorf 1944-1945 – Reliving The Past
Battle of the Bulge ‘One bitterly cold morning, I was in a foxhole with two other soldiers manning a .30-caliber machine gun. I say foxhole, but in actuality the ground was so frozen that all we could do was pull snow up around us and put some foliage on top. It couldn’t stop a bullet […]
In the last video of my Berdorf Battlefield Tour Series I will take you along the last two outposts which were held by the Germans until Berdorf was liberated. The account of Michael C Bilder helped me so much in this research. In this episode we’ll discuss one event he vividly remembers.