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As you can see, there were far more photos of the 509th PIB available than we were able to fit into the book! Click on the photo to view full-size image. These photos were gathered at the still pictures collection at the National Archives in College Park, MD, and the US Army Heritage & Education center in Carlisle, PA.

Parachute Training, Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42 Getting ready to make jump from platform, Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42
Parachute Training, Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42 (NARA) Getting ready to make jump from platform, Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42 (NARA)
Sgt. King of Parachute Battalion, getting ready to make jump from platform.  Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42 Sgt. King of the Parachute Battalion makes the jump from the platform.  Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42
Sgt. King of Parachute Battalion, getting ready to make jump from platform. Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42 (NARA) Sgt. King of the Parachute Battalion makes the jump from the platform. Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42 (NARA)
504th Parachute Battalion Dance held in the 3rd Hangar, Lawson Field, Fort Benning, GA Oct 21, 1941 Parachute Trooper Johnston (Dummy) at the 504 Parachute Battalion Dance, held in the 3rd Hanger, Lawson Field, Fort Benning, GA Oct 21, 1941
504th Parachute Battalion Dance held in the 3rd Hangar, Lawson Field, Fort Benning, GA Oct 21, 1941 (NARA) Parachute Trooper Johnston (Dummy) at the 504 Parachute Battalion Dance, held in the 3rd Hanger, Lawson Field, Fort Benning, GA Oct 21, 1941 (NARA)
Parachute Trooper with equipment to be carried in time of war.  Front view.  502nd Parachute Battalion 12/30/41 Sgt. Necke makes a body turn on landing trainer.  Fort Benning, GA
Parachute Trooper with equipment to be carried in time of war. Front view. 502nd Parachute Battalion 12/30/41 (NARA) Sgt. Necke makes a body turn on landing trainer. Fort Benning, GA (NARA)
Instructors in the parachute school demonstrate the proper use of the wind-blower.  Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42 Instructors in the parachute school demonstrate the proper use of the wind-blower.  Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42
Instructors in the parachute school demonstrate the proper use of the wind-blower. Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42 (NARA) Instructors in the parachute school demonstrate the proper use of the wind-blower. Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42 (NARA)
Sgt. Necke on landing trainer.  Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42 Cpl. Grover Hill, 504th Parachute Battalion, explains the Tommy Gun to Pvt. Abee of the 161st Signal Photographic Co.  Ft. Benning, Ga February 1942
Sgt. Necke on landing trainer. Fort Benning, GA 1/9/42 (NARA) Cpl. Grover Hill, 504th Parachute Battalion, explains the Tommy Gun to Pvt. Abee of the 161st Signal Photographic Co. Ft. Benning, Ga February 1942 (NARA)
Trench knife used on light carbine rifle.  Fort Benning, GA February 1942 New light Carbine rifle with knife attached.  Fort Benning, Ga.  February 1942
Trench knife used on light carbine rifle. Fort Benning, GA February 1942 (NARA) New light Carbine rifle with knife attached. Fort Benning, Ga. February 1942 (NARA)
Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943 Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943
Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943 (NARA) Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943 (NARA)
Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943 Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943
Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943 (NARA) Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943 (NARA)
Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943 Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943
Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943 (NARA) Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943 (NARA)
Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943 Demonstrating the wind machine at the Parachute Training School, Fort Benning, Georgia 4/5/43
Battle of Sened, Tunisia, North Africa 1943 (NARA) Demonstrating the wind machine at the Parachute Training School, Fort Benning, Georgia 4/5/43 (NARA)
Learning the art of jumping at Fort Bennng's Parachute School 3/27/43 Men making practice jumps from the parachute towers at Fort Benning, GA 4/2/43
Learning the art of jumping at Fort Bennng's Parachute School 3/27/43 (NARA) Men making practice jumps from the parachute towers at Fort Benning, GA 4/2/43 (NARA)
Men being released from top of Parachute Tower while in training at Fort Benning Parachute School 3/30/43 16 Jan 1944 Naples Area, Italy, 509th Parachute Inf. Bn.  An auxiliary (P40) Belly gas tank filled with K and D rations is installed on the bomb rack of an A36 Invader.  Sgt. Clarence P. Haynes, Toledo, Ohio, is examining the installation.
