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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 3
Bavarian Bull Sheet •
TUESDAY, JUNE 5<fr
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TUESDAY^ JUNE 5th
HE1DENHEIM. GERMANY
Some Boys
Who Made
The Grade
Castle UelteMtei**
It all happened one windy
day In April. Muscles Mc-
Laurine and Tonuny the Kid
Rowe coming bade home to
their luxurious plush-lined <
lox-boles, alter six splices
and four overheads, pick
up a cooperative Belgian
who proffers advice as to
where various and sundry
SS can be located in the
woods. They fetop hope for
fond, tender farewells and
Brenda Brandt kisses them
on all cheeks and tucks in
the recalcitrant ends of
their minJc lap robes to pro-
ject them from the raw
wind. A few internal al-
cohol rubs to protect them
from Brenda. They depart.
They met an armored re-
connaisance car and two
othpr peeps. A few internal
alcohol rubs to protect
themselves from the dust.
They take off like a coupla
pregnant turtles. A few inter-
nal alcohol rubs to protect
.... etc. They find twelvel
Pride Of Heidenheim
insists that there were only I
UV*. A few internal alcohol!
rubs to mi etc. They go like'
hell west (young man, goj
west). A few internal al-
cohol rubs .... etc. They
get sidetracked by a barge
in the Main River on the
return Journey. A few inter-
nal alcohol .... etc. Mac
strips to the waist pre-
paratory to swimming out
to Investigate. They find a
rowboat. Tommy points out
the startling fact that all
they have to do is walk up the
gangplank since the barge
is marooned in the mud
quite near shore. Tommy
stoutly maintains Mac is just
ostentatiously, showing off
bis great big beautiful
muscles, (Is he jeqlous11?11
(continued, page 4, col. 2)
This paper is published
by and for members of
the 152 Signal Company.
Ball Team jj
Meets Vet
Opposition
Bac*
Wine __ TUc JUvt Mice*
This past week was cause
for much' joy to our brand
new softball team. We Sur-
prised ourselves by playing,
two bang-up ball games,
against two veteran $e%ms.
The season opener was a
hand fought game against the
2nd Conv. Hosp. We 'drew*
first blood, and went ahead
4-1. In the 5th frame they'
caught Ap with us, and in the
7th werR ahead by one run.
Stretch Huntenburg drove a
well placed ball to right for
a borne run to knot it up in
the last of the last. Going
into extra Innings they scored
again and -held us for four
rape. Final score, 6-5, favor
i them.
I In' onr game with the 516.
IMP bn we again drew Brat
blood' going "anea4 14hcTh^-
leftus slightly1 dazea*When
they picked up 8 runs in.
6th on our errors. Came the
last of £he last and Naugle bet
50 marks with the opposing
catcher thgt he, the pose,
would get a hit. Naugle coh*
jaected and collected: He was
brought around by.a bit by
stretch pnd a forced play at
second whon Golob drove a
hard ground ball to the in-
field; E. P, Brown played the
hero when1 he drove the first
pitch through short and past
die center fielder for g, home
run scoring the tieing and
winning runs. Final score 4$,
our favor. • ' _
L, A. Clark pitched both
games in fine style while
Maley played an outstanding
game at third! Incidentally,
_____ ^ we've been outnumbered as
used for woo by generations specimens and a collection of ^ar cheering section
of young Heidenheimers. Built old firearms. Upon going was concerned at each game
around 1630 by the Knights through the main gate yon,on home ^ „ , ?oa
of Helfenstein, it was the, will run inlto the buildingj
stronghold of the feudal state
of Heidenheim. Germany at
that time was divided into
many small feudal states each
with its’ castle to protect them
from aggression by their neigh-1
boring, states. The old part
of the castle which now stands
in ruins contains the. hall of
Towers Over Main Drag
The Schloss Hellenstein, or'the Knights in which the arch-
castle is probably ttie most way under which the knights
important building in Heiden-
heim .and is as typical of Ger-
sat can still be seen despite
the fact that a tree is grow-
ing in the middle of the room.
