517th Parachute Infantry

"Intelligence Summary"

submitted by Mike Kane, Jr.
(son of Mike Kane, D Company)

A while back, I visited the AHEC in Carlisle, PA and found a box of documents that Col. Graves had donated to the center at some point.  They included a 20+ page "Intelligence Summary" prepared by the 517th (Capt. Albin P. Dearing, S-2) for Anvil, describing the LZ and surrounding area in So. France, as well as intelligence on tactics, weapons, units and key commanders.  The documents also included a detailed "lessons learned" for the period from 15 Aug to 2 Nov '44 written by Col. Graves, along with some personal papers.  All told, there's about 60 pages that I photographed.

Mike Kane