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Robert W. MacDonald oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH371

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about MacDonald's experiences: role of the 10th Mountain Division and the importance of training; German strategy in Italy; gaps in communication and the friction this caused between officers and front line soldiers (DVD1) -- role of specialized troops and development of the 10th Mountain Division; being a soldier in Italy and differences between Camp Hale and Italy; why Italy was called the "Forgotten Front"; war in general from Sicily to Salerno and the northern mountains; difference in mindset between the Germans stationed at the central and northern Italian fronts (DVD2) -- role and importance of the quartermaster; Rover Joe operations and strategic importance of Mount Belvedere and Riva Ridge operations; other battles and strategies of the Italian Campaign (DVD3).


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Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Robert W. MacDonald was born in [Schenectady], N.Y. on December 18, 1922 and enlisted in the Army on January 18, 1943 at Albany, N.Y. At the time of his enlistment, he was unmarried and had completed one year of college. MacDonald joined the 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale, Colo. where he was imitially assigned to the 86th Infantry Regiment before transfer to Company C and Headquarters Company of the 85th Infantry Regiment. He received the Bronze Star medal for his actions during the attack on Mount Belvedere on February 27, 1945. MacDonald died in Colorado Springs, Colo. on December 12, 2011.


3 videodiscs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Abbie Kealy;2008.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.

Finding Aid for the Robert W. MacDonald oral history,2005[videorecording]
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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