Guestblog WWII Veteran: Dogfaces in Frankfurt am Main
WWII Veteran Guest Blog: Riding a horse in Czechoslovakia!
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 […]
Museum in the Dark – Vince Speranza
Guestblog by Edgar Valderrama – 5th Infantry Division, 11th Infantry Regiment, Company C. We reached the Danube after the war had ended. They say the Danube appears blue to those in love. I was in love, yet the Danube sure looked like any big muddy river to me. The end of the war had caught […]
Joedemadio to the Battle of Okinawa
Last Friday I was invite by the War Museum in Overloon, The Netherlands, to join one their first-time ‘Museum in the Dark’ event. The Museum is known for it’s annual Militracks Event, but this was something different. The event is evolved around the military experiences of Vincent J. Speranza, former member of H company, 501st […]
Returning a WWII Relic to the family!
When you guys are reading this, I’ll be on an airplane on my way to Okinawa, Japan. For two weeks I will move around the island to research the World War 2 Battlefields. Throughout the trip I will be actively posting pictures and other content on Facebook and Instagram. But the biggest effort will be […]
Beyond Band of Brothers – Alex M. Penkala & Skip Muck
Today I took possession of the pocket knife owned by Prentice W. Ball. This WWII relic was found on April 1, 2018, by Frank van Vark and my dad, Ronald van Meesen. Traveling to Germany, me and my dad went back to the original location and foxhole where the knife was found. In March 1945 […]
Research a Veteran’s Footsteps!
On January 10 1945, near Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, Alex M. Penkala was sharing a foxhole with Warren H. ‘Skip’ Muck. On that day in January their foxhole received a direct hit from a German 88mm FLAK gun. Both men are portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. The series is […]
Battle of the Bulge Memorial Walk
Have you considered researching a relative who fought in the European Theatre of Operations? We know how powerful family history is in shaping one’s identity. We also know how to uncover the details that create the most vivid picture possible of your loved one’s experience, and we can deliver them in the format that is […]
Dropzone “Nan” 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division
On January 21st 2018 the first annual Battle of the Bulge Memorial Walk of our group will start in the village of Berdorf, Luxembourg. Here we will follow the 4th and 5th Infantry Division’s history in the Battle of the Bulge. The route will pass through many historical sites and we come across very interesting […]
Bluebirds – A Novel Based on the True Story of my Local Battle of Britain Hero
Are you looking to relive the past? Then visit the Dropzones of the 82nd Airborne Division at Groesbeek! The the two dropzones at Groesbeek are very easy to visit today! Dropzone “Nan” was originally assigned to the 505th PIR and dropzone “Tare” to the 508th. However, due to problems mid-air, the 2nd battalion of the […]
In this guestblog author Melvyn Fickling tells us about the research of his novel Bluebirds. It’s a work of historical fiction based on the Battle of Britain. Even though my research doesn’t consists anything with the Battle of Britain, I believe this book is worth reading! Fickling told us about his research I first encountered Adrian […]