man architecture as any buil- To the left of this room which
ding that could be found. It has no roof is a large round
is in the exact middle of thel tower which boused the dun-
town and has long been its’jgeon. The castle church which
trademark. As everyone knows was part of the original
it is the most romantic spot building is now used as a mu-
in Heidenheim and has been seum and contains geological
Paul K. Barron, our Boss,
was wined and dined last Sa-
turday night at A farewell
Party held in his honor by the
Radio Platoon. As in all fa-
rewell parties a touch of the
melancholy was present. The
boss's former position has
been capably filled by A1 Og-
letrec, but the position he held
in our esteem cannot be fil-
, led. Boss, the personallity,
cannot be replaced. Tribute
was due and tribute was paid
to a good man who has done
bis job welL
Boss was presented with a
fur lined Duck, siwuld be
have felt indisposed ^to visit
the bathroom. Wiine and beer
flowed as freely as the
speeches. Each man present
was given the opportunity to
say hie piece. The party rol-
led along with a great deal of
drinking, singing,' shouting,
and general Voicing of praise
and approval of Boss’s career
while head of the Radio Ope-
xxtioBs .Platoon. ._
All who were present hoped
that they would be able to
put across with their effort
the esteem they have had for
Paul Barron. I’m stire the
Boss realized this and could
not but feel honored. We wish
'you all of the best, Boss. So]
long.
Added Festivities
Last night. Wire Section
had a rousing sendoii for
Boss, S/Sgt. Fred A- lacks.
Pvt. Russel Weekes of Wire
Section: and T/4 Robert B.
Duvall, Mess Sgt. All will
receive, discharges under the
40 year old maximum age
limit. M/Sgt. Baron also
possessed over 85 points
(the surplus would be ap-
preciated by your corres-
pondent). The party was
rousing success with much
singing and the usuaT horse-
play.
When approached for ma- column and not under the
terial about bis team Walt j bureau. Who asked him] to
Verity exclaims with upthrown look under there anyhow, and
hands, "What MM Dirt, what was he doing that low?
scandle, gossip, -juicy tidbits Collar button trouble we pre-
about my precious little dar- sumo . . . Now that chief Bob
ling boys. Why, perish the Sheir has two female' ex-telo-
thought. They are We all little | phone operators from the local
angels I 1 I !.” (Ed note: so population to sweep the floor,
that’s the reason. Wp often
wondered.) . . .Sgt. blanks at
Shanks Defabio claims that it
it is in .the bag—that he was
framed. And is he sorry now. .
Must be spring these days or
is it just plan nostalgia to be
back oik the corners of Pict-
lun Avenue what with Sheriff
Ammerpohl standing on the
street corners of Aalen criti-
cally appraising the parade of
local talent with an experien-
ced (?) eye — but nix for Si-
meon pure Charlie whose gray
hair is causing 'much frustra-
tion as they all call him
’’Pop” .. . Now that the pho-
tographs of Dick the lover
Freeman’s predatory excur-
sion tef 'London came back
after six months from our Pa-
ris studios (thank SSO for the
suspense) we have graphic
proof. We knew that she was
bad from Rudnick’s descrip-
tion but never bad the faintest
iota of suspicion she was
■THAT bad . . . Silliest
question of the week — Would
Lt. Torney like to go back to
Falquemont for even a Short
.visit? . . . Our little list of
people who could cheerfully
be missed — those who leave
purple llll red hershey bar
wrappers lying around empty.
The least Loos could have]
done was to dissappear then
Itoo .. .WaltVerity,muttering
Brooklyn was never like this,!
but just you wait — I’ll be 40
before you wall . . . Baldy
’’you ain’t doing so bad yourf
self” Kurtz claims that 1
should put the dirt in this
Will ruu OULU UlC UUiUUdllg | ---— - —- ——J
which was the-royal stable, i hop ons of the trucks going
It nqw bouses a collection of|P , before gpme-
carriages, and firefighting time.*- The salubrious
equipment. All in all. ^ trip to | soundings are conducive to a
the castle is worth while, even good time. In other words p
if you just go to look at the 70U don’t like baseball you
—, can .watch girls posturing
building.
