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Rolduc Minor Catholic Seminary at Kerkrade was a Rest Center for 30th Division men.
Scenes from Rolduc.
On Sept. 18th, 1944 CCA of the 2nd Armored Division liberated the Dutch town of Nuth about 4 miles NW of Heerlen. The 2nd AD was working on the 30th's left flank as both moved toward the German border. More than once the 30th and 2nd worked together. I received the following email and scans from Richard Claessens of Nuth. Thanks Richard for sharing these historic photos with us.
Pictures are made on the main street, called "Stationsstraat".
After sept 18 stayed American soldiers for a longer period in our village, mostly in tents. Some of them in my own fathers back garden. An officer slept inside our house. Thes boys went to the Ardennes one or two weeks before Christmas, and my mother cooked an early Christmas dinner for them. I don't know their names (I was 2 years then). The pictures here are not from them, but from my father in law.
Feb. 25th...Kerkrade...Burgermaster Alphonse Habets presents painting of "Old Hickory Square" to Maj. Gen. Hobbs in appreciation for the liberation of Kerkrade by the 30th. This ceremony is described on page 233 in "Workhorse". Mayor Habets told Gen. Hobbs and Col. Purdue of the 120th: " For that freedom you gave us we will ever be grateful. We will not forget and we do not intend our children shall forget". I wonder where this painting is now?????
The following scans are provided by Martha Broyles, whose father
served with the 30th. When she purchased an original copy of
Workhorse of the Western Front the following items were found in the
book. The book was signed in front by: George E. Thompson,
Capt. 117th Reg., Co. I & Co. K. The above scan is of Capt.
Below Allied propaganda leaflet dropped behind German lines during Bulge:
Translation: THIS WAS THE PLAN...The map below illustrates the breakthrough plan of the Western High Command. It points to the German objectives. What it does not show is where the Allied tank armies are located. Special thanks to Marc Muller, Marienberg, Germany for translations!!!
THE LAST ATTEMPT....Why the counteroffensive??
1. Because German reserves of men and materials were being continually hammered down in the battle between Emmerich and Basel.
2. Because the German petrol stock was nearly exhausted.
3. Because Himmler realized that the German people were resisting more and more against the forced evacuation and don't want to be displaced.
Why must the counteroffensive fail??
1. Because Rundstedt does not have enough tanks, not enough planes, not enough artillery to achieve a first class plan.
2. Because they used elite troops with half-trained infantry for the battle.
3. Because the SS leaders failed. Manteufel did his job. He trusted the SS-tanks. But Sepp Dietrich flopped.
4. Because V1 and V2 missed being an alternative to artillery and air force.
5. Because the Allies have 6000 planes a day to support the troops in battle.
Why must the Landser sacrifice himself??
The rest is hard to translate because of stamps.
ANY HELP IDENTIFYING SOLDIERS IN ABOVE PHOTOS WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED!!
la Petite Chapelle at Hill 314, Mortain
Plaque in memory of the 120th Infantry Regiment 2nd Battalion who fought on this hill from 7 to 14 August 1944. Over the entrance, a stained glass window represents the Supreme Headquarter Army Expeditionary emblem.
Tremendous article tracking the famous heritage of the 30th division. Written by 1st Lt. David M. Roberts and shared with his permission. Click Link for more.