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88th Infantry Division Blue Devils

88th Infantry
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88th Infantry Division Trust Period 1947-1954

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349th Infantry "Kraut Killers" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
349th Infantry
"Kraut Killers"
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350th Infantry "Battle Mountain" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
350th Infantry
"Battle Mountain"
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351st Infantry "Spear Head" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
351st Infantry
"Spear Head"
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313th Combat Engineers Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
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313th Medical Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
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337th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
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338th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
338th
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339th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
339th
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913th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
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88th
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88th Infantry Division "We Were There" From Gruber To Brenner Pass
"Draftee Division" by John Sloan Brown
"The Blue Devils in Italy" by John P. Delaney
88th Infantry Division Blue Devils Accociation
Printed for their 50th Anniversary Reunion 1992
"The Blue Devils in Northern Italy 1944-45"
by Valerio Calderoni and Renzo Grandi
"Battle Rattle" by Rev. Wallace Hale
"Alone and Unarmed" by Ernest E. Kowalik

313th Combat Engrs. Bn. "My Journey With Uncle Sam" by Sgt. John Ronhaar

337th Field Artillary Bn.
"We Left Home"
338th Field Artillary Bn. "Direct Support" A Story of Fighting Men
339th Field Artillary Bn. "The Morning Report"

349th Infantry Regiment "Long Walk Through War" by Klaus Huebner

350th Infantry Regiment "Battle Mountain Regiment in Italy" by John E. Wallace
"Combat Soldier" by James C. Fry
"Battle Mountain Regiment In Occupation" (TRUST)
"Men of War" by William Dow

351st Infantry Regiment 351st Infantry Regiment History
"Lucky Mullins" by Chris Mullins
"Buon Appetito" Book of Cooking Recipies
Compiled by the Ladies of the 351st Reg. Trieste 1951

913th Field Artillary Bn. "1300 Days of War" by Edgar Register (2005)
Memiors of being in the 913th FA in World War II

Campaigns North Apennines 10 September 1944 - 4 April 1945
Naples - Foggia 9 September 1943 - 21 January 1944
Po Valley 5 April - 8 May 1945
Rome - Arno 22 January - 9 September 1944

General Mark Clark "Calculated Risk" by Mark Clark
"From the Danube to the Yalu" by Mark Clark
"Captain's Bride, General's Lady" by Mrs. Mark Clark

Italy "Northwest Italy - Final Campaign"
"Finito"
"Road To Rome"
"The War Against Germany and Italy"
"19 Days - From the Apennines to the Alps"


88th Infantry Division History

"We Were There"
From Gruber To Brenner Pass

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88th Infantry Division

"Battle Rattle "
by Rev. Wallace Hale

Rev. Wallace Hale served 30 years as a chaplin in the U.S. Army, including five years in Italy During World War II. 157 pgs.

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88th Infantry Division

"Alone and Unarmed"
by Ernest E. Kowalik

An Army Pilot Sharing
the Skies with Artillery Fire in WWII Italy

"The story of a lone pilot Staff Sergeant Ernest Kowalik, flying the military's version of the 65 horsepower Piper "Cub" during the Italian Campaign. Artillery spotting and scouting for the 88th Infantry "Blue Devil" Division, he saw a wide variety of action." 305 pgs.
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313th Engineers Combat Battalion

"My Journey With Uncle Sam"
by Sgt. John Ronhaar

With about 50 pgs. of story and 10 pgs. of pictures and articles this book recounts the author's time spent in the 313th Engineers Combat Battalion from 12 Feb 43 to 21 Oct. 45.
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337th Field Artillary Battalion

"We Left Home"

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338th Field Artillary Battalion

"Direct Support"
A Story of Fighting Men

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339th Field Artillary Battalion

"The Morning Report"

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913th Field Artillary Battalion

"1300 Days of War"
by Edgar Register"

Memiors of being in the 913th FA in World War II. (2005)

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349th Infantry Regiment

"Long Walk Through War"
by Klaus Huebner

Dr. Klaus Huebner, was born in Bavaria, Germany, twenty-five years before the outbreak of U.S.-Nazi hostilities and served as battalion surgeon to the U.S. 3d Battalion, 349th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division from 1943-1945.

"Using notes hastily scribbled on the backs of maps and finished out whenever he was rotated to rear areas for rest, Dr. Klaus Huebner captured in his diary the frustration, fear, boredom, devotion, and anger that were the daily portion of combat infantrymen. The result is a remarkably sustained exposition of combat life. Dr. Huebner traces the 88th’s activities from final staging preparations at Fort Sam Houston to North Africa and on up the Italian peninsula to the Brenner Pass in Austria, just fifty-five miles south of the Bavarian hamlet where he was born."

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350th Infantry Regiment

The Blue Devils
"Battle Mountain Regiment in Italy"

by John E. Wallace


A History of the 350th Infantry Regiment 1944 - 1945

The 350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, was rated as one of the best U.S. Army Regiments in one of the best U.S. Army Divisions. The 350th fought in the Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and Po Valley campaigns. Summary: The 350th Infantry Regiment was part of the 88th Infantry Division and served in Italy during WWII.

