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Assault on Germany: The Battle of Geilenkirchen, Ken Ford

Assault on Germany: The Battle of Geilenkirchen, Ken Ford

The battle of Geilenkirchen took place in November 1944, and was fought in an attempt to eliminate a dangerous German-held salient in the front line as the Allies approached the German border.

The battle was notable for a number of reasons. It was the first battle fought by British troops on German soil since the battle of Minden of 1759 (not for want of trying during the Napoleonic Wars, while the planned campaign of 1919 was never needed)). It was the American 84th division's combat debut. It was a good example of the impressive level of cooperation and integration between the British and American armies at this stage in the war, fought under British command with British and American troops to satisfy an American need. It was also one of the battles that brought the Allies up against Germany's much vaunted 'West Wall'.

The American experience tends to dominate, partly because the American division continued to attack for some time after the British had reached their objectives, and partly because the sort of first-person accounts of infantry fighting used here were more common in the United States than in Britain. This explains why in the later stages of the battle, when American infantry and British tanks are both involved, the American infantry dominate the text.

Ford has provided an excellent account of infantry warfare at this key moment in the Second World War, when the Allies were approaching the German border, and the German army had staged a near-miraculous comeback after being almost destroyed in France.

Chapters
1 - The Problem of Geilenkirchen
2 - The Wessexmen and the Railsplitters
3 - Into the Line
4 - Preparations for the Battle
5 - The Attack
6 - Prummern
7 - The British Attack
8 - The First Night
9 - Consolidation
10 - Geilenkirchen
11 - The Second Night
12 - Monday, 20 November
13 - The Attack down the Wurm Valley
14 - Mullendorf and Beeck
15 - The Tragedy of Beeck
16 - Retreat
17 - The Rain, the Mud and the Blood
Appendix - XXX Corps Order of Battle

Author: Ken Ford
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 176
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Year: 2009 edition of 1989 original



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Field Marshal Montgomery's plan to get Second British Army behind the fortifications of the German Siegfried Line in 1944 led to the hugely ambitions Operation Market-Garden. Part of this plan called for a rapid advance from Belgium through Holland up to and across the lower Rhine by the British XXX Corps along a single road already dominated by airborne troops.

Their objective along this road was the bridge at Arnhem, the target of British and Polish airborne troops. Once XXX Corps had reached this bridge it would then make for the German industrial area of the Ruhr. The operation was bold in outlook but risky in concept.

Using specially commissioned artwork and detailed analysis, Ken Ford completes this trilogy on Operation Market-Garden by examining this attack which, if successful, could have shortened the war in the west considerably. Yet it turned out to be a bridge too far.

The author of A Luftwaffe General gives a detailed history of the Allied forces’ brutal Operation Clipper during World War II.

The Anglo-American battle for the Geilenkirchen salient in November, 1944, was infantry warfare at its worst, and it is described in vivid detail in this new edition of Ken Ford’s classic study. The onset of winter saw the Allied advance from the Normandy beaches forced to a halt on Germany’s doorstep. The clock had been put back to the days of the Great War—the Allies had arrived at the Siegfried Line and were forced to attack the fortifications from the hell of the trenches.

Geilenkirchen was the first battle on German soil to be fought by the British since Minden in 1759. For them, it was just one more battle on the way to Berlin, but for the American 84th Division, it was a first faltering step into war and a bitter lesson in the attrition and savagery of combat. The story is told by the men who were there—the British, the Americans, and the Germans who were fighting desperately for their homeland. Neither side was victorious—both lost more men than they could afford and paid a heavy price in young lives for a few miles of ground.


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The assault crossing of the River Seine by the British 43rd (Wessex) Division in August 1944 remains one of the most important operations of the closing stages of the Second World War. Once the obstacle of the great river had been overcome, General Horrocks unleashed the armour of XXX Corps on their historic dash across northern France and Belgium.

Assault Crossing &ndash Ken Ford&rsquos classic account of this critical battle - is the story of one British division pitted against one German division. On one side, a fully equipped, battle-hardened unit made up of soldiers from the ancient Kingdom of Wessex, backed by some of the best artillery in the world and supported by tanks. On the other side, a much-depleted, second-rate, static division of men of various nationalities conscripted to fight a war for Germany that was already lost. On paper the British were assured of success, but between the two opposing armies lay the Seine &ndash 680 feet of open water, overlooked by high chalk cliffs riddle with defensive strongpoints. The Germans were waiting.

In hindsight, the battle was described as an epic operation and used as an example to train future generations of soldiers. In reality, as with most battles, it was something of a shambles, lurching from crisis to crisis until the eventual bridgehead was secured.