Buy War Bonds
the nearby hill. ^ ^
Jabbo (Chicago’s Joy) *
THE QUICK SERVICE
CAFETERIA
Meat Balls Our Specialty
1st Floor Postoffics Bldg
Healy, Low Man
on Totem
Pole
The only war T/4 Healey
the lowest rated man on the
highest rated detail in I the
company can hold his own is
to monopolize the all impor-
tant end wrench. Said detail:
consists of T/S
Signal Supply
Goes To
Work
population to sweep the floor,
he is lost all day what with
nothin to do. So we might
just as well send him home to
try for those extra 12 points.
Only this time he better not
disappoint us. Those maids at
least add color to the duet
l and brush' phase
tultz wants to know thru
this as yet unpaid for public
ad who put the water in the
c&rburator of the PE 75^ He
pleads to leave the oil for
what it was shipped over here
for. (ed. note: candy is not as
fluid a medium .of exchange
but remember, it is sweeter.)
When answering a call
recently with ”Tokio Switch1
Operator” Slick Siicker'out did*
that one with a quick thin-
king ’’Chunking 80, Slick
speaking.” Premature, they
yell at us, but we maintain
nothing like getting in prac-
tice and being fully prepared.
Those blue dungeree OD’s
that came out 'of the salt!
mines in the basement of the
post .office thru the courtesy
of No tickee, no shirtee, Clar-
kee and Chain Gang Christian-
sen should explain' the my-
stery of General von BEcti’s
ever elusive ink bottle. (Ge-
neral von Block, you remem-
ber is that notorious soldier1
that was decorated with the
purple cow by the Lapland
Government for manning his
post till all twelve cord cir-
cuits were used up;))|ZZ
Naugle the Nose claims that
they were Russki but Middle
man Milam Claims that they
were Polski but whatever they
were it should’nt have hap-
pened to a dog . . . Wonder
why assistant Gestapo Chief
Kauffman slept in a room all
by himself (and a big one too)
during bis brief stay in town.
Could be that his frequent
ambulatory excursions at va-
rious intervals during the night
disturbed everyone else in the
same room.Gould be for other
ireasons tooll?!!.
ginger,
», T/3 Paul Tourigny,
KJasler, and T/4 Hype Healey.
ate, 1
uiasl ei______
Their job manicuring the se-
veral power units, in the com-
pany.
The lilting strains of ’’Who
Slung Sweet Violets in Grand-
paw’s Whiskers” reminds us
that again we face a horrible
evening listening to what is
no doubt one of the best hill-
billy band I’ve ever disliked.
J esse Stump and has famed
.crew ‘of Stiimp jumpers hold
their nightly Shambles to the
great joy of all our Kraut
I neighbors. They seem to like
the stuff. No wonder they lost
the war.
Seriously speaking, the boys
are really good. Jesse jnftkes
thaF four' stringed'fiddle sfiefi'
tears of anguish as they give
out with ’’Please Don’t Take-.
My Sunshine Away.” Phil
Baker and Sprain beat away
on their geetars while Sam
Moore handles that Harmonica
like an ear of com and Fitz-
gerald strums his mandolin.
All are Expectantly waiting
for Benson to find a suitable
washboard. I sure as hell don’t
want to be around when that
day comes.
Our happy little band of
Kleptomaniacs went to work
awhile back when Waldo Inr
rterKed borrowed Mousey M^
Comtes’ field jacket. Waldo,
that accommodating soul,
loaned it out to our ration
man, Sara Moore. Sam .couldn’t
resist the urge and turned ft
in for salvage. As some fa-
mous poet once .said ’That Is
All Brother”.
Jabbo (Chicago’s Pride). '
The haggard and wan ex-
pressions, the little lines of
iatique you may have ob
served, recently, ' on the
faces of men In Signal Sup-
ply, can be attributed to
hard work. Drop around
the section and you will be
confronted with a. scene of
unusual activity.. The ware-
house has been stacked
high with equipment turned
in by other units in the- Di-
vision. With the gnthuias-
tic (?) assistance of men
from other sections, this
merchandise is being ship-
ped out by the truckloads.
