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Major General Manton Sprague Eddy, commander of the 9th US infantry division, studies a map shortly after his divison took the town of Beauvain from the Germans on the 16th of august. Note that the map has been obscured by the wartime censor.

Major General Manton Sprague Eddy, commander of the 9th US infantry division, studies a map shortly after his divison took the town of Beauvain from the Germans on the 16th of august. Note that the map has been obscured by the wartime censor.

German commando Gunther Billing in US Army fatigues as US Army MPs tie his hands behind him before facing the firing squad. Billing was one of a group of German commandos who infiltrated US lines during the Battle of the Ardennes (Dec 1944) wearing US Army uniforms. Speaking fluent American English, the commandos proceeded to spread havoc and confusion in the rear. After their capture, most of them faced the firing squad.

German commando Gunther Billing in US Army fatigues as US Army MPs tie his hands behind him before facing the firing squad. Billing was one of a group of German commandos who infiltrated US lines during the Battle of the Ardennes (Dec 1944) wearing US Army uniforms. Speaking fluent American English, the commandos proceeded to spread havoc and confusion in the rear. After their capture, most of them faced the firing squad.

Dinner time for PFC. Edward E. Gladsford (left) and PFC. Oscar L. Lombardi, from  the 9th infantry division.

Dinner time for PFC. Edward E. Gladsford (left) and PFC. Oscar L. Lombardi, from the 9th infantry division.

The liberation of Saint-Marcouf. Soldiers off the beaches march through the town to the delight of Jean Tissier, an eighteen-year-old citizen of the town.

The liberation of Saint-Marcouf. Soldiers off the beaches march through the town to the delight of Jean Tissier, an eighteen-year-old citizen of the town.

47th Inf Reg't of the 9th Inf Div marching thru Remagen to cross the Ludendorf bridge, Mar 1945

47th Inf Reg't of the 9th Inf Div marching thru Remagen to cross the Ludendorf bridge, Mar 1945

WW2 9th division infantry soldiers. The one sitting is my father. He received the Bronze Star for evacuating the dead under shell fire in 1943.

WW2 9th division infantry soldiers. The one sitting is my father. He received the Bronze Star for evacuating the dead under shell fire in 1943.

General Omar N. Bradley, 1944 here is one of the finest and greatest general around and best friend to general patton if i would have served i  ww2 i would have followed ole blood and guts and general bradley to hell and back....1SG MARSICO

General Omar N. Bradley, 1944 here is one of the finest and greatest general around and best friend to general patton if i would have served i ww2 i would have followed ole blood and guts and general bradley to hell and back....1SG MARSICO

Otto Meyer (1912–1944) was an Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) in the Waffen SS, who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.Meyer, an early SS volunteer, fought on the Eastern Front where he was given command of the 9th SS Panzer Regiment in Jan 1944. In June 1944 his division served in Normandy where Meyer distinguished both himself and his regiment by destroying over 300 allied tanks. He was killed crossing the River Seine on 28 August 1944.

Otto Meyer (1912–1944) was an Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) in the Waffen SS, who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.Meyer, an early SS volunteer, fought on the Eastern Front where he was given command of the 9th SS Panzer Regiment in Jan 1944. In June 1944 his division served in Normandy where Meyer distinguished both himself and his regiment by destroying over 300 allied tanks. He was killed crossing the River Seine on 28 August 1944.

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