In his graphic narrative Ken Ford gives a fascinating insight into the planning of the operation and the confusion of the battlefield, and he records, using eyewitness testimony, what the battle was really like for the soldiers who were there.

…this book is an interesting examination of how a well drilled army can successfully cope with setbacks and still achieve its objectives. The book was written while many of the veterans were still alive, and so Ford is able to include many eyewitness accounts of the action, which give it an immediacy often lacking in more modern books.

History of War

Assault Crossing is the sotry of one British division pitted against a German division. One one side, a battle-hardened unit, backed by some of the best artillery in the world and supported by tanks. One the other side, a much-depleted, second-rate, static division of men of various nationalities conscripted to fight a war for Germany that was already lost. On paper the British were assured of success, but between the two apposing armies lay the Seine. As the author reveals, the Germans were waiting.

Britain at War, December 2011

Ken Ford is a well-known and prolific historian of the Second World War. He has established a reputation for producing graphic accounts, often based on first-hand testimony, of D-Day, the Normandy campaign and the Allied advance into Germany. He has also written books on the war in the Western Desert and Italy. Among his many publications are Battleaxe Division, St Nazaire 1942, Cassino: The Four Battles, D-Day Commando, Battlezone Europe: Sword, Battlezone Europe: Juno, El Alamein, Assault on Sicily, Gazala 1942 and Assault on Germany: The Battle for Geilenkirchen.


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The Anglo-American battle for the Geilenkirchen salient in November, 1944, was infantry warfare at its worst, and it is described in vivid detail in this new edition of Ken Ford’s classic study. The onset of winter saw the Allied advance from the Normandy beaches forced to a halt on Germany’s doorstep. The clock had been put back to the days of the Great War—the Allies had arrived at the Siegfried Line and were forced to attack the fortifications from the hell of the trenches.

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Assault on Germany: The Battle of Geilenkirchen, Ken Ford - History

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Songs about Geilenkirchen:

In Geilenkirchen und am Titisee [Explicit] by Guschi Rieck from the Album 100 scharfe Nummern Folge 1 [Explicit]

Books about Geilenkirchen:

ASSAULT ON GERMANY: The Battle for Geilenkirchen by Ken Ford (Jan 2010)

Die Kunstdenkmäler Der Kreise Erkelenz Und Geilenkirchen (German Edition) by Edmund Renard (Sep 2, 2012)

Die Misch-Mundart in den Kreisen Gelder (südlicher Teil), Kempen, Geilenkirchen Aachen, Gladbach, Krefeld, Neuss. by Wilhelm Schmitz (Sep 23, 2012)

Die misch-mundart in den kreisen Geldern (südlicher Teil): Kempen, Erkelenz, Heinsberg, Geilenkirchen, Aachen. by Wilhelm. Schmitz (Jan 1, 1894)

REFLECTIONS The Poetry and Prose of Patricia Geilenkirchen by Patricia, edited by Kris Geilenkirchen Mayne & Lisa Geilenkirchen Wiegner Geilenkirchen (1989)

Geschichte Der Städte, Flecken, Dörfer, Burgen Und Klöster In Den Kreisen Jülich, Düren, Erkelenz, Geilenkirchen. by Jakob Offermann (Oct 19, 2013)

Die Kunstdenkmaler Der Kreise Erkelenz Und Geilenkirchen - Primary Source Edition (German Edition) by Edmund Renard (Nov 11, 2013)


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Field Marshal Montgomery's plan to get Second British Army behind the fortifications of the German Siegfried Line in 1944 led to the hugely ambitions Operation Market-Garden. Part of this plan called for a rapid advance from Belgium through Holland up to and across the lower Rhine by the British XXX Corps along a single road already dominated by airborne troops.

Their objective along this road was the bridge at Arnhem, the target of British and Polish airborne troops. Once XXX Corps had reached this bridge it would then make for the German industrial area of the Ruhr. The operation was bold in outlook but risky in concept.

Using specially commissioned artwork and detailed analysis, Ken Ford completes this trilogy on Operation Market-Garden by examining this attack which, if successful, could have shortened the war in the west considerably. Yet it turned out to be a bridge too far.

The author of A Luftwaffe General gives a detailed history of the Allied forces’ brutal Operation Clipper during World War II.

The Anglo-American battle for the Geilenkirchen salient in November, 1944, was infantry warfare at its worst, and it is described in vivid detail in this new edition of Ken Ford’s classic study. The onset of winter saw the Allied advance from the Normandy beaches forced to a halt on Germany’s doorstep. The clock had been put back to the days of the Great War—the Allies had arrived at the Siegfried Line and were forced to attack the fortifications from the hell of the trenches.

