Reinhardt, Emil F.

Commanded 69th US Infantry, 1st to link with Russians in 1945 on the Elbe at Torgau, Germany

Price: $150.00

Description:
(1888-1969) USMA 1910, Major General commanding the 69th Infantry Division, 1st unit to contact Soviet Army at the Elbe River in Germany. He served with Allied occupation forces in Germany after WW I, Brigadier General April 1941, assistant commander of the 7th Infantry Div. He was promoted to Major General April 1942 commanding the 76th Infantry Division. In Sept. 1944 he was given command of the 69th Infantry, sent to Europe Dec. 1944, entering combat Jan. 1945 when it relieved the 99th Division in Belgium. The 69th attacked rapidly eastward, crossing the Rhine March 27, 1945, and capturing Leipzig in mid-April. On April 25, 1945, elements of the Division reached the Elbe and became the 1st US unit to contact the Russian Army at Torgau. After the war the Division was on occupation duty in Germany. Major General Reinhardt returned to the US Aug. 1945 and commanded the Infantry Replacement Training Center at Camp Robinson, Arkansas until Sept. 30, 1946, when he retired. He was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and Soviet Order of Suvorov, 2nd Class. SP, 9 3/4 x 7 b&w flat finish bust portrait in uniform signed as Major General U. S. Army.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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