Re: Another WWII tribute photos & history
April 11, 3rd Battalion moved to Bittstadt to prepare for the final push. April 12 the 353rd relieved the 354th Division with 3rd Battalion capturing Hanfield and Teichel. They moved on through Naschausen, Neustadt, Lichtenau, and Hummelshain where they captured the German Head Meterologist. Beginning April 15, they cleared from Weltwitz to Merkendorf before resting a few hours then resumed advancing April 16 from Aurora to Triebs.
April 17 ended the push near Zwickau with I Company at the town of Kirchberg about 10 miles south of Zwickau. Here the 353rd stopped and held defensive positions generally along the Zwickauer-Mulde River where they waited for the Russians approaching from the east. Company I was here when hostilities ceased May 7. Massive German surrenders (the German XII Corps) began May 9. Small skirmishes continued up until then and saboteurs continued harassing until the 353rd moved out May 12 for interim occupation duty.
These photos show a captured Nazi whose home was used as Command Post when European hostilities ended.
Last edited by geds; 12-23-2012 at 12:54 PM..