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Hanno
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posted 3/26/2014 11:00:07 PM    Click here to view the profile for Hanno  Click here to email Hanno  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My father, Bruce, served in Div. Trains of the 12th AD. I am planning a trip to Germany this summer and would like to visit some of the places my father spoke of when he was still alive.

I am most interested in knowing where Div. Trains traveled in the Alsace region. Could anyone help me in my quest?

Thank you!

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 4/1/2014 12:22:53 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Two areas in Alsace that are of
historical importance to the 12th Armored
are first, Herrlisheim near Strassburg--
This is the place where the 12th ARmored took
many casualties in January of 1945. All the
battalion histories talk about it. Look to the
left column and click on DEATH OF AN AMERICAN
COMBAT COMMAND. The next battle is the
closing of the Colmar Pocket on Feb. 3rd.
Check out what Wikipedia has to say about this. The 12th ARmored did cut off the
retreating Germans in Rouffach, and there is
a museum there. (They also had a battle in
another Herrlisheim, near Colmar).

Read about these battles in the Division
History books at the top of the list in
BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES.

I will see what specific information I can find about
Division Trains. As I understand it, they
were connected to Division HQ.

Mike Woldenberg

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posted 4/1/2014 2:09:22 PM  Reply w/Quote
Composition of Division Trains-
HQ & HQ CO
ordinance maintenance battalion
military POLICE (some also played in the band)
Harry

harry dhans
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posted 4/11/2014 5:13:54 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
if you check under battles in the left column, you can pretty much tell were the Trains were.
They usually followed the fighting(battle lines)HQ and HQ company HAD many smaller units

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posted 4/26/2014 3:15:41 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
WAS HE A LIEUTENANT? Museum has a few pictures of a LT. jACOBS

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posted 4/26/2014 3:47:14 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Everybody Helped
All-important if less spectacular, supply trains kept the food and the ammo and the gas pouring up to the front. Signalmen stretched lines of communication clear across the Nazi fatherland. Ordnance kept the wheels turning. MPs shuttled incredible numbers of prisoners to the rear -- on 5 May alone they evacuated 21,742 captured enemy soldiers. Administration men kept the division a cohesive unit in contrast with the disorganization and confusion through which the Hellcats kept surging.