Very nice original (almost impossible to find) WWII COMBAT DIARY of the 290th Infantry Regiment, which was part of the 75th Infantry Division. The 290th Infantry Regiment participated in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes , and the Ruhr Pocket. Combat Diary Book is all original WWII Theater Printed. Combat Diary has a soft cover and is in very good condition. Complete with all 46 pages and a fold-out map. Combat Diary Book has some great photographs of the 290th in action. Some good Photo's of US Soldiers wearing White Camouflage Clothing in the Ardennes.
The 290th Infantry Regiment Combat Diary was a publication of the 290th Infantry Regiment. Written and edited by Tech 4 Cecil J. Bond and prepared under the direction of 1st Lt. Victor G. Katen.
Very rare unit-related publication of the 75th Infantry Division, with a direct link to the fierce battles in the Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes! Please note; stripes on photos are not present on the booklet itself, this is due to the sunblockers of the window. ALSO NOTE THAT THE PAGES SEEM EXTREMELY YELLOW DUE TO THE SUN/PHOTOGRAPHS, it is actually not that bad. Great solid and rare book.
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Unit history of the 75th Infantry Division/290th Infantry regiment
The 75th Infantry Division departed for the European Theater of Operations from Staten Island, New York on October 22, 1944 and only two months later received their “Baptism of Fire” during the Ardennes German Offensive. The Division's introduction to combat came toward the end of December 1944 in the northern sector of the Ardennes, coming face to face with the German spearhead now commonly known as "The Battle of the Bulge." The 75th Division contributed significantly to the Allied defensive effort in the Bulge, helping to halt the German Army's advance toward its primary objective - the port city of Antwerp, Belgium. Having turned the tide, the 75th went on the offensive to reverse the German Army's hard fought gains. In France and Holland the 75th partnered with French, British, and other Allied contingents to grind the last stalwart remnants of the German military machine back into their homeland. In Germany, they assisted in conquering the enemy’s defense of its vast industrial complex in the Ruhr, where thousands of slave laborers were freed and protected from further slavery and persecution.
The 75th Infantry Division arrived in Britain, 22 November 1944; headquarters having arrived on 2 November 1944. After a brief training program, the division landed at Le Havre and Rouen, 13 December, and bivouacked at Yvetot on the 14th. When the Von Rundstedt offensive broke in the Ardennes, the 75th was rushed to the front and entered defensive combat, 23 December 1944, alongside the Ourthe River, advanced to the Aisne River, and entered Grandmenil, 5 January 1945. The division relieved the 82d Airborne Division along the Salm River, 8 January, and strengthened its defensive positions until 17 January when it attacked, taking Vielsalm and other towns in the area.
Shifting to the Seventh Army area in Alsace—Lorraine, the 75th crossed the Colmar Canal, 1 February, and took part in the liberation of Colmar and in the fighting between the Rhine River and the Vosges Mountains. It crossed the Marne-Rhine Canal and reached the Rhine, 7 February. After a brief rest at Lunéville, it returned to combat, relieving the 6th British Airborne Division on a 24-mile (39 km) defensive front along the Maas River, near Roermond, in the Netherlands, on 21 February. From 13 to 23 March, the 75th patrolled a sector along the west bank of the Rhine from Wesel to Homburg, and probed enemy defenses at night.
On 24 March, elements crossed the Rhine in the wake of the 30th and 79th Divisions. Pursuit of the enemy continued as the 75th cleared the Haard Forest, 1 April, crossed the Dortmund-Ems Canal on the 4th, and cleared the approaches to Dortmund, which fell to the 95th Division, 13 April. After taking Herdecke, 13 April, the division moved to Braumbauer for rest and rehabilitation, then took over security and military government duties in Westphalia. The father of Randy Pausch was wounded and received a Bronze Star during this time, as related in The Last Lecture.
- Batalla de las Ardenas - Ardenas
- País de origen
- Estados Unidos
- Unidad del ejército
- 290a infantería única, 75a división de infantería, diario de combate
- Año de fabricación
- Original / réplica
- En buen estado
- Viene con certificado de autenticidad