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An Informal History of the 697th Field Artillery Battalion

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An Informal History of the 697th Field Artillery Battalion
  • Compiled and edited by Major Hermon E. Smith
    • 697th Field Artillery Battalion Headquarters
    • 1945
    • 34 photos and illustrations
    • 2 maps
  • Merriam Press World War 2 History Series
    • Facsimile reprint
The 697th Field Artillery Battalion not only has a history stemming from the oldest battery in the U.S. Army, but it also has the distinction of being the first 240mm howitzer battalion formed for World War II. To carry on this proud history the 697th Field Artillery was the first 240mm howizter outfit to enter combat in World War II, when it was committed under the aegis of the Fifth Army at Cassino, Italy, on Janaury 30, 1944. From that time until May 8, 1945, when "Peace through Victory" was secured, the battalion remained in combat to become the last 240mm howitzer battalion to continue actively in battle in the European Theater.

  • Historical Background
  • Italy
  • France and Germany
  • Peace
  • Appendices
    • Campaigns
    • Battalion Soft Ball Team
    • List of Awards
    • Commendations
    • Roster of Officers
    • Headquarters Battery
    • Medical Detachment
    • "A" Battery
    • "B" Battery
    • "C" Battery
    • Service Battery

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