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As veterans, military historians, and history buffs ourselves, at the Aberjona Press, we know that plenty of photos and accurate, detailed maps are crucial to making military history make sense to readers. That's why we add so many high quality maps and graphics to all of our books.
Below are some samples of the maps and photos which appear in this title.
Note: click here for the collection of Into the Mountains Dark printable maps.
Major General Withers A. Burress, Commanding General, 100th Infantry Division. He was highly regarded by fellow VMI alumnus, General George C. Marshall, and brilliantly led his division from activation through the end of the war. His prior experience as Commandant of Cadets at the VMI may have heightened his genuine concern for the welfare of the thousands of young Americans who served under his command in combat.
Colonel (Later Brigadier General) Andrew Christian Tychsen, Commander of the 399th Infantry Regiment from activation through the first two months of combat. After distinguishing himself as a combat leader in this capacity, he was promoted to Assistant Division Commander, and eventually assumed command of the 100th in the summer of 1945 when General Burress moved up to assume command of VI Corps.
Captain Richard Young, Commanding Officer of Company A, 399th Infantry, who ably led us from Fort Bragg into battle in the crucible of the High Vosges. In six months of combat command, his company never failed to seize an assigned objective. He was awarded the Silver Star for his outstanding leadership and valor during the battle for Hill 462.8.
Four noncommissioned officers of Company A, 399th Infantry partaking in timeless soldierly recreational endeavor, imbibing beer and smoking cheap cigars, in this case, at the legendary Town Pump saloon in Fayetteville in the summer of 1944. From left, they are Sergeant Jim Gardner, Squad Leader, 3d Squad, 1st Platoon; Staff Sergeant Sam D'Arpino, Platoon Guide, 1st Platoon; Sergeant Lou Nemeseck, Company Communications Sergeant; and Corporal Jim Amoroso, Squad Leader, 1st Squad, 1st Platoon. Note that the latter soldier is wearing his ranger tab under his 100th Infantry Division patch. Except for D'Arpino, all of these men became casualties to German rifle fire in November 1944, in the Vosges Mountains.
Five Company A stalwarts get together at the Town Pump for one last night on the town prior to deployment to the European Theater of Operations. From left to right: Joe Maneri, Carlos Daledovich, John Jeske, Herbie Rice, and Robert "Scotty" Kyle. Within forty-five days, all would face the enemy in the freezing gloom of the Vosges Mountains.
Into the Mountains Dark
A WWII Odessey from Harvard Crimson to Infantry Blue
by Franklin L. Gurley
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Members of the 100th Infantry Division Association and their family members