292nd Engineers Combat Battalion Photos

An album of photos taken by Sergeant James M. "Meredith" Longacre of the 292nd Engineers Combat Battalion. His unit was responsible for building bridges, sweeping for mines and maintaining supply routes for the advancing infantry divisions. Meredith was assigned as a photographer, taking aerial reconnaissance photos of bridges to be built and enemy bridges to be destroyed. He also photographed work in progress.

Front Row (L/R)

Pvt. Baumgardner - Driver
Lt. Milford - Asst. S-2
Capt. Rawls - S-2
Lt. Baxter - RCS. O.
T/5 Longacre - Photo.
2nd Row

T/Sgt Erickson - Intell
PFC Laird - Radio
T/5 Davenport - Radio-Driver
T/5 Wesoloski - Radio
S/Sgt Smith - RCN
Pvt. Yess - Radio-Driver
Back Row

T/5 Hafenbracr - Draftsman
S/Sgt Baird - RCN
S/Sgt Gersch - Cam.

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S-2 Section - January 1945

292nd Campaign Map
(Courtesy of Chuck Winn)
 
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Longacre's Insignia
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Longacre's War Booty
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Longacre's Fighting Knife
 
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Building close to site of bombing that occurred 22 Jan 45, when "B" Co 6T truck and dozer were hit. Most of the damage shown is not due to the bomb. Location KB866557 near Merkstein, Germany longacre-03
Dental Clinic Merkstein, Germany Feb 45
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Road work by "C" CO - Germany Feb 45 longacre-05
Road work by "B" CO - Germany Feb 45
longacre-06 Bailey Bridge at K843481, Kohlschied, Germany. Built by "B" CO 27 Jan 45. Removed 31 Jan 45.
longacre-07 Bailey Bridge at K843481, Kohlschied, Germany.
longacre-08 Bailey Bridge at K843481, Kohlschied, Germany.
longacre-09 Bailey Bridge at K843481, Kohlschied, Germany.
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River Crossing at Linnich Germany - 22 Feb 45
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Linnich Germany - 22 Feb 45 longacre-21
Autobahn Bridge Facing West Abutment & Approach Over Empty Spans - North of Linnich - 22 Feb 45
longacre-22 Muhlenteich Bridge Approach from West - Small bridge on West approach to Autobahn Bridge North of Linnich 22 Feb 45 . To be repaired by "C" Co. K9712666
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Muhlenteich Bridge (from SE Bank) longacre-25
 

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Autobahn Bridge North of Linnich Germany - 22 Feb 45
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longacre-28 Autobahn Bridge facing East Abutment (remains)
longacre-29 Autobahn Bridge facing East Abutment from Empty Span

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Autobahn Bridge facing West Abutment from Empty Span longacre-31 May 17, 1945
Elbe River at Magdeburg, Germany.
Here are those famous "Ruskies" hat you've heard so much about. That's a Russian Lieutenant that I am holding up.
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A typical scene showing the refugees coming back to safer areas. An Army ambulance can be seen on its way to the front. Taken between Arend-see, Germany, and the Elbe.
April 1945

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Part of the German prisoners interned in the prison camp at Calbe, Germany. The total population of prisoners was approx. 80,000. This view shows them getting water from our water-point which was stationed there.
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longacre-35 This view of the German prison camp at Calbe, Germany shows how crowded 80,000 people can be.
May 1945
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This shot was taken in Germany. The friend is Henry Rietveld of Chicago.

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Picture was taken on the Siegfried Line. The"Dragon's Teeth" you see are tank obstacles. Notice the vapor trails in the sky taken by passing planes Picture taken: January, 1945.
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Our room - Chris G. Hafenbrach, Nelson V. Laird, and me. longacre-43  

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HQ Company of the 292nd Engineers Combat Battalion
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