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Photos by T/5 Joseph D. Karr,
Combat Photographer, 167th Signal Corp

Joe was assigned to the 102nd Infantry Division to capture on film the events
leading up to the Division's assault on the Roer River.
He has graciously contributed his photos (with notations) of the 327th Engineers.

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Joseph D. Karr - Ubach, Germany, January 1945

ETO HQ 44     27540     27 NOV, 1944
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOGԯ5 JOSEPH D. KARR7

U.S. Army Engineers dig drainage ditch to combat mud problems in Gereonsweiler, Germany.
Left To Right: Pfc. Wamon U. Arnold, 3762 Brandywine Cts., Corpus Christi, Texas;
Pvt. Peter Ricciotti, 734 W. Evergreen Ave., Chicago, Ill.;
Cpl. Peter Macknowski, 305 Clinton St., Linden, N.J.,
and Pfc. Anthony Pace, 77 Mill St., Patterson, N.J.

327 ENG. BN., AT 102ND INF. DIV., GEREONSWEILER, GERMANY

ETO HQ 45     6348       6 JAN, 1945
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG㐌. J.D. KARR 167

Clouds of smoke and fire billow from disabled tank destroyer and German tank in background, blown up by U.S. Army Combat Engineers at Apweiler, Germany. The disabled enemy tanks in foreground will also be destroyed. The Engineers are demolishing these disabled vehicles to prevent the enemy from using them as pillboxes in the event of a German counter-attack.

2ND PLAT., CO "C", 327 COMBAT ENGINEERS, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY, APWEILER, GERMANY

ETO HQ 45     6349      6 JAN, 1945
CREDIT...U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOGL. J.D. KARR  167

U.S. Army Engineers look over remains of disabled tank destroyer and German tank which they blew up at Apweiler, Germany. The Engineers destroyed these disabled vehicles to prevent their use by the Germans as pillboxes in the event of an enemy counter-attack.

2ND PLAT., CO. 䬠327 COMBAT ENGINEERS, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY, APWEILER, GERMANY

ETO HQ 45     6351      6 JAN, 1945
CREDITS. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOGL. J.D. KARR 167

Pfc. Elvin W. Davis, Route 7, Box 325, South Charleston, W. Va., left, hands box of TNT to Cpl. Robert McCord, 922 W. Adams Ave., Carroll, Iowa, right, who is loading explosives inside disabled German tank at Apweiler, Germany. Both men are with the U.S. Army Combat Engineers. The Engineers are blowing up these disabled vehicles to prevent Germans from using them as pillboxes in the event of an enemy counter-attack.

2ND PLAT, CO. C, 327 COMBAT ENGINEERS, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U S ARMY, APWEILER, GERMANY

ETO HQ 45     6352      6 JAN, 1945
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG㐌. J.D. KARR 167

Tec 5 Amzy Hibler, Route 1, Zepher, Texas, wraps primacord around two blocks of TNT which will be used to detonate charge of TNT within a disabled enemy tank at Apweiler, Germany. U.S. Army Engineers are blowing up disabled vehicles to prevent Germans from using them as pillboxes in the event of an enemy counter-attack.

2ND PLAT., CO 䬠327 COMBAT ENGINEERS, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U S ARMY, APWEILER, GERMANY

ETO HQ 45     6353      6 JAN, 1945
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG㐌. J.D. KARR 167

Tec 5 Wilson Current, Newton, N.J., center, and 1st Lt. Robert A. Flanagen, 144-17 224th St., Springfield Gardens, Long Island, N.Y., right, fasten charge of TNT blocks around barrel of gun on disabled enemy tank. They are both U.S. Army Combat Engineers. The Engineers are blowing up disabled vehicles to prevent Germans from using them as pillboxes in the event of an enemy counter-attack.

2ND PLAT, CO. C, 327 COMBAT ENGINEERS, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY, APWEILER, GERMANY

ETO HQ 45    6354      6 JAN, 1945
CREDIT...U.S. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG㐌. J.D. KARR 167

U.S. Army Combat Engineers look at remains of enemy tank which they blew up At Apweiler, Germany. The Engineers are demolishing disabled American and enemy vehicles to prevent Germans from using them as pillboxes in the event of an enemy counter-attack.

2ND PLAT., CO. C, 327 COMBAT ENGINEERS, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY, APWEILER, GERMANY

ETO HQ 45     6355      6 JAN, 1945
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG.̮ J.D. KARR 167

U.S. Army Combat Engineers prepare fuse for the demolition of a disabled American tank destroyer at Apweiler, Germany. The Engineers are blowing up disabled vehicles to prevent Germans from using them as pillboxes In the event of an enemy counter-attack.

