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Historical Resources and Recommended Readings

  1. Carter, Capt. Joseph. History of the 14th Armored Division. Albert Love. Atlanta, 1945. An unofficial history prepared by the Division following the end of the war.
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  2. Dickson, Lt. Walter R.Combat History of 19th Armored Infantry Battalion: October 12th, 1944 to May 9th, 1945. J.G.Weiss. Munich, 1945. Unofficial battalion history.
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  3. Brown, T/Sgt. Vernon G. and Robinson, T/Sgt. Dean B.We Came to Fight. R. Oldenbourg. Munich, June 1945. Unofficial history of the 48th Tank Battalion.
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  4. Clarke, Jeffrey J. and Smith, Robert Ross. Rivera to the Rhine PDF US Army Center of Military History. Washington, 1993. This is the official Army history of the Seventh US Army in France, 1944-1945, and is the best historical work on this subject to date.

  5. Report of Operations: The Seventh U.S. Army in France and Germany, 1944-1945. Three Volumes. Aloys Graf. Heidelberg, May, 1946. The unofficial report of operations in France and Germany by the Seventh U.S. Army.

  6. Engler, Richard E. The Final Crisis: Combat in Northern Alsace, January, 1945. Aegis Consulting Group. Hampton, VA, 1999. Written by a veteran of the 1st Battalion, 242nd Infantry Regiment, 42nd Infantry Division. An excellent examination of the fighting during the German counter-offensive, Operation Nordwind. Includes considerable information on the Battle of Hatten-Rittershoffen.

  7. Von Luck, Hans, Col. Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck. Praeger. New York, 1989. Col. von Luck, a veteran armor officer who fought in N. Africa, Normandy, Alsace, and two tours on the Eastern Front. Von Luck commanded the 21st Panzer Division during the final months of the war. His comments about the Battle of Hatten-Rittershoffen are very interesting.
  8. Bonn, Keith E. When the Odds Were Even: The Vosges Mountains Campaign, October 1944 January 1945. Presidio Press. Novato, CA 1994. The expanded doctoral dissertation by a retired Army officer and graduate of West Point. The author covers the opening phases of the German counter-offensive, Operation Nordwind, in considerable detail.

  9. Huntsberger, Karen Berkey, Waiting for Peace - The Journals & Correspondence of a World War II Medic, Luminare Press, Eugene, OR 2015.

  10. The true story of Richard Berkey, 68th AIB medic. The book brings together hundreds of original sources: Richard's war journal, his letters to family and friends, and the letters sent to him by his parents, brothers and sisters. Other sources include letters from friends who were in the service, Army Morning Reports and Unit Histories. Extensive footnotes and period photos provide background and context for readers. More information is available at

  11. This is the story Maryrose and Robert (Bob) England, a decorated WWII soldier, from when they met in 1941 until the aftermath of the war. It's a tale of how the war affected their relationship and opens a window on a small part of the story of how the war affected soldiers and their families. It is a love story. The book includes commentary from the author as well as copies of the actual letters sent from Bob to Maryrose. The story also traces the path of the 14th Armored Division (14th) from Camp Campbell, Kentucky, to Nazi Germany. The 14th was at first part of General Alexander Patch's 7th Army in Europe and later part of General George Patton's 3rd Army that went into Germany. The 14th was named "The Liberators".
    Letters to Maryrose from Bob, a WWII Soldier