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Dated:  July 23, 2016


   
DOCUMENTS
GENERAL ORDERS, OPERATIONAL REPORTS & MAPS


   This page provides links to several documents related to the 85th Infantry Division and the Italian Campaign.  These documents were obtained from the National Archives (NARA) Library in College Park, MD.  These documents were obtained during my visits there.  I reviewed many files of various units of the 85th Infantry Divison.  I have all the GO's for the 328 Field Artillery and browsed through many other files in search of records related to the 328FA and artillery of the division. 

   These documents were issued by the following units:
      328 Field Artillery                                  85 Divisional Artillery
     337 Infantry Regiment                          85th Infantry Division
     II Corps Artillery.

 


  
General Orders
         
 
General Orders are official records of the unit and are archived at the NARA facility in College Park, MD.  For higher awards, such as Bronze Star Medal or Silver Star Medal, these were issued by the Infantry Division or the Army or even higher HQ.  Other documents that may be available are the monthly Operational Reports, Daily logs and maps and overlays that pin-pointed their positions.
 
    The General Order is referenced by its Number and the Year it was issued and the Unit.  Sometimes the Date of issue was included.  Notice that the date of the Order may issue an award for something that happened many months before.  Then if the soldier's actions deserved a highter award, a higher HQ would issue an Order that would rescind the lower award and issue the higher medal.

   Examples of GO identification
      GO  1 328FA
44  =  General Order #1 issued in 1944 by the 328 Field Artillery Battalion
      GO  33 WD 45     = General Order #33 issued
in 1945
by the War Department.  This GO created
                            the Victory Medal and issued it to all soldiers currently in service when the war ended.

  





Table of Documents -  Available in PDF format
            
            GO
HQ
Year
 No.
Date
Pages
Comment            
  GO_85ID-44-72 85ID
1944
72 Nov 11, 1944

  GO_85ID-44-75 85ID 1944 79 Nov 20, 1944 9

  GO_85ID-44-79 85ID 1944 79 Nov. 28, 1944 10

  GO_85ID-44-81 85ID 1944 81
Dec. 7, 1944 5

  GO_85ID-45-05 85ID 1945 05
Jan 17, 1945 6

 IPW_Report_18 337IR 1945 --- April 27, 1945
Prisoner info & strength
of enemy divisions
Corps2_Arty 2Corp 1944 --- October 1944
Various pages from II Corps
Artillery.  Missing pages
OpsMemo_Aug44 85Arty 1944 --- Aug 8, 27, 1944
Advance across the Arno River
OpsMemo_May45 85Arty 1945 --- May 1945
Instructions after Surrender.
Navy War Diary USN
43/45 --- Various

Ship logs of cruises - 85 Div







328FA Ops Reports
328FA
44/45
44/45 April 1944 to
May 1945


  Monthly Reports for 328FA
11 months. Transcribed
Daily328_April44
328FA 1944
April 1944

Daily Journal for April 1944
Daily328_May44 328FA 1944
May1944
Daily Journal for May1944
Daily328_June44
328FA 1944
June 1944

Daily Journal for June1944
Liberation of Rome
Daily328_September328FA1944
September 1944
Daily Journal for September 1944
Daily328_October328FA1944
October 1944
Daily Journal for October 1944
Daily328_April45
328FA1945
April 1945

Daily Journal for April 1945 up
to Surrender



Table of Maps -  Available in PDF format
   
Click on Map ID.  Most are PDF files.   The JPEG images as noted by $.

        Map ID
   TITLE  
Sheet
 Scale
  Description
Tunisia

--
--
Index of Map Sheet No's for Tunisia.
Sheet 88-II
IMOLA   
88-I

Marked up with code names
for roads & Objectives.
Sheet 87-1
CASTEL MAGGIORE
87-I

Bologna and north of Hiway # 9.
Mosaic 87-II nw

87-II
12.5K
Aerial Photo Map just south of Bologna.
Mosaic 62-II nw

62-II
12.5K Aerial Photo Map of Montavo and Lake Superior
Mosaic 62-III ne

62-II
12.5K Aerial Photo Map west of above map

US ARMY MAPS
Map OSTIGLIA-REVERE - Sht 63-III OSTIGLIA
63-III
50k
Po River crossings at Ostiglia and Quingentole. 
Map BOLOGNA-SE - Sht 87-II
BOLOGNA
87-II
25k
B&W copy of 2 maps southeast of Bologna.  $
Map_LOIANO-Sht 98-I
LOIANO
98-I
50k
Monghidoro, Livergnano, Bisano, Mt. Bibele
Map_FIRENZUOLA-Sht 98-11
FIRENZUOLA
98-II
50k
Firenzuola, Gagliano, Mt. Altuzzo, Mt. Freddi   $
Map_LUCCA- Sht 105
LUCCA
105
100k
Lucca, Pistoia, Montecatini, Castelfranco $





 ROAD MAPS 
  Printed by Army
200k
Complete set includes 30 Sheets
   for Italy and Sicily
Road Map No. 11
Sheet #11
11
200k
Lucca, Florence, Bologna
 University of Texas 
Digital Map  Library


 US Army Maps  EXTERNAL LINK
 Maps 1:250,000 Scale EXTERNAL LINK
 Maps 1:100,000 Scale EXTERNAL LINK
 Maps 1:50,000 Scale EXTERNAL LINK
 Maps 1:25,000 Scale EXTERNAL LINK
Herausgegeben vom
OKH/Gen St dH




German Map of Po Valley



 

Unofficial Histories  -  Published by Army for GI's & family
    Text version are transcriptions of booklets on my website with additional comments and photos.


            TITLE
 UNIT
  File 
    Comment            
34th Red Bull Division
34 ID
Text
History of 34 Division in 3 parts.
Story of 36 Division
36ID
Text History of 36 Division
First Armored Division
1 AD
Text History of 1st Armored Division
3rd 'Marne' Division 3 ID
Text A partial history of 3ID as it relates to Italy
Minturno to the Appennines
85 ID
Text History booklet of 85 Infantry Division with added supplement.
We Were There
88 ID
Text History book of 88 Infantry Division
91st Powder River Division
91 ID
Text History booklet
442 Regt. Combat Team
442RCT
Text
A short history of 442 RCT
310 Combat Engineer Batln
310Eng
Text
An unofficial history of 310 Engr of 85 Division




Fire Mssion
329FA
PDF Newspaper issued by 329FA, dated April 9, 1945
Welcome to the 85 Division
85 ID
PDF
Booklet for replacement troops




Salerno to Florence
5 AAA
Scan
Booklet on 5th Army's Anti-Aircraft   EXTERNAL LINK










 
 
NOTICE
        Most of these documents are maps and archival records from the US Army and War Department.  These are considered Public Domain however, the material was purchased by me.  The material cannot be used for profit without written permission of  the webmaster of Custermen.com.
    Some of the materials is from external links to other websites.  Contact that website for permission to use their material.
 
   

 





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