This is a chronicling of Keith Dadd's log of European Theatre of Operations for Btry "A" 399th AFA Bn 8th Armoured Div. The log was started on Nov 7, 1944 through 1945. I will be posting for each corresponding day to the journal starting Jan 1st 2012. This means that Nov - Dec 1944 will come after thereby making this blog not in chronological order.

Please note: I strive to maintain the integrity of the log. Therefore, I will not correct any spelling of grammar mistakes and will post entries as is. (sic.)

Monday, August 6, 2012

August 6th - 14th, 1945

--No Entries--

August 5th, 1945

Still sweating it out. Played
"B" 76 F.A. in ball lost 6-1

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

July 23rd, 1945

Built mess kit rack's + done other
work + goofed off as usual.
Got electricity in and the
radio  playing. Sounds good.
Been cold all day. All kinds
of rumor's.

July 22nd, 1945

Slept to 11:00 o'clock then fooled
around the rest of the day

July 21st, 1945

Arrived at Bruckenau Germany
after 250 mile road march.[indistinguishable text]
but aint started and at 6:00 in
morning + got here at 10:00 night

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Friday, July 20, 2012

July 20th, 1945

Got stuff packed to go
to Germany. Anna + brother
cried because we were going
They're like brother + sister
to us.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July 17th, 1945

Went to a show but didn't
see it as the film was no
good. Rained.

Monday, July 16, 2012

July 16th, 1945

Nothing much happened. Got orders
that we will leave for
Germany Saturday. Pretty hot
day here today. Bought pistol
from Sgt. Habbeger  .32 Cal.

July 15th, 1945

Took a ride on a bicycle to
next town. Dead here as

July 14th, 1945

Same thing again today her'se
hopeing we get out of here soon.
Had dental inspection - what
a laugh. Went to Katoby with
Moore and Kerns - Another dead

Saturday, July 14, 2012

July 13th, 1945

Friday the 13th and
nothing happened as nobody seems
to be awake enough to do anything
good what a life. This place makes
Darchau look like a rest camp.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

July 9th, 1945


Cut some trees for kitchen
tent + goofed off the rest of
the afternoon. Sun is shineing
for a change. Studied Check
at night

Sunday, July 8, 2012

July 8th, 1945


The sun's out for a change
am trying to learn chec from
Anna. Getting my clothes pressed
Big celebration in town of
Katoby (zech) Didn't go

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

July 7th, 1945


Phils Birthday not
much doing here. Rained most
of the day. On guard at
kitchen tonight.

July 6th, 1945

Schedule in affect - road march +
close order. Rain.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July 5th, 1945

Moved into a house
met Anna and her brother
who run the farm.  Sleeping
wither three other guys's.  All
from the Eighth Armoured 399A.F.A.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

July 2nd, 1945

Transfered to 196th F.A Bn
About 30 miles from 399th
little village - same size
as Kobhel. -- Name.

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June 30th - July 1st, 1945

--No Entries--

Saturday, June 30, 2012

June 29th, 1945

Holiday for checks. Everything
closed. Rained. Went to the
show at HQ and dance at check
soldiers town. Transfer cam through
to 196th F.A. Ground mounts here
I come.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

June 21st - June 28th, 1945

--No Entries--

June 20th, 1945

[Unidentified signature, possibly of 'Tavern Owner'] Tavern owner fed
me to big plate of Egg's + Beer
because I gave him a pair
of shoes.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

June 10th, 1945

Cleaned track + started to
T.I. it.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

June 8th, 1945

Really hot. I missed
the truck to go swimming.
Czeck boy making us a good
deal. Beer 3 Koruna's a
glass(3¢) Good and cold but
weak. No hard liquor.

June 7th, 1945

Dance held in our honor
it took the fellow's a long
time to try out the Check. step
girl's pretty hefty. All good
workers. 6 piece band. sounded
fair like salvation army.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

June 6th, 1945

Arrived in Kbely Checzsovockia.
7:30 in the evening. Were greeted
by all the people their. Nobody
wears any shoes and theyve
all got a tan like niggers

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June 5th, 1945

Slept in field rained hard
but sun dried us out. Column
going slow. Tonight we sleep
on Chec-German border.
Were really dirty from ride.

