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, 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.