9th Infantry Division motor pool : Vehicles Markings

Studying vehicles markings could seem odd, especially because officially, there’s one standard procedure to mark the vehicles in the U.S. Army. But in reality, in different units on the ETO, the so-called procedure was not followed by all. And when you can see an incoherence on a picture, or more, that’s because the whole unit implemented its own way of vehicle markings. The 9th Infantry Division had its own way, indeed. Explore it thru this […]

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First in Belgium ! – The story of the very first GIs who entered Belgium on 2 Sept. 1944

On 2 September 1944, orders are issued to the different regimental command posts. 60th R.C.T. is composed of 60th Infantry Regiment, 60th Field Artillery Battalion, Baker Co. 746th Tank Battalion and Baker Co. 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion (less 2nd Platoon attached to 47th R.C.T. but reinforced by the Reconnaissance Platoon from the HQ Company). These units spent the night in various locations on a line coming from Rozoy-sur-Serre to Aubenton. At 0600hrs, the three R.C.T. […]

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Dominick G. Gatto, death and funeral in Belgium, September 1944

A village of 250 inhabitants organized a solemn mass during one of the most beautiful Sunday, to show its dedication in organizing funerals for a hero, to a simple American that has been killed during the liberation of the people of Leugnies, from Nazi tyranny. Private Dominick G. Gatto, from the 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, veteran of North Africa Campaign, Tunisia, Sicily and Normandy, was driving a jeep with other members of his reconnaissance platoon […]

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The Devels cross the Meuse River, September 1944

In Belgium, the Allied troops in the south part were confronted to a huge natural obstacle: the Meuse River. The 60th Infantry Regiment was one of the regiment who had to cross it first, to establish a bridgehead on the east bank, so that the Red Ball Express could use bridges to continue their supply operations towards Germany. The “Devels” took part there to one of the worst battle that its men had to face since […]

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