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#1 USCapturephotos

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 01:15 PM

Hi Forum.

I am so excited about this photo album that my antique dealer friend put me onto. The sailor was from the Philadelphia area and was very organized and detailed with this album/scrapbook. Here is just a sampling.  Do we have any experts out there who can help me connect the dots with a German document that he picked up? There is a section in the album where he says that he picked up some German soldier's photos and souvenirs at the German headquarters in Vierville..."about a mile from the beach". I assume this document might be related to the famed 352nd Regiment that was stationed in that part of the defenses? I also am wondering about the fate of Oberleutenant Meyer who signed the document on June 5, 1944. Any help would be appreciated.

Paul

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 01:16 PM

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 01:18 PM

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 01:19 PM

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 01:20 PM

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 01:21 PM

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 01:22 PM

Last one for now. Thanks for looking.

Paul

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 01:35 PM

This is one incredible find Paul. What a treasure trove.

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 01:45 PM

I believe the unit on that document is Landesbau-Pi.Btl.17  ( Its a Pioneer Battalion )

 

 

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 01:50 PM

The picture where the GI's are clowning around is awesome. Great album

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Posted 25 July 2019 - 01:56 PM

Omg this is sweet


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Posted 25 July 2019 - 02:05 PM

Thanks everyone. I've been really excited about this one. I will post a few more photos later. Thanks also Kurt for the info.

Paul



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Posted 26 July 2019 - 02:36 AM

Hello,

this is incredible, thank you for posting and do not hesitate to add more !

Thanks,

Max



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Posted 26 July 2019 - 02:40 AM

That is a truly great find. Congratulations. Mike

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 03:45 AM

Gadzooks, that is one incredible find. I would keep that one forever, as you wont find another.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 03:55 AM

I believe the unit on that document is Landesbau-Pi.Btl.17  ( Its a Pioneer Battalion )
 
 
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I agree, the Landedbau Pioniere Bataillon 17 was under the command of 352 Infanterie Division in the Omaha sector in June 1944, great collection of items and pictures.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 03:56 AM

Thank you so much! Here are a few more shots. I'm so enjoying researching this one too. I found a living 7th Beach Battalion that is still living and am trying to make contact. Hoping that he can give me some more context.

Paul

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 03:57 AM

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 03:58 AM

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 03:59 AM

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 04:00 AM

I was hoping that there would be some writing on the backs of the German snapshots that he picked up, but on the ones I pulled, sadly there was nothing.

Paul



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Posted 26 July 2019 - 08:37 AM

Any C-47's in the album?

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 09:29 AM

No aircraft I'm afraid.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 09:50 AM

I agree, the Landedbau Pioniere Bataillon 17 was under the command of 352 Infanterie Division in the Omaha sector in June 1944, great collection of items and pictures.

Hey Simon and Kaustaufer. Do either of you know if there is anything else out there on the history of this pioneer battalion? That is a great start. Thank you!

Paul



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Posted 26 July 2019 - 06:06 PM

Great pic of a Duplex Drive Sherman!




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