|894th Tank Destroyer Battalion|
Unit History: The 94th Antitank Battalion was redesignated the 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion on 15 December 1941. Committed to battle 20 February 1943 at Kasserine Pass in Tunisia. Supported capture of Bizerte. Landed in Italy in late October 1943, located in vicinity of Pignataro in the Migniano sector as of December. Transferred to Anzio beachhead on 25 January 1944, where battalion supported mainly British troops. Entered Rome in June. Crossed Arno River at Pisa in September. Mired at Porretta Terme late 1944–early 1945. Entered Genoa on 27 April. Attached to: 1st Armored Division; 34th, 45th, 85th, and 92d Infantry divisions; 10th Mountain Division; British 1st and 5th Infantry divisions; French Expeditionary Corps; Brazilian Expeditionary Force. History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide. Used by permission.
Combat Equipment: 2/43 - M3 & M6; 12/43 - M10
Commanding Officers: Charley P. Eastburn; H. H. Bevington (10/30/43); Paul A. Baldy
Code Name/s: Unknown
Campaign Credits: Tunisia...........................Nov. 17, to May 13, 1942
Naples/Foggia.................Sept. 9, 1943 to Jan. 21, 1944
Rome Arno......................Jan. 22, to Sept. 9, 1944
North Apennines..............Sept. 10, 1944 to Apr. 4, 1945
Po Valley.........................Apr. 5, 1945 to May 8, 1945
Awards: Presidential Unit Citation
Croix De Guerre (French or Belgium "Cross of War")
Location August 1945: Piacenza, Italy
1.) Seek, Strike, Destroy - The History of the 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion in World War II. This is a very well done unit history by Patrick J. Chase, son of SSgt. Fred Chase of B Company of the 894th. The book is 165 pages and covers all aspects of the unit including a roster, articles from newspapers, photos, commendations, etc. I have seen this book for sale on Ebay a number of times. I assume there were a number of extra copies made of it so it may still be available from booksellers. I have a copy of this book and would be happy to look at it more closely if you have a question about it.
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