Battle of Aschaffenburg

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Battle of Aschaffenburg

Post by Daniel L » 08 Mar 2003 12:57

Can anyone forward me to any good sources about this battle which was called the Monte Cassino of Germany?

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Post by Benoit Douville » 08 Mar 2003 21:35

Daniel,

I found this about the Battle of Aschaffenburg:

http://www.koch-athene.de/6th/aschaffen ... enburg.htm

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Post by Daniel L » 09 Mar 2003 01:05

Hi Benoit, that's actually the site that got me interested in the battle.

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Re: Battle of Aschaffenburg

Post by kerrd » 06 Jun 2010 03:41

I have the After Action Reports of the 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, U.S. Seventh Army, for
March and April 1945. The 157th captured the city after fierce fighting.

I also have 15 high-resolution U.S. Army Signal Corps photos of Aschaffenburg from the National Archives,
College Park, MD.

If anyone wants copies of the AARs or photos, just let me know.


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Re: Battle of Aschaffenburg

Post by kerrd » 06 Jun 2010 04:01

Here is the link to Major Quentin W. Schillare's thesis on the Battle:

http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?AD ... tTRDoc.pdf

And a site I found today:

http://www.west-wall.de/specials/WMTS/wmts.htm

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Re: Battle of Aschaffenburg

Post by IvanSR » 11 Jun 2010 22:34

Interesting account. This is why I still visit this forum, after all those years - you always learn something new.

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Re: Battle of Aschaffenburg

Post by kerrd » 26 Jun 2010 19:00

While at the NARA last weekend, I scanned seven new photos of Aschaffenburg
and copied the S-2-3 Journal of 2nd Bn, 157th, for the battle.


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Re: Battle of Aschaffenburg

Post by BCFF » 05 Apr 2016 17:40

I would definitely like to have the reports for the Battle of Aschaffenburg. I am trying to pinpoint where the 157 was located once they crossed the Main river.

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Re: Battle of Aschaffenburg

Post by Mori » 11 Apr 2016 11:53

Note that Schillare thesis, although interesting, is completely wrong in its quantitative assessment of German strength. This flaws Schillare's conclusions dramatically.

There is a chapter dedicated to Aschaffenburg in John Antal's City Fight (there). It's based on good primary sources and pretty detailed - although kind of boring for the casual reader.

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Re: Battle of Aschaffenburg

Post by dfordyce » 06 Jun 2019 23:47

I am interested in the documents and photos you referenced as I believe my grandfather died in this battle. The details we have are sketchy, but he was shot by a sniper on Apr 2nd near Schweinheim. This battle was active at this time, so I'm hoping to find more details.

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kerrd wrote:
06 Jun 2010 03:41
I have the After Action Reports of the 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, U.S. Seventh Army, for
March and April 1945. The 157th captured the city after fierce fighting.

I also have 15 high-resolution U.S. Army Signal Corps photos of Aschaffenburg from the National Archives,
College Park, MD.

If anyone wants copies of the AARs or photos, just let me know.


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Re: Battle of Aschaffenburg

Post by kerrd » 13 Jun 2019 23:56

dfordyce wrote:
06 Jun 2019 23:47
I am interested in the documents and photos you referenced as I believe my grandfather died in this battle. The details we have are sketchy, but he was shot by a sniper on Apr 2nd near Schweinheim. This battle was active at this time, so I'm hoping to find more details.

Diana


What is his name, Diana.

By the way, we have a Facebook Group for the 45th:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1377024265874978/


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Re: Battle of Aschaffenburg

Post by dfordyce » 14 Jun 2019 00:10

Hi Dave,
His name is William Craport. He joined the National Guard forces in Ohio and was assigned to the 45th. I have some letters the army sent my grandma when he died, outlining minor details and I pieced together that he would have been very near if not in Aschaffensburg when he was shot in the throat by a sniper on 2 April.

Thanks for the link. I joined the facebook page!
Diana

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