Thursday, May 11, 2006

The 102nd 'Strikes a pose'

They are The 102nd Cavalry Group Reenactment Unit.
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These boys get together to ensure that the 102nd Cavalry Group's men and missions are never forgotten. They are a group of guys who do tactical reenactments as well as living history displays. To learn more about this group of reenactors/living historians take a look at this website - 102nd Cavalry Group Reenactment Unit
The 102nd Cavalry Group (mecz), consisted of the 38th and 102nd Cavalry Squadrons, they were assigned to the First Army and attached to V Corps during it's 3 years overseas during World War II. The 102nd Cavalry Group landed on Omaha Beach on 'D plus 2'. The initial operation of the 102d Group was with the 1st infantry Division on a mission of reconnaissance in advance of the division to establish the perimeter of the beachhead. The next principal mission was to protect the flank of the V Corps during it's drive to breakout of the beachhead in late July, 1944. The group 'attacked dismounted' on the right flank of the corps alongside the 2nd Infantry Division. The 102nd Group then preceded the infantry division into the city. It then preceded the V Corps north from Paris across Belgium and the northern tip of Luxembourg, reaching the Siegfried Line early in September, 1944. The group held defensive positions (dismounted) on the western edge of the Siegfried Line from September, 1944 to February, 1945. In December, 1944, during the Ardennes offensive, the group, “Beat off” repeated German attacks and successfully held a sector in the northern shoulder of the “Bulge.” The 38th squadron was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for this operation. The 102nd Cavalry screened the flank of the V Corps as it broke through the Siegfried Line in February, 1945. The mission of preceding the Corps’ advance to the Rhine River was then resumed. The 102nd Group was shifted to the Seventh Army under VI Corps during the Colmar operation, but rejoined V Corps after being away only 2 weeks. The group screened the north flank of the V Corps in its advance across Germany along the southern edge of the Hartz Mountains. It remained in Czechoslovakia after V-E Day until it returned to the United States in October, 1945.
We portray a Living History Unit dedicated to the memory and bravery of the 102nd Cavalry.

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