Offered for sale are 6 extremely rare WWII "351st Infantry Regiment 88th Division" Camp Newspapers titled "Spearhead". The camp papers were all printed in Klagenfurt, Austria. After the end of WWII the division was responsible for guarding and later repatriating 342,462 German POW's. While stationed overseas the GI had the chance to read the Spearhead Camp Paper and learn about what's going on around them while watching over their German Prisoners. All six papers come from a gentleman who served in the 351st Infantry Division.
The dates of these very special Spearhead Papers are: November 28, 1946, Volume 2, Number 69---December 5, 1946, Volume 2, Number 70---(2 papers)December 14, 1946, Volume 2, Number 71---(2 papers)December, Christmas 1946, Volume 2, Number 71. Below is a description of each paper and its condition:
The first paper is dated November 28, 1946, Volume 2, Number 69, and has four pages. The stories include: Reenlistments in 351st Increase and Editors Praise the 351st as an Outstanding Outfit---2nd Battalion Outpost Fitted for Rough Winter---Redeployments Increases---Gossip Heard Over at the PX---A Chat with the Chaplain--British CO Inspects K's MPs---A Thanksgiving Message from Your CO, Col. H.A. Malin, 351st Inf. Regt. **Condition: The four pages are clean with a few tears on the edges and a few small holes on the front page. There are also one small piece missing along the top edge of the front and the back pages.
The second paper is dated December 5, 1946, Volume 2, Number 7, and has four pages. Across the top of the paper written by the owner it reads, “This is where F. Company was before we moved to Caporeto”. The stories include: 351 Regt. Sweeps Divisional Mortor Contest---Town Ravaged by SS Scheduled for Formal Opening in Near Future---American Sgt. Receives Award From Paris Suburb--Capt. Beatt, Piezzo AMG, Tranfered to New Post at Comeno---Spearhead Xmas Queen Contest--Over The P.X.---and Counter and Charley Controls Three Country Borders. **Condition: The four pages are clean and bright with some small edge tears.
The third and fourth papers are dated December 14, 1946, Volume 2, Number 70. One has four pages and the other has two pages. The stories included are: Field Marshal Montgomery Visits Spearhead Area---Big Prizes in Xmas Queen Contest---Learn to Ski The Painless Way---Kings Boxing Team Sweeps 3rd. Bn. Bouts---Late Christopher Bean USO Show Due Here---The Feminine Touch---Tarvisio Red Cross---A Chat with the Chaplin---and Wartime GI Opinion of British Allies in N. Africa. **Condition: The four page Paper is clean and bright with some small edge tears. The two page Paper is clean and bright with minor chipping along left edge and tiny tears along right edge.
The fifth and sixth papers are the Christmas Edition dated 1946 and has eight pages. The front cover was drawn by an Army artist named Shivitz. The stories included are: Arc Spotlite---The Feminine Touch---Double Wedding in Piezzo Heralds Holiday Season---Over The P.X. Counter---Seasons Greetings from your Commanders---Star and Stripes to This Theater, Jan. 1---How Santa Clause Came to America---There is one full page of Christmas Carols--A 2 page story called Three Wise Guys---"G" Company Stars in Division Sniper Meet---Spearheads How To Ski Course---and 351st Boxers Defeat 349th 4-2 in Opening Match of Season. **Condition: One paper is clean and bright with very few edge tears. The other paper is clean and bright with some small edge tears.
Here's a short history on the 351st Infantry Regiment and 88th Infantry Division: This was the first Army Division created from scratch after the implementation of the draft in 1940 and nicknamed The Draftee Division. Their motto was "Teujours Pret" Always Ready. During WWII the division was activated on July 15, 1942 at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. The 351st was sent overseas on December 6th, 1943, and saw their first combat fatality on January 3rd, 1944. While in combat they earned 3 Distinguished Unit Citations for the Rome-Arno, the North Apennines, and Po Valley Campaigns. The Second and Third Battalions while in combat for 344 days sustained 15,173 casualties killed, wounded or missing in action.
The owner and a good friend gave me these camp papers because he felt it was time that he shared them with a new generation of Americans that wished to learn what The Greatest Generation endured to keep our country free. A generation of young and old men, many who lied about their age to join the Armed Forces leaving sweethearts and family behind making it possible for our country to remain free. Sometimes I wonder if the thousands of brave men and women who gave their lives would recognize our country today and would still lie about their age to be a soldier. God bless The Greatest Generation and God Bless Our Vets!!
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