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Re: 92nd Div. In WW2
In Response To: Re: 92nd Div. In WW2 ()

BET would be a viable avenue provided they lessen some of that rump shaking and do some historical stuff related to our experience. Also concerning the 92nd Division, for years I've been hearing about it being a lousy division but what puzzles me if the 92nd was such a poor outfit why was it awarded so many decorations (about 12,000)for gallantry and courage under fire? General Almond was a buffoon and if you look at what a mess he created in Korea during the Chosin Reservior campaign then it is plainly obvious that whatever flaws the 92nd had during the Italian campaign was due to the inept leadership of an idiot!!! He had no business commanding troops in World War 2 nor during the Korean War. Finally, the Italian campaign from it's inception was mired in heavy casualties, major setbacks and higher echelon leadership more concerned with glory than with the welfare of the ordinary combat soldier. If you look at where the 92nd was situated on the Italian boot it was on the Western coast which means in my humble judgment it was the 5th Army's anchor. The history of the 92nd Division should be reexamined with a keener eye. Mark Clark scapegoated these gallant men for nothing. One must realize that after the capture of Rome (June 4, 1944)the Allies invaded Normandy two days later thus making the Italian campaign a mere delaying action. Nonetheless a quite bloody one!!! Let's not forget the formidable Gothic Line!! The 92nd fought against Waffen SS, elite alpine troops, a panzer grenadier division and the cream of the Wehrmacht. The 92nd Infantry Division saga in Italy needs to be reexamined!!!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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