Albert Wenner Class of 1940
Branch: U. S.
Infantry Regiment of the 29th Divn
Africa Middle East
29th was called into active military service 2/3/41. I was with the 115th
Infantry Regiment of the 29th.
We trained in the Carolinas and Va until Sept 42 when
we were sent to England. Continued training in Cornwall &
Devonshire,England until June 44.
The 29th and 1st Divisions hit the beaches of
Normandy 6/6/44. We fought our way from the beaches to St. Lo, which fell
7/19/44, and opened France to the armored divisions. We were then sent to
the Brest, France area to capture the German army and naval units there.
After the conclusion of this operation we were sent
to the Dutch-German border to break the Siegfried Line. We began our first
attack inside Germany on Oct 2nd. After our break through of the Siegfried
Line about the middle of Oct. we settled down for the Winter months inside
Germany near Julich. The Spring 1945 offensive started in mid Feb. and we
captured Julich about Feb. 24th and continued on through Munchen-Gladbach
and Hannover to the Elbe River were we were ordered to stop Apr 24th, 1945.
My regiment lost approximately 1,400 men killed,
but I have no idea of the number wounded. As you know. replacements took the
place of those lost in action.
I have four battle stars for the various European campaigns and the
arrowhead for the Normandy invasion