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14th Field Artillery Observation Battalion

Discussion in 'History of America during World War II' started by Cheshire cheese, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. Powerhouse

    Powerhouse Member

    Apr 12, 2013
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    It was current for a soldier to be assigned to an another unit just prior coming home for discharge. In general this unit was scheduled for return to states rapidly.
    The whole second armored division quit the ETO from Marseilles after a brief stay in Calas stagging area.
  2. RichTO90

    RichTO90 Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2015
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    The 78th FA was attached to the 422d FA Group from 17 September to mid-October 1944, but that is probably just a coincidence.
  3. Cheshire cheese

    Cheshire cheese New Member

    Mar 11, 2014
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    Hi A Cline,
    Sorry for the delay in replying. I am not sure I can help you. I have no information in my possession that I think will specifically help you. I have found material that has surprised me a little in Fold3 which does not contain unit histories. What I found requires hours sometimes of plowing thru ETO records for the unit references you want, as these records contain a great deal of SOS original reports that might have clues about supplies to units and the distribution of them. I can tell you that because Britain in total size would tuck in side nearly every US state, gunnery ranges are smaller and few than in the US and in 1943-44 US Army fighting units were limited to the west side of England from Liverpool down to the south coast, and the boundary in the middle runs basically Manchester - Leicester -Southampton. Also the US Army had south Wales, plus French tankers near Hull. The Brits and Canadians had the rest of the east side of England. Artillery ranges and therefore US Arty Gps and FAOBs were on Salisbury Plain and Sennybridge plus others on N Somerset coast, possibly Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire, plus others. They're some of the few places you could fire safely, especially 155's/ 240's, which even then had the power to land shells outside all the British ranges. Many units were held back in training in the US before D Day because they couldn't shoot and maneuver in Britain. US Infantry often complained all they did in Britain was 25 mile night marches.

    Otherwise, obtain unit histories in books for the parent divisions and follow up on google. Quite a lot is coming out over the years as people like yourself post up what they have found out. I found something recently which appeared and solved an issue after six years of looking. Also try other search engines as google doesn't always work.

    Has NARA got your dad's records?

    I know this reply may not especially help you but it might help others. Good luck

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