You will find T/Sgt Sanders
surrounded with Property-
Turn-ins, and Property Issue
Slips. Fredrickson now has
calluses on the tips of his
fingers, too, from typing the
many necessary reports.
As this third edition of
Bavarian Bulloney goes to
press, ypur reporter will
be tourrag the Continent,
through the courtesy of the
united States Army. 'If you
are planning on a pass to
Paris or London,' and want
some good names and
addresses, I’m afraid I won’t
be able to help you, for this
will be strictly a sight-
seeing tour, for "Old Engle*.
I might take a quick look
at the Place Pigale,
perhaps Picadllly Circus,
through binoculars, but I am
really more intrigued by
such points of interest
the Eiffel Tower and the
Tower of London.' You don’t
believe that, eh? After all,
remember my age .....
Engleharf.
Home- Away. Tcotn Home
mm
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Historic Background Blends
With Modern Design
The town of Heidenheim
which is the German equiv-
alent of an American county
seat, is the most important
towu in the county oi Brenz.
The original town is pven
older than the castle and
was built sometime In the
fourteenth century. The old-
est ' church in the town oan
be seen from. the railroad
station, and is located in
the cemetary which is cal-
led the mound oi the dead.
This church was.built in the
fifteenth1 century.
The modern town oi Hei-
denheim is internationally
known in engineering and
shipbuilding * circles lor its’
heavy Industry. The I. M.
Voith factory which is one
of the largest in Germany
is famous ior its' steam
turbines and paper making
machinery. This machinery
was exported to gll parts oi
the world and went .as far
as India and Japan.
Other towns in the county
oi Brenz are Giengen which
has a famous toymaking
industry and a pipe organ
factory, Brenz which has
a beautiful Romanesque
church and KSnigsbronn
which has many interesting
buildings dating irom 1303.
Embcye Hoets
Corps Comes
To The \
Fore
The other day while eating
chow we were asked if we
wouldn’t put a piece in
your paper about Corps wire
team. Well its about three
weeks ago we came on D. S.
with you fellows. The wax was
over when we joined you this
time. I can’t say we have
exactly been breaking our
hump but since the war’s end;
who has. One thing for sure
is that we could not have
been sent to a better outfit to
work with. We have had
ample time to prepare our-
selves for either going home
to the place none of us
like to think about CBL
Maybe some of the fellows
don’t know ue guys; but we’re
the ones that fall in the chow
line morning, noon, and night
with our little black dog
(Sohnaps) who wears the Iron
Cross awarded for a fall off
the truck. Results: a litjtle less
skin on him. Don’t forget the
man-size dog who looks like
he would eat eoanepne alive
but Sft yOu pull bis
little, he will cry bis * "eyes
out. Guess they both have
begged chow from all of you;
but if ,they get jn the way
just kick ’em out and send
them -to us. We don’t know
how much longer we will stay
with you but hope to stay as
long as possible.
Signed, by all —
Team ”4” Co. A. 65th Sig.
I Bn.
SEE SUPPLY
FOR PRO KITS
Youngs
Barber
Shop
ws Provide Comic
Books
Sharpen UP
, with
Lange your
Tailor
Pressing and
Alterations
He grabbed me ’Round my slender neck;
I could not call or scream.
He dragged me in his dingy room;
where we could not be seen.
He tore my flimsey wrap away
and looked upon ray form;
I- was so cold and damp and scared
•while he was very warm —•
He pressed bis tips to mine
and; finished with a smack,
His eyes took on an awful gleam;
he was off the track,
He made me what I am today —
that’s why you find me here —1
A broken; bottle thrown away
that once was full of beer.
King Will Recover
King Leopold will recover
completely from the effects
oi his five-year confinement,
Lt. Gen. Wade Hcdslip, com-
mander of the 15th Corps,
said.
Churchill Gives Party
London. Prime Minister
Churchill yeasterday gave
a good fellowship party.
Vice Versa
Perhaps this’ll give
Egyptions
Connyptians
But I think The Sphinks
Stinx.
Mystery
Nobody knows
Why a woman will don
A ounce of clothes
And then put on
If financially able
A ton of sable
Four More Units
Awarded Plaques
WITH THE 12TH ARMORED
DIVISION.—Four more units in
the 12th Armored Division have
been awarded the Meritorious
Service Unit Plaque by direc-
tion of the President.
