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88th Infantry
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349th Infantry "Kraut Killers" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
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350th Infantry "Battle Mountain" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
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351st Infantry "Spear Head" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
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338th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
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339th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
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Books about the
88th Infantry Division
and
World War II Italy

337th Field Artillary Battalion
"We Left Home"
Colonel Thomas St. John Arnold

Colonel Thomas St. John Arnold (Ret.) graduated from Virginia Military Institute (1935) and entered the U.S. Army. From 1944 to 1945 he served as the Plans and Operations Officer for the 92nd Division in Italy, and from 1945 to 1946 as Commander, 337th Field Artillery Battalion, 88th Division, on the Morgan Line between Italy and Yugoslavia.

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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

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350th Infantry Regiment
Battle Mountain Regiment In Occupation
With the "Blue Devils" Division in Italy

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

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, Kentucky.

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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88th Infantry Division
We Were There
From Gruber To Brenner Pass


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88th Infantry Division
Draftee Division

by John Sloan Brown

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88th Infantry Division
The Blue Devils in Italy

by John P. Delaney



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5th Army General
Calculated Risk
by Mark Clark

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5th Army General
From the Danube to the Yalu

by Mark Clark

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88th Infantry Division
1992 50th Anniversary Reunion Book

Blue Devils Association

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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

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Road To Rome

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The War Against Germany and Italy

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North Apennines
10 September 1944–4 April 1945

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.

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19 Days
From the Apennines to the Alps

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Naples - Foggia
9 September 1943–21 January 1944

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.

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Po Valley
5 April–8 May 1945

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.

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Rome - Arno
22 January–9 September 1944

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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