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#73625 04/26/2006 01:54 AM
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the musicians have to fight -- not once, but three times!

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#73626 04/26/2006 02:14 AM
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YEP !

The 28th Infantry Division Band distinguished itself during WWII. During the Battle of the Bulge, the divisional command post at Wiltz, Luxembourg, came under severe attack. Members of the 28th Infantry Division Band took up arms and fought as part of holding line around Wiltz to stop the German advance. The band put away their instruments, dug foxholes and picked up carbines. A clarinetist, Private First Class Collins, manned a bazooka and then drove a truck loaded with the band's music. He was going to save the music, but 10 miles out of Bastogne the convoy was ambushed and all the music burned. Only 16 of the band's 60 men survived the fighting in the Ardennes.

The 28th Infantry Division Band was not the only band involved in the Battle of the Bulge. The 101st Airborne helped hold on to Bastogne preventing it from falling to the Germans. The 82nd Airborne Division Band was caught in the battle after being sent to the Ardennes for R & R. The 82nd front line was stretched thin. The 82nd Airborne Band joined the depleted front line to hold off the German spearhead. The band helped hold off two German Infantry Divisions and a Panzer Division.

(From U. S. Army Band History)

#73627 04/26/2006 04:25 AM
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can eny one show some photos of these bands i would love to see some. crowbak great stuff. music band fighting you just dont think of that when you think of war sad when you think of the lose only 16 left.kind regards.

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III./3

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#73629 04/26/2006 05:43 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by judas:
can eny one show some photos of these bands i would love to see some. crowbak great stuff. music band fighting you just dont think of that when you think of war sad when you think of the lose only 16 left.kind regards.


Here are a couple of 28th Infantry BAND members - this photo is often mis-identified as 101st troopers.

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