Geilenkirchen was the first battle on German soil to be fought by the British since Minden in 1759. For them, it was just one more battle on the way to Berlin, but for the American 84th Division, it was a first faltering step into war and a bitter lesson in the attrition and savagery of combat. The story is told by the men who were there—the British, the Americans, and the Germans who were fighting desperately for their homeland. Neither side was victorious—both lost more men than they could afford and paid a heavy price in young lives for a few miles of ground.


Michael's Reviews > Assault on Germany: The Battle for Geilenkirchen

The stories of World War II that I grew up with came, largely, from this time in that conflict from my late first step-father, Bob Wagner, who was a medic in the 84th Infantry Division. I hadn't heard those stories in years -- he passed away in 1972 -- but, Ford's book very closely ran a parallel to what I heard as a boy in California.

Ford's book is more interested in historical account and readability than substance in style, but is worth the read for anyone familiar with that time.

I read it in research of a particular bloodless incident that I heard about long ago -- one in which Scottish bagpipers played all night long, effectively scaring off a larger German unit shrouded behind a nearby fog when it lifted. That incident was not in this book, but Ford brought me closer to it, and aided my insight into the horrors one goes through at that time, and for an instant, took me back to those days in the '60s when Bob thought it was important that I understand why war is so horrible.


Assault on Germany: The Battle of Geilenkirchen, Ken Ford - History

A Quiet Little Boy Goes To War,

By Stan Procter

This is the second and much enhanced edition produced at the request of Rite Time Publishing , the sole selling agents, published in December 2004 with all roylaties going to the welfare funds of the Royal Corps of Signals and 43rd Wessex Associations.

A book based on extracts from the author's diary from April 1942 to May 1945. The author spent a year in London District Signals before posting to 214 Infantry Brigade which then joined the 43rd (Wessex Division). The book covers his thoughts and experiences during a long period of intensive training in Kent and Sussex. In Normandy he spent three weeks as wireless operator on Brigadier Essame's command vehicle before transferred to the 1st Worcestershires Battalion as battalion rear link to brigade headquarters. From then on with 1st Worcestershires he experienced the campaign on Hill 112, the dash to the Seine for the assault crossing followed by 214 Brigade spear-heading the dash to Arnhem with the Guards Armour Division. The winter on the German threshold, the Rhineland battles, the Siegfried line, the Reichswald, the Rhine crossing and the final weeks.

Here are some of the many comments in praise of the book:

The Fighting Wessex Wyverns. by Patrick Delaforce, 1994. Alan Sutton, pb edn, 243pp, 35 ills, 9 maps. The 43rd Division, under the command of Maj.-General Ivor Thomas was a formidable force in Normandy and beyond. The Cornwalls, Dorsets, Hampshires, Wiltshires and Worcesters made up the Division. This book tells the story of the division's campaign in Northwest Europe in the words of the soldiers who actually fought with it. Here are first hand accounts of the landings on the shores of Normandy, the battles for the River Odon, Hill 112, Maltot and Mont Pincon. ISBN 0-7509-0772-X.

THE 43RD WESSEX DIVISION AT WAR 1944-45. by Maj.-Gen. H. Essame, London 1952. William Clowes, 1st edn, 292pp, plates, illustrations, folded maps. Caen, Noireau, the Seine, Nijmegen, the Geilenkirchen offensive, the Roer triangle, the Rhine crossing.

Wyvern in North West Europe: Short History of the 43rd Wessex by Anonymous, 1946, Bartlett.

112th (Wessex) Field Regiment Royal Artillery TA by Douggie Goddard, Major Eric Rankin, Captain James Vigers MC. Over 200 pages of text, photographs, sketch maps and anecdotes. From South East England to North West Germany, 1938-1946. Can be obtained from Major Douglas Goddard MBE at 38 The Ridgeway, Wargrave-on-Thames, Berkshire RG10 8AS.

Assault Crossing The River Seine by Ken Ford. ISBN 0715391739

Assault on Germany - The Battle for Geilenkirchen by Ken Ford.

Hampshire Tigers Story of the Royal Hampshire Regiment, 1945-92 Perrett, Bryan


84th Infantry Division, 334th Regiment, D & H Companies "The Railsplitters" Living History Group

There is a huge debt of gratitude for Rick Bell's work on his website www.84thinfantry.com . He has a large number of documents and pictures posted on the site. Many of the links posted below are from his website.