The units are: Division Head-
quarters and Headquarters Com-
pany, Service Battery of ,
494th Armored Field Artillery
Battalion, Service Battery of the
495th Armored Field Artilleiy
Battalion, and Service Company
of the 17th Armored Infantry
Battalion.
Helical Tank Named
For Red Crose Girls
WITH THE 12TH ARMORED
DIVISION.—It’s easy for thej
wife or <*w
of Hastings-on-Thfe'-riULSon,fifi
Y., can. A tanker in the Hello \
Division named his armore.*
buggy for them because he lik£|
their looks and doughnuts.. 1 !
Yank Meets Family \ Polish PWs Relate y
Again In Czech City Escape Preparation
By Sgt. Arthur Martin
_ , „ , \ i wo Curious Krauts
Formal Surrender \ Wind Up Prisoners
Bu Ancient Warrior,
11 WITH THE 12TH ARMORED
WITH THE I2TH ARMOREDDIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY,
] Germany/—-12th Armored Di-
1 DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY,
IN GERMANY—The surrender
was almost complete, even if it
was the wrong war.
Major William J. Evans, Co-
i lumbus, Ohio, looked up in
amazement when a wizened,
sawed-off, ancient soldier wear-
ing a tall spiked helmet, a wea-
thered field-gray uniform and a
great sword that clanked on the
floor, walked into the office of
the Armored Division. Exclaim-
ing “I surrender” in a cracked
;voke, he tried to complete the
’gesture by handing over his
I weapon to the Major. But the
sword was too long and his arm
too short, and the relic of 1919
'ended up with about a foot of
[the blade still in the scabbard.]
vision/ spearheads travelled H
j fast during the last phases of
the German campaign that Jer-
ry . soldiers, nabbed by rear
echelon men, were sometimes
surprised to learn that the
Americans were in the section.
Cpl. Kenneth B. Wright, of
Constantine, Mich., and Cpl.
Alphonse Siconolfi, Port Wash-
ington, L. I., both of Company
B of the 134th Ordnance Main-
tenance Battalion, were work-
ing on a damaged tank on a
lonely road in the middle of a
wood when two Krauts came.
over to investigate the noise.
They found out that the
Americans had arrived and
they were now prisoners of
war.
WITH THE 12TH ARMORED DIVISION—It was
a real homecoming for Cpl. Jerry H. Sus of the 12th
Armored Division’s 134th Ordnance Maintenance Bat-
talion when he obtained a pass to Monchtin, Czecho-
8B3H S t Slovakia recentlv. -
\
liberate Children
From Labor Camp
WITH THE 12TH ARMORED
DIVISION, SEVENTH ARMY,-
Germany.—There were no child!
labor laws for slave workers in
Germany.
A platoon of tanks from Com-
pany B of the 43d Tank Batta-
lion and a platoon of dough-
boys from Company^ C of the'
64th Armored Infantry Batta-
lion recently liberated ap-
proximately 350 Hungarian
children, with ages from nine
to fifteen, from, a puo-**“* camp
wood*** lulKop near
om.a pup-*«*»*
Upon a wood*** hilltop
oi niiudt
r When the 12(h Armored Di-
I vision soldiers arrived, the chil-
dren laughed and clapped their
j hands together, shouting that
£ow they would see their moth-
ers and iaul£r8-
I Overseered by cne T^torious
| Todt foremen, the childrt'
were employed in the construr
tion of camouflage nets trot:.
brush.
There, Sus was reunited with
his mother, father, sister, .and
brother whom he had not heard*
from since he left them five
years ago, after the Nazis took
over his country.
Jerry showed his folks a pic-
ture of his wife, whom he met
and married in Chicago. To his
surprise they recognized her as
the daughter of a farmer in the
next village, and Sus was also
able to visit his wife’s family
on his brief pass.
, , His homecoming was high-
lighted by a surprise party giv-
en by the'entire neighborhood.
