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.)

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.