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Machine gun post manned by men of 1st Battalion, 157th Regiment, US 45th Division, Niederbronn-les-Bains, France, 10 Dec 1944; note M1919 Browning machine gun [Colorized by WW2DB]

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Caption     Machine gun post manned by men of 1st Battalion, 157th Regiment, US 45th Division, Niederbronn-les-Bains, France, 10 Dec 1944; note M1919 Browning machine gun [Colorized by WW2DB] ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army Signal Corps
Identification Code   SC 364301 / AG-27702/ETO-HQ-44-29123
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Photos at Same Place Niederbronn-les-Bains, Alsace, France
Added By C. Peter Chen
Colorized Date 24 Feb 2023

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
17 Sep 2011 09:03:40 AM

Hey Joe, yeah Charlie where yeah going to be next Christmas. Home with my old lady sittin by the fireplace and be thankful. What about you Charlie. Me I'll sleep for twenty years.


Whom ever you men were, I hope you survived
WWII and lived long peaceful lives.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
28 Jun 2012 01:31:45 PM


American actor Neville Brand fought at the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.
Received the Silver Star for valor, Purple Heart, (CIB) Combat Infantryman's Badge among his other decorations. Received an Honorable Discharge in 1945 after recovering from his wounds.
Later went on to play heavies and supporting roles in TV and Film.
3. Anonymous says:
29 Apr 2016 08:40:08 PM

Thank you, my Grandpa. Your purple heart is here but you.. are not. One of a whole, Battle of the Bulge.
4. Christopher says:
10 Dec 2017 01:49:42 PM

Does anyone know my great uncle fausto noce world war two survivors battan death March 1308 days as a pow
5. Anonymous says:
11 Dec 2017 04:58:14 AM

Interesting, never have seen a M1919A4 referred to as a "heavy" machine gun, most references classify it as either a light or medium MG.
6. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
11 Dec 2017 08:59:16 AM

To anonymous of 11 Dec 2017: We have corrected the caption, thanks!
7. Anonymous says:
10 Dec 2019 11:05:30 AM

Gotta be another unit. 45th Infantry Division never served in Belgium. It was part of the 7th U.S. Army which way to the south along the French/German Border.
8. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
13 Dec 2019 10:37:42 AM

To Anonymous of 10 Dec 2019: Thank you. After further research, the team concluded that this photo is likely of 45th Division men indeed, but the location is more likely to be Niederbronn-les-Bains, France rather than Belgium. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
9. Dave Kerr says:
16 Dec 2022 09:58:35 AM

Your photo ID is wrong. This is not SC 364301.

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