334th Infantry Regiment Staff, After Action Report December 1944 , can be accessed on this website .

334th Infantry Regiment Staff, After Action Report January 1945 , can be accessed on this website .

335th Infantry Regiment Staff, After Action Report November 1944 , Can be accessed at this website .

335th Infantry Regiment Staff, After Action Report December 1944 , Can be accessed at this website .

335th Infantry Regiment Staff, After Action Report January 1945 , Can be accessed at this website .

335th Infantry Regiment Staff, After Action Report February 1945 , Can be accessed at this website .

335th Infantry Regiment Staff, After Action Report March 1945. Can be accessed at this website .

335th Infantry Regiment Staff, After Action Report April 1945, Can be accessed at this website .

638th Tank Destroyer Battalion Staff, After Action Report Compilation December 1944-May 1945. It can be downloaded here .

771st Tank Battalion Staff, After Action Report Compliation December 1944-May 1945. It can be downloaded here .

771st Tank Battalion Staff, After Action Report Compliation November- December 1944 It can be downloaded here .

"84th Division HQ Gets Insignia." Army Reserve 14 (Feb 1968): p. 32.

&ldquo84th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge.&rdquo Hour long television documentary produced in the 1960s, narrated by Paul Newman on the 84th Infantry Division.

A Camera Trip through Camp Claiborne, The Ullman Company, Brooklyn, NY: 1942 or 1943

A Camera Trip through Camp Howze, The Ullman Company, Brooklyn, NY: 1942 or 1943

"A History of Heroism: 84th Division (Tng)." Army Reserve 11 (Dec 1965): pp. 8-9.

A Record of Fox Company: A History of F Company, 335th Infantry Regiment, Germany 1945 A copy may be downloaded on this website.

Angel of Ahlem. Documentary produced by University of Florida about Vernon Tott and his experiences liberating concentration camps with the 84th ID, and his postwar quest to locate the survivors. More information on the film can be found here.

Battle for Pevestorf, Excerpt from Draper 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of Germany with additional annotations from members of I/335th Infantry. A copy of this may be downloaded here.

Beck, Alfred M., Abe Bortz, Charles W. Lynch, Lida Mayo and Ralph F. Weld. United States Army in World War II, The Technical Services: The Corps of Engineers: The War Against Germany. Washington D.C.: U.S. Army Center for Military History, 1985. p. 497-8. Covers the Roer River Crossing by the 334th Infantry at Linnich on 23 Feb 44.

Bell, Rick, Interview with Pfc William H. Diehm G/334 at the 2008 Branson Railsplitter Society reunion, A copy of this video is located here .

Bell, Rick, Interview with Capt. Donald Lee 325 FA Bn at the 2008 Branson Railsplitter Society reunion, A copy of this video is located here .

Bell, Rick, Interview with Pfc Bill Tyra G/335 at the 2008 Branson Railsplitter Society reunion, A copy of this video is located here .

Bell, Rick, Interview with Pfc Bruce Morrell K/333 at the 2008 Branson Railsplitter Society reunion, A copy of this video is located here .

Bell, Rick, Interview with Pfc T.O. Hester G & 2Bn Hq Co 333 at the 2008 Branson Railsplitter Society reunion, A copy of this video is located here .

Bell, Rick, Interview with Pfc Forrest Lothrup, A/333at the 2008 Branson Railsplitter Society reunion, A copy of this video is located here.

Blunt, Roscoe. Foot Soldier A Infantryman&rsquos War in Europe . De Capo Press, 2001. ISBN: 0306810905 Blunt served with 333rd Infantry Regiment. This book is expanded version of his Battle of the Bulge book.

Blunt, Roscoe. Inside the Battle of the Bulge: A Private Comes of Age. Praeger Publishing Trade, 1994. ISBN: 0-275-94545-6. Anti-tank troop serving with 333rd Infantry Regiment. Focuses on Battle of the Bulge.

Boden, Clyde D, Clear Skies: The Story of the 557th , unpublished manuscript by author from 1959. Fifty copies were made and distributed among the veterans of the 557th Anti Aircraft Artillery which was attached to the 84th Infantry Division. A copy of this can be downloaded here.

Camp Howze, Southwestern Bell Telephone, small pamphlet

Camp Claiborne Public Relations Office, The What and Where Book of Camp Claiborne, Louisiana , Camp Claiborne News Staff, Camp Claiborne, LA, 15 October, 1943

Casassa, Bill, Unpublished letter to Harry Mays, 1996, Description of events at Weetzen by Bill Casassa A Co 638 Tank Destroyer Battalion (attached) in a letter to Lt Harry Mays 3 Plt Ldr. E333. A copy of it is located here.

