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29th Infantry Division Newsletters - "29 Let's Go!"

"29 Let's Go!" was the 29th Infantry Division's newsletter, published daily at division headquarters for distribution to front-line troops from June 3, 1944, in the D-Day marshalling camps in England, to July 18, 1945 in Bremen, Germany. A witty corporal by the name of Jean Lowenthal, a member of the division HQ's "Special Services" section was responsible. Printed by a mimeograph machine on both sides of a single, flimsy sheet of legal-size paper, the newsletter was the antithesis of a typical U.S. Army publication. Lowenthal's writing was humorous and chatty, and the front page was habitually livened up by a cartoon that regularly featured what 29'ers missed most - attractive American women on the home front, often in skimpy clothing.

General Gerhardt did not make a habit of staying in touch with many corporals, but he made a point of maintaining a special relationship with Corporal Lowenthal. The general realized that "29 Let's Go!" spoke the language of the ordinary fighting man, and as long as Lowenthal relentlessly promoted the 29th Division's exploits, Gerhardt did not meddle with the style that would prove so popular among 29'ers. Gerhardt commonly took a few moments out of his busy schedule to give Lowenthal a call and suggest a suitable topic for a new story, but his involvement did not get much deeper than that. Occasionally, Lowenthal would even phone the general and ask: "Got anything for us today, sir?"

Gerhardt was so impressed by Lowenthal's work that he awarded him a Bronze Star "for meritorious achievement" during the Brest Campaign. The general directed Lowenthal to mention that honor in "29 Let's Go!", but the modest young corporal declined to do so.

One of Lowenthal's typical "29 Let's Go!" tidbits that so amused the 29'ers noted: "'D-Day' [General Gerhardt’s pet dog] has finally become a full-fledged Soldier. He took his first flight in an L-4 artillery observation plane today [September 11, 1944]. The trip was made over Le Conquet peninsula, and D-Day made this remark: 'What took you so long?' After returning to the airfield, in appreciation for his splendid trip, D-Day lifted his leg and left his initials on the Air OP's command post tent."

July 4-10 1944

While our naval guns and land artillery have continued to guard troop concentrations behind enemy lines.

June 20-26, 1944

In Normandy, American forces are approaching the outer reaches of Cherbourg, and were last reported 8 miles from the town.

June 27-July 3, 1944

Cherbourg is now in allied hands. American troops captured this great port and naval base last night, after fierce street fighting.

June 6-9, 1944

All day yesterday the beaten and disorganized Germans in an ignominious scramble were chaosed by the Fifth Army away from ____ along Highway One, Two, Three and Four, while Allied planes, ranging at will and at tree height, exacted a terrible price on packed transport.

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