29TH DIVISION SOLDIER GIVES JERRY PW TIT FOR TAT ON TODT

From the May 7, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes

WITH 29TH INF. DIV., Germany–Pfc. Bedford K. Graves, of Tompkinsville, KY., infantryman with the Third Bn., 115th Regt., was questioning a German prisoner recently. Graves asked the Jerry what the badge on his tunic was for.

“I was in the Todt construction group,” the PW answered, “and I got the badge for helping to build the Siegfried Line.”

siegfried line organization todt

Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspects the Siegfried line while visiting the Ninth Army in March 1945.

The German then pointed to the Combat Infantryman badge Graves was wearing and asked what it was for. Graves retorted: “I got that for tearing the damn thing down.”



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Combat Infantryman’s Badge



For Further Reading Check Out:

Last Roll Call, The: The 29th Infantry Division Victorious, 1945


Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Infantry Division in Normandy (Stackpole Military History Series)




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