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Lot 243

Uniform of General Guy O. Kurtz - Artillery of the 5th Army. Olive green, belted uniform jacket, with medals, crossed rifles on lapels, and A5 shoulder patch. Dog tags present. General Kurtz served as Assistant Commanding General of the 88th Division. Created almost completely of draftees at the beginning of the war, the 88th Division served in North Africa and Italy, suffering over 11,000 casualties. In 1945 General Kurtz became Commanding General Artillery of the 5th Army. A major component of US Army forces in the Mediterranean Theatre of War, the 5th Army suffered 109,642 casualties during World War II, fighting over 600 days. Serving under General Lucian Truscott, General Kurtz commanded the artillery component of the 5th Army which was charged with pounding the retreating Germans being driven up the Italian peninsula and breaking up tough German resistance near Bologna. The 5th cleared out German forces while driving north to Bolzano, near the Austrian border, where it linked up with the US 7th Army. From a celebrated military uniform exhibit in Branson, Mo. Estimate Value $600 - 1,000

Realized $360

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