Louie - I have in my files the S-3 Journals, the General Orders, the Combat Interviews of the Hurtgen Forest Battle, the history of the unit. I am presently striving to put together an account of the 893rd Tank Destroyer Battalion from its inception to its dismantling December 1945. This all started when my son asked me to put together an account of my life and my husband's life during WWII. I had never looked at his records or pressed him for any info. It was obvious that he did not care to talk about it. So I knew so little that I could not include Don, my husband, in that account so I started to learn all I could. I made over 400 phone calls, found about 40 of the men including Don's Captain, his driver and some of his platoon. I also am in contact with the Bn adjutant. I just recently received a lot of info about their first CO, Lt. Col Mays. The Bn was with 8 Divisions, 2 Cavalry Groups, an Armored Division and I think 2 TD Groups. And yes Altenberg was one place where they were at war's end but all three gun cos. were in different towns and all ended the war on a slightly different date. They are a VERY difficult group to keep track of. But they were the first in Paris, the first in Germany,and among those who crossed the Rhine on the Ludendorf Bridge at Remagen.
Don had sent me that picture which I later found on the Web. He said the M10s were theirs but the article that came with the little picture was about M18s and the locality on the Web picture was Hammeres which since it was spelled wrong I could never find. Thank you for your interest. You wouldn't be one of the men of the 893rd would you? Mary