Monday, June 4, 2012

June 4th, 1945

Left Hann Munden Germany for
Pilsen Czechsocolkia 8:00 in
morning. British taking over
our town here. Royal Artil.
Former Ack-Ack. Outfit.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

June 3rd, 1945

Received box from Phillis
sure is swell.  Will eat it
on the trip. Everything packed
ready to go.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May 8th, 1945

Feeling good today slept all
day in house. Everybody
sleeping off the party.
Frank forgot to go on guard
so is on with me tonight.

Monday, May 7, 2012

May 7th, 1945

"Victory in Europe"
Today the German Army surrendered
Had a big party. Drink was
Artillery punch. Cognac, Champagne
Brandy + Etc. mixed together
got the drunkest I've been
Sihis + Physter carried me home

Sunday, May 6, 2012

May 2nd - May 6th, 1945

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May 1st, 1945

Eight fellows in all here
Sorgi, Wojnaa, Asfazadore, Green
Paulin, Rosettee. Whalen + Myself.

April 30th, 1945

Have 3 motor cycles to ride
having a good time. Suppose to
be relieved when the limeys
take the stuff away.

April 29th, 1945

Was put on detail 30 miles
from Hann Munden guarding
a parachute factory good
deal. Little guard at night

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April 28th, 1945

--No Entry--

April 27th, 1945

Made a survey on Blanfendung
took it + the war is over
for us.  Went to Hannmunden
to sit.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

April 26th, 1945

Place is covered with
slaves in striped uniforms
two slaves killed a former
guard, Nobody did anything
about it. One less for us
to feed.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

April 25th, 1945

Went to Halberstad. Underground
factories  for buzz bombs.
Picked up  Russian Carbine at
former S.S. baracks. Krauts
left in a hurry.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

April 23rd, 1945

Went on long road march
to Wolfenbuttel. Somewhat
of a rest camp.  Electric lights
still fighting though.

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April 22nd. 1945

Battery joined us at Unna.
Had a small celebration
pocket is almost gone.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

April 21st, 1945

--No Entry--

April 20th, 1945

Took Unna. Big railraod
center. Saw 13 R.R.engines
knocked out. Koch picked up
a few prisoners from the

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Friday, April 20, 2012

April 19th, 1945

Took Werl
     Got mixed up and were
the second track while
they were clearing snipers

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April 18th, 1945

Took West onnon
Almost shot a civilian who
jumped out on us while
we were leading in  the
half-tracks from road.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April 17th, 1945

Took Soest.
      Seen + was with the Inf.
as they took and cleared
this town. Fairly good size.
Krauts shelled us quite
During this trid as F.O. they almost
got our number a couple of
times. Riped my leg open
while going through a barb
wire fence -- Flying pleanty
of shell's falling close

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Monday, April 16, 2012

April 16th, 1945

Went up again with Inf. for
7 day's. Lived on K-rations and
what ever we could find.
Relieved Lt. Stoncypher + crew.
3 half tracks knocked out at
head of column.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April 15th, 1945

Took long road march
to Roer Pocket to help
clean it up. Thought we
would go back for a rest
but no dice.

Friday, April 6, 2012

April 6th, 1945

Took Dorsten near
Patterborn which is suppose to
be taken. Saw tankers take
it with my own eyes.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

April 5th, 1945

Picked up Kraut flag in
attic where we were
observing from.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April 3rd, 1945

Battery received counter battery
fire from German 105's. No
body hurt. Was with the Inf.
at the time also getting my
share of the action.

Monday, April 2, 2012

April 2nd, 1945

Relieved at 7:00 tonight
by 83rd Inf. Div. seen is
Krauts diggin' in. Fired Mortars
on them. Wish to hell I was
back with the battery. To many
men getting killed here.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April 1st, 1945

Went up with Infantry to
observe as part of an F.O.
team. Lt. Hawley, Sgt. Green, Cpl.
Vandergrift + myself. Took
new hoosen after hard fight.
My first time on the front.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

March 29th 1945

Haven't had a good nights sleep
in a week. Went into a
position near a German Army
camp. 35th doughs resting. Bunch
of fellows bought pistols.

