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From the Foreword:
"The writing of this book began shortly before V~E day. Together with what had been scribbled in the unit history journal and more carefully entered in the more ostentatious records, refreshing notes and photographs submitted by battery representatives were used in the telling and illustrating of this integrated story of the 863d AAA A W Bn.
In this presentation, it was impossible to obtain and relate personal anecdotes involving each man in the battalion. Whether or not you are mentioned specifically, it is our hope that you see yourself described, albeit anonymously, in the experiences and sentiments and moods common to all in this memorable adventure of the 863d.
We have tried to gather and utilize all suitable information brought to our attention to give a full, cohesive, readable story of the battalion and all its officers and men, its campaigns, its missions, its organizational experiences, its troublous days and gayer times- in a word, its life as a military organization from date of activation on 1 June 1943 at Fort Totten, Long Island to V-J Day, 14 August 1945, in and around Bad Soden, Germany."
Sgt. Benjamin Gise, Editor-in-Chief
World War, 1939-1945, Regimental histories, United States Army, 863rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion
Gise, Benjamin; Richards, Van Ness; and United States Army, "On target: a history of the 863d AAA-AW-BN in the Second World War" (1945). World War Regimental Histories. 108.
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