Castagna, Captain Edwin, The History of the 771st Tank Battalion , Berkley, CA: 1946

Chirco, Michael. Echoes From a Foxhole . Rochester, NY: Olde Ridge Bookbindery. Story of Michael Chirco, member of H 335th Infantry Regiment.

Chirco, Michael. Proud to be a Railsplitter. Rochester, NY: Olde Ridge Bookbindery, 1998. Memoirs of many Railsplitters pieced together in a book. Most are from 335th Infantry Regiment but some are from the other Regiments.

Cobb, Jack. War Class A Novel. Lexington, SC: Palmetto Books, 2002. A novel written by a veteran of G Company of the 333rd Infantry Regiment. While written as a work of fiction, much of the work rings true to his wartime experiences. ISBN: 9781887301183 A copy may be ordered here.

Cohn, Bernard, 84th Infantry Division WWII U.S. Army Signal Corps Photos, Volumes I to III , Self published book of pictures.

Connelly, Michael. The Mortarmen. Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing, 2005. ISBN: 978-1412049023 History of the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion, which habitually supported the 84th ID through the Battle of the Bulge. A copy of the book may be ordered here.

Cowles, Eugene, The War Years as a Teenager , Xilbris, Publishing, 2008. ISBN: 978-1436306591 A copy of this can be purchased here .

Crackerjack Charley, A History of C Company, 335th Infantry Regiment , Germany 1945 A copy of this may be downloaded on this website.

Dillon, Captain Otis J. Personal Diary of Battery A, 327th Field Artillery Battalion A Quick History of the 327th Field Artillery Battalion

Draper, Theodore. "Battle in the Bulge." Infantry Journal 56 (May 1945): pp. 8-17.

______. The 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of Germany: Nov 1944-May 1945 . New York: Viking Press, 1945. Reprinted by Battery Press, 1991. ISBN: 0898393108 The seminal work on the 84th Infantry Division. Lists all major actions of the 84th from the perspective of the division. A copy may be ordered here .

______. The 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Ardennes. Merriam Press, 2000. ISBN: 1576381897 Very similar to Draper&rsquos book listed above, except focused on the Battle of the Bulge. Paperback pamphlet issued to soldiers of the division.

Dudley, Eldridge C. CPT, "Operations of Company K, 334th Infantry, 84th Infantry Division, near Prummern, Germany during the November Offensive, 23-24 November 1944" (Rhineland Campaign) Fort Benning: Infantry School 1950. (Can be accessed through https://www.infantry.army.mil/monographs/content/wwii/index.htm ) Paper written for the Advanced Infantry Officer&rsquos Course by the Company Commander of K Company, 334th Infantry Regiment. It may also be downloaded here.

Edwards, Donald A. A Private&rsquos Diary . Big Rapids, Michigan: D. A. Edwards, 1994. ISBN:0963970607 Diary of an Infantryman with E Company of the 335th Infantry Regiment. A copy may be ordered here .

Fagan, Major J.M. The Battle for the Adolf Hitler Bridge, Section 10A, Exam Code 1383 6 April 1992.

Farrell, Lloyd E and Carlo Governale, The First Patrol, Letters from Railsplitter division veterans association about the first combat patrol of Easy 333rd Infantry Regiment. A copy of it may be located here .

Felton, George B, Captain, World War II Experiences with G Company, 333rd Infantry, 84th Division. Unpublished manuscript from company Commander of G Company 333rd. A copy of it is located here.

Ferrel, Lloyd and Carlo J. Governale. The 2nd Battalion 333rd Infantry in the ETO, Buchdruckerie Ludwig Nerlinger Ladenburg: Germany, 1945. A copy of it may be viewed here .

Freese, Frank, Private Memories of Workd War II, (A small piece of a Big War ), Research center, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, undated. Stories of F Company the 333rd Infantry Regiment. A copy of it is located here .

Frink, Frank Russell, Captain, My Part of WWII, An Account of the Third Most Important Phase of my Life, unpublished manuscript, 1990 revised in 1995. Story of an officer assigned to 2nd BN HQ, 333rd Infantry Regiment. A copy of it may be located here.

Ford, Ken. Assault on Germany, The Battle for Geilenkirchen. New York: Sterling Publishing Company, 1989. Overall history of Operation Clipper, to include the 84th ID and British troops involved with the operation. ISBN: 978-1848840980 A copy may be ordered here.

