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Basic training had its usual ups and downs. A lot of the boys were introduced to tanks for the first time -- and took to them as smoothly as a shell fits into the breech. By the time the outfit was well into its basic education it furnished enough trained personnel to form the cadre for the 7 42nd tank Battalion. The new baby was commanded by Major Hausman, formerly S-3 of the 752nd. Command of the 752nd parent organization at this time was taken over by Major George F. Bender who had been the Battalion Executive Officer under Col. Anderson.
Most of the kinks of basic training had been ironed out when 752nd left Fort Lewis on April 13, 1942, headed for the Desert Training Center at Camp Young, near Indio, California. Here we started the rough work which was to result in one of the best trained tank outfits in the open market. The outfit was part of the first Tank Group which also included the 755th Tank Battalion.
Notes: (1) Includes roster and (2) written while the battalion was stationed in Italy
United States Army, World War 1939-1945, regimental histories, 752nd Tank Battalion
United States Army, "752nd Tank Bn" (1945). Regimental Histories. 60.
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