Edmund A. Bautch

Eau Claire Man in Tank Unit at an Invasion Base
HEADQUARTERS, EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS -- Seventy-seven soldiers from Wisconsin are in an armored unit that never leaves the ground, but they are as well-acquainted with the importance of pre-battle "briefing" as their brothers in the Air Force are.

These tank men, in their pre-invasion program, are becoming experts in every tank job. The gunner knows the radioman's job, the radioman knows the tank commander's job, and so on down the line. Any crew member can take over any other member's job, if the need should arise.

And lessons derived from the campaigns in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy are being applied here in preparation for the coming assault from this direction.

Officers are making sure that each member of the crew will know the exact mission of his individual tank. That's where the pre-battle briefing experience comes in. Each tanker is becoming a proficient map reader. When possible, he is shown the ground he must cover, the obstacles he must surmount, and the potential traps he must avoid. This is done when observation posts and sufficient time exist.

Soldiers manning the medium tanks are receiving intensive instruction in indirect firing. Tank guns are used like field artillery pieces, with forward observers directing the fire at targets which the tankers themselves cannot see.

Teamwork with infantry and artillery units is the secret of success by an armored unit, with the tankers delivering the power blow, "The Sunday punch."

Wisconsin soldiers in the unit include:  Corporal Robert Edwin Anderson, 22, 612 Bolles Street, Eau Claire; Corporal John Pawlowski, 28, Withee; Staff Sergeant Edmund A. Bautch, 34, Route 2; and Private First Class Roy James Christianson, 27, Whitehall; Corporal Daniel L. Shaw, 32, Sparta; Corporal Orville Peter Reck, 28, Arcadia; Corporal Melvin Arnold Pliner, 26, Elroy; and Private First Class Andrew J. Barrieau, New Richmond.

Three Brothers Meet in England
Sergeant Adelbert Bautch, left, standing; Staff Sergeant Edmund Bautch, right; and Sergeant Anselm Bautch, seated.

WHITEHALL, WI (Special)—It was by chance that Sergeant Adelbert Bautch, 24, Staff Sergeant Edmund Bautch, 35, and Sergeant Anselm Bautch, 27, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bautch, farmers living four miles west of Whitehall, met in England where all of them have been stationed for some time. Anselm had seen both of his brothers separately before, but it was late in January that Adelbert, who is with the Infantry in Ireland, traveled to London on a brief furlough and chanced to meet his brother, Edmund, in a service center, whereupon they immediately got in touch with Anselm, whose commanding officer gave him a special leave. They had a picture taken together, which their parents have received. 

Sergeant Adelbert was inducted on April 7, 1941 and was assigned to the Infantry. He left for overseas in February 1942. He was stationed in England for some time but is now in North Ireland. 

Staff Sergeant Edmund entered the service in June 1941. He is in the Tank Corps, going overseas about a year ago. 

Sergeant Anselm was inducted in June 1942. He had his training in Walla Walla in Utah; Springfield, IL; and Pyote, TX, before being sent to England, where his folks believe he is driving a gasoline truck for refueling planes. He is attached to the Air Forces. 

The brothers are from a family of 12 children. Clarence Bautch is a driver for the Briggs Transfer at Whitehall. Bennie Bautch is a  mechanic for the Land O' Lakes Milk Drying Plant here. Ronald is employed on the farm of Mrs. Frank Manka in Lincoln township. Rudolph is his father's assistant on the farm. Clifford, Irene and Louise are attending school at Independence, Dolores stays at home, and the fourth sister, Mrs. Roy Taplin, lives in Arcadia.

Refuels American Bombers

WHITEHALL, WI (Special) 
Sergeant Anselm A. Bautch, 28, Whitehall, is Crew Chief in charge of drivers in the refueling unit of the 96th Bomb Group at an Eighth Air Force Bomber Station in England, says a dispatch from there. This is a B-17 Flying Fortress base. Careful handling of the high octane gasoline--used in the Fortresses making the almost daily bombing attacks on Nazi war targets--is necessary to avoid having it evaporate or catch fire. Sergeant Bautch not only supervises and helps to fill the gasoline tanks of Fortresses for bombing missions but also checks the tanks after practice missions and engine checks. "Topping-off" the gas tanks of the Forts in the early morning hours, after they have been pre-flighted, is the last job of the ground technicians before the Fortresses take off on bombing attacks.

Sergeant Bautch is a member of a group which had been cited by the President for its bombing of Focke Wulf aircraft factories at Posen, Poland. The group is a unit of the Third Bombardment Division, also cited by the President, for its England-to-Africa shuttle bombing of Messerschmitt plane plants at Regensburg, Germany.

A truck driver for Briggs Transfer Company, Whitehall, before entering the Army in June 1942, Sergeant Bautch is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Bautch of  Whitehall. Anselm has two brothers in the European Theater: Staff  Sergeant Edmund Bautch, who has been cited for his service with the Third Armored Division, which was first into Germany, and Staff Sergeant Adelbert, who is with the Infantry and believed by his folks to be with the Seventh Army.