Ford, Ken, Chapter 14 of Assault on Geilenkirchen , A David and Charles Military Books, 1989. The story of 1LT Shupe on the day he was reported KIA from 2 different sources. A copy of it is located here.

Ford, Ken, The Rhineland 1945: The last killing ground in the West. Osprey Publishing, 2001. ISBN: 978-1855329997

Gaillard, Albert, My Christmas, 1944 . Account published by the people of Verdenne, Belgium for the 50th reunion regarding the fighting around Verdenne during the Battle of the Bulge.

Garland, Albert, L334 in Marienne, taken from War Stories of the Battle of the Bulge by Michael Green and James D. Brown. 2010 Zenith press. A copy may be downloaded here.

Gouveia, Gil, Unpublished letters, 2005, TSgt Goevela's letters about about his experiences with G/333rd in the Battle of the Bulge. The document can be located here:

Grailet, Lambert, Il y a 55 ans&hellipHenry Kissinger en Ardenne, Belgium, 1999.

Guderian, Heinz Gunther, Das letze Kriegsjahr im Westen, (The Last War Year in the West), The Geschichte der 116 Panzer-Division Windhund Division (The History of the 116 Armored Division, known as the "Grayhound Division"). The Aberjona Press, Bedford, PA: 2001. ISBN: 978-0966638974 A copy may be ordered here .

Hage, George, Life, L uck and Legacy, A Memoir for Posterity, AKA Publishing, 2016 ISBN: 1942168586, 9781942168584, Life story of an AT 57mm gunner, AT Section, 2-334th Infantry Regiment.

Harvey, Douglas. Self Published Booklet of Reminisces of attending 50th Commemoration of Battle of Verdenne. Published by veteran of Anti-Tank Platoon, 1st Battalion, 334th Infantry Regiment.

Headquarters Battery, 327th Field Artillery Battalion, 84th Infantry Division. A small pamphlet of about 50 pages which has the text located here.

Headquarters Company Speaks, Story of HQ Company, 2- 335th Infantry. The story of 2-335th Infantry HQ company, which may be downloaded on this website.

Hills, Stewart, By Tank Into Normandy . Cassell Publishing, 2008, ISBN: 978-0304366408, History of a platoon leader in the British Sherwood Rangers, which fought with the 84th at various points. A copy of this may be purchased here.

Higgins, David R., The Roer River Battles: Germany's Last Stand at the Westwall , Philadelphia, Casement Publications, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-935149-29-3

Hime, Donald G., Fire Mission , A Combat Chronical, A history of the 327th Field Artillery Battalion. Self published book from 2006 Manuscript is available on this website as individual chapters .

Howerton, Allan Wilford. Dear Captain, Et Al.: The Agonies and the Ecstasies of War and Memory, a Memoir From World War II. Xlibris Corporation, 2000. ISBN: 0738818542. Officer memoir from Company K, 335th Infantry Regiment. A copy may be ordered here.

Hyland, Jack and Harry Nagel, Unpublished letter, mid 1990s, Jack Hyland & Harry Nagle tell about after arriving at the Rhine and the drive to Weetzen

Karras, Steven, The Enemy I Knew: German Jews in the Allied Military in World War II , Minneapolis, Zenith Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-7603-3586-4 It contains a section about Henry Kissinger's service in G335th and the 84th CIC Detachment. A copy of this may be seen at this webpage .

Keasey, Charles, R., An Engineers Report of the Roer River Crossing at Linich Germany, The Armored School, Ft Knox, KY 1947. http://www.84thinfantry.com/sites/all/modules/hierarchy/downloadfile.php?imageID=254 is a downloadable ink.

Kilcoyne, Captain William J. 909th Field Artillery Bursting Through, Dr. Johannes Horning Heidelberg, Germany, 1945.

Kregg, David, H. War Years 1941-1945 with the 327th Field Artillery Bn , Manuscript written in 2006. It may be downloaded here

Kuhns, Richard. Private Manifesto. 1994. Self published book from ASTP member assigned to G Company of the 333rd Infantry Regiment. Includes sheet music from 84th ID produced play, &ldquoIt&rsquos All Yours.&rdquo

Lamb, Oakley M. MAJ. The Operations of the 2nd Battalion, 335th Infantry, 84th U.S. Infantry Division, In the Battle For High Ground In The Area Northwest of The Roer River In The Lindern, Breck, Leiffarth Triangle From 29 November-2 December 1944 (Rhineland Campaign): Fort Benning, GA: Infantry School 1950. (can be accessed through https://www.infantry.army.mil/monographs/content/wwii/index.htm ) Experiences of a Battalion Executive Officer during the Siegfried Line Campaign with 2nd Battalion of the 335th Infantry. It also may be downloaded from this website.

