The 34th. FA Bn. was VERYMUCH involved in the ETO and Africa. It featured 155 mm tractor drawn howitzers, and was activated 1 Oct 40 at Fort Bragg, NC, and deactivated 20 Nov 46 in Germany.
It shipped from NY Port of Embarcation 12 Dec 42; arrived North Africa 25 Dec 42; arvd. Sicily 14 Jul 43; arvd. England 25 Nov 43; arvd. France-ETO 9 Jun 44.
It participated in these campaigns:
25 Ardennes-Alsace (Battle of the Bulge) 26 Central Europe 30 Normandy (D-Day) 32 Northern France 34 Rhineland (Invasion of Germany) 36 Sicily (Invasion of Italy) 38 Tunisia (Desert Rats)
According to my source/reference, it was a part of the 9th. Infantry Division, whose elements included, among others, 3 infantry regiments, 4 artillery battalions, 1 tank battalion and 2 tank destroyer battalions.
The infantry and tank units received the publicity. Very little is printed about the artillery and related units (signal, AAA, engineer, medical, quartermaster, etc).
The 9th Inf Div. listed the following casualities:
Killed in Action3,856 Wounded in Action17,416 Died of Wounds648
If you would like to review the 9th. Infantry Division Combat Narrative, please refer to:
WORLD WAR II ORDER OF BATTLE By Shelby L. Stanton Published by Galahad Books, NYNY
I hope that this is helpful to you and your family.
Me ? I served in Italy with the 985th. FA Bn/II Corps/Fifth Army.
With best wishes and regards, Louie Franklin Turner