Karl C. « Molotov » Warner, a.k.a. « Mollie »

There is always ‘that’ guy in the company. The one that can not discipline himself down to the military standards. The « maverick » who is always seeking for troubles, or who is not fit for the job. Then there is ‘that’ man, who definitely hates discipline and seems to be the worse soldier of the regiment when in basic training or at the barracks, but when in combat proves to be an outstanding brave man, challenging danger and […]

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November 8th, 1942: When the 9th Infantry Division entered War

Context On 8 November 1942, the first American ground troops started the fight against Nazism in the European-Middle Eastern Theater of Operation. A large scale landing is planned to happen on the coasts of North Africa, from the western coast of Morocco to the eastern part of Algeria. This coordinated operation has never been tempted before, on such a large scale. Approximately 2,000 km separate the most distant points, and three task forces are to […]

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Sidi-bel-Abbes, May 1943: The 39th Infantry was not ready to suffer the shameful diseases…

On November 8th, 1942, the U.S. Army jumped into game along with the British and French in North Africa. Today, it is well known and not disrespectful to say that the U.S. Army at that time, was not ready to fight the strong German Army, and the American success in North Africa were partly gained thank to some incredible leadership characters more than the nearly nonexistent combat experience. But at the U.S. Army Staff Branch […]

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Blood and sand do not mix – Battle in Sedjenane Valley

Introduction The Ninth Division had fought its way in North Africa since 8 November 1942. They met their first action against German soldiers, but also against French forces of Vichy Government, and remains of the Italian army. From 8 November 1942, they went through Operation Torch, Algeria campaign, Bougie and Setif, the notorious battle of Kasserine Pass and the battle of El Guettar. They began to earn a real combat experience, but they paid a too high price […]

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