2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 30, 2020 2:48 PM by Lisa Sharik

    Seeking reports Company E (Easy) from WWII


      Hello, I am trying to find military reports and logs for Company E (Easy Company) from World War II. In particular, I am curious for reports on their passing of Landsberg village and the accompanying prison camp. Are these reports in the public domain?

        • Re: Seeking reports Company E (Easy) from WWII
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Raygosa,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          “Company E” is not a unique identifier.  Every US Army and US Marine Corps regiment and independent battalion had companies that were designated alphabetically, with an A company, B company, C company, D company, E company, etc.  “Easy” was part of the phonetic alphabet term used for the letter E  by the US military at the time. Every “E” company would have also been referred to as “Easy Company.” Nevertheless, given the reference to Landsberg am Lech, we presume you are referring to E Company, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, which was dramatized in the HBO television series Band of Brothers based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name.


          We searched National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that includes records for the 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Records of lower echelon units such as companies were sometimes incorporated into the files of the regiment. We also located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) that includes 68 file units about the 101st Airborne Division. These records are not subject to access or copyright restrictions but they have not been digitized and are not available online.


          In addition, we located the European Place Name Index to the Series "Case Files, 1944-1949", 1944 - 1949 in the Records of the Office of the Judge Advocate General (Army) (Record Group 153) that may contain listings for Concentration Camp Kaufering IV at Landsberg am Lech. This series is an index to the series "Case Files, 1944-1949" in Record Group 153, which deals with war crimes cases.


          Finally, we searched the National Archives Collection of World War II War Crimes Records, 1933 - 1949 (Record Group 238) for records relating to concentration camps and Dachau.


          For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          You also may wish to review the bibliography of Stephen E. Ambrose's book to see if it references additional records or other sources.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


          [Some information provided by Sylvia Naylor, Subject Matter Expert]

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          • Re: Seeking reports Company E (Easy) from WWII
            Lisa Sharik Scout

            Elements of the 36th Infantry Division take control of Landsberg after initial contact by the 12th Armored Division in April 1945. There are a couple of accounts by soldiers of the 36th about the camp, one is available to view online: http://www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/36division/archives/chaplain/049.htm

            I also have some photographs, and a couple of other accounts saved on my laptop. You can reach me at the email below if you'd like copies.


            We have a German flag taken from Landsberg by our soldiers on display in the WWIi gallery.Exhibit Panel- Landsberg


            Lisa Sharik

            Deputy Director

            Texas Military Forces Museum


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