752nd Tank Battalion Grouping
Posted 27 June 2009 - 06:17 AM
Unfortunately, when Bob retired, he retired the site too. I really miss that one.
Good info there. Thanks!!
Posted 27 June 2009 - 07:58 AM
There was a guy named Bob Holt who had a website. I checked and it is closed down. His father (Tom?) was a member of this battalion. I ran new searches and turned up no new site. Bummer. He was dedicated to researching that unit and there is very little on these units. Most history books tend to omit any mention of these Tank and Tank Destroyer Battalions. Even the unit histories of Infantry Divisions and Armored Divisions tend to down-play their role. The 1st Armored Division book is very good at recognizing these attached units that formed into their Task Forces and/or Combat Commands, where were combined units for rapid movement.
The previous quotes were from my website, these pages:
Liberation of Vicenza
We Were There: History of 88th Division
The Capture of Imola
If you want someplace to "display" your 752 tunic, I would like to have a photo to put on my website as an illustration of uniforms and patches. IM me.
---Oops, I should have read all the posts.--
Edited by Custermen, 27 June 2009 - 07:59 AM.
Posted 27 June 2009 - 11:35 AM
Posted 29 June 2009 - 04:07 PM
The 752nd Tank Battalion was a great unit that fought in Italy. It was attached to the 88th Infantry Division for most of the time during the last 11 months of the war. Not sure when it arrived in Italy. The 752nd Tank Battalion may have been attached to the 34th Infantry Division and maybe supported 1st Armored Division. I would have to check the 1AD unit history to see if it is mentioned there.
Here are a few quotes:
//Advance on Rome, 2 days before D-Day//
And from Maj. Gen. Geoffrey M. Keyes, II Corps Commander, came word to the 88th that it had been honored by a new assignment in the final drive for Rome-and that the Corps Commander was confident it would be the first in. On 2 June, having moved back into the line with the 3rd Division on the right and the 85th on the left, the 88th attacked to the northwest to capture the eastern entrance to Rome on Highway 6 and cut off and destroy the retreating enemy. The 340th Infantry, minus one battalion, was attached to the 3rd Division for this operation and the remaining battalion was sent with the Howze Task Force. The 351st was directed to attack northwest, protect division flanks and maintain contact with the neighboring division and with the 350th until that unit advanced abreast of the 351st. In support of the 351st was the 752nd Tank Battalion.
//April 1945 - Capture of Bologna//
Following on the heels of the enemy withdrawal, several Allied units entered Bologna simultaneously on the 21st. Polish Corps elements from Rudforce, having battled across the Idice River along Highway 9 the day before, entered from the southeast, while from the II Corps on the south elements of the Legnano Group, the 34th Division, and the 91st Division drove into the city from their positions in the hills. The city had been evacuated by the enemy during the night.
The 3rd Battalion, 133rd Infantry, mounted on tanks of the 752nd Tank Battalion, were the first II Corps troops to enter Bologna. The remainder of the 34th Division moved into the city later in the day and passed to direct command of the Fifth Army to garrison the city. The Legnano Group, after being among the first elements to enter Bologna on the 21st, assembled southwest of the city in II Corps reserve.
//Attack of the Adige Line, April 1945 //
In a 24-hour dash along Highway 11, troops of the 1st Battalion, 350th, rode armor of the 752nd Tank Battalion and the 805th Tank Destroyer Battalion to take Vicenza, another Fifth Army objective and a key communications center. Bitter house-to-house fighting raged here before the city fell and this lightning move east trapped thousands of Germans from more than six divisions.
As had happened twice previously in the offensive, Maj. Gen. Kendall's forward CP convoyed into the city while a tank battle raged. Sniper fire continued for several hours and headquarters personnel helped round up the Kraut marksmen. The "Blue Devils" swift dash from Verona to Vicenza knifed through the Adige Line on which the Germans had counted to delay Allied forces before the Alps. The 88th had moved so fast that the Krauts were unable to withdraw to their Adige Line positions and hundreds of emplacements -- with guns in place and pointed south -- were unoccupied and far to the rear of the spearheading 88th.
//another source, 1945//
Amidst heavy rainfall on April 27 the 350th Infantry continued racing the enemy toward Vicenza, approximately 30 miles east of Verona and 20 miles northwest of Padua. As the Second Battalion moved east almost 22 miles this day, it encountered only light enemy resistance. As the First Battalion marched ten miles along Highway 11 to Perarota during the day, the Third Battalion followed in trace. Since heavy rain impeded movement and visibility and since the First Battalion moved rapidly, it encountered pockets of the enemy at different intervals. At 2130 it was held up by a short fire fight, but tanks came to its assistance and the battalion moved out again shortly thereafter. It was then organized into a task force under the command of Colonel Fry, with the 752nd Tank Battalion and the 805th Tank Destroyers as support.
DUI of 752 Tank Battalion
Your DI depicted is that for the 29th Tank Bn. Both Capistrano and Sawicki indicate this is the correct approved design for the 752nd Tank Bn:
Posted 29 June 2009 - 06:30 PM
Posted 29 June 2009 - 08:10 PM
Capistrano, Robert DI of the US Army (1939-46) Vol I Inf, Armor-Cav, and TD Units
Sawicki, James Tank Battalions of the US Army
Am sure there are other titles, but I like these.
Edited by tredhed2, 29 June 2009 - 08:11 PM.
Posted 29 June 2009 - 09:40 PM
Are you sure one is not a theater made example. They are basically the same DUI right down to the motto.
The "Fortis" DI with the rounded bottom is the postwar insignia of the 29th Tank Bn, which descended from the WW2 752nd Tank Bn. The wartime piece has a more pointed shield and was made in the US (in sterling) and in Italy, having the typical "horizontal U" pinback. Although most of the postwar pieces were made in the US, there are some German made pieces, including some made in the early 1950s with occupation pinbacks ("vertical U" fastener). The 752nd was inactivated at Trieste, Italy in 1947, redesignated the 29th in 1950 and activated at Fort Hood, and finally inactivated in 1957 in Bremerhaven.
Posted 30 June 2009 - 02:17 PM
Thanks for the very detailed reply. I'll check the two DUI's I have when I get home and send you a PM.
Posted 02 July 2009 - 05:36 PM
Posted 02 July 2009 - 07:37 PM
I lucked out. I have one of each.
Thanks again for the information.
Posted 06 August 2009 - 06:02 PM
Posted 06 August 2009 - 06:03 PM
there were noticeable holes in the uniform when it arrived where two ribbons had been removed (the three place bar was all that was present on the uniform). These ribbons were in the footlocker, so I assumed they came from the uniform. I know the order isn't correctly, but I'm sure they were on there before (probably good conduct only and WWII victory added post war).
Edited by wildcat123, 06 August 2009 - 06:06 PM.
Posted 07 August 2009 - 12:04 AM
Gotta love the cross-stitching.
Posted 07 August 2009 - 07:20 AM
Thanks for posting that web address! That is a great site.
Posted 07 August 2009 - 08:07 AM
It's full of useful information.
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