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350th Infantry Regiment

Battle Mountain Regiment In Occupation
With the "Blue Devil" Division in Italy

A pictorial review of the 350th Infantry in Occupation. Covers the Triest / TRUST occupation period. 69 Pages.
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350th Infantry Regiment

"Combat Soldier"
by James C. Fry

Between January 1943 and March 1944 Fry served as commanding officer of the 69th Armored Regiment and 6th Armored Division Trains at Camps Young, Cooke, and Coxcomb, California, and as assistant G3, Headquarters Armored Command, Fort Knox, Ky.

Then in April 1944 he was transferred overseas to command the 350th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, in the North African Theater of Operations, later moving with that regiment to the Mediterranean Theater (Italy). In March 1945 he was made assistant division commander of the 88th Infantry Division in Italy.In June 1944 he received the Silver Star. On 21 May 1944. The 2nd Battalion, 350th Infantry, launched an attack against the enemy at the mouth of the valley south of Monte San Biago, Italy, and was subject to intense machine gun and rifle fire from well entrenched positions from which the enemy was laying down fields of grazing and interlocking fire. Colonel Fry himself led the forward platoon, issued his orders from that position, and personally led a tank around the right flank to attack a house from which the enemy was making determined resistance. During this time there were no riflemen in advance of Colonel Fry. The courage, leadership, and personal example displayed by Colonel Fry inspired the battalion and insured the success of the attack. His gallantry in action reflects great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the high ideals of the military service.”

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350th Infantry Regiment
Company G

"Men of War"
by William Dow

"Dow kept detailed notes, military maps, army directives and a 1942 printed Christmas Dinner Menu, that lists all members of Company G, 350th Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, where he served most of his basic training.
This book provides insight into the performance of a premier unit comprised principally of civilians drafted into combat against powerful Nazi armies led by "Smiling Albert" Kesselring, one of Hitlers favorite generals.

Dow uses highway drawings to detail the locations of more than 30 Division Headquarters' Command Posts from the empty school building just north of Naples to a vacant elementary school in the Italian Alps." 137 pgs.

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351st Infantry Regiment

History

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351st Infantry Regiment
Ladies of the 351st Regiment

"Buon Appetito"

Book containg hundreds of cooking recipies compiled by the ladies of the 351st Infantry Regiment. Trieste 1951. 140 pgs.

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351st Infantry Regiment
Cannon Company

"Lucky Mullins"
by Chris Mullins

The story of 1SG Lucky Mullins, 351st Cannon Company

"Part of the Greatest Generation. This is the story of Lucky Mullins. It is a story of a war hero from Kentucky who served in World War II and in the Korean War. It is also a story of a family with strong character that has leveraged the beliefs and ideas of Lucky Mullins and persevered through the good times and the bad."

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88th Infantry Division

"Draftee Division"
by John Sloan Brown

Draftee Division is a history of the 88th Division, an analysis of American unit mobilization during World War II, and an insight into the Italian Campaign.

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88th Infantry Division

"The Blue Devils in Italy"
by John P. Delaney

"The story of a combat division compiled both from official journals and from the personal experiences of the citizen-soldiers who made up its squads and platoons. The incidents related are considered to be representative of the experiences of the majority of 88th men."

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5th Army General

"Calculated Risk"
by Mark Clark

World War II memoirs by American general in charge of operations in North Africa and Italy. General Mark W. Clark recounts his wartime exploits and tells the story of the battles in Tunisia and Italy.
Mark Wayne Clark (May 1, 1896 – April 17, 1984) was a United States Army officer who saw service during World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. He was the youngest four-star general in the United States Army during World War II.

During World War II, he commanded the United States Fifth Army, and later the 15th Army Group, in the Italian campaign. He is known for leading the Fifth Army in its capture of Rome in June 1944.

Clark has been heavily criticized for ignoring the orders of his superior officer, British General Sir Harold R. L. G. Alexander, and allowing the German 10th Army to slip away, in his drive to take Rome, the capital of Italy, a strategically unimportant city. The German 10th Army then joined with the rest of the German army group at the Trasimene Line. In March 1945, Clark, at the age of 48, became the youngest American officer ever to be promoted to the rank of four star general.

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5th Army General

"From the Danube to the Yalu"
by Mark Clark

Relates General Mark Clark's experiences over seven years, both on the battlefield and at the conference table, during the Cold War and the Korean War.
Mark Clark, former Commander-In-Chief in the Far East, tells of his running battle with the Communists from 1945 on. And he describes the Korean War as the war we might have won.

Clark was commander of the Fifteenth Army Group in charge of all Allied forces in Italy for the remainder of the war.

After the war, he served as high commission of Austria and as commander in chief of the United Nations Command in Korea before retiring from active duty in 1953. He subsequently served as president of The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, for eleven years, retiring in 1965.

