I have been absent for quite some time, but life has been quite crazy for awhile, so I apologize that I haven’t been keeping up with this blog. We just finished with our government furloughs recently and I’ve been putting together a class I’ll be teaching on the American Revolution (starting next week). To top it all off, I’m marrying a beautiful redhead at the end of next month, so as happy as I’ve been, I’ve also been rather stressed out. I’ll also be turning 38 in a couple of days, and I’ve been noticing more gray in the hair and beard than I want to admit too. Anyhow, mid-life depression aside, I have been (in my immense spare time) doing research on the 9th Infantry Division in Normandy in the summer of ’44. What I seem to be short on are primary source materials, especially letters, diaries, and accounts from veterans that fought there. I am therefore putting out a notice to everyone out there reading this that if they know of anyone that served in the 9th Division or any of its supporting units, please shoot me a note. I am looking for letters, diaries, even veterans that are still around and wouldn’t mind being interviewed by me. Any and all help I receive is greatly appreciated. The 9th was a veteran unit in Normandy, but never seemed to receive the esteem other divisions such as the Big Red One and the 101st did.
Also, I want to give a shout-out to my friend Yuri, who has an awesome website on the 9th, and is writing a book on the division’s actions in the Hurtgen Forest.
See his website here:
Thanks again everybody!