212th AFA: Links to Related Sites
Most of the links here were last updated 12-JUL-98 and so the page is BADLY out of date.
However, the "Recent Links" below were added or updated 25-JUN-02.
Recent Links (June 25, 2002)
80th Infantry Division and
702nd Tank Battalion -- Of all the units that like to take credit for being "part of
Patton's Third Army", only four other Divisions besides the Super Sixth served with Old Blood & Guts for
most of the period from August '44 to May '45: 4th Armored, and the 5th, 80th, and 90th Infantry Divisions. The Super
Sixth was often paired up with the 80th Infantry Division, so it's good to see a web site come up that
focuses on their history (with a concentration on the 702nd Tank Bn.).
George S. Patton, Jr. Historical Society --
A great site maintained by Charles M. Province.
militaria.com -- Author Jon Gawne's web site devoted
to his books, the 8th Infantry Division, and other WW II topics.
Links updated July 1998 or earlier
AWON -- The American World War II Orphans Network. This organization was established by and for people who lost their fathers in World War II.
Although these people are entering late middle-age themselves, they
often carry emotional scars from childhood that have never healed.
A memorial page is maintained by the daughter of a Super Sixer killed
in the Brittany campaign: Lt. Alton L. House, by daughter Chari.
The World War II Memorial -- The World War II Memorial is planned to be constructed along the Mall in Washington, DC, and will be the first national memorial dedicated to all who served during World War II.
90th Infantry Divsion -- Another Third Army division with an impressive
Museum, Brigade and Guards Regimen, Princess Irene -- A site devoted to a Dutch regiment that fought with the British Army after the Netherlands fell early in the war.
Tanks & Armor -- A site devoted to World War II armor, by Francis Liew.
Sites related to the 6th Armored Division:
Page of the 6th Armored Division Association -- (Part of this site.)
Information related to this important Third Army division and its post-war alumni association.
History of the
212th Armored Field Artillery Bn. in WW II -- (Part of this site.)
Includes the complete WW II history of this Massachusetts National Guard unit
that was assigned to the 6th Armored Division for the duration of the war.
History of the
86th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized) -- This is a brand
new site detailing the WW II history of another 6th Armored Division unit.
The information was compiled by Super Sixer Charlie Barbour and others,
and put on the web by Charlie's son Mike.
Jim Moncrief's Home Page -- Jim Moncrief was G-1 of the 6th AD during
WW II, and was the 1997 President of the Sixth Armored Division Association
which he helped to establish. Col. Moncrief had a very interesting career
after the war, and has published his memoirs which can be ordered through
this site maintained with the help of his grandson.
212th Field Artillery Battalion, post WW II -- Louie Whitlow's history picks up where this one leaves off: after 1945, the 212th and its successor unit, the 1/211th, had a number of other callups including the Cuban missle crisis and Vietnam.
AD Bibliography -- A listing of the documents related to the Sixth
Armored Division held by the U.S. Army Military History Institute.
"The Liberators" -- Who really liberated Buchenwald? Actually, it was self-liberated by
the time the 6th Armored Division and 80th Infantry Division discovered it.
But not according to this discredited PBS documentary which attempted to
rewrite history by having it liberated by units that weren't even in the
WW II Histories -- Done by the students of Morgan City High School,
LA. Includes an interview with a Super Sixth veteran.
Forrest Herbert's Tank
-- Well, not really. But thanks to 6th AD veteran Forrest and others, Green
Township, PA now has an M60-A3 Patton sitting in their park.
Indiana Military Museum, Inc. -- Includes a collection of papers of 6th Armored Division Commanding General Robert W. Grow.
Related U.S. Army units (most of these served in Europe
in WW II):
Veteran and Alumni Association List -- The United States Army web site
offers a comprehensive list of all known Army veterans' and alumni associations.
Infantry Division information -- Like the 90th ID site listed below,
this is a "re-enactor" site.
Infantry Division -- This division came ashore at Omaha beach on D-DAY
+1. It was one of the divisions that ended up taking Brest after the 6th
AD was moved to the south and east.
Division -- Hell on Wheels. Patton's own division before WW II, and
one of the most famous.
Armored Division -- Historical archive of the First Army's famous Spearhead
division; maintained by University of Illinois.
3rd Infantry Division
-- As seen through the lens of photographer Staff Sgt. Bill Heller, of
the 3rd Signal Co. Maintained by his son.
4th Armored Division -- The 4th and 6th were sister divisions in Third Army, and fought together in several campaigns.
Infantry Division -- A 4th Inf Div regiment was the first to engage
the enemy in Normandy, and the division lost 5,000 men during the month
Armored Division Unofficial Home Page -- The Seventh Armored Division
was assigned to First Army for much of the war, but spent some time attached
to Third. It participated in many of the same actions as the Super Sixth.
The Seventh's web site, like this one, was done by the son of a division
Armored Division -- Although originally attached to Seventh Army when
it hit the line in 12/44, the 12th was transferred to Third Army in 3/45
for the final months of the war. A professional web site maintained by
Abilene Christian University.
Infantry Division -- History of the Keystone division, Pennsylvania
Armored Division -- The Lone Star division of the Texas Army National
Association Home Page -- The 69th Tank Battalion was another 6th Armored
Division unit in WWII. This site concentrates on the 69th's Vietnam years.
Infantry Division Home Page -- When Patton's Third Army shifted north
to Bastogne, what happened to the gaps he left? Some were filled by Seventh
Army divisions like the 70th, which had to fight off the German Nordwind
offensive. Site maintained by the grandson of a 70th veteran.
