Felix was not the model for this poster, the poster
portrays how seriously Signalmen were viewed by the Army.
||The Battle of Kasserine Pass,
Tunisia, 1943. While Felix was not in this battle, this Jeep ad
illustrates how close to combat Signalmen worked to construct
|Truck Driving and Communication Line Construction|
1943: Trucks in
training. While Felix was not deployed to England until
February, 1944, this illustrates a scene he may have experienced.
1944: Somewhere in England. Camouflaged
trucks waiting to cross to France.
1, 1944: Brixham, England. Loading to cross to Normandy.
|Late June 1944: How Felix may
have arrived in Europe. A
2 ½ ton 6x6 truck unloads at Normandy, France.
2½ Ton, 6x6, CCKW cargo trucks were the most widely used tactical transport of the US forces during WW2. Historians described it as one of the weapons that won the war. (From Truck 2½ Ton, 6x6, Cargo CCKW-352, Newcastle Military Vehicle Museum).
The troops knew it as the “Jimmy,” since most were built by GMC (General Motors Corporation), or "deuce and a half" from 2½ tons. 6x6 refers to 6 wheel drive (From Australian Car Guide GMC Jimmy 6WD).
after June 6, 1944: LSTs
off-loading men and
|June 12, 1944: Omaha Beach. Trucks loaded with supplies entered France across the Mulberry artificial harbor over "Loebnitz" floating piers.|
"Omaha" Beach: Army trucks moving inland soon after the landings.
|Signal truck hit
by German fire: This
is a Dodge WC54 truck 3d Signal Company
, Anzio, Italy, May, 1944, taken
while Felix was in England It illustrates the danger in which Signal
men and their vehicles worked and how close they were to combat.
July 19, 1944: Trucks
moving through the wrecked streets of St Lo. Felix said he would
have liked to see Europe when it was not all blown apart.
4, 1944: Cherbourg, France (the only harbor
available to the Allies at that time). Trucks loading full jerry cans
at a fuel point of the famed
"Red Ball Express."
| September 5, 1944: Morlaix, France (near Brest). LSTs left "high and dry" by the
supplies directly onto trucks.
|Trucks at a supply
depot somewhere in Europe loading crates of rations bound for
frontline distribution points. This is a scene Felix experienced many
|January 19, 1945: Gasoline truck, at left, skidded off the road, causing the trucks going in the opposite direction to stall.Sourbrodt, Belgium,1st Infantry Division area, U.S. First Army.|
31, 1945: Outside of
Murringen, Belgium: line of trucks.
|Signal Corps ( K42) Auger Truck (1 ½ to Chevrolet) with railroad adaptation gear on the rear.|
|Drilling a hole for a
communication pole. Date and place unknown.
|Signal Corps (K43) Telephone
Maintenance/Pole Setting Truck (1
½ ton Chevrolet) with tripod for raising poles
stored lengthwise on the
|K43 Setting a pole: Undated and place unidentified from the 33rd Signal Construction Battalion|
|K43 setting a pole in Europe: Undated and place unidentified from the 33rd Signal Construction Battalion|
|March, 1945: Trucks crossing
the Rhine River on
a pontoon bridge.
crossing the Rhine River, another view.
|Signal Units in Europe|
Story of the Signal Corps", a small booklet with the history
of the Signal Corps in Europe in WW2 published by the Stars &
Stripes, Paris, 1944-1945.
|33rd Signal Construction Battalion|
|The best site I have found illustrating Signalmen driving trucks and constructing communications lines at the same time and in the same areas were Felix served.|
|From the special edition of the "Army Communicator On-line: Voice of the Signal Regiment," on the Signal Corps in World War|
theaters of operations, massive supply bases everywhere backed up the
combat fronts — in England and North Africa, in Hawaii and the islands
of the far Pacific. Theater signal officers enjoyed direct control over
their own supply, giving them an advantage in providing the combat
forces fast, responsive signal support that was the envy of our allies."
From Overview: the Signal Corps in World War II by George Raynor Thompson
|The Signal Corps in World War II, Army Communicator, Voice of the Signal Regiment, PB 11-95-4, Special edition, Vol. 20 No. 4|
|Testing 100 miles in motion: the Signal Corps in Europe/North Africa by Carol Stokes|
|56th Signal Battalion|
|Training in England before D Day|
|Signal man on a pole|
|563d Signal Company, 63rd Division|
|563d Signal Company troops amongst the ruins of Bliesransbach, Germany. Lt Wade on the Left.|
|563d Signal Company troops at the Siegfried Line. Lt Wade is 2d from the left.|
|Men of the 563d Signal Company. Only ones identified are Anthony Mucciolo (2d from right top row), Anthony Lowry (Center looking to the left) and Waino Warjonen (front -center with cigarette) Germany 1945.|
|Anthony Mucciolo (previous photo) of the 563rd Signal Company with his jeep after hitting a mine.|
|Harold J. O'Neill, 563d Sig- on a mission in Volkstrom, Germany 1945.|
|Signal Section, 255th Infantry, 63rd Division|
|Signal Section, 255th Infantry- Stringing wire, Heidelberg, Germany 31 Mar 45.|
|102d Signal Company|
|Line men string another wire through Ederen, Germany.|
|103d Signal Company
|Accounts of the 103d
Signal Company's Experiences, Southern France to Central Europe
Many men of the 103d Signal Company were transferred to the 45th Signal Company after VE Day and returned to the U.S. with Dad.
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