Title: The 84th Infantry Division in The Battle of ...
Publisher: Viking Press, NY
Publication Date: 1946
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: 1st Edition
Slipcase Set - hardcover book and paperback roster : Hardcover and Roster - Good to V Good, Slipcase - fair - Hardcover - clean, no marks, clean inside, v minor soiling to boards, no dustjacket, 1st Edition. 1946 1st ed. 260pp. illus. maps. beige cloth sm 4to w/division patch device: Paperback - quarto Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men: Slipcase (scarce) - with clean pictorial label (color drawing of soldiers on winter patrol) - black slipcase has been tape repaired and missing the back A graphic battle history of the 84th Infantry Division "The Railsplitters" in World War II, from the Siegfried Line, to the battle Of The Bulge, to the Rhine, to the Elbe. Profusely illustrated with photographs and six graphic full color drawings of combat paintings, also, sixteen maps and the endpapers have an area map of the 84th Division from Louisiana to the Elbe, the paintings, drawings, and maps were by Sergeant Walter H. Chapman, hundreds of interviews of the men of the 84th, The Railsplitters saw combat in Europe from the Siegfried Line through the Ardennes to the Elbe. Part of the 84th, a patrol from Company G of the 333rd Infantry made the historic first contact with the Soviet Army at the Elbe The 84th Infantry Division was activated on 15 October 1942. It embarked on 20 September 1944 and arrived in the United Kingdom on 1 October, for additional training. The division landed on Omaha Beach, 1-4 November 1944, and moved to the vicinity of Gulpen, the Netherlands, 5-12 November. The division entered combat, 18 November, with an attack on Geilenkirchen, Germany, as part of the larger offensive in the Roer Valley, north of Aachen. Taking Geilenkirchen, as part of Operation Clipper on 19 November, the division pushed forward to take Beeck (Geilenkirchen) and Lindern in the face of heavy enemy resistance, 29 November. After a short rest, the division returned to the fight, taking Wurm and Würm (Geilenkirchen), Mullendorf, 18 December, before moving to Belgium to help stem the German winter offensive. Battling in snow, sleet, and rain, the division threw off German attacks, recaptured Verdenne, 24-28 December, took Beffe and Devantave, 4-6 January 1945, and seized Laroche, 11 January. By 16 January, the Bulge had been reduced. After a 5-day respite, the 84th resumed the offensive, taking Gouvy and Beho. On 7 February, the division assumed responsibility for the Roer River zone, between Linnich and Himmerich, and trained for the river crossing. On 23 February 1945, the division cut across the Roer, took Boisheim and Dülken, 1 March, crossed the Niers Canal on 2 March, took Krefeld, 3 March, and reached the Rhine by 5 March. The division trained along the west bank of the river in March. After crossing the Rhine, 1 April, the division drove from Lembeck toward Bielefeld in conjunction with the 5th Armored Division, crossing the Weser River to capture Hanover, 10 April. By 13 April, it had reached the Elbe, and halted its advance, patrolling along the river. The Russians were contacted at Balow, 2 May 1945. The division remained on occupation duty in Germany after VE-day, returning to the United States on 19 January 1946 for demobilization. It was redesignated a reserve formation on 21 January 1946. Bookseller Inventory # 08122.190515OS
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