Lang, Emmett, Always a soldier but never a GI: A WWII Soldier&rsquos Personal Journey, Outskirts Press, 2011 ISBN #978-1432757526 The story of an H Company, 334th IR machine gunner. A copy of this book can be ordered here.

Lang, Emmett. Unpublished Memoir. Story of heavy machine gun squad leader with H Company of the 334th Infantry Regiment. This was turned into the book above.

Lehmann, Ralf-Markus, The Battle of Wesergebirge, article published in German in 4 chapters about the battles near Wesergeberge. This may be translated using google translate, etc. It is posted here .

Leinbaugh, Harold P. and John D. Campbell. The Men of Company K: The Autobiography of a World War II Rifle Company. Morrow, William & Company, 1985. ISBN: 0688044212 Very well known book of Company K, 333rd Infantry Regiment, focused on Geilenchirchen. A copy of this book may be ordered here .

Mattson, Clifford H., Jr. and Elliot K. Stein. We Were the Line: A History of Company G, 335th Infantry, 84th Infantry Division . Fort Wayne, IN: 1946. Copies of this may be downloaded in two different formats from this website .

Mattson, Clifford H. Jr, Chronology of Company G , published as Addenda VII to We Were the Line , 1991. This is a small pamphlet that adds information to the book We Were the Line.

Mays, Harold, Easy Three, Self published manuscript about 3rd Platoon, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion 333rd Infantry. It is in 13 documents and downloadable from here.

Mazrek, James. Airborne Training of the 84th Infantry Division at Camp Claiborne, Internet Story.

McCullen, Dan. Lest We Forget: A POW Memoir of World War II. Fithian Press, ISBN 1-56474-191-5 Served with Company L, 333rd Infantry Regiment, Captured near Gilenkirchen and served the rest of the war in a POW camp. A copy may be ordered here.

McDonald, Robert K., The Hotton Report , Finbar Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-0966575385

Meyers, Donald, Remembrances , unpublished manuscript by members of G/335th Infantry Regiment. A copy may be downloaded from this website.

Miller, Mark, The World War II Art of Walter Chapman, Blurb Publishing, 2012, ISBN: 978-1367268302 Much of the art work related to the division were done by Walter Chapman. His work can be found all over the Draper division history. A copy of this may be purchased here.

Miller, Mark, Witness to History: The WWII Photos taken by Maurice Miller, Blurb Publishing, 2015 ISBN: 9781367268043. Many of the original famous photos of the division were taken by Maurice Miller. A copy of this book may be purchased here.

Monfort, Eddie, La Battle des Carrefours , In French, the story of the Battle of the Bulge in the Manhay area.

Morgia, James V. Three Day Pass: Beho, Breakthrough and Battles Beyond . CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Third edition (July 12, 2017), ISBN-13: 978-1546754848,

Moses, Larry, The I's have it, A history of I Company, 334th Infantry.

Paulin, Art R., 638th Tank Destroyer Battalion in World War I I, Dozier Communications: Indianapolis, IN, 1992.

Planas, Emmanuel, World War II Memories: European Theater of Operations , Unpublished manuscript by member of B/335th Infantry Regiment. It may be downloaded on this website .

Propaganda Leaflet prepared by the 84th Infantry Division to members of the 183rd and 59 Volksgrenadier Divisions. A copy may be obtained on this website .

Railsplitters Newspaper, Victory Edition, published by the 84th Infantry Division Headquarters 8 May 1945. A copy of it may be downloaded here .

Railsplitters, Orientation Section, ETOUSA, Series of Ground, Air and Service Forces in the European Theater of Operations , forward by Major General A.R. Bolling. Pamphlet given to soldiers of the division as they departed back to the US after the war.

Reid, Robert, Never Tell An Infantryman to have a nice day , Xlibris Publishing 2010, ISBN: 978-1453555354. A copy of this book may be ordered here.

Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men: 84th Infantry Division, European Theater of Operations , World War II. New York: Viking, 1946. Listing of all 84th Infantry Division men with hometown listings.

Ryan, John M. In the Heat of Battle , Unpublished article on G/334ths attack on the 18th of November 1944. It can be downloaded here.

Scherrer , Tim A., Phone Interview with T/5 Elmer Bessler. Elmer was a heavy machine gun crew member in H334. A copy of is may be seen here.