Men being released from top of Parachute Tower while in training at Fort Benning Parachute School 3/30/43 (NARA) 16 Jan 1944 Naples Area, Italy, 509th Parachute Inf. Bn. An auxiliary (P40) Belly gas tank filled with K and D rations is installed on the bomb rack of an A36 Invader. Sgt. Clarence P. Haynes, Toledo, Ohio, is examining the installation. (NARA)
The photo shows the manner in which the lighters pull alongside a troopship before taking them to shore.  Queen Elizebeth, Gobrook, Scotland.  5/11/43 Portrait photograph of LTC Edson Raff
The photo shows the manner in which the lighters pull alongside a troopship before taking them to shore. Queen Elizebeth, Gobrook, Scotland. 5/11/43 (NARA) Portrait photograph of LTC Edson Raff (NARA)
Colonel Edson D. Raff, commander of the first United States parachute troops to go into action in North Africa, receives the French Legion of Honor medal from General Edouard Welvert, heading French forces now cooperating with Allied troops, "somewhere in Algeria." Soldiers of Troop C, 87th Reconnaissance patrol, 7th Armored Division, advance into the battle-scarred st. Vith, Belgium.  24 January 1945
Colonel Edson D. Raff, commander of the first United States parachute troops to go into action in North Africa, receives the French Legion of Honor medal from General Edouard Welvert, heading French forces now cooperating with Allied troops, "somewhere in Algeria." (NARA) Soldiers of Troop C, 87th Reconnaissance patrol, 7th Armored Division, advance into the battle-scarred st. Vith, Belgium. 24 January 1945 (NARA)
Pvt. Nick S. Lammo of Cleveland, Ohio, a machine gunner, is prepared to defend a road block position near St. Vith, Belgium 24 January 1945. The dead crewmembers of this 88mm field piece lie near their gun near Mabompre, Belgium.  This gun knocked out two American tanks before it was put out of action. 1/17/45
Pvt. Nick S. Lammo of Cleveland, Ohio, a machine gunner, is prepared to defend a road block position near St. Vith, Belgium 24 January 1945. (NARA) The dead crewmembers of this 88mm field piece lie near their gun near Mabompre, Belgium. This gun knocked out two American tanks before it was put out of action. 1/17/45 (NARA)
The Queen Elizabeth, her decks loaded with overseas veterans in New York Harbor. 6/29/45 12 Dec 43 Venafro sector, Italy. Rations for 504th Airborne Inf Reg are carried on mules led by Italian soldiers under American supervision. Photo by Bonnard 163rd Signal Photo Co.
The Queen Elizabeth, her decks loaded with overseas veterans in New York Harbor. 6/29/45 (NARA) 12 Dec 43 Venafro sector, Italy. Rations for 504th Airborne Inf Reg are carried on mules led by Italian soldiers under American supervision. Photo by Bonnard 163rd Signal Photo Co. (NARA)
20 Dec 43 Venafro area, Italy. The 45th division pack mule train on its way to the front. The are loaded down with 5 gal cans of water, K rations and other supplies. The train left from the 157th inf reg CP located in the vicinity of Venafro and is headed for the 3rd bn, 157th inf reg CP in the mountains located approximately 8 miles by trail north of Venafro. The town of Pozzilli is in the background. A WWII era "in service" recruiting poster for the airborne. AHEC.
20 Dec 43 Venafro area, Italy. The 45th division pack mule train on its way to the front. The are loaded down with 5 gal cans of water, K rations and other supplies. The train left from the 157th inf reg CP located in the vicinity of Venafro and is headed for the 3rd bn, 157th inf reg CP in the mountains located approximately 8 miles by trail north of Venafro. The town of Pozzilli is in the background. (NARA) A WWII era "in service" recruiting poster for the airborne. (AHEC)
Members of a parachute unit go through all phases of the leap they will make from a mock-up dummy fuselage, in the morning before a mass jump.  The purpose of the parachute jump is to familiarize all with the procedure.  England, August 1942. Paratroopers hurrying from trucks that brought them to the airport, and sprint for places beside the planes which will carry them to their objective.  England, August 1942.