March 28th 1945

Met the 35th INF. Their
losses pretty heavy. Saw pleanty
of our boys + theirs in a woods
where they had it out. Most
of the cattle dead in barns.
Blood all over.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 27th 1945

Crossed Rhine in early morning
went into position where
we will prepair to spearhead
one flank of the ninth's drive

Monday, March 26, 2012

March 26th 1945

Fired all day. Sgt. Koeks
Kocm's gun shot the lan's
out of the tube.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

March 25th 1945

This morning we opened up
with every gun on the
front. To pave the way for
the infantry to cross
800 guns in a 50 mile.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

March 22nd 1945

105 Inf Cannon Co. in front
of us. Six guns to A battrey.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March 21th 1945

Shot at a deer with my
carbine. Really didn't
try to hit it. Kraut
Planes over again but
didn't bother us.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March 20th 1945

Still loading ammunition
Kraut plane came over at
night. All machine gunns
opened up on it. Didn't
get. Too dark out. I got
in a short burst (100 RD's)

Monday, March 19, 2012

March 19th 1945

Getting in a tremendous amount
of ammunition. Everybody
working. It's the hardest I've
worked since ----------

Sunday, March 18, 2012

March 18th 1945

Left rest center for
the front again. Arrived
at town across the Rhine
from Duieseburg great
industrial center.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 15th 1945

Boat got back from England
sent German gun home.
Cleaned machine gun.

March 14th 1945

--No Entry--

March 13th 1945

Got a new field jacket its
about time. Turned in
shoe packs + socks. Drew
summer underware

Monday, March 12, 2012

March 12th 1945

Got a box from home with
pipe, candy, tobacco. Everything
in good condition. We were
shelled today for awhile
Kraut planes went over high
looked like Foch-Wolf! 190

Focke-Wulf Fw 190

March 11th 1945

Frank and took in snow
then fried egg's and made
oatmeal. Good chow.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

March 10th 1945

Went to for rest
have a medium size farm house
pleanty of egg's, meat. Frank
+ I are sleeping in kitchen
pulling guard every night

Sunday, March 4, 2012

March 4th 1945

Left Rineburgh for rest
delay so did not go to
rest area. Caught a few
Kraut shell's. Pulled guard.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

March 3rd 1945

Fired on paratroopers in
woods. Really hit them

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

February 28th 1945

Crossed river at midnight
and started across cologne
plains via arsbeck.

February 27th 1945

Received Counter battery
fire. 1 man killed in
"B" btry 2 injured. no
casualties in our btry
thank god.
Moved guns a little
ways. I pitched a tent
not much doing. Really
giving them hell with
the guns.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

February 26th 1945

Feb 26, 1945
Fire large concentration
on crossing of river. First
shell in to enemy teritory
at 2:45 in morning.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

February 22nd 1945

Left France for Holland
track broke down but
caught battery soon. Fairly
nice day. Pleanty of dead
cows + horses to look at.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February 21th 1945

Getting ready to leave here
tomorrow morning.

Monday, February 20, 2012

February 20th 1945

Occupied our old room.
Windows blown out by

Sunday, February 19, 2012

February 19th 1945

Pushed off for selsden again
as Rien river has risen
in this town. Kraut Patroops
in town every night.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

February 18th 1945

Stayed in position, pleanty of
mud. Got the track stuck
going through a back yard.
Two more tracks stuck trying
to get us out.

Friday, February 17, 2012

February 17th 1945

Left Selsden for Kirchover, but
things to hot their so went
into position a few miles from
their in another town.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 15th 1945

Went on another tour.
Picked up some Kraut money.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

February 14th 1945

Found some bed springs +
a table. pretty nice room
now. Rations came in. Roain
luxry rations

Monday, February 13, 2012

February 13th 1945

Frank and I went on a little
tour. Picked up some bacon
potatoes + good cherries.
Mad french fries at night
and smoked a cigar that
came in the rations.
Made more French Fries +
ate more cherries. Got sick
on guard but pulled it
as theirs no one else to.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

February 12th 1945

Put in windows in our
room. I found a stove
for it. Rest of the house
completely ruined.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

February 11th 1945

Frank and I are fixing
up a little room for ourselves
Pulled guard at night.
Lines pretty quite. Buzz bombs
search lights + a little artill.
Fire in the distance

February 10th 1945

Slept in a room with Frank
Wolnar. Dirty but nobody
cares when youre tired.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 9th 1945

Pulled into a little beat up town
of Selsden. Fighting going on
a few miles from us we are
not in position & the Krauts
are not suppos to know we're

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

February 5th 1945

The old woman of the house
keeps us supplied with apples
invites us in at night to
write letters + talk.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

February 4th 1945

Staying in a house with three
people. Their real nice to us
gave them some cigarettes.