It didn't take Jerry long to
;brush up on his native dances
|with the help of h»* sister. His
brother, now 21 a„d preparing
to join the Czech «rmy, joined
in the unstinted praise' or .Amer-
ica and Americans, and wished
he could go back with Jerry
and join his outfit. -
WITH THE 12TH ARMORED DIVISION, SEV-
ENTH. ARMY, GERMANY—A drawling Texan and
a defender of Warsaw smoked a couple of American
j cigarettes together recently to celebrate the latter’.s lib-
eration after five and one-half
years of imprisonment by the
Germans.
i The meeting took, place >when!
I Mag. Gen. Roderick R. Allen, of I
Palestine, Tex., commander of
I the 12th Armored Division,
J (jailed on. General Juliusz -Rom-
Imel, senior soldier and one-time.
• ranking officer of the Polish
I army,' at the huge prison camp
in Murnau, Germany, along
I with 5,100 other Polish officers,
including 23 generals. The Pol-
ish officers had ringside seats
at the liberation engagement,
j which was fought just outside
the gates of the camp. They
I were impressed with the Amer-
! ican tanks and- the ability of the
' American soldiers.
Tankers Route Nazis
The Poles credited the time-
j ly arrival of the 12th Armored
[with saving the lives of Gen-
eral Rommel and-his officers.-
The tankers routed a Nazi force
which General Zygmunt Pod-
I horski, Polish intelligence of*
j cer and former cavalry school
instructor, believed was return-
ing to kill them.
General Rommel became a
prisoner of war when Warsaw
I fell to the Germans in 1939
I after directing the heroic de-
fense of that city against in>
I possible odds.
| Relations between the 5,100
Polish officers and their Ger-
man captors remained definite-
ly hostile throughout the long
period of imprisonment, Gen-
eral* Rommel said. The Ger-
mans, he added, tried
| tricks to create dissenti
| among the officers, including
nany
ntion
segregt
origin,
and encouraged a loss of
[confidence among the 322 Polish
enlisted men at the camp.
He continued:
I “One could easily detect a
''close connection between the
German victories and the at-
titude of the Germans. In 1940
they did not even try to kee]
secret a plan under which »T
Polish PWs were to be trans-.
ported to African colonies and i
used as forced laborers. It was |
only in 1945 that the Germans,
thought it safer to have the |
plans destroyed.
Overtures by Captors
“From 1943 the Germans
strove to lure the Poles into
co-operation against Russia.
Many a representative of civil-
and military authorities visited
ggestions wefe made in' j
sations 'and endeavors I
- "The Geneva Convehtibn has
been regularly and brutally
done away with by camp au-j
thorities. The Germans boasted
they were in a .position to af-
ford such a policy.- "That we
did not die of privations we
owe to the -efforts' of our peo-
ple at home who made us par-
take of their 'scant ‘supplies by
sending food parcels.
“We are fully entitled to State
that it was a rule with the Ger-
mans to break all obligatory,
conventions and to act as if
there was no legal hound exist-
ing. Sheer acts of vengeance
were done on soldiers and of-
ficers for their gallant behavior
during the campaign of 1939.
Mail After Two Yaars
“Some few days , before ou.
liberation by U. S. Army troop.-
we received bunches of letters
which had been detained with
censors since 1943.
“The Germans surpassed
themselves in adopting the
practice of firing their guns at
PWs. Several were killed, many
wounded three were shot thru
closed windows while peaceably
sitting indoors.
Bromley Named
! 12th Chief Staff
WITH THE 12TH ARMORED
DIVISION—Col. Charles V.
Bromley, of LeXingtpn, Ky..
former commander of Combat
Command B of the- 12th Armor-
ed Division, has been named
chief of staff to replace Cpl.
Wallace H. Barnes, pf Bozeman,
I Mont., who has been assigned
I to • USFET Headquarters.
Colonel Bromley joined the
division while it was still' sta-
tioned at Camp Barkeley,
Texas, while Colonel Barnes
joined the 12th in France. Both
fal lof 1943, they became mem-
are West Pointers and cavalry
officers.
At the same time, LL Col.
Bernard P. Guerins of Buffalo,
replaced Lt. Col. Herman Wei-
iner as division finance officer.
