The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945

Book Reviews

element which will make possible the solution of a problem
which has baffled other natural and applied scientists.
H. E. MooRE
The University of Texas
Tough 'Ombres: The Story of the 90th Infantry Division. By
Carl Jenkins and Edward G. Hartmann. Paris, France
(Information and Education Division, Special and Infor-
mation Services, European Theater of Operations, United
States Army), 1944. Pp. 32.
One of the examples of history's being written even as it
is being made is the little booklet Tough 'Ombres: The Story
of the 90th Infantry Division. Written by WOJG Carl Jenkins
and Pfc. Edward G. Hartman, the division historian, it carries
a brief preface by Major General J. A. Van Fleet, who says,
"This is only the beginning of the heroic story of the 90th
Infantry Division in World War II.... Let's carry it on and
build it higher and higher until everyone of us can say proudly
at the end: 'That's the way it was. I was with the 90th.' "
The name comes, of course, from the blood-red T-O insignia
of the division, which on D-Day meant Texas and Oklahoma,
but today stands for "Tough 'Ombres." '"The men who wear
that patch fought for fifty-three consecutive days. They landed
among the first, took the staggering blows of the prepared
German might, and came back with even more decisive blows
of their own to sweep across France and onto Hitler's front
porch." When B Battery of the 915th Field Artillery fired its
fifty-thousandth round at the enemy from the same gun that
had fired the first, the shell bore the words, "To Adolf with
love from T-O."
The thirty-two page booklet tells the story of the 'ombres
from the time of the division's reactivation at Camp Barkeley,
Texas, in March of 1942 through its various moves and en-
gagements to October, 1944, when it stood at the gates of Metz.
Sometimes individual heroes are mentioned; sometimes there
is a general tribute as in the section entitled "Gallant Job
Done by Medics." There are two pages of photographs, a
double-page cartoon showing the route of the division through
France, and numerous pen and ink sketches.
This is a graphic, forceful story of a colorful group. The

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth146055/. Accessed September 23, 2014.