ON TO VICTORY
On April 24 Division elements left the Kaiserslautern area, traveling 150 miles to an assembly area east of Heilbronn, preparatory to re-entering the swift-moving Seventh Army line. Before the Division could collect its many units in the assembly area, the Army line had moved more than miles beyond. When the 12th Armored Division seized a bridge over the Danube, the whole structure of German resistance crumbled.
Attacking south from Bad ToIz, the 141st mounted the high Bavarian slopes to capture Tegernsee, Hohenburg, Lendgries and Wolligan. Huge snowdrifts in the mountain passes slowed the movement, but on the morning of the 5th the 141st cleared the last obstacle and entered the Inn River Valley.
Meanwhile, in what was to be the final action of the war, the 142nd Infantry on May 4 was sent 50 miles around the heights, through Raubling to relieve elements of the 12th Armored Division in the Inn River Valley at Kufstein. The Division had now entered Austria. One day later the engagement at Itter Castle provided a melodramatic finish. At 1830 of May 5 troops were ordered to halt in place and await further instructions. Down the line passed the good word, "HEY, JOE, THE WAR'S OVER." Joe rubbed his eyes, even cried....
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