289th 290th 291st. Several green complexions and “I-don’t-care-if-I-die” expressions were noted about the third day out when we hit a rough sea. The 10th day out, gulls were sighted, and we knew that land could not be too far off. The food was good, and on Thanksgiving Day, we were pleasantly surprised to find turkey and all the trimmings awaiting the lusty appetites that the salt air had given us. Winchester, rich in story and legend, where the statue of King Alfred looks down the crooked, winding streets, and the solemn majesty of Winchester Cathedral stands quiet guard over the city, able to tell so many stories of the changes it has seen in man’s life. The driver who was captured was freed later when the city of Leipzig fell. If the Coat of Arms of the unit you are looking for is not on this page, the history has not as yet become available, or is being constructed. As soon as a history is available we will post it. Our destination had already been announced, so that everyone was eager for his first glimpse of England. There were several minor skirmishes, which it is believed were aimed at forcing us to disclose the location of our weapons. 276th Infantry Regiment. It was originally believed that the city was not too strongly held, but it turned out to be the major garrison before Leipzig, strongly and bitterly defended. But who is there among us who can forget how we got that old B.B.B. The historic and legendary 5th and 14th Infantry regiments along with the 66th infantry regiment which now has legends in its own right made up most of the personnel. Casualties, Decorations, Command Post Locations, Towns and cities captured, Statistics, Leaders and Units Attached bring the total pages to 92. . Station for that 5 a.m. train back to Kilmer…There was so much to do and so little time in which to do it…Take a last look; pour down that last scotch and soda…It may be a long time. Remember those passes to the big city? It is distinct from the 69th Infantry Regiment (New York) (the Fighting 69th). In mid-May, 1943, the 271st Infantry Regiment was constituted at Camp Shelby, Mississippi as part of the 69th Infantry Division. Remember all those landing barges we saw as we approached Southampton? The reply was that they would leave if they could be guaranteed safe conduct to their own lines, and this was refused. Higher Commands: (Overseas) Fifteenth, First, and Ninth Armies. On these pages is the history of an infantry regiment of particular interest to us since it is our own, the 271st Regiment of the Fighting 69th Division. Nonetheless, the attack was successful, and positions were consolidated. Orders were to continue a bold and determined advance until sufficient resistance was met to hold up the column. I wonder what the Krauts think about our printing. The rest of the regiment were in towns in the immediate vicinity. One had only to look around at these vessels to be impressed with the stupendous shipping problem that war presented and be struck with the efficiency with which the problem was being met. The battalion remained in Eilenberg for several days before continuing to advance. 69th Infantry Division (United States) - WikiMili, The Free Encyclopedia - WikiMili, The Free E You had to take three steps before your shoes could move. It was a memorable meal. Six batteries of 40-mm and three 150-mm howitzers were captured. After extensive training and preparation, the division departed Mississippi by rail on Halloween bound for Camp Kilmer in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It was cold as we debarked at Southampton on 27 November to entrain for our billet area. The 3rd Battalion went to nearby Arlysford and there received their billets in its vicinity. First Battalion arrived in Schmidtheim at 1330 and then moved on to clear the area to the east at 1715. Resistance was fanatical. 272nd Infantry Regiment . Without them, our missions would have been costly and often impossible. ... 106th Infantry Division. 5, Whiskey Creek, the red-scarred hill, and the “lone pine tree.” Some welcomed the move, as the start of a new adventure, the culmination of our extended training. 2. These are the tunes you’ll hear (in the “MIDI” format ): On the 272nd History page is “Moonlight Serenade,” Major Glen Miller’s theme song. “Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie,” on the 461st History, was made famous by Tommy Dorsey. On the 273rd History, “Don’t Get Around Much Any More” was made famous by Count Basie. “Getting Sentimental Over You," on the 271st History, was a Tommy Dorsey hit. “In the Mood,” on the 271st History, was another of Glen Miller’s famous recordings. “Jersey Bounce,” another dance tune of that era, is heard on the 777th Tank Battalion History. Another famous recording artist during WWII was Artie Shaw. “Begin the Beguine,” as heard on the 661st Tank Destroyer Battalion history, was one of his big hits. The music heard on the 880th Field Artillery history is "Take the A Train". Each man may feel proud and secure in the knowledge that things have been and will continue to be uncomfortable for our enemies with “Trespass against them!”. The riflemen kept plugging ahead until the only Krauts left were dead ones, and the astounding total of 1,500 PWs were taken, among them many SS men and Gestapo agents. The Second Battalion completed its mission, clearing the pillboxes in the regimental area. There was no visible nervousness, no confusion, no slackening of morale. Behind the pleasant scenes at Winchester, there was ever present the sobering thought that soon we would be put to the test. Casualty figures for the 69th Infantry Division, European theater of operations: Total battle casualties: 1,506; At Rotha, it was Anti-Tank men who assisted in defending the threatened Command Post location and helped rescue the I and R platoon which had been pinned down. The music you may hear on some of these history pages (if your computer has speakers) is the type of music the GIs listened to during WWII. In Europe, we had our own radio stations, called the Armed Forces Radio Network, and we also used Radio Luxemburg. “Axis Sally,” in her propaganda broadcasts, played the same type of music in an effort to destroy the morale of the U. S. forces. It had just the opposite effect. The GIs listened and laughed at her efforts, but appreciated the good music. “Tokyo Rose” in Japan tried the same thing with the GIs in the South Pacific, with no success either. Sgt. Formerly the Swedish luxury liner Kungsholm, she was to be our home for several days. In mid-May, 1943, the 271st Infantry Regiment was constituted at Camp Shelby, Mississippi as part of the 69th Infantry Division. The Pullman porter knew, but like all railroad employees, he was the vaguest source of information, and there remained only the usual unimpeachable channels of latrine rumors. 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