Members of a parachute unit go through all phases of the leap they will make from a mock-up dummy fuselage, in the morning before a mass jump. The purpose of the parachute jump is to familiarize all with the procedure. England, August 1942. (NARA) Paratroopers hurrying from trucks that brought them to the airport, and sprint for places beside the planes which will carry them to their objective. England, August 1942. (NARA)
Major D. R. Yardley, a paratroop officer Executive Officer of the 503rd Parachute Battalion.  England.  August 1942. Aug 42  Training jump in Hungerford, England
Major D. R. Yardley, a paratroop officer Executive Officer of the 503rd Parachute Battalion. England. August 1942. (NARA) Aug 42 Training jump in Hungerford, England (NARA)
Aug 42  Training jump in Hungerford, England Aug 42  Training jump in Hungerford, England
Aug 42 Training jump in Hungerford, England (NARA) Aug 42 Training jump in Hungerford, England (NARA)
The assault squad cross the barbed wire and pole obstacle on the assault course, under the direction of 2LT Albert V. Crosby, Jr. Norfolk, VA.  England Aug 1942.  503rd Parachute Infantry Hungerford, England. Clearing the barricade on assault course behind which they had waited in ambush.  England Aug 42
The assault squad cross the barbed wire and pole obstacle on the assault course, under the direction of 2LT Albert V. Crosby, Jr. Norfolk, VA. England Aug 1942. 503rd Parachute Infantry Hungerford, England. (NARA) Clearing the barricade on assault course behind which they had waited in ambush. England Aug 42 (NARA)
A squad of a Parachute Battalion in England attacks "enemy" trench on obstacle course A machine gunner of the Paratroopers stationed in England crosses gully on slack wire, while in training.  Aug 42
A squad of a Parachute Battalion in England attacks "enemy" trench on obstacle course Aug 42 (NARA) A machine gunner of the Paratroopers stationed in England crosses gully on slack wire, while in training. Aug 42 (NARA)
Pvt Louis Homoki, Richmond, VA  Takes a log hazard on the obstacle course during training in England.  Aug 42 Airborne Command in North Carolina  Planes full of Airborne Infantry about to take-off in staged attack on an airport in North Carolina.
Pvt Louis Homoki, Richmond, VA Takes a log hazard on the obstacle course during training in England. Aug 42 (NARA) Airborne Command in North Carolina Planes full of Airborne Infantry about to take-off in staged attack on an airport in North Carolina. (NARA)
Airborne Cmd in North Carolina  Parachutists and Airborne Infantry carrying Machine guns, rifles, field pieces, about to board planes and take-off in staged attack on an airport in North Carolina Airborne Cmd in North Carolina Cpl Schuler, Eugene Harmon placing dynamite to demolish a bridge
Airborne Cmd in North Carolina Parachutists and Airborne Infantry carrying Machine guns, rifles, field pieces, about to board planes and take-off in staged attack on an airport in North Carolina (NARA) Airborne Cmd in North Carolina Cpl Schuler, Eugene Harmon placing dynamite to demolish a bridge (NARA)
Abn Cmd  Parachutists are shown being dropped from planes to wreck installations and to direct from ground, airborne troops that follow in plane or glider.  Fort Bragg, NC The 2nd Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry commanded by the late Lt. Col. Doyle R. Yardley of Raymondville, Texas.  Camp Kunkle, Les Angades Airfield, Oujda, French Morocco. 5 Jun 43
Abn Cmd Parachutists are shown being dropped from planes to wreck installations and to direct from ground, airborne troops that follow in plane or glider. Fort Bragg, NC (NARA) The 2nd Battalion 509th Parachute Infantry commanded by the late Lt. Col. Doyle R. Yardley of Raymondville, Texas. Camp Kunkle, Les Angades Airfield, Oujda, French Morocco. 5 Jun 43 (NARA)
Equipment carried by a parachutist radio operator.  Equipment includes: M-1 Rifle, with one 8 round clip, bayonet, 200 rounds of ammunition, lensatic compass, flashlight and radio. Captain S. F. Newgate, Commander of the Winchester; Ltc William P. Yarborough, Commanding Officer of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion, Staunton, Va; and Ltc Roy A. Murray, Commanding Officer of the 4th Ranger Battalion, Berkley, Ca left to right aboard the Winchester Castle, study model of the beach where troops aboard the ship will make their assault  Mediterranean Sea. Jan 1944.