Scherrer, Tim A., Email Interview with MG (ret) Bud Bolling. Bud served with the 94th ID as a platoon leader and then took over A company in his father's 84th ID. Bud's father is Alexander Bolling, the CG of the 84th ID in WWII. Bud commanded A334th. . A copy of is may be seen here.

Scherrer, Tim A., Phone Interview with 1LT Brick Bradford. Brick was a platoon leader in H334 and then S-3 of 2-334th Infantry battalion. A copy of is may be seen here.

Scherrer, Tim A., Email Interview with Anthony Scahill. Anthony was a BAR gunner with B334. A copy of is may be seen here.

Smith, Davis, M., Report on Combat Patrol sent from 2nd BN of the 333rd Infantry, 7th of December 1944. A copy of it is located here.

Solfelt, Gene, A Walk in the Woods , unpublished manuscript about E-333rd's attack on Veisalam-LaRoache road near Baraque de Frature from woods South of Odeigne January the 7th, 1945 A copy of it may be viewed here.

Solfelt, Gene, Collection of Stories from the Railsplitter Veterans Newspaper, 1971, More stories about Gene's experience with Easy Company of the 333rd Infantry Regiment. A copy of it may be located here .

Solfelt, Gene, Easy 333: Foxholes, Unpublished article, E-333rd rifleman's take on foxholes. A copy may be located here :

Smith, Herbert E. "A.E.F. Divisional Insignia-The 84th Division." Recruiting News 17 (Dec 1935): p. 3. Per.

Staff Group B/Section 19, Offensive-Deliberate Attack River Crossing February 1945 , Combat Studies Institute 1984. A copy of this may downloaded here.


Stanton, Shelby L. Order of Battle, U.S. Army, World War II . Novato, CA: Presidio, 1984. ISBN: 089141195X Lists a small article on all units in World War Two. Has two pages on the 84th Infantry Division and a paragraph on each of the Infantry Regiments.

Stern, Herbert, 325th Field Artillery Battalion, 84th Infantry Division . A manuscript written by the former battalion commander in 1997. This link allows a download: 325 FA. Bn._doc.docx

Stephenson, Betty. Poker Games, Pillow Shams and Parched Praries Recollections of Camp Howze Soldiers and Townspeople

The 771st Tank Destroyer Battalion. Gebruder Habbel: Abensberg

The Battle of Lindern, publisher and date unspecified.

The Big Picture: Tried by Fire. Episides 650 and 651. A documentary TV series that aired by 365 ABC and CBS TV stations from 1954-1965. A copy of this film may be viewed here.


"The History of the 84th Division." Booklet, 1965. With Forward written by Major General Robert P. Schulz, Covers from 1832-1965.

Thomason, Melvin F. A Miracle in WWII. Unpublished manuscript from a member of G/335th Infantry Regiment. A copy may be downloaded here.

Timm, Loren J, WOJG, After Action Report, 1 December 1944 , An After Action Report for the 333rd Infantry for the month of November. Document can be seen on this site.

Turner Publishing Company Staff. 84th Infantry Division . Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing, 1988. ISBN: 093802163X Primarily a picture book published by Turner. Has many nice photos of the Railsplitters during WWII. The second half of the book is more like a yearbook, with pictures and postwar accomplishments of Railsplitters.

Unit Citation, Company K 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, published 1 September 1945 by the 84th Infantry Division Headquarters. A copy of it may be downloaded here .


U.S. Army. ETO. Order of Battle of the United States Army , World War II: European Theater of Operations Divisions. Paris: 1945.


_____. Railsplitters. Paris: Curial-Archereau, 1945? 32 p. #05-84.1945/2.

U.S. Army War Coll. Hist Sect. Order of Battle of the Unites States Land Forces in theWorld War: American Expeditionary Forces, Divisions. Wash, DC: CMH, 1988.

U.S. Department of Army. Hist Div. Combat Chronicle: An Outline History of U.S. Army Divisions. Wash, DC: 1948. p. 69.

Wilson, John B., comp. Armies, Corps, Divisions and Separate Brigades. In the official Army Lineage Series. Wash, DC: CMH, 1987. pp. 471-78. UA25W547.1987. Lineage and honors from WW2 through Dec. 1984.

Wolff, Perry S. Fortune Favored the Brave A History of the 334th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division. Manheim: Manheimer Grossdruckereie, 1945. Reprints available through the Railsplitter Society. The 334th Infantry Regiment history. A great collection of information and pictures. Has a section listing a short history of each Company in the Regiment. It may also be downloaded using this link.

If there are additional books/articles/works about the 84th Infantry Division in WWII not listed here, please email the webmaster and we will add them.


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