“Imagine being frozen, physically and mentally exhausted, while constantly on the move from location to location in biting winds and knee-deep snow as we fought the enemy. Our vehicles and tanks slid off the road into ditches as our men attempted to scale a hill or mountain. Some vehicles and tanks were unretrievable as they slid down steep icy slopes. Our rifles wouldn’t fire because of the cold. It was hell. There was nothing we could do to change the circumstances. At times the snow was waist-deep and we had trouble moving.”
I’ve been writing the story of James Privoznik, my cousin who died during the Battle of the Bulge. The more I piece together his story through unit histories, books, and the Morning Reports that list his movements, the more I need to know. So what will I do? Visit St. Louis and look at every Morning Report for the 90th Division, 790th Ordnance Company and then the 90th Division, 358th Infantry. This will give me exact locations of his whereabouts every single day a report exists. This will help me tell his story more fully and richly.
Have you used Morning Reports? If not, I strongly suggest you use this resource. Do you need a researcher in St. Louis to help you locate records? I work with Norm Richards of AAA Military Research. He specializes in: Morning reports, Payroll Records, Unit Rosters, Research of Stolen Valor individuals, Personnel & Medical Records. His email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shoot him an email and tell him I sent you. And use the morning reports with your other materials to help tell YOUR soldier stories.
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