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2-sided commemorative poster, 11th Armored Division, US Army, owned by a unit veteran

Object | Accession Number: 1989.324.5

Commemorative poster of the 11th Armored Division featuring colored depictions of the Unit's badges, shields, crests, and symbols. This copy belonged to Ray Buch, a Sergeant in the Unit during World War II, who later served as unit historian. Ray landed with the 11th in Normandy, France, on December 16, 1944. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge that month when the Unit took heavy losses. In February 1945, the Division, now nicknamed Thunderbolt, attacked the German defensive line near Belgium, and, in March, pressed into Germany. In May 1945, Ray, with his unit, was deployed to Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria to bulldoze mass graves for the victims. He watched as German civilians, on US Army orders, hauled bodies to the mass graves. Ray also guarded former SS guards at Ebensee and Gusen, subcamps of Mauthausen. The 11th was on occupation duty until inactivated in August 1945. Ray served as the Unit Historian for many years.

Artwork Title
11th Armored Division
publication/distribution:  1985
publication: Linden (N.J.)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Raymond S. Buch
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:58:46
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