The purpose of this document is to give a few examples of the historical facts about the 12th Armored Division that
can be accessed from the 12th Armored Division website using the Hellcat News Archive
I) USING A SEARCH TERM OR PHRASE
Two methods are illustrated. The first is the use of a SEARCH TERM or SEARCH PHRASE (more than one word enclosed
in quotation marks).
Go to: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum on The Portal to Texas History Website
Click on: Collections
Choose: 12th Armored Association History Albums (i.e. scrapbooks).
Enter your Search Term in the upper Search Box. If more than one word, use quotation marks before and after the phrase.
In the first example, I used a single search term: ROSTER
The history scrapbooks appear. Click on the first one.
Find the small search box on the left of the screen. The term ROSTER should appear. You are now narrowing down the
search within the first scrapbook on the list. This places you in Scrapbook 3 and there are 33 different pages
to examine. At the top of the page (in the STANDARD VIEW) you can see your page number. One can advance or retreat
with the blue arrows, or by changing the 249 to 250, etc. There are also pointers next to the page number at
the top that allow you to pull down any page number you want. I have chosen to look at page 249.
Page 249 contains an OFFICERS ROSTER for Combat Command A as part of an After Action Report.
From what I can see, every After Action Report contains an Officers Roster. Thus using the search term ROSTER will
find all ???? After Action Reports.
There are many pages, backwards and forwards of AARs for CCA and for the Division and some battalions.
II) SEARCHING WITH A KNOWN WEB ADDRESS
Instead of following the instructions above, you can take a shortcut. Copy the following web address and paste it
into the search box of your browser (Google, for instance). This will take you directly to a page without a search.
You are still on page 249.
Of course once you are on a page, you discover other stories or items of interest.
Tanks 714 B precedes this but the following is for the Castle Itter story. This is same page as the story of Leonard
Kovel the 15 year old soldier.
Also on this page is a nice article on the Negro troops.
MURNAU, also IFFELDORF. MUST SEE THIS!!!!!! BELOW
SEARCH TERM: HUNGARIAN
SCRAP BOOK 6. (VI) (I THINK THE NEXT SERIES IS FOR PAGES IN CAMP IV, eyewitnesses to this concentration camp.)
Note that the 350 - 400 children were liberated at Ohlstadt. See article somewhere on this page and it is also in
the 43rd Tank Battalion history, circa April 27, 28, just prior to Landsberg.
I found some new information about liberations using the search term: CONCENTRATION. For instance, here is a story
about the 92nd, Recon. Troop F and Troop B are cited. Troop B freed "thousands."
AFTER READING THE FOLLOWING TESTIMONY, YOU SHOULD GO TO THE NEXT PAGE TO SEE THE TESTIMONY OF BRAMBLE (493 AFA).
See the following page with a description of the main camp at Dachau by Dick Gottlieb of the 42nd Rainbow Division.
See pictures as well as documents, below:
CCA claims to have liberated 4 concentration camps in vicinity of Landsberg, below.
Go from the following page to the next two pages. On that page will be a picture of John Critzas.
THE NEXT IS A DUPLICATE. SEE REFERENCE TO INDIAN POWS WHO WERE LIBERATED BY 12TH AD (???)
JULIUS (ED) BERNSTEIN
HIGH DEFINITION PICTURES OF VICTIMS.
SEARCH TERM "JULIAN SAKS"
SEE THE FOLLOWING PAGES IN THIS SCRAPBOOK: Pages 192, 170, 182, 174, 180, 77, 139, 153, 113, 160, 173, 203, (I am too
busy right now. Look in the address above and find the word "zoom". This word comes right after the
page (sequence) number. Take out the old number and plug in the number you want.
APPARENTLY ALL THE SCRAPBOOKS SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED WITH THE SEARCH TERM "CONCENTRATION."
I will now try the search term LAUINGEN. I am looking for the liberation of a concentration camp or POW camp by the
92nd. On this page or the next there is a story about Frank Deeds stopping a bullet that hit him on the chest.
The bullet went through a bible and a tin of cheese. The Lt. was Chuck Willis. I have another article, on the
same subject, sent to me by Frank Deeds that gives Chuck's name.
The book: AMERICAN SAMURAIS: WW2 CAMPS FROM USA CONCENTRATION CAMPS TO THE NAZI describes the various slave labor
and death camps. Lauingen and other places liberated by the 12th Armored were among them. Lauingen made parts
for Messerschmidt airplanes.
When you get to a library, see: END KAMPF (This is a book BY STEPHEN FRITZ).
SEARCH TERM: DPs (Displaced Persons). May include concentration camp Survivors and slave laborers.
See the daily reports form the Military Govt. (Colonel Seiller). Begin on the page below and go to earlier and later
pages. The 12th Armored battalions took Dinkelsbuhl, Bopfingen, Noerdlingen, Lauingen (2062 Displaced Persons,
slave Laborers for Messerschmidt). Mittelhausen had 1800 American and 1000 Dutch POWs who wee freed. See comments
on Ziemathausen, Schonbach, Schellenbach, Mutthofen.
Apparently, we need to take credit for the DPs working in the armament industry. They lived in camps and were not
in good shape.
Apparently Schwabmuenchen was camp 1 and Seiller suggests that it was liberated by the 12th. It had 500 inmates.
Also, a state prison of 1875 prisoners, one half were not German. April 28: I guess the sum total of DPs in Schwabmuenchen
cared for by Seiller's people was 3000.
April 29: Claim that 4 subcamps of Dachau were liberated by the 12th .. READ THIS AND FIGURE OUT WHICH CAMPS .. May
2nd, 4th and 5th Murnau. Get numbers of Polish and other POWs.