Wwii Letters. 5th Infantry Division. 3rd Army. Battle Of The Bulge, Bastogne.
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Wwii Letters. 5th Infantry Division. 3rd Army. Battle Of The Bulge, Bastogne.:
This isa veryinteresting grouping of2 originalWWII letters,writtenin 1945bya soldier whoserved incombat inthe 5th Infantry Division, in General Patton's Third Army. This soldier served in combat throughout the 1944-45 campaign in Europe, from Normandy until the end of the war. Throughout most of the campaign the 5th Infantry Division was assigned to General Patton'sThird Army, and this soldier participated in the relief of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.
There is excellent content in these letters about the Battle of the Bulge, and about General Patton. One of the letters was written in late January 1945, at the end of the battle. The other was written later, in July 1945, and contains a detailed account of the combat actions of the 5th Infantry Division:
"We were with the 3rd Army, attached to the Fifth Div., and now are still with the 3rd Army. General Patton's, 'Old blood and Guts' as they call him.
In the Fifth Div. we gave protection to the 21st Field Artillery, and they had 155millimetre howitzers. Then the combat team, which was the Tenth Infantry, and the field artillery and us. Whenever the Fifth made a push the Tenth Inf. would be used as a spearhead and we had to follow pretty close to them. We were lucky more than once that the Jerries didn't counterattack. We pushed forward so fast that it would leave our flanks unprotected, and if the Jerries would throw a counterattack and close their right and left flanks they would have us in the middle, known as a pocket.
You read so much about the Bulge. They got the Jerries in a pocket and then they had fifteen U.S. divisions surround them and lob shells on them every time they would move. When the Fifth Div. went from the Third Army sector to help clean out the Bulge they were detached from the 3rd and lent to the First Army till it was cleaned out, and then sent back to the 3rd.
We got one battle star for that, and that meant 5 extra points. We can wear five bronze stars or one silver star. As yet we haven't got them. But it won't be too long before we do get them. We also got the Fifth Div. pin. A red diamond.
The Fifth would turn up in the darndest places, and the Jerries would take off on a run."
The July 1945 letter includesgood contentabout leaving Germany andgoingto England by way of France. This soldier states that the non-fraternization policy in Germany had been lifted on the day his outfit left:
"We left Dingolfing, Germany, around the 8th of July for Le Havre, France, and left France the 29th of July on L.C.T. 'Landing Crafts' for England. Coming across the Channel was very calm and the old tub didn't rock very much.
Now that we are in England we don't know where they will sendus, but we all hope it's the U.S. 'C.B.I.", China, Burma, and India in other words, you're headed for the Pacific.
Now that the war is over it's pretty nice, but the day we left the non-fraternizing policy went out, and you could talk to the people. They seemed to be rather friendly toward us and I'm damn sure we could get along with them nicely."
The letter written on the front lines onthe 27th of January 1945 is 2 pages long.There is one section cut out by the censor (probably because this soldier tried to disclose his precise location). This letter has content about the cold and snow, about packages from home, and about a shortage of cigarettes.
*** The letters were written by Private First Class Andrew Pulchak, Battery B, 449th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion. Throughout the campaign in the E.T.O. the 449th AAA served in theThird Army, in the 5th Infantry Division. The 449th AAA was attached the the 10th Regimental Combat Team.
Excellent original WWII letters, writtenby a soldierwho served throughout the 1944-45 campaign in Europe in the 5th Infantry Division.
*** Please note that where I have quotedthe letter in the listing I have made minor corrections in spelling and grammar. I have taken care not to alter Pulchak's meaning in any way.
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