Africa

Africa


The 2662 Mountain Training Detachment was originally ordered to Africa where they were to join the British Mountain Warfare School in Lebanon

Sorensen: "We made the jump over the big pond in eight hours and landed in Dakar. Here we had quite a wait before going north, but enjoyed a wonderful beach with playing and swimming and getting a suntan every day. The flight over the Sahara Desert was impressive. In Algiers we had quite a wait as the British Mountain School in Lebanon, which we were to join, had closed when the desert drive was over. Captain Burton arranged a ski meet, sponsored by the Stars and Strips. We took off in a six by six and finally arrived at a French winter resort above Bilda in the Atlas mountains. The snow conditions and the equipment were poor and we had quite a time skiing with G.I. shoes, ash skis with leather bindings, trying to dodge flags, rocks and grass and keep the skis going in the right direction. It was a sight for sore eyes to see Gordy Wren racing down in his customary flashy way to win the race. Finally orders came and we hopped over to Naples to join the newly formed British Mountain School at Sepino."

Broomhall: "On Dec 14th 1943 we left to join a British Mountain Warfare School in Lebanon. We flew from Miami to Natal Brazil where we spent Christmas. We flew from Brazil to a small town South of Dakar where we were stuck waiting for a flight. Finally we reached Algiers only to find that the Lebanon School had folded, but was opening again in Sepino Italy."

While speaking with Matthew Galaher in May of 2002, Dave Conger remembered they were stuck in Dakar for some days awaiting transport and ultimately rode in the bomb bay of a Bomber to Algiers.

Conger went on to explain that as he remembers it, the trip to the Atlas Mountains outside of Algiers was a day excursion. Their was some snow but certainly not much. Someone had a pair of skis, and Mr. Conger remembers Gordy Wren putting them on taking a short run and then using his ski poles as support doing a flip with his skis on, much to the amusement of the locals. Conger noted that Gordy Wren was a born athlete and that Gordon and Freddy Pieren were by far and away the best skiers of the group and in a class of their own. The group had lunch up there and then returned to their hotel in Algiers.

Still more can be found on the 2662 Detachment in Africa here.


CONFIDENTIAL
HEADQUARTERS
NORTH AFRICAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS
UNITED STATES ARMY
APO 534
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AG-200.4/004-P 30 August 1944

SUBJECT: Orders

TO: All Concerned

  1. Each of the following named individuals is, effective 6 September 1944, relieved from further temporary duty in this theater and will proceed from present station to the 7th Replacement Depot reporting upon arrival to the Commanding Officer for transshipment to the United States by first available surface transportation. Upon arrival at a United States port of debarkation Captain Link will report to the Commanding General thereof, who will contact The Adjutant General for further instructions pertaining to the disposition of these individuals:
  CAPTAIN HAZEL E. LINK 0452420 CAV
  2ND LT HAROLD B. BURTON 01317616 CAV
  2ND LT GORDON K. PATTERSON 01291687 INF
  2ND LT ROBERT K. WELDON 01299502 INF
  2ND LT JOHN CLEMENT 01316013 INF
  Tec Sgt Peter E. Pringsheim 32090743  
  S/Sgt Gordon L. Wren 37329618  
  S/Sgt Eldon C. Metzger 39300716  
  S/Sgt Harold G. Sorensen 32057860  
  S/Sgt Robert B. Galaher 31025980  
  S/Sgt Herbert J. Rasor 39300309  
  Sgt Alfred H. Corbett 39325387  
  Tec 4 Clifford Schmidtke 39203381  
  Tec 4 Alfred Pieren 39125313  
  Tec 4 Jack T. Kappler 19193406  
  Cpl Wendall Broomhall 11027991  
  Cpl John H. Lawson 11042844  
  Cpl Paul E. Duke 12063066  
  Cpl Carlton E. Blanchard 11049376  
  Cpl David E. Conger 19115491  
  1. Travel by military aircraft, rail and/or surface transportation is authorized.
  2. Prior to departure Captain Link will turn in to the appropriate depot all equipment and materials requisitioned from PBS.
  3. Notification will be made immediately to correspondents and publishers to discontinue mailing letters and publications to officers and enlisted men until further advised at(sic) to new address. WD AGO.Form 971-1, 9 October 1943 (V Mail Notice to Correspondents and Publishers may be used for this purpose.)

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    Ltr, Hq NATOUSA, File G-200.4/004-P, Subject: "Orders", dated 30 August 1944. Continued.
     
  4. TCNT TDN PCS 61-000 P 431-02 A 212/50425.
  5. Authority: AGWAR Radiogram W 53902, 21 June 1944 and AGWAR radiogram W85395, 23 August 1944.
    (01171-0).
    By command of Lieutenant General DEVERS:
R. H. JACKMAN,
Major, A.G.D.
Asst. Adj. Gen.
DISTRIBUTION:
  Each Individual 10
  AC of S G-3 AFH 1
  AC of S G-1 1
  (Hq NATOUSA)
  CO 7th Repl Dep 2
  TAG 2
  Dr of Mil Tng Br 2
  Central Med Tng Center BR 2
  CO PBS 1
  CG Repl Comd 1