German relics from the battle

The Battle of Monceau-Imbrechies involved few companies of the 60th Infantry Regiment, and a German battalion-size force that was entrenched in and around the village of Macon, down the ridge of Imbrechies. It was around 11:30 that Saturday, 2 September 1944, when the German artillery (116. Panzer Division – Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 146) started to shell the ridge of Imbrechies, where soldiers from Able Company – 60th Infantry were observed. A German Command Car went up the hill and was immediately hit by […]

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« We blocked the Bulge », story of the 39th Infantry Regiment in the Ardennes (December 1944)

Speaking about the Battle of the Bulge in the 9th Infantry Division history is quite incorrect. The official name for their actions fits better, since it is called the Ardenne Campaign. On the early morning of 16 December 1944, the U.S. Army encountered a massive German offensive with as northern limit the Elsenborn ridge, and as the southern limit the town of Diekirch. At that time, the northern part of the U.S. defense was the […]

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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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Macon, Belgium – 2 Sep. 1944

Village of Macon. 00.30PM, Mayor Pépin welcomes Sergeant Dickinson (A/60th IR) in front of the old XVth century tree. Sergeant Dickinson’s patrol left the Monceau-Imbrechies ridge to bypass the main road leading to Macon and spot the German SS observer who pinpointed the GIs down on the ridge. They got him and the artillery shutted up ! Share

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Sprimont, Belgium – 9 Sep. 1944

Often mistaken for 60th Infantry Regiment men, these soldiers are members of « Paddy’s Gang » entering in Belgium. The exact location is in Sprimont, on September 9th, and this shot became very well-known and a symbol of the liberation of Belgium. Then, if you look closely, you can see the organization of a infantry rifle squad, covered by a Sherman Medium Tank. Check the helmets as well : AAAO painted on the sides ! Share

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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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