During two years of overseas service in Europe, my grandfather Staff Sergeant Jerry Pinkowski took many photos of the places he passed through while trying to keep up with General Patton's racing Third Army. Since the photo negatives were not discovered until after Grandpa's death, he was unable to tell me the stories behind these photos. Although the celluloid images he left behind are silent, they speak volumes. With the help of many generous people around the world, my scouring of the internet for information and what few clues I could glean from primary sources, I've managed to retrace many of his footsteps across a war-torn continent. Click on the images below for a short article about each location and in many cases more photos by Grandpa.
In 1939 the U.S. Army began to gear up for its inevitable involvement in the war... (Read-More)
NEW BRIGHTON, WALLASEY
New Brighton is a seaside resort located Wallasey in northwest England...
Devizes is a market town in the County of Wiltshire in southwest England...
Orglandes is a commune in Northwestern France, about 6 miles from St. Mère Église...
Canisy is a commune in Northwestern France, about 4 miles west of Saint-Lô...
LE MANS, FRANCE
Le Mans is a city located on the Sarthe River in northwest France in the Sarthe Dept... (Read-More)
Metz has a 3,000 year history and has had great importance as a military outpost...
Knutange is a commune in the Moselle department in north-eastern France...
Morfontaine is a commune in the Meurthe-et-Moselle Dept. in northeastern France... (Read-More)
THE MAGINOT LINE
The Maginot Line was a series of fortifications and defenses built by France...
Longwy is a commune in France near the borders of Belgium and Luxembourg... (Read-More)
Luxembourg City is the capital city of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg...
Felsberg is a village in the minicipality of Überherrn in the District of Saarlouis...
Saarlouis was named after Louis XIV of France and built as a fortress in 1680...
ALONG THE RIVER SAAR
A series of photos taken along the railway on the west bank of the Saar...
THE SIEGFRIED LINE
The Siegfried Line was a series of fortifications on the western border of Germany... (Read-More)
MAINZ RHINE CROSSING
The first river assault by the Third Army was made on March 22, 1945...
Höchst is a district of Frankfurt am Main that lies about 6 miles west of downtown...
Marktheidenfeld is located in Bavaria on the River Main...
Würzburg is a city in the region of Franconia at the northern edge of Bavaria...
Kitzingen is a German city located in Bavaria that lies southeast of Würzburg... (Read-More)
Bamberg is a German city in Bavaria located on the River Regnitz...
Fürth is a city in the German state of Bavaria located near Nuremberg...
Nuremberg is a city in the German state of Bavaria located on the Pegnitz River... (Read-More)
Regensburg is a city located at the confluence of the Danube and Regen Rivers...
Munich is a German city located on the River Isar and is the capital city of Bavaria... (Read-More)
About 12 miles south of Munich was a place used as a satellite airfield...
About 24 miles southeast of Munich is a bridge that spans the Mangfall River Valley... (Read-More)
The mountainside retreat above Berchtesgaden is called the Obersalzberg...
Bremen is a commercial and industrial town in northwestern Germany...
The US Army's redeployment camps near Reims were all named after American cities...
Étretat is a tourist town in northern France, located 19 miles northeast of Le Havre... (Read-More)
Donzère is a commune of the Drôme department in the Rhône-Alpes region...
NEW YORK CITY, USA
New York City was the first sight of home for many a soldier and sailor...