Original U.S. WWII Omaha Beach 134th Infantry Regiment Anti-Tank Platoon Named Grouping
Original item: One Only. Corporal Minshall,"Harry, Jr" was a member of the Anti-Tank Company within the 134th Infantry Regiment and his name can be found in this roster. He landed at Omaha beach during the Normandy invasion and fought for the duration of the war.
The 134th Infantry Regiment was part of the 35th Infantry Division during World War II. From the time the 134th Infantry Regiment landed at Omaha Beach on July 5 - July 6, 1944 until they departed for the United States on the Queen Mary after the war's end on September 5, 1945, they liberated or captured 124 towns. In the process the 134th suffered more than 10,200 casualties including over 1,200 soldiers who were killed in action.
The 35th Infantry Division arrived in England on 25 May 1944 and received further training. It landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy July 5–7, 1944 and entered combat on 11 July, fighting in the Normandy hedgerows, north of St. Lo. The division beat off twelve German counterattacks at Emelie before entering St. Lo on 18 July. After mopping up in the St. Lo area, it took part in the offensive action southwest of St. Lo, pushing the Germans across the Vire on 2 August, and breaking out of the Cotentin Peninsula. While en route to an assembly area, the division was "flagged off the road," to secure the Mortain-Avranches corridor and to rescue the 30th Division's "Lost Battalion" August 7–13, 1944.
Then racing across France through Orleans and Sens, the division attacked across the Moselle on 13 September, captured Nancy on 15 September, secured Chambrey on 1 October, and drove on to the German border, taking Sarreguemines and crossing the Saar on 8 December. After crossing the Blies River on 12 December, the division moved to Metz for rest and rehabilitation on 19 December. The 35th moved to Arlon, Belgium December 25–26, and took part in the fighting to relieve Bastogne, throwing off the attacks of four German divisions, taking Villers-laBonne-Eau on 10 January, after a 13-day fight and Lutrebois in a 5-day engagement. On 18 January 1945, the division returned to Metz to resume its interrupted rest.
In late January, the division was defending the Foret de Domaniale area. Moving to the Netherlands to hold a defensive line along the Roer on 22 February, the division attacked across the Roer on 23 February, pierced the Siegfried Line, reached the Rhine at Wesel on 10 March, and crossed 25–26 March. It smashed across the Herne Canal and reached the Ruhr River early in April, when it was ordered to move to the Elbe April 12. Making the 295-mile dash in two days, the 35th mopped up in the vicinity of Colbitz and Angern, until 26 April 1945 when it moved to Hanover for occupational and mopping-up duty, continuing occupation beyond VE-day. The division left Southampton, England, on 5 September, and arrived in New York City on 10 September 1945.
Including in this grouping are the following items:
- Class A Uniform 4-pocket tunic named to Harry Minshall Jr with Anti-Tank patch on left shoulder, 35th ID patch on right shoulder and Corporal Chevrons on both sleeves. Medal ribbons including Army of Occupation, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 bronze battle stars. Anti-Tank lapel pin, Expert Rifleman award and three overseas service bar on left sleeve indicating 18+ months of European service.
- Multiple original period photos including an 8" x 10" studio portrait of Minshall and combat photos of destroyed German Tanks.
- Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf.
- Army Good Conduct Medal.
- Buy War Bonds match books.
- Camp Robinson Arkansas small address book.
- Detached 35th ID insignia patch.
- Standard issue Army Wool shirt with Anti-Tank Patch and Corporal Chevrons.
All in all a nice little grouping from the Anti-Tank platoon of the 134th Infantry Regiment
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