Shown is Platoon Leader 1st. Lt. Bill Rinkle standing in front of a disabled German Tiger Tank, which had knocked out three U.S. Sherman Tanks. The Tiger was finally stopped by Robert P, Carlson's Tank Destroyer. The photo was taken in February 1945, which is the same month that Rinkle received a Silver Star for gallantry. Courtesy of John Carlson.
A line of the unit's M10 Tank Destroyers, possibly there for review or inspection. This was probably taken after the war had ended. The 821st had originally been equipped with towed 3" guns but was re-equipped with self-propelled M10s in December of 1944. Photo courtesy of John Carlson.
One photo from a sequence of shots showing a flipped TD that had hit an enemy anti-tank mine. This took place just one month before the end of the war and took the lives of 4 men from 1st Platoon. There were actually two TDs that were destroyed and the official unit records identify that a total of five were killed between the two TDs. This particular unit had flipped three times before resting upside down. No idea why there was a cow in the photo. Courtesy of John Carlson.
This is the second unit that hit an anti-tank mine. An M10 Tank Destroyer weighs approximately 59,000 lbs or about 30 tons so the force needed to flip one over even once was quite substantial. Photo courtesy of John Carlson.
Here is one of the craters left by an anti-tank mine. It is hard to judge the size from this photo but it looks to be as wide as the road shown in the distance. Photo courtesy of John Carlson.
Robert P. Carlson is shown in center with two unnamed soldiers. They are standing by an M10, which is covered in camouflage netting. Photo courtesy of John Carlson.
A photo of John P. Carlson, taken in March 1945, while the 821st was stationed in Munster, Germany. Courtesy of John Carlson.
On April 24, 1945, when under heavy fire engaging a large enemy force, Pfc. John P. Carlson manned an automatic rifle and provided covering fire for our advancing infantry. For these actions, he was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement against the enemy. Courtesy of John Carlson.
A photo of John P. Carlson sitting in center, along with Sullivan on left and Oskar Allison on right. Courtesy of John Carlson.
Its hard to tell the ranking but the man standing on the TD, looking to the left, is probably the Platoon Leader with Company Commander posing in front. Photo courtesy of John Carlson.
Three soldiers on their TD. You can clearly see the netting that was used to camouflage the unit. Photo courtesy of John Carlson.
Shown is Wally Acherlund and the unit's mascot named Panzerfaust, which means "Armor Fist" in German and was actually the name of the anti-tank (bazooka-like) weapon used by the Germans. Photo courtesy of John Carlson.