Just Discovered! The 111th’s Monthly History Reports, 1944-45, plus more photos

Posted: April 24, 2014 in 1944, 1945, Montly History Reports
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Last week we heard from the son and daughter-in-law of 111th Sergeant Frank Sossi: Phyllis and Frank Sossi, Jr. The other day, Frank Jr., opened up an old trunk of his dad’s and unearthed a treasure–a set of copies of the unit’s monthly history reports from January 1944 (when they were in Wales, UK) until the end of the war in May 1945 in Germany, covering almost all of the 111th’s time in Europe. Ed and I had searched but never could find the unit’s monthly reports in military archives, so we are quite excited to have them at last. They are a terrific supplement to the memoirs of Perry Witt and Roland Unangst, which we published on this site earlier. Thanks, Frank and Phyllis!

You will find images of each month’s report at the top of the home page, right next to the little box that says “HOME.”

Frank and Phyllis also sent us more photos. Remember, you can click on a photo to enlarge it:

Frank Sossi in Brake, Germany, summer 1945, giving Hildegard Schirmbeck a piggyback ride

Frank Sossi in Brake, Germany, summer 1945, giving Hildegard Schirmbeck a piggyback ride

Frank Sossi, Alsdorf, Germany, 1945

Frank Sossi, Alsdorf, Germany, 1945

Service section, right to left, Goessel, Cole, Hendon, Gardner, Apple, Dowling, Beckhusen, July 1944

Service section, right to left, Goessel, Cole, Hendon, Gardner, Apple, Dowling, Beckhusen, July 1944

Curt Vosz, Dragon's Teeth outside Aachen, Germany, Nov. 1944

Curt Vosz, Dragon’s Teeth outside Aachen, Germany, Nov. 1944

Matt Ottea, Maastricht, Oct. 1944

Matt Ottea, Maastricht, Oct. 1944

George Legg in Paris Aug 1944

George Legg in Paris Aug 1944

Bodiford, Driscoll, Ottea on VJ Day, Brake, Germany, August 1945

Bodiford, Driscoll, Ottea on VJ Day, Brake, Germany, August 1945

John Andrews and Pinky Johnson, Luchow, Germany, near Salzwedal, April 1945

John Andrews and Pinky Johnson, Luchow, Germany, near Salzwedal, April 1945

Lynn Adams and Alvin Hamburger, March 1945 in Germany

Lynn Adams and Alvin Hamburger, March 1945 in Germany

Matt Ottea, Alsdorf, Germany, March 1945

Matt Ottea, Alsdorf, Germany, March 1945

Walter Bradley next 88mm overlooking autobahn, April 1945

Walter Bradley next 88mm overlooking autobahn, April 1945

Walter Bradley in Flak Valley, Germany, April 1945

Walter Bradley in Flak Valley, Germany, April 1945

Murvel Saucier, Chiene, April 1945

Murvel Saucier, Chiene, April 1945

Loy Knasel, Alsdorf, Germany, March 1945

Loy Knasel, Alsdorf, Germany, March 1945

Cleveland Roy, working in the mud, Heerlen, Holland Feb 1945

Cleveland Roy, working in the mud, Heerlen, Holland Feb 1945

Andrew Schultz and Ray Buggert, Alsdorf, Germany Feb 1945

Andrew Schultz and Ray Buggert, Alsdorf, Germany Feb 1945

Pinky Johnson and Frank Sossi, in Paris, Aug. 1945

Pinky Johnson and Frank Sossi, in Paris, Aug. 1944

Hubert Mathis, Maastricht, 1944

Hubert Mathis, Maastricht, 1944

 

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Comments
  1. Kay McAnally says:

    Another mega-discovery! So what will happen to the monthly reports? Will they be preserved at a museum along with the other records you put into the book about the 111th? I hope so!

  2. jraisler@tampabay.rr.com says:

    HI, GUYS !!!.GOT THE ACCOUNTS OF 1944 and 45, IN TODAY’S MAIL, THANKS…..AFTER READING THEM THROUGH, IT’S SURPRISING HOW SIMILAR ALL HAVE BEEN, IN PLACES WE STAYED, DATES SEEM TO VARY A LITTLE….A FEW INCIDENTS HE MENTIONED, I CAN’T SAY I KNEW A THING ABOUT…NOW FRANK SOSSI WAS THE ONLY ONE TO SAY WE LEFT FOR HOME FROM FREIDRICHORST, A LITTLE BURG THERE ON THE WESER RIVER,,I ALWAYS MAINTAINED WE DID,BUT NO ONE MENTIONED IT, UNTIL FRANK ..JOHN R.

  3. Phyllis Sossi says:

    John, I’m so glad Frank’s reports were able to back you up on your departure. We’re also so grateful that he was a pack rat who never got rid of anything…I’ll be sharing more of his photos soon. The majority of them have names, dates and locations written on the back.

    One thing I can say about Frank, he was extremely detail-oriented. After the war, he worked as a statistician for the White Motor Company. Details and accuracy remained important to him.

    We’re happy to donate the originals to the archives for perpetual safe-keeping. Andrea, perhaps you can share the process with us.

  4. jraisler@tampabay.rr.com says:

    HI, HO, HERE I GO……WHILE GOING THROUGH THIS ONE I CAME TO A PICTURE, OF A GUY SITTING ON HIS HELMET , APPEARS TO BE SCRATCHING HIS HEAD. THIS WAS IN MASSTRICHT .. THE NAME THERE WAS MARION BODIFORD, SORRY BUT MY SUPER EYE TELLS ME THAT THAT IS, HUBERT MATHIS, HE WAS ONE OF THE 13 OF US THAT CAME TO THE 111th. ENMASS ON THE SAME DAY…INCIDENTALLY, WE ALSO LEFT TOGETHER, FOR HOME ON THE SAME DAY…..A HIDDEN STORY,IN THAT ONE TOO. JOHN R.

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