I have just finished reading an excellent combat history of"OLD HICKORY" the 30th Infantry Division.
Its title is SAVING THE BREAKOUT, by Alwyn Featherston,
Presidio Press, publisher, 1993, 273 pages.
It tells of the many trials and exploits of this division, which was cited in 1947 by Colonel S.A.L. Marshall, the U.S. Army's official historian, as "the finest infantry division in the European theater of operations."
It places the division, its regiments, battalions, companies,platoons,squads and individual combat riflemen right on the line during the period August 7-12, 1944, then finalizes its performance at the Battle of the Bulge, 16 Dec 44/24 Jan 45.
This book is similar to the one by Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose,
CITIZEN SOLDIER, with the exception that it deals with more personell on a first-person basis, than did C/S, and participates in more complex combat situations.
Detailed descriptions involve operations at;
Aachen, Argentan, Avranches,Domfront, Falaise, Fort Eban Emael,Hill 285, Hill 314,Juvigny,L'Abbaye Blanche, La Bazoge,La Fantay, Mortain, St. Barthelmy, Tessy-sur-Vire and Vire, among others.
It includes many combat maps and photographs of many GIs
If you or your kin were from the 30th ID, including these named units:
117th, 119th and 120th Infantry Regiments;
113th, 118th , 197th and 230th Field Artillery Battalions;
740th Tank Destroyer Battalion,
this is MUST reading for you and them.
The division was activated into federal service 16 Sep 40, from the NC, SC,GA and TN National Guard;
departed Boston P/E, 11 Feb 44;
entered combat, 15 Jun 44;
lost 3,003 KIA, 13,376 WIN and 513 Died from Wounds;
arrived back at NY P/E, 21 Aug 45, aboard the QUEEN MARY.
Needless to say, I enjoyed their history.
I hope that you will too.
Louie F. Turner.
NO, I HAVE NO VESTED INTEREST IN THE SALE OF THIS BOOK.