Interesting publications on the 106th

On this page you can find several wartime publications on the 106th Infantry Division.
Several pamphlets and booklets were printed during and after the war.
Here you can find out more about them.  Enjoy!

"Camp Atterbury Album 1944"

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The Camp Atterbury Photo Album consists of 132 pages of  black&white photographs taken in and around Camp Atterbury.  The book also features many pictures taken during the Tennessee manoeuvres in January-February 1944.
There is a group shot of every company of every Regiment, Artillery Battalion and attached unit of the 106th Division.  The book was published by the Albert Love Publishing Company in June of 1944.

Today, this book is one of the rarest and most sought after books concerning the 106th Infantry Division.  Especially difficult to locate in good condition as few examples survived the wrath of time.

For full content I refer to the excellent website http://www.indianamilitary.org/106ID/SoThinkMenu/106thSTART.htm
Under "Publications" and "Camp Atterbury Album" you find an index with photo's of every page in the book.

 

Major General Alan Jones expresses the meaning of the book on page 1:

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HEADQUARTERS 106th INFANTRY DIVISION

 

                                                                                                      
1 September 1944

 

This book is the story of your preparation for combat.  It is the first chapter in the history of the 106th INFANTRY DIVISION.  In future years, these pictures will be a constat source of pleasure in recalling memories of your comrades-in-arms and the many experiences you shared.

Your devotion to duty, superior discipline and intelligent effort have been the foundation for the building of an agressive combat team.  Your unflinching courage, skill and stamine will insure complete and final success.

 

                                                                

Alan W. Jones
                                                                     Major- General U.S. Army
                                                                            Commanding

 

"The story of the 106th"

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In 1945 the Paris based US Army Official newspaper "The Stars & Stripes" put together a series
of booklets covering the combat history of about every division active in the ETO.
The series was called "GI Stories" and also featured a pocket about the 106th Infantry Division. 
The booklet was published by the US Army Information and Education Services.
Due to it's compact size, it could be easily sent home by GI's or carried in the pockets of their tunic, field jacket or shirt.

More about this booklet as well as the full written content can be read on the following URL's.

http://www.lonesentry.com/gi_stories_booklets/106thinfantry/index.html
http://ice.mm.com/user/jpk/stroh.htm

The man on the cover of the "Story of the 106th" booklet is PFC James Donnely.
He was in K Company, 3rd Battalion, 424th Infantry Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division.

The picture shows him guarding the packs and rolls of his fellow Lions as they attack near the Belgian town of Manhay.
PFC Donnely is armed with a .30-03 cal M1 Garand rifle which is fitted with a rifle-grenade launcher.

It is curious to see that on the cover of the booklet, PFC Donnely seems to be wearing the "Golden Lion" SSI (Shoulder Sleeve Insignia) on his jacket.
As we can see on the original photo used for this publication, he wasn't wearing the patch. We can say it way "photoshopped" old school style.

Here is the original US Army Signal Corps photo that was used for the cover:

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The foreword was written by the 106th's former commander, General Stroh and goes as following:

When the history of the Ardennes fighting has been written, it will be recorded as one of the great strategic Allied successes of the war in Europe. Tactically for the 106th and the other American Divisions involved it was a bitter and costly fight. But it becomes increasingly clear that the Germans expended in the last futile effort those last reserves of men and material which they so badly needed a few months later. The losses and sacrifices of the 106th Infantry Division paid great dividends in eventual victory

These pages are dedicated to those gallant men who refused to quit in the darkest hour of the Allied invasion and whose  fortitude and heroism turned the tide toward overwhelming victory.

Donald A. Stroh
Major General, Commanding 

106th Division Personal Affairs Pamphlet

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The 106th  Infantry Division Personal Affairs Pamphlet was distributed amongst the soldiers of the 106th who would be soon returning to the States.  On September 1st, 1945 as the war in Europe had come to an end, the 106th had been covering occupational duties and processing German POW's.  The men with a sufficient number of "points", earned during their military career, were about to be shipped back home.  This pamphlet supplied the soldiers with information on their discharge from the service, personal and financial affairs.  In general of the benifits being a veteran of the US Army.

The booklet was compiled of the War Department Pamphlet No 21-4, the GI Bill of Rights, excerpts of "Army Talks" and the Veteran's Administration Insurance Form 398.

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