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.)

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