Equipment carried by a parachutist radio operator. Equipment includes: M-1 Rifle, with one 8 round clip, bayonet, 200 rounds of ammunition, lensatic compass, flashlight and radio. (NARA) Captain S. F. Newgate, Commander of the Winchester; Ltc William P. Yarborough, Commanding Officer of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion, Staunton, Va; and Ltc Roy A. Murray, Commanding Officer of the 4th Ranger Battalion, Berkley, Ca left to right aboard the Winchester Castle, study model of the beach where troops aboard the ship will make their assault Mediterranean Sea. Jan 1944. (NARA)
Naples Area, Italy  509th Parachute Infantry Battalion Landing from ducks on beach near Naples in practice operation.  14 Jan44. Naples Area, Italy  13 Jan 44  A-5 containers loaded aboard a C47 (interior view)  Cpl William D. Ates, Holt Florida, Left, receives from T/5 Robert Kealin, Quincy, Ill.
Naples Area, Italy 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion Landing from ducks on beach near Naples in practice operation. 14 Jan44. (NARA) Naples Area, Italy 13 Jan 44 A-5 containers loaded aboard a C47 (interior view) Cpl William D. Ates, Holt Florida, Left, receives from T/5 Robert Kealin, Quincy, Ill. (NARA)
Naples area, Italy  13 Jan 44.  Sgt. Joe Hall, Sastonia, N.C. (left) and PDC. Earl Bennett, Eaton Ohio, lift an auxiliary gas tank filled with K and D rations in place on the bomb rack of the wing of an A36 Invader.  The food is released and dropped the same as a bomb to troops in inaccessible places. Naples area, Italy.  Members of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion leap from a C47
Naples area, Italy 13 Jan 44. Sgt. Joe Hall, Sastonia, N.C. (left) and PDC. Earl Bennett, Eaton Ohio, lift an auxiliary gas tank filled with K and D rations in place on the bomb rack of the wing of an A36 Invader. The food is released and dropped the same as a bomb to troops in inaccessible places. (NARA) Naples area, Italy. Members of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion leap from a C47 (NARA)
This Nazi is one of a group of Germans picked up by the crew of an American tank.  They were seen crossing a field waving a white flag, were found to be German medics with a wounded Nazi soldier; As they did not wish to return to their own lines they were told to walk down road to be picked up by us infantry.  Humain Belgium 28 Dec 44 Germans who died when the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion of the 3rd Armored Division fought the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 25th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment, 12th SS Panzer Grenadier Division 29 Dec 44
This Nazi is one of a group of Germans picked up by the crew of an American tank. They were seen crossing a field waving a white flag, were found to be German medics with a wounded Nazi soldier; As they did not wish to return to their own lines they were told to walk down road to be picked up by us infantry. Humain Belgium 28 Dec 44 (NARA) Germans who died when the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion of the 3rd Armored Division fought the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 25th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment, 12th SS Panzer Grenadier Division 29 Dec 44 (NARA)
Fifth Army, Rome, Italy, 8 June 1944.  Lt. General Mark. W. Clark, CG Fifth Army, with S/SGT Paul B. Huff, 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion, Cleveland, Tennessee and PFC Alton W Knappenberger, 30th Inf Regt Spring Mount, PA.  Both recepients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and other officers who were decorated by Gen. Clark at a ceremony held at Fifth Army Hdgs. 16 Aug 44  7th Army Le Muy, France  American troops of the 1st Airborne Task Force in Le Muy which they Liberated in opening operation of invasion.
