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Roger c
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posted 9/15/2011 10:46:14 AM    Click here to view the profile for Roger c  Click here to email Roger c  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Can anyone tell me please which unit liberated the town of Laufen in Bavaria on 4 may 1945. A cousin was interned there as a civilian. thanks

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posted 9/17/2011 7:44:08 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Roger, I do not know the answer, but
here is how to search, efficiently:
There are many memoirs in the BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES. Start near the end of each one, or in some cases near the end of each
chapter (covering the history of a company
within a battalion). Recall that the Division was divided into three Combat Commands, each composed of an Armored Infantry
Battalion, a tank battalion, and an artillery battalion. In addition, the 92nd
Recon should be looked at. If I were to do
the search, I would start with the armored
infantry battalions (all 3). Then go to
the tank battalions (all 3) and then go to
the field artillery battalions.

Corrections: I might start with the 92nd
Recon. Also, there are not memoirs for
each battalion, and there is sometimes more than one memoir covering a company in
a single battalion.

Within a memoir, look for the activities in May extending to the early occupation
duties. You will see place names, and you
should look up each one on the web, as your
town is right on the border of Germany and Austria, and it is a
very small town. It could be that another
town, was very close to your town.

I would think your chances of finding the
correct battalion (or company within the
battalion) are very good.

Mike Woldenberg