To introduce his current book ....
The author is the son of Pfc. William H. Wignall, a machine gunner in Company A of the 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division; his life his