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5th Army General

"Captain's Bride, General's Lady"
The Memoirs of Mrs. Mark W. Clark
by Mrs. Mark Clark

Maureen Clark tells the story of her life as an Army wife. (1956).
278 pgs.
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88th Infantry Division

1992 50th Anniversary Reunion Book
Blue Devils Association


This book was published by the 88th Infantry Division Association for their 1992 50th Anniversary. Full of pictures, bios and WWII

stories submitted my Association members. This book was also published in a dark blue cover with optional embossed name. 192 pages.

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88th Infantry Division

The Blue Devils in Northern Italy 1944-45
by Valerio Calderoni and Renzo Grandi


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Northwest Italy
Final Campaign

 


Finito

The Po Valley Campaign 1945

by Headquarters, 15th Army Group

69 pgs.


Road To Rome

 


The War Against Germany and Italy
Mediterranean and Adjacent Areas
Pictorial Record

During World War II the photographers of the United States
Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard created
on film a pictorial record of immeasurable value. Thousands of
their pictures are preserved in the photographic libraries of the
armed services, little seen by the public.
In the volumes of UNITED STATES ARMY IN

AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY
ARMY HISTORICAL SERIES

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF MILITARY HISTORY
UNITED STATES ARMY

CHAPTER 22

The War Against Germany and Italy
Mediterranean and Adjacent Areas
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Italy

North Apennines
10 September 1944 - 4 April 1945

by U.S. Army Center of Military Justice

The northern Apennines fighting was the penultimate campaign in the Italian theater. Although the Allies steadily lost divisions, materiel, and shipping to operations elsewhere, which diminished their capabilities, their offensives prevented the Axis from substantially reinforcing other fronts with troops from Italy. Yet the transfer of units from Fifth and Eighth Armies for use in northwest Europe, southern France, and Greece, both after the capture of Rome and during the North Apennines Campaign itself, left Allied commanders with just enough troops to hold Axis forces in Italy but without sufficient forces to destroy the enemy or to end the campaign.


19 Days
From the Apennines to the Alps
The Story of the Po Valley Campaign

The Final Campaign Across Northwest Italy

An OFFICIAL U.S. Army history by the Historical Sections, 5th U.S. Army first published in 1945. This is a combination book consisting of two booklets published just after the war by units in Italy to cover the Po Valley campaign in April/May 1945.

Some of the heaviest fighting of WWII took place during these 19 deadly days. This official history covers the 34th Inf. Div., 85th Inf. Div., 88th Inf. Div., 91st Inf. Div., 92nd Inf. Div., the 10th Mountain Division, 1st Armored Division, the 442nd Infantry Regiment, 473rd Infantry Regiment + 6th South African Armoured Division, 1st Brazilian Inf. Div. and other participating units in detail. 256 pages, 95 photos, 19 maps.

Naples - Foggia
9 September 1943–21 January 1944

by U.S. Army Center of Military Justice

The Allied goals, established before the invasion of Italy, were to gain control of the Mediterranean, keep pressure on the Germans while building for the cross-Channel attack, and force Italy to withdraw from the war.

All agreed that bases in Italy would provide support for the air war against German sources of supply in the Balkans and the German industrial heartland itself. These sound strategic goals were valid in 1943 and have stood the test of time. By late August, the Italian government had decided to withdraw from the war and break relations with Germany. The fall of Sicily had enhanced Allied control of the Mediterranean but had not assured it. Prior to the invasion of Italy, therefore, the Allied goals were far from being totally satisfied, and an eager world watched as the Allies launched first Operation BAYTOWN and then Operation AVALANCHE to invade the European continent.

Po Valley
5 April–8 May 1945

by U.S. Army Center of Military Justice

For the Allied armies in Italy, the Po Valley offensive climaxed the long and bloody Italian campaign. When the spring offensive opened, it initially appeared that its course might continue the pattern of the previous months and battles in Italy, becoming

another slow, arduous advance over rugged terrain, in poor weather, against a determined, well-entrenched, and skillful enemy.

However, by April 1945 the superbly led and combat-hardened Allied 15th Army Group, a truly multinational force, enjoyed an overwhelming numerical superiority on the ground and in the air. On the other side, Axis forces had been worn down by years of combat on many fronts; they were plagued by poor political leadership at the top as well as shortages of nearly everything needed to wage a successful defensive war. By April 1945 factors such as terrain, weather, combat experience, and able military leadership, that had for months allowed the Axis to trade space for time in Italy could no longer compensate for the simple lack of manpower, air support, and materiel. By the end of the first two weeks of the campaign both sides realized that the end of the war in Italy was in sight, and that all the Allies needed to complete the destruction of Axis forces was the skillful application of overwhelming pressure, a feat largely accomplished within ten days, by 2 May 1945.


Rome - Arno
22 January–9 September 1944

by U.S. Army Center of Military Justice

The Allied operations in Italy between January and September 1944 were essentially an infantryman’s war where the outcome was decided by countless bitterly fought small unit actions waged over some of Europe’s most difficult terrain under some of the worst weather conditions found anywhere during World War II

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