Fifth Army, Rome, Italy, 8 June 1944. Lt. General Mark. W. Clark, CG Fifth Army, with S/SGT Paul B. Huff, 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion, Cleveland, Tennessee and PFC Alton W Knappenberger, 30th Inf Regt Spring Mount, PA. Both recepients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and other officers who were decorated by Gen. Clark at a ceremony held at Fifth Army Hdgs. (NARA) 16 Aug 44 7th Army Le Muy, France American troops of the 1st Airborne Task Force in Le Muy which they Liberated in opening operation of invasion. (NARA)
Naples Area, Italy  Fleet of ducks in assault formation head for beach near Naples in practice maneuver of the 509th PIB  14 Jan 44 24 Jan 45 Infantrymen moving toward enemy position near St Vith, Belgium 7th Armored Division, 509th Parachute Infantry.
Naples Area, Italy Fleet of ducks in assault formation head for beach near Naples in practice maneuver of the 509th PIB 14 Jan 44 (NARA) 24 Jan 45 Infantrymen moving toward enemy position near St Vith, Belgium 7th Armored Division, 509th Parachute Infantry. (NARA)
Parachutists of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion prepare to leave Born, Belgium, to take a new objective at Hunningen.  Combat Command B, 7th Armored Division.  22 Jan 45. 7th Army, Le Muy, France.  American troops of the 1st Airborne Task Force stack german equipment in the town square of Le Muy as German prisoners pass under glider pilot escort.
Parachutists of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion prepare to leave Born, Belgium, to take a new objective at Hunningen. Combat Command B, 7th Armored Division. 22 Jan 45. (NARA) 7th Army, Le Muy, France. American troops of the 1st Airborne Task Force stack german equipment in the town square of Le Muy as German prisoners pass under glider pilot escort. (NARA)
15 Dec 43 Venafro sector, Italy. Bodies of men killed is mountain fighting are carried on the backs of mules to roads where vehicles can take them to US cemeteries.  Each body is wrapped in a blanket and then lashed on the mule. 15 August 44  Seventh Army, La Motte, France  wounded paratroopers, of the Airborne Task Force, receiving prompt medical attention at airborne aid station.
15 Dec 43 Venafro sector, Italy. Bodies of men killed is mountain fighting are carried on the backs of mules to roads where vehicles can take them to US cemeteries. Each body is wrapped in a blanket and then lashed on the mule. (NARA) 15 August 44 Seventh Army, La Motte, France wounded paratroopers, of the Airborne Task Force, receiving prompt medical attention at airborne aid station. (NARA)
15 Aug 44 Seventh Army, La Motte, France  Wounded airborne troops are cared for by medics that landed with the Airborne Task Force on D Day. The town of Venafro, Italy. The base of Mount Croce is seen in the upper left.
15 Aug 44 Seventh Army, La Motte, France Wounded airborne troops are cared for by medics that landed with the Airborne Task Force on D Day. (NARA) The town of Venafro, Italy. The base of Mount Croce is seen in the upper left. (AHEC)
The 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion parades through Nice, France. Captain Carlos Coolidge "Doc" Alden. AHEC.
The 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion parade s through Nice, France. (AHEC) Captain Carlos Coolidge "Doc" Alden. (AHEC)
Captain Carlos Alden is decorated by General Mark Clark. Doc Alden with his trademark red beret.
