That's a tough day at th office right there. The Luftwaffe could not afford too many days like that. I wonder how many of the pilots survived.November 21, 1944: ... The Luftwaffe loses 86 fighters in daylight operations in defense of the Reich and occupied territory against Allied strategic bombing.
One of our elderly German neighbors passed away recently and the spouse is in assisted living. I picked up a couple of items at the estate sale today, among them a book - " Der Zweite Weltkrieg, Bilder, Daten, Dokumente." I look forward to reading that point of view...
I looked for a 66th Engineer Battalion and could not find it.I have an old shoe box of photos and have been going through them as a result this incredible thread by crimsonaudio. There is mystery in each of the 75 year old photos and I would like to share a few of them to the degree that I can obtain quality scans. This one I scanned at maximum dpi and was able to read the sign which read: You are now 1 mile from Germany Courtesy "66" Engr. Btn.
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Thank you. I looked at the original scan again and will plan on sending to you to determine if we can decipher it. It could be 166 Engr. Bn. also just underneath it appears to have another that appears to be 815 Engr Bn. There just isn't enough clarity to determine exactly. You can appreciate that I have looked at the photo 100 times before scanning it to grasp what is actually depicted. I now see the dog in the photo at what appears to be a water tank and two jeeps sitting in the valley on the opposite side of the valley.I looked for a 66th Engineer Battalion and could not find it.
4th Armored Division Order of Battle.
The 4th AD had the 24th Armored Engineer Battalion to do the division's engineering.
The 4th AD had a 66th Armored Artillery Battalion, however. Is it possible that that unit built the bridge? (I can't see the sign clearly enough.
Thanks for posting the photos. They are great. You ought to consider sending images to the National Museum of the U.S. Army at Ft. Belvior, Vir. or the U.S. Army Center for Military History. You never know what some future historian might be looking for and, as George Custer said in his dying utterance, "A picture is worth a thousand words."