The WWII 300th Combat Engineers

Riel Crandall
Major Riel S. Crandall

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Riel Crandall Album

Adrienne Manzone, daughter of Col. Riel Crandall, Commanding Officer of the 300th, visiting her mother in Cromwell, Connecticut found the bound album presented to Col. Crandall in June 1945 following VE-Day by the men of the 300th upon his leaving the command of the 300th. Jan Ross and Brad Peters travelled to visit Adrienne and her husband Paul in Connecticut and scanned nearly 200 pages of excellent quality photographs as well as several pages of information. Most of these photographs are from army photographers and are of excellent quality. Our thanks to Adrienne for sharing these for the web site.

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Sgt. Randy Hanes observes a damaged German tank in Belgium during Battle of the Bulge
Photo: RC

Sgt Hanes observes damaged German tank in Belgium during Battle of the Bulge

Road repair work likely in Belgium, winter 1944-45
Photo: RC

Road repair work

Road repair work likely in Belgium, winter 1944-45
Photo: RC

Road repair work

Culvert and the bridge over it constructed by Co. A, 4 January 1945.
Photo: RC

Culvert and the bridge over it

Co. B making a reconnaissance for a bridge site and determining a 110 foot triple, single Bailey Bridge would be needed, 5 January 1945.
Photo: RC

Co B making a reconnaissance for a bridge site

Measuring the span to determine the length of the Bailey Bridge needed, 5 January 1945.
Photo: RC

Measuring the span

Side view of 110 foot triple, single Bailey Bridge being built by Co. B.
Photo: RC

Side view of 110 foot triple single Bailey Bridge being built by Co B

Working on traffic funnels and spreading non-skid material on the 60 foot double, single Bailey Bridge at Xhout-si-Plout, Belgium, 5 January 1945.
Photo: RC

Working on traffic funnels and spreading non-skid material

Tightening riband bolts and inspecting the completed 60 foot double, single Bailey Bridge at Xhout-si-Plout, Belgium, 5 January 1945.
Photo: RC

Tightening riband bolts

Completing riband on ramp of a 110 foot triple, single Bailey Bridge built by Co. B, 6 January 1945
Photo: RC

Completing riband on ramp

Completing a riband bolt check on the completed 60 foot double, single Bailey Bridge at Xhout-si-Plout, Belgium, 6 January 1945. Note the tanks in the background on far side of bridge on the right.
Photo: RC

Completing a riband bolt check

Bridge opened for traffic, 6 January 1945. Front view looking northwest of the 60 foot double, single Bailey Bridge at Xhout-si-Plout, Belgium.
Photo: RC

Bridge opened for traffic

Co. B completed construction of a triple, single Bailey Bridge, 6 January 1945. Side view of the bridge looking northwest.
Photo: RC

Side view of the bridge looking northwest

Working on corduroy road in the vicinity of Raeran, Belgium, 12 February 1945.
Photo: RC

Working on corduroy road

Corduroy road being constructed by Co. C in the vicinity of Raeran, Belgium, 14 February 1945. Battalion maintained road until 22 February 1945.
Photo: RC

Corduroy road being constructed by Co C

Co. A breaking rocks with air-compressors at a quarry in Walheim, Germany, 14 February 1945.
Photo: RC

Co A breaking rocks

Co. B operating quarry 1 mile south of Bergstein, Germany, 3 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Co B operating quarry

Removal of a Class 40, 120 foot double, single Bailey Bridge over the Roer River at Zerkall, Germany, 4 March 1945. Note men moving explosives on the bridge near the center of the photograph. The bridge was built by 51st Engineer Combat Battalion on 28 February 1945. The removal of the bridge was completed by 300th Engineer Combat Battalion on 5 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Removal of a Class 40, 120 foot double, single Bailey Bridge

Co. C constructing a roadway for two way traffic in the town of Geich, Germany, 6 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Co C constructing a roadway

130 foot double, double Bailey Bridge east of Euskirchen, Germany before removal by Co. A.
Photo: RC

130 foot double, double Bailey Bridge

Co. A about to remove a 130 foot double, double Bailey Bridge east of Euskirchen, Germany, March 1945.
Photo: RC

130 foot double, double Bailey Bridge

By-pass constructed by Co. A around a collapsed Bailey Bridge east of Euskirchen, Germany, 8 March 1945.
Photo: RC

By-pass constructed around a collapsed Bailey Bridge

130 foot double, double Bailey Bridge reconstructed over original the site by 299th Engineer Combat Battalion, 9 March 1945. Co. A, 300th Engineer Combat Battalion removed the collapsed span.
Photo: RC

130 foot double, double Bailey Bridge

110 foot triple, double Bailey Bridge constructed by Co. A, 9 March 1945. The bridge was built on an existing by-pass of railroad overpass to provide two-way traffic on a MSR (main supply route). The bridge is located southwest of Euskirchen, Germany.
Photo: RC

110 foot triple, double Bailey Bridge

Co. C dozer removing rubble from the streets of Stadt Meckenheim, Germany, 12 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Co C dozer

Operating gravel pit in vicinity of Villip, Germany, 14 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Operating gravel pit in vicinity of Villip

Co. B repairing culvert near Berkum, Germany, 17 March 1945. This view is before repairs are complete.
Photo: RC

Co B repairing culvert

Co. A repairing road shoulders and ditches at Liemersdorf, Germany, 18 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Co A repairing road shoulders and ditches at Liemersdorf

Co. B finishing culvert repairs at Berkum, Germany, 18 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Co. B finishing culvert repairs at Berkum

Civilians at Fritzdorf, Germany repairing a culvert under the supervision of Co. C, 18 March 1945. This view is before the repairs are complete.
Photo: RC

Civilians at Fritzdorf repairing a culvert

Co. C repairing road at Eckendorf, Germany, 18 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Co C repairing road at Eckendorf

Road entering Edkendorf, Germany after repair and drainage by Co. C, 19 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Road entering Edkendorf

Ditch repair and drainage work being done by civilians under supervision of Co. A, 19 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Ditch repair and drainage work

Ditch repair and drainage work being done by civilians under supervision of Co. A, 19 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Ditch repair and drainage work

Co. B repairing a road shoulder and constructing a drainage ditch near Fritzdorf, Germany, 19 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Co. B repairing road shoulder and constructing a drainage ditch

Co. B repairing road shoulders and constructing a drainage ditch near Fritzdorf, Germany, 19 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Co B repairing road shoulders and constructing a drainage ditch

Culvert repair completed by civilians under the supervision of Co. C at Fritzdorf, Germany, 19 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Completed culvert repair

Co. B dump trucks hauling gravel for road surfacing, 20 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Co B dump trucks hauling gravel for road surfacing

Co. C repairing roads between Fritzdorf and Overich, Germany, 20 March 1945.
Photo: RC

Co C repairing roads

Side view of a 48 foot Treadway Bridge constructed by Co. C over the Honne River at Menden, Germany, 15 April 1945.
Photo: RC

Side view of a 48 foot Treadway Bridge