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“Blood on the Talon” No longer Available!

We no longer have copies of the book, “Blood on the Talon” available for sale through our publishing site. I will be at the Show of Shows 2015 in Louisville with the last few copies that I have left. I am working diligently on Volume II which will cover uniforms, insignia and equipment of the 139th AEB.

More enemy on the LZ

IMG_1203Finally got around to fitting the original German WW2 combat low-quarter shoes (Schnurschue). These are getting hard to find in any condition and they are a small size still lacking the shoe laces. The Germans used low-quarter shoes fitted with leggings much like the US Army did. The German leggings (gemaschen) were made of leather reinforced canvas and had two leather buckles to fasten them over the pants and shoe. They were much easier to use than the US canvas gaiters.  I hope to find a suitable jacket for the display as the other one is under the camo Luftwaffe field jacket seen in the post below. This Flak soldier will be depicted as a wounded enemy surrendering to a 17th AB gliderman.

Enemy on LZ N

I’m working on another display piece that will depict a typical German Flak soldier who would have been found on the Landing and Drop Zones during Operation VARSITY. There hundreds of light and heavy anti-aircraft guns in the area by the time the British and US airborne divisions landed. The guns were manned by the German Luftwaffe Flak (Fliegerabwehr Kanone) troops. Some manned the guns, some carried ammunition and some served for the defense of the gun position. The enclosed image shows how one of the Flak soldiers would have looked.

I hope to find the remaining clothing and equipment items at the Show of Shows 2015 to complete the display in full size. Here is my start, garnered over the past several months of research, selling and buying components to put this together.

 

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CPL Robert M. Flannery, KIA 6 Feb 45

The nephew of Robert M. Flannery has identified his image in the yard long photo I posted a while ago. The photo was from B. Company, 139th AEB. Robert is the front row, 8th from the right.¬† He was killed in action on 6 Feb 1945 while the 139th AEB was finishing up operations in the Luxembourg area, just before they were relieved to go to France to prepare for Operation VARSITY. The Battalion was assisting the division with river crossing operations and reconnaissance missions on the Our River. In addition the unit was clearing mine fields in their sector when a “bouncing Betty” Anti-personnel mine detonated, killing Robert M. Flannery¬† and Joseph F. Silvestri. The Engineer Daily Report accounts the incident with only a few words.6 Feb

The nephew, Ken reports that, “I Asked my father (Roberts brother) to look at this picture and he confirmed that is Robert. I Pointed out to my father that it looked like Robert had knocked out some of his teeth. He told me the story about When Robert was hit in the face with a baseball playing a game.”

cpl r m flannery

members of B Company, 139th Airborne Engineer Company, Camp Mackall, NC circa 1944

members of B Company, 139th Airborne Engineer Company, Camp Mackall, NC circa 1944

Jonnie A Witter, 139th AEB

Received a few additional photos of Jonnie A. Witter who served in the 139th AEB. I don’t know much about him, so hope to hear from those who may have additionalWitter 2 Witter 3 Witter 1 info on his service with the 17th Airborne Division.

 

139th AEB Situation Report 9 Apr 45

Enclosed is a copy of the Engineer Situation Report for the 139th AEB dated 9 Apr 45.9 Apr

139th AEB Situation Report 8 Apr 45

Enclosed is a copy of the Engineer Situation Report for the 139th AEB dated 8 Apr 45.8 Apr

139th AEB Situation Report 7 Apr 45

Enclosed is a copy of the Engineer Situation Report for the 139th AEB dated 7 Apr 45.7 APr

139th AEB Situation Report 6 Apr 45

Enclosed is a copy of the Engineer Situation Report for the 139th AEB dated 6 Apr 45.6 Apr

139th AEB Situation Report 4 Apr 45

Enclosed is a copy of the Engineer Situation Report for the 139th AEB dated 4 Apr 45.4 Apr

139th AEB Situation Report 3 Apr 45

Enclosed is a copy of the Engineer Situation Report for the 139th AEB dated 3 Apr 45.3 Apr