Good afternoon all,
I have had some trouble in figuring out information on the unit in which my grandfather served. General internet searches have turned up very little.
His discharge papers from April of 1946 say "BTRY A 291ST FA OBSN BN." I have deciphered this as "Battery A(?) 291st Field Artillery Observation Unit." His battles and campaigns are listed as "Ardennes Central Europe Rhineland GO 33 WD 45 AS AMENDED."
I found one document online that was a study of this group and their employment (dated 1945).
Further muddying the waters for me, is the fact that I have seen pictures of my grandfather with a military police (MP) arm band. There was a 291st Military Police Company also active during the same time period and same location (per one website that I found).
It is also listed on his papers that he went to "SIG C Wire Communications" school.
Given my very, very limited knowledge it would seem that not all of these things would fit together. I could possibly see that the wire communications and field observation battalion would work in unison, as the report that I saw said the battalion took part in information gathering and reporting, e.g. location of enemy artillery.
Does anybody have any information on this group or have a better idea of how this all fits?
Thanks in advance...