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The Seventy-First came… to Gunskirchen Lager (narrative only)


This is a copy of just the narrative portion of the pamphlet: “The Seventy-First came to Gunskirchen Lager” produced by the 71st Infantry of the US Army in May, 1945. After their liberation of an Nazi concentration camp in Austria.

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FOREWORD
by Willard G. Wyman, Major General

THE AMERICAN’S HAVE COME AT LAST
by Capt. J. D. Pletcher

THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED …
by Pfc. Norman Nichols

THE STATES HEARD
by Major Cameron Coffman

AND AFTERWARDS …
by Cpl. Jerry Tax…

“AND AFTERWARDS..”

BY CPL. JERRY TAX

We pulled into Wels, Austria, that morning in two jeeps and a three quarter ton radio truck. In the lead jeep were Colonel Augustus Regnier, C. O., 66th Infantry Regiment, his driver and his

“THE STATES HEARD”

Major Cameron Coffman, Fort Thomas, Ky., Public Relations Officer of the 71st Division, visited Gunskirchen Lager on the afternoon of May 4, 1945, shortly after its liberation by American troops. The news release he wrote about Gunskirchen,

Gunskirchen Lager, a German concentration camp near Lambach, Austria

 

“THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED”

It was V-E Day. While the world celebrated, the weary men of Company “K”, 5th Regiment, 71st Infantry Division, commanded by Capt. Horace S. Berry of Spartansburg, S. C., faced the task of cleaning up Gunskirchen

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To: Austrian Embassy 3524 international Court, N.W.
Washington, D. C. 20008
Att: Honorable Helmut Tuerk, Ambassador

 

NOV.5, 1997

 

Dear Mr. Tuerk,

My name is Mason Dorsey. I am a veteran of the 71st Division of General George Pattons’

“THE AMERICANS HAVE
COME — AT LAST” Capt. J. D. Pletcher, Berwyn, Ill., of the 71st Division Headquarters and Cpl. James DeSpain, Allegan, Michigan, arrived at Gunskirchen Lager the same morning the camp was found by elements of the Division.


Over 50 years ago, a tattered 71st infantry division arrived in Northern Austria at Gunskirchen. This site records what they found there as produced at the timeby staff of the liberators themselves. This material comes verbatim from a bookletproduced by

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The 71st Infantry at Gunskirchen Lager, Austria – 1945

Gunskirchen Pamphlet CoverGunskirchen, Austria – May 4, 1945

This pamphlet was produced by the US Army after they liberated a concentration camp in Austria called Gunskirchen Lager. The 71st arrived just days before VE day.

The book recounts in detail, and with …