The 28th Division arrived in France in July 1944 and fought its way to Germany. The Division, whose divisional patch is the red keystone, paid a heavy price in the Huertgen Forest or 'Green Hell' during November of 1944. The Division earned the nick name 'The Bloody Bucket' by the Germans who had faced the fury of the Division's attacks during this campaign. In the Ardennes campaign, commonly known as the Battle of the Bulge, the Division bore the brunt of the German counter offensive.
This is a 20th century, World War II re-enactment unit. It is one of several units that comprise the parent organization, Historical Military Impressions (HMI). Each member pays annual dues and maintains his or her own uniform and equipment. Tents are provided by HMI for the troops that wish to stay in the field at events. Join the proud men and women who re-enact the history of our involvement in World War II.
The company portrays a Pennsylvania Army National Guard unit deployed to the European theater in 1944, and during the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s (MAAM) WWII Weekend at Reading, PA, they act as MPs for MAAM and also portray the 7th Infantry Division, which was located on the west coast of the US and deployed to fight in the Pacific theater in 1943.
Along with the soldiers, the women of HMI portray members of the Women's Army Corps (WACS). The unit also demonstrates life back home during the war through the “Home Front” display, where you may see everything from clothing to ration stamps. The spirit of the fighting men and women of our country has not been forgotten, and is preserved by the members of HMI through living history demonstrations and battle re-enactments. Throughout the year, we go to historical sites and large venues, and return to the 20th century. Annual battle re-enactments include the Battle of the Bulge at Ft. Indiantown Gap, PA, Graeme Park in Horsham, PA, and the Mid-Atlantics Air Museum’s WWII Weekend in Reading, PA.
Members of the unit are very helpful to new recruits by guiding them during the time that they are putting together their impression. The unit is currently commanded by Tom Mellon. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in knowing more about the unit or are ready to get involved, fill out the brief membership application and contact Bill Fisher at email@example.com
The 28th Division arrived in France in July 1944 and fought its way to Germany. A small night patrol of the 109th Infantry Regiment began the division's protracted struggle on the Siegfried Line on the Dragon's teeth (fortification) infested Westwall.
The patrol crossed the Our River by bridge from Weiswampach, Luxembourg into Sevenig (Our), Germany, making it the first of the Allied armies to reach German soil. The Division, whose divisional patch is the red keystone, paid a heavy price in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest or "Green Hell" during November of 1944. The 28th suffered excessive casualties that autumn.
The campaign was the longest continuous battle of World War II. The Division earned the nickname "The Bloody Bucket" by the Germans, who had faced the fury of the Division's attacks during this campaign. In the Ardennes campaign, commonly known as the Battle of the Bulge, the Division bore the brunt of the German counter offensive. The Ardennes Offensive was launched along the entire divisional front by the Fifth Panzer Army led by General der Panzertruppe Hasso von Manteuffel.
The 28th, which had sustained heavy casualties in the First Army drive to the Roer, fought doggedly in place using all available personnel and threw off the enemy timetable before withdrawing to Neufchâteau on 22 December for reorganization, as its units had been badly mauled. The Division fought in five campaigns and suffered over 16,000 killed or wounded in action. The 109th Infantry Regiment (United States) received the French Croix de guerre from French Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle. The division returned to U.S. on 2 August 1945 and was inactivated on 13 December 1945.
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