Captain Carlos Alden is decorated by General Mark Clark. (AHEC) Doc Alden with his trademark red beret. (AHEC)
Soldiers of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion move their wounded by sled during the Battle of the Bulge, December, 1944. LTC Edson Raff
Soldiers of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion move their wounded by sled during the Battle of the Bulge, December, 1944. (AHEC) LTC Edson Raff (AHEC)
The Geronimos wait to board the "40 by 8" (40 men or 8 horses) railroad cars that will take them to the Rheims area outside of Paris. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
The Geronimos wait to board the "40 by 8" (40 men or 8 horses) railroad cars that will take them to the Rheims area outside of Paris. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 279)
Climbing while on patrol in the Maritime Alps. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
Climbing while on patrol in the Maritime Alps. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 273)
Lieutenant Edward R. "Mike" Reuter in the Maritime Alps, late September 1944. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
Lieutenant Edward R. "Mike" Reuter in the Maritime Alps, late September 1944. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 275)
Preparing to leave for outpost duty. The civilian and his mule were hired to carry supplies to the mountain outpost. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
Preparing to leave for outpost duty. The civilian and his mule were hired to carry supplies to the mountain outpost. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 274)
B Company officers in Belgium, December 1944. Captain Winship stands in the center with Lieutenant McCarthy to his right.  Within two weeks Lieutenant Reuter would be the only B Company officer left.  All of the others would either be killed in action or in the hospital.  Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
B Company officers in Belgium, December 1944. Captain Winship stands in the center with Lieutenant McCarthy to his right. Within two weeks Lieutenant Reuter would be the only B Company officer left. All of the others would either be killed in action or in the hospital. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 317)
Edmund Tomasik in the Maritime Alps, shortly before his promotion to major and taking over the battalion. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
Edmund Tomasik in the Maritime Alps, shortly before his promotion to major and taking over the battalion. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 277)
At the 509th Officers Club in Naples. Back row L-R: Gorshe, Shaw, Berman, Martinez, Pahl, and Kelly. Front: Alden, Tracy, DeLeo, Oldham, and Livingston. Photo courtesy of Edward R. Reuter.
At the 509th Officers Club in Naples. Back row L-R: Gorshe, Shaw, Berman, Martinez, Pahl, and Kelly. Front: Alden, Tracy, DeLeo, Oldham, and Livingston. Photo courtesy of Edward R. Reuter. (pg 241)
L-R: Captain Howland and Lieutenants Darden and DeLeo shortly after arriving in Belgium. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
L-R: Captain Howland and Lieutenants Darden and DeLeo shortly after arriving in Belgium. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 289)
Planning the attack on "the castle" at La Napoule. Seated facing the camera is Major John Apperson, the battalion executive officer, killed several days later by a landmine. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
Planning the attack on "the castle" at La Napoule. Seated facing the camera is Major John Apperson, the battalion executive officer, killed several days later by a landmine. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 265)
A weary group of paratroopers from B Company after taking the castle at La Napoule. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
A weary group of paratroopers from B Company after taking the castle at La Napoule. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 267)
Some B Company officers taken prior to Operation Dragoon. Standing L-R, Captain Bing Miller, Lieutenants Sorrelles, Knight, and Wallace. Kneeling are Lieutenants Knopp and Martinez. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
Some B Company officers taken prior to Operation Dragoon. Standing L-R, Captain Bing Miller, Lieutenants Sorrelles, Knight, and Wallace. Kneeling are Lieutenants Knopp and Martinez. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 255)
The 509th billets in Villers-Collerets, France, December 1944. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
The 509th billets in Villers-Collerets, France, December 1944. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 282)
Private Burl Knapp of B Company walks with Mademoiselle Nicole Celebonovitch, one of the French Resistance who acted as a guide for the paratroopers during their assault on St. Tropez. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
Private Burl Knapp of B Company walks with Mademoiselle Nicole Celebonovitch, one of the French Resistance who acted as a guide for the paratroopers during their assault on St. Tropez. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 258)
Soldiers from B Company take a break in front of a hotel in St. Tropez. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
Soldiers from B Company take a break in front of a hotel in St. Tropez. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 257)
A view of what remained of St. Vith during the Battle of the Bulge.  Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
A view of what remained of St. Vith during the Battle of the Bulge. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 326)
Two gingerbread men riding on a 7th Armored Division tank. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter.
Two gingerbread men riding on a 7th Armored Division tank. Photo courtesy Edward R. Reuter. (pg 323)

View unpublished photos from the Reuter collection and the author's interview of Mike Reuter on our Primary Documents page »

 

Photos from the Author's private collection, taken at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA

Sherman Tank on display at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA
Sherman Tank on display at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA
WWII Era Tank Destroyer on display at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA
WWII Era Tank Destroyer on display at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA

References to the Sherman Tank found on pages 296 and 303

References to the Tank Destroyer found on pages 117-130, 145, 221, 232, 250, 264, 268, 288, 295, 302, 305, 307, 318

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