Felix A. Cizewski and the 70th Anniversary of 45th Division’s Memorial Day Observance in Munich

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The 45th Division in the Konigsplatz.

My late father Felix A. Cizewski and the 45th Signal Company are somewhere in this photo. 

Public domain image.


After liberating Dachau, the combat units of the 45th Infantry Division captured Munich on April 30, 1945.

Felix A. Cizewski, my late father, and the 45th Signal Company arrived on May 1st.

The 45th Division remained in and around Munich on occupation duty.

One month later on May 30, 1945, all the units of the 45th Infantry Division held Memorial Day services in the Konigsplatz, Munich, Germany.


WATCH the first 41 seconds of this German news reel.

That clip is of the 45th’s Memorial Day service in the Konigsplatz. The unit is not identified.


1tVIEW the four page program of the 45th Infantry Division Memorial Day Services May 30, 1945 in the Konigsplatz, Munich, Germany.


More photos from the services:

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120th Medical Battalion, 45th Infantry Division.

Photo by the late Robert N. Szwed of the 45th. Photo shared by his son Chris.

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Robert N. Szwed at the services.

Photo shared by his son Chris.


Links, sources, and more information:

Felix A. Cizewski and the Central Europe Campaign


Shortlink: http://wp.me/p5ZvuU-28

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Hard to Find WWII Non-Signal Corps Unit Information: New Feature of the Unofficial Archive of the Signal Corps in NW Europe in WWII

While researching my late father’s WWII service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and assisting other families, I have come across information about non-Signal Corps units that is hard to find or not readily accessible.

To assist other families, I am uploading that information to a new section of the Unofficial Archive of the Signal Corps in Northwest Europe in WWII.

Non-Signal Corps Units

The first item is the History & Operations of the Eighty First Field Artillery Battalion, 8 June 1940 to 7 May 1945.


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Cover of the History & Operations of the Eighty First Field Artillery Battalion, 8 June 1940 to 7 May 1945.

Public domain image


I responded to a request for help from Ursula Liphardt from Germany. Ursula was researching her husband’s late father, her father-in-law Vincent Scott. Vincent served in the 81st while on occupation duty in Germany.

Among the items Ursula wished to research was Scott’s unit history.

A history of the 81st was published in Erfurt, Germany in 1945.

Copies could not be found in German libraries or archives.

In the United States, copies were available from booksellers for about $100 or from a few libraries.

The Madison Public Library requested an interlibrary loan of the University of Illinois’s copy.

While we were waiting for it someone found and shared a PDF copy with Ursula.

I will suggest that the University of Illinois library (my alma mater) add this PDF to their digital collection to make it even more readily available.


My new Non-Signal Corp Units information section to is dedicated to my family history friend Ursula.


Shortlink: http://wp.me/p5ZvuU-1Z

Felix A. Cizewski and the 70th Anniversary of the End of the War in Europe

Felix A. Cizewski’s copy of the 45th Division News Extra edition, May 13, 1945, announcing the end of the war in Europe.

Click on image for a larger version and link to page two.

Image in the public domain. The original has been donated to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

70 years ago at the end of April, 1945, the Nazis had been defeated in the 45th Infantry Division’s area of operations. The 45th then halted in and around Munich and Dachau.

A few days later on May 8 the war in Europe ended with the surrender of the Nazis.

As positive as this was, Felix did not yet know his fate.

At that time he had no indication that he was going home.

He could remain in Germany on occupation duty or be transferred to the Pacific for the war with Japan.


Links, sources, and more information:

Felix A. Cizewski and the Central Europe Campaign

45th Division News: Dachau liberation and end of the war in Europe editions from Felix A. Cizewski’s collection.

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center


This is a revision of a post from Cizewski, Lovetere, Musbach, & Robinson Families blog on May 9, 2010 for the 65th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe.

Shortlink: http://wp.me/p5ZvuU-1J