10 May 1945 – Wartenberg

WARTENBURG*, GERMANY
10 May, 1945

Well, we crossed the Inn and reached a point within 6 miles of the Austrian border when they told us to come back to this town. The war is all over, although there is quite a bit of fighting going on in some spots where they have not been able to let the Germans know about the end of things.

We have spent the past 6 days celebrating the end of things and are making some hole in our supply of cognac. We did have three half-tracks, three trailers, and one little small trailer full of the stuff, but it’s going fast. Williams* and I had 48 bottles of cognac and 25 of champaign, and that is a good amount to use for a celebration of the end of the war.

We have been buying a lot of meat and have a pot roast almost every day. They think that in a few days they will start sending up rations by plane and we will again be able to get food at the kitchen truck. For the past month it has been nothing but “C” rations.

We will stay here for a time until they decide what to do with us. The people here try to be so friendly now that we are victors, but we find old pictures in every house of military parades in years past, and every house has a big swastika hanging in front of it, so I guess that all of them are the same. It was fine when they were winning, but “Nix Nazi” when it’s all over.

THE END.


Footnotes

  • Wartenburg – Wartenberg, Germany
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06 May 1945 – Mettenheim

MITTENHEIM*, GERMANY.
6 May, 1945

We have reached the Inn and all the bridges are blown as expected. One of our armored cars reached the bridge in Muhlhausen* just as they blew it. Lt. Shuler* got a broken collar bone from the concussion but none of the rest were hurt. The engineers will come up and put in a pontoon bridge, though, so they are not holding us for very long.

Sgt Taibi* was wounded the other day and another medical unit took care of him and reported to us that he would not live, so we were very much surprised when he comes walking in. He went AWOL from the hospital and is trying to go back into his old job. He has a bad looking wound and should be in bed, but we can’t talk him into going back to the hospital. The bullet hit him in the right shoulder and passed all the way through his chest cavity to pass out under the left shoulder blade. I have to dress it each day and have him sit in the sun for a half hour to dry the wound. It’s pretty hard to do when we are trying to fight.


Footnotes

  • Mittenheim – Mettenheim, Germany
  • Muhlhausen – Mühldorf am Inn, Germany
  • Lt. Shuler – 2nd Lt. Dallas H. Schuler from El Paso, IL.
  • Sgt. Taibi – S/Sgt. James T. Taibi from Niagara Falls, NY

05 May 1945

MARIBERG*, GERMANY
5 May, 1945

Well, we crossed the Iser and are on the way to Austria on high. We still have the Inn river ahead and then it’s clear sailing. There is very little opposition now and we go fast. They seem to think that the Boch have retired behind the Inn and will try to stop us there. Our platoons have been detached to other units and so us medics should be rather quiet, for when none of our men are with us, we just go along for the ride.


Footnotes

  • Mariberg – Another mystery town I cannot find on a map.

04 May 1945 – Moosburg

MOOSBERG*, GERMANY.
4 May. 1945

We moved into town at last, and the place reminds me of an American army camp on Sunday. The streets are full of men with suitcases, all trying to thumb a ride to a rear area where they hope to be sent home. They stop us every once in a while to trade off bottles of cognac for food and it’s always “Thanks, Yank” when they leave, so most of them are English or Aussies. I think that they are keeping all American liberated here and will send them out in planes, just as soon as they can get them up here. We have been getting gas, ammo, and food by plane for the past week for we are miles ahead of our supply. I guess that if the Boch don’t surrender soon, we will have to pull up so supply can catch up to us.


Footnotes

  • Moosberg – Moosburg, Germany

02 May 1945 – Gammelsdorf

GAMELSDORF*, GERMANY.
2 May, 1945

We went into Moosberg today but had to leave right away for the town is full of liberated PWs and they are really celebrating. It’s not safe to be on the street for they will mob any of the men that they think released them. All of the troops that went in were pulled back out so the MPs could get the liberated men under control. They have raided all of the liquor warehouses in town and most of them are staging a big drunk.

We find that there is over 120,000 PWs in this town and the surrounding areas and the 14th was the boys to get to them. I ran into a man that was in a camp with Luce Lacy* last winter, but Lacy was moved to another camp this spring, so missed seeing him.

It’s funny to see the PWs coming in to this area. They all have a few German soldiers with them that have decided it’s better to be in a PW cage than killed. The liberated man rides a bike, and drives the Boch in front of him. They ride up to the PW cage and deliver their prisoners, and in exchange get either “C” or “K” rations to eat. It’s just like tickets at a show. The Boch are the tickets and the food the show. Most of these liberated men are not tooo badly starved for they worked on farms here and got more to eat that way, but it’s pitiful to see some of the men that were kept in camps all the time, they are very thin.


Footnotes

  • Gamelsdorf – Gammelsdorf, Germany
  • Luce Lacy – I don’t know who this is. He isn’t mentioned at any other time in the diary, nor does a Lacy appear in the unit rosters. Perhaps someone from back home?

1 May 1945

MIELSDORF*, GERMANY
1 May 1945

We are still working on the road to Moosburg and are getting a lot of delaying action from the Boch. I think that they are going to hold here and there is a lot of talk about how they are to hold out in this National redoubt. They had better start changing their minds or they may get hurt.


Footnotes

  • Mielsdorf – Again, I have no idea what town this is supposed to be.

30 Apr 1945

GROSS*, GERMANY
30 April 1945

We have been selected to lead the forces going into Moosberg and will run patrols from this town to see what they have there. We know that there are at least 60,000 French, British, and American PW’s being held there.


Footnotes

  • Gross – I don’t know what town this is supposed to be.