2ND PLAT., CO. C, 327 COMBAT ENGINEERS, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY, APWEILER, GERMANY

ETO HQ 45     6356      6 JAN, 1945
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG㐌. J.D. KARR 167

U.S. Army Combat Engineers prepare to blow up disabled German tank at Apweiler, Germany. The Engineers are blowing up disabled vehicles to prevent Germans from using them as pillboxes in the event of an enemy counter-attack.

2ND PLAT., CO. C, 327TH COMBAT ENGINEERS, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY, APWEILER, GERMANY

ETO HQ 45     6953      9 JAN, 1945
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOGꮄ. KARR67

Pfc. Dominic B. Cassena, 2176 Cornell Rd., Cleveland, Ohio, left, looks on while Cpl. William Singer, 2302 Auburn Ave., Toledo, Ohio, right, operates earth auger which is digging foxholes in frozen, snow-covered ground near Ederen, Germany. With the auger they can dig a good sized foxhole in less than 10 minutes. They are with a Light Equipment Company attached to the Combat Engineers of the 102nd Infantry Division, 9th U.S. Army.

634 LT. EQUIP. CO., ATTACHED TO 327 COMBAT ENGINEERS, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY, EDEREN, GERMANY

ETO HQ 45     9547      23 JAN, 1945
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG㐌. J.D. KARR 167

Scene of destruction at Gereonsweiler, Germany after accidental discharge of 3,000 pounds of explosives that took the lives of an estimated 15 men and 30 injured. The men were 9th Army Engineers.

CO. B, 327TH ENGINEER BATTALION, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY

ETO HQ 45     9548      23 JAN, 1945
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG㐌. J.D. KARR 167

Scene of destruction following blast at Gereonsweiler, Germany, that took the lives of an estimated 15 men and 30 injured as 3,000 pounds of explosives were accidentally detonated. The men were 9th Army Engineers.
Pvt. Coy W. White of 102 Depot St., Rogersville, Tenn., searches ruins for effects of buddies.

CO. B, 327TH ENGINEER COMPANY, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY

ETO HQ 45     9549     23 JAN, 1945
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG㐌. J.D. KARR 167

Scene of destruction at Gereonsweiler, Germany after accidental discharge of 3000 pounds of explosives that took the lives of an estimated 15 men and 30 injured. The men were 9th Army Engineers.
Pvt. John R. Barth, of 610 Anita Ave., Houston, Tex., and Tec/5 Everett L. Noble, of 513 So. 䠓t., Wellington, Kan., exhibits canteen cup from which he was drinking coffee when warning was shouted. He ran and was knocked flat by resultant explosion.

CO. B, 327TH ENG. CO., 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY

ETO HQ 45     9550     23 JAN, 1945
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG㐌. J.D. KARR 167

Scene of destruction at Gereonsweiler, Germany after accidental discharge of 3,000 pounds of explosives that took the lives of an estimated 15 men and 30 injured. The men were 9th Army Engineers.
Above, soldiers search wreckage for personal belongings of killed and injured.

CO. B, 327TH ENGINEER COMPANY, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY

ETO HQ 45     9551     23 JAN, 1945
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG㐌. J.D. KARR 167

Scene of destruction at Gereonsweiler, Germany, after accidental discharge of 3,000 pounds of explosives that took the lives of 15 men and 30 injured. The men were 9th Army Engineers.
Above, an adjoining field across roadway felt force of blast.

CO. B, 327TH ENGINEER COMPANY, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY

ETO HQ 45     9552      23 JAN, 1945
CREDIT宓. ARMY SIGNAL CORPS
PHOTOG㐌. J.D. KARR 167

Scene of destruction at Gereonsweiler, Germany after accidental discharge of 3,000 pounds of explosives that took the lives of an estimated 15 men and 30 injured. The men were 9th Army Engineers.
Orchard across road was leveled.

CO. B, 327TH ENGINEER COMPANY, 102ND INF. DIV., 9TH U.S. ARMY

Thank you, Mr. Karr!
Click here for Joe's photos of other units of the 102nd Infantry Division,
2nd Armored Division, 82nd Engineers and 265th Field Artillery Battalion

 

Note by Laurie:  The After Action Report of January 22, 1945 say "Complete information on explosion attached as inclosure." However, the report was not with the AARs I received from the National Archives and Records Administration. I have requested NARA to do a search for the missing report. It may be filed at a level higher than Battalion records.

 

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