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PHOTO PAGE 3

 

  117th Rhine River Crossing Site....taken March 17th.

Interior of Pillbox on the Siegfried Line showing how the pillboxes are equipped.  Beds, telephones, and kitchen equipment are regular equipment.

M-24 Chaffee, 743rd TB, firing on German positions Feb. 12th, 1945 near Roer River.

 

Photos of the 30th Signal Company   Click on link. 

 

The 30th was attached to the XVI corp from March 6th to March 29th for the Rhine River crossing:

  Rhine Crossing photo from XVI photo book near Mehrum in 120th zone.

Rhine Crossing photo from XVI photo book. View from levee on west bank in 120th zone.

Rhine Crossing photo from XVI photo book.  This was just on the 117th/120th zone lines.

Rhine Crossing photo from XVI photo book.

Rhine Crossing photo from XVI photo book. Lintfort was just south of the 30th Division zone just into the 79th's zone.

Rhine Crossing photo from XVI photo book.  Hunxe was in the 117th zone of attack.

Rhine Crossing photo from XVI photo book. Captured by the 117th.

Rhine Crossing photo from XVI photo book.  This was the bridge across the Rhine in the 117th's zone.

Rhine Crossing photo from XVI photo book.

Rhine Crossing photo from XVI photo book.

Rhine Crossing photo from XVI photo book.

Partial copy of actual battle map copied at National Archives of 30th positions and objectives. 

Major Gen. Hobbs awards 1st Lt. Ford L. Thompson of the 118th Field Artillery Air Medal. Thompson was a L-5 Artillery Spotter Aircraft Pilot with Battery B.  This photo was date Dec. 10, 1944. Lt. Thompson was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters.

  Tribute to the Infantry's favorite comic/writer the late Bill Mauldin.  This drawing was created and submitted to this site with great appreciation by Hank Stairs.

       

Maj. Gen. Leland S. Hobbs presents the Legion Of Merit to Brig. Gen. James M. Lewis, CC, 30th Division Artillery, for meritorious service from the 28th of July to the 13th of October, 1944.   Gen. Lewis' home is in Moundsville, W. V.  Photo dated 2/5/45.  Division HQ at that time was Aachen, Germany.

  Great Photo I found but sorry, probably not 30th...not sure of location or units.

This German Panther was disabled NE of the 30th zone during the Battle of the Bulge.  But it was part of the 1st SS-Panzerkorps and ended its journey south of Krinkelt during the battle for the Twin Villages.   The number of the Panther is #126.

Another photo in the same sequence as photo above.  The American Sgt. is Bernard Cook of the 165th Photo Company thus this 'capture' was probably staged.   Panther #126.

When I received this photo from a friend in Belgium, I was immediately taken back. That soldier is my FATHER. My friend checked with the owner of the photo. He is 78 years old and a specialist in the 30th ID. The 117th, my dad's, was in his area on Sept. 13th, 44. Their first CP was in his farm. His farm was close to the hamlet of Moerslag, Holland, south of St. Geertruid, Holland (see Map).  He could nearly assure him that the soldier was of the 3rd Battalion, my dad was with Co. K, 117th. He had been with Co. K since Aug. 18th.  I sent my friend another war photo of my father by his request and he took both photos to a medium.  He assured my friend they were the same person.  WELL....I'm sure going to believe it...it's exciting.

Now photos of above photo...thanks Frank Gubbels and Tom Peeters!!

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This article mentions the finding in Rimburg of a German hand grenade and ammunition by a farmer
while harvesting the potatoes from the land. You see that the acts of war in1944 still leave their trails!
Provided by Wim Kievits.
 

Boer rooit 'granaataardappel'
UTRECHT - 27/09/05 - (Novum) - Een agrariŽr uit het Limburgse Rimburg heeft donderdag een explosieve aardappel gerooid. Een van de piepers bleek een granaat te zijn. Onderzoek door het Explosieven Opruimings Commando (EOC) wees uit dat het om een zogeheten luchtdoelgranaat ging. Deze is gevaarlijk, stelt het EOC.

Het commando heeft de granaat dinsdagochtend op de akker van de agrariŽr tot ontploffing gebracht. Dit is zonder problemen verlopen, meldt de politie. Het is onduidelijk hoe het explosief op het land is terechtgekomen.

 

© Tiscali/Novum

 

   Eschweiler was just one mile south of the 30th ID/104th ID line in the 104th's zone. Life Magazine...Dec. 18th, 1944.

Durwiss, in the 104th ID Zone, just one mile south of 30th Zone.  Life Magazine....Dec. 18th, 1944.

Weisweiler, in the 104th ID Zone, just one mile south of 30th Zone.  Life Magazine....Dec. 18th, 1944.

  Trenches found in the Inde River valley attacked by the 29th, 30th, and 104th Infantry Division.