75th Infantry Division
-- A German (?!) web site devoted to the 75th Infantry Division.
Division/Texas Historical Society -- The 90th Infantry Division was
another Third Army unit that operated side-by-side with the Super Sixth
in several battles. This site is maintained by a historical society, and
is a little different from other home pages devoted to WW II divisions.
Infantry Division -- Another unit that saw heavy action during the
Battle of the Bulge.
Division -- This division needs no introduction.
BN, 102nd Field Artillery -- A newly-reactivated National Guard unit
with deep ties to the 212th. Nicely done site.
Division -- This division served in the First Army north of the 6th
Armored, and went through Holland. This site is new and is adding material
constantly. The webmaster is a 104th veteran who experienced a lot of action.
106th Infantry Division
Home Page -- The 106th entered the line in early December '44 -- just
in time to take the brunt of the Battle of the Bulge. Like the 104th site,
this fine site is maintained not by a veteran's descendant, but by a 106th
veteran who at the time was a 19 year old sergeant. Fascinating reading;
my favorite WW II web site.
Engineer Bn. -- Another New England National Guard unit that ended
up with Patton. These guys bridged the Rhine. Maintained by the son of
AAA Searchlight Battalion -- This site provides links and information
about many World War II units and operations. (Plus they say nice things
about the 212th site :-) A tremendous resource.
German Army units that served in Europe during WW II
1st Panzer Division, "LAH" -- A view from the other side.
Panzer Division -- Historical notes from German division that fought
in Normandy and the Ardennes.
Sites containing info about women who served in Europe in WW II
of Military Nursing and Research -- E. J. Gossett is a publisher of
material related to military nursing, and this web page (which is actually
hosted on Barbara Wilson's site listed below) includes a photo of the first
members of the Army Nurse Corps to leave for overseas duty from Camp Cooke,
California, where the 6th Armored had arrived for training. Other Camp
Cooke nurses, including my mother, later went to other assignments in Europe.
in Uniform -- Capt. Barbara Wilson, USAF (retired) maintains this web
site devoted to women veterans.
Related history: European Theater of Operations (ETO) in WW II
CRIBA Home Page --
Few people outside of WW II veteran organizations seem to know about the fine work done by the wonderful people of CRIBA, a Belgian organization devoted to the study and preservation of history related to the Battle of the Bulge. They, along with their Luxembourg sister organization CEBA, may include some of the strongest European friends the U.S. has. CEBA and CRIBA members also maintain the graves of American soldiers killed during battles waged on Belgium and Luxembourg soil.
personal home page -- Louie is the commander of the Richard F. Howland
Chapter Field Artillery Veterans Associates, the alumni association for
the 212th AFA, 1/211th FA, and 101 FA. During WWII Louie saw action with
the 132nd AAA, and his pages include battalion histories and personal memories
from those years.
Historical Center -- A French-language site for this war museum.
Guard Gallery -- An unusual site featuring artwork depicting the National
Ardennes -- Battle of the Bulge by Hugh M. Cole. The complete text
of this valuable document.
The World War II Oral
History web site -- Webmaster Aaron Elson is the son of Lt. Maurice
Elson of the independent 712th Tank Battalion. This site provides first
hand accounts from the people who were at Bastogne and other battles.
The George S.
Patton, Jr. Home Page -- "Rommel, you magnificent bastard, I SURFED
YOUR WEB SITE!!"
Surgeon at the Bulge -- The story of 1st Lt. Charles Schneider, who
thought he was getting assigned to a general hospital unit well behind
Market Garden -- A beautifully crafted presentation covering one of
the Allies' biggest disasters: Montgomery's attempt to outflank the Germans
through Arnhem. Particularly interesting to Third Army fans, because it
shows how Montgomery wasted lives and resources that had been siphoned
away from Patton and other generals, bringing Patton's advance to a standstill.
War II on the Web -- A huge list of WW II links maintained by Mark
War II -- The World Remembers -- A great set of WWII resources compiled
in 1995 by the students of Patch American High School, located in Stuttgart,
Fortin's home page -- Ms. Fortin is a veteran and a biographer of a
famous WW II entertainer.
Documentatiegroep '40 - '45
-- A Dutch group that researches WW II.
Battle of Arnhem --
Another Dutch site, this one devoted to Market Garden.
War -- Another Dutch site. Great content, but they're a little heavy
handed with the frames and the graphics. You may want to turn off
your browser's "Autload Images" option if you've got a 28.8 connection
The Wright Museum, NH -- The Wright
museum is devoted to documenting life during the WW II years.
Table of Contents
to the 212th FA Home Page.
to the 6th Armored Division Assoc. Home Page.
about the 212th FA and 6th Armored Division veterans' associations.
of the 212th AFA in the ETO (European Theatre of Operations).
NOTE: Remove question mark from address below when sending email
This page is maintained by Bruce Frederick, EMAIL
Other sites: http://world.std.com/~bfrederi.
June 25, 2002: 80th, GSP HS, and Gawne sites
July 12, 1998: AWON, 90th ID, Dutch links
March 21, 1998: 4th AD, L Whitlow, CRIBA, and IN Mil museum links.
January 9, 1998: Added and reorganize links
December 3, 1997: L. Whitlow & 86th Recon links
June 25, 1997: New links; reorganized existing links
April 23, 1997: Yet more links.
April 1 - 6, 1997: Lotsa new links.
March 18, 1997. Added links to 99th and 104th Infantry Div. Assoc.
March 10, 1997. Added link to 102nd FA, Mass NG.