A university instructor in ci-
vilian’ life, Colonel Guerin holds
a Doctor of Philosophy from
[Niagara University.
Ennis Assignetl To \
Command 12th A. D.
WITH THE 12TH ARMORED DIVISION—Brig.
Gen. Riley F. Ennis, former commander of Combat
Command A, has assumed command of the 12th Arm-
ored Division, replacing Maj. Gen. Roderick R. Allen,
who has become the CG of the
1st- Armored Division.
The Polish officers were read;
:,i to aid in their liberation had
lu . . /• :• ^’LL - _ a J
1
me,
conversations
prob
I of the Polish officers in canfp.
ceiving set, cleverly concealed
in. the wall of their quarters,
kept them informed of the pro-
gress * of the allies. A turrn-
with electric lighting, readhins
from a coal bin inside the en-
closure to a com field outside
the barrier, had been completed
for seven months. Its construc-
tion required 14 months of
painstaking labor, with dirt re-
moved in the pockets of the
prisoners.
Money had been sent from
Poland concealed in the wrap-
pings of food packages, to be
used in bribing German guards.
General Rommel himself had a
fist-sized roll of crisp American
$20 bills.
The officers had planned to
escape through the tunnel and
attack their captors from be-
hind had the Germans attempt-
ed to defend the prison camp in
force.
C/toth Buddies in Rosenborg,
Germany. On left is George Car-
penter. Vic Crandall is on right.
~In leaving the 12th -for the
1st, General Alien took with
him many staff personnel and
other, high ranking officers
who ; are to assume identical
posts at the latter division in
most: instances. The 12th is a
Category IV unit while the 1st |
has been designated an -occu-;
palional force.
Some of the officers who i
■went to the 1st with General
Allen, are, Lt. Col. Hugh Mair,
G-l; Lt. Col. Jean G. Norton,
CO of the 56th A1B: Lt. Col.j
Edward F. Seiller, MG officer:
Lt. ,Col. Paul H. Wood, CO of
the* 134th Ordnance Mainten-
ance Bn.; Maj. Harry E. Earl,j
AG; Maj. John R. Lehman, act-
ing G-2: Maj. Harry E. Mal-
colm. G-4, and Capt. Marris M.
Choyke, acting QM.
A brief ceremony marked
the change in command' and
General Allen was escorted to
the 1st by a convoy of armored
cars. Capt. Bolling W. Haxall
and 1st Lt. George C. Eblen
went with General Allen as his
General Ennis was on a mili-
tary mission as an. observer
•with the British Army in the
United Kingdom, Western Des-
ert of Egypt, Syria, Iran, and
Singapore during the year just
prior to Pearl Harobr. After
returning to the U. S., he was on
duly as head .of the armored sec-
tion, GHQ and AGF. He joined
the 12th and was assigned the
command, of CCA in March of
1944. He is holder of the Bronze
Star Medal, Legion of Merit,
end French Croix de Guerre.
In July 1940, General Allen
was assigned to the 1st Armored
Division and in October was
made executive officer of the
1st Armored Brigade. In April
1941, he was commanding of-
ficer of the 32d Armored Regi-
ment, 3d Armored Division, and
in January 1942, . he was as-
signed as chief of staff of the
6th Armored Division and in
April was given command . of
CCA of the 4th Armored Divi-
sion. On Nov. 1, 1943, he was
made commanding general of
the 20th Armored Division and j_
assumed command of the 12th
on Sept. 20, 1944.
During his Army career, Gen-
eral Allen has been outstanding
as a marksman. In 1921 dan
1922, he was a member of the
Cavalry-Engineer Rifle Team.
In. 1923, he was a member of
Charles MeVay o( the Person
nel Section of 495th AFA Bn.
I the Cavalry Rifle Team and won
the Distinguished Marksman-
| ship Medal. In 1929, he captain-
ed the Cavalry Rifle and Pistol
Team.
! General Allen is holder of the
I Bronze Star Medal, Legion of
I Merit, and Croix de Guerre.
George Michaels (Hq/495th)
relaxing in Innsbruch, Austria
in 1945.

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