Friday, February 3, 2012

February 3rd 1945

Arrived at Mastrich Holland
in night. Say my first buzz
bomb's heading for Belgium
during breakfast

Thursday, February 2, 2012

February 2nd 1945

Left Raucort France for Holland
Fairly nice day. Have the top
back on the track

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January 18th 1945

Wrote first letters
it's been to cold before
now. Fixed up a little
room with stove that
smokes all the time.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January 17th 1945

Warm day so took a walk
found 3 dead Krauts
who didn't duck quick enough
their bodys are froze
blue. This town changed
hands three times.

Monday, January 16, 2012

January 16th 1945

Vetrain A.A. outfit helping
on defense. They're laughing
at the chance of a sky
attack. Riley bought a
.30 pistol. $60 town were
in had quite a battle
This town is lined with
four pill boxes. They're
pretty well destroyed.
Found a booby trap under
a pile of rocket launcher

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 15th 1945

Candy rations coming in
3 bars 5 pks of smokes a
week. Good thing I've got
a pipe. Mail once in
a while.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 14th 1945

Issued bed roll inserts
- fair. Were pleanty
hungry now and it hurts
to miss a meal. pancakes
+ dehidrated egg's most
of the time for breakfast

Friday, January 13, 2012

January 13th 1945

French people want
5 gallons of gas for
a bottle of Cognac
- the robbers -

Thursday, January 12, 2012

January 12th 1945

Tested .50 Cal M.G.'s most
of them froze up 1 gun
fired good. Also direct
laid with our Howitzers
boys are fair

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January 11th 1945

Weather about zero
taking push ups in snow
damn near froze to death
also long hikes. The
frost collects on our
eye brows, coats + hair.
Really cold

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January 10th 1945

Got in 9,500 rounds for
my 30 Cal. Machine gun
also 3 boxes o "c" rations
+ 1 10 in one ration in
case of emergency

Monday, January 9, 2012

January 9th 1945

Arrived at destination
really cold out. Sleep
in bars on straw. Weather
0ยบ. Set up heavy perimiter
Defense aganst a supposidly
paratrooper attack.
Battle of th Bulge is on
we are in strategic
reserve. 398 A.F.A. - C.C.A
Comitted to battle.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

January 8th 1945

Started on road march to
Raycourt France where
we will prepare for

Saturday, January 7, 2012

January 7th 1945

Set foot for first time on
France took 30 mile road
march to Prone France to
join rest of the outfit. Sleep
in an old house. snow +
rain tonight.

Friday, January 6, 2012

January 6th 1945 (My Birthday)

Docked at Roen France will
get off tomorrow. not room
enough now for boat.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

January 5th 1945

Boat had to stop
it's too foggy to go on. Boy's
are tradeing their army
field jackets for nave jackets
which are fur lined.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 4th 1945

Buildings all wreck'd
by shell fire. Kids all
want chocolate. We all
want cognac.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January 3rd 1945

The L.S.T. is in quite a large
convoy. Pulled in on the
Seine river at Le Harve
France. Saw pleanty of
recked German tanks, trucks
guns + planes.

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 2nd 1945

"Combat here we come"
Took road march to Weymoth
Eng. Also called Dortsmoth
Boarded L.S.T 508 has seen
action at Sisily + Normandy
has one tank + two planes
to it's credit
The L.S.T. is loading with
about 6 tanks, 10 half-tank
6 deeds + some 3/4 ton.
Pleanty of good chow

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 1st 1945

New Years Day Prett-Cold out
had a fair dinner Turkey
Cranberries, Potatoes, Some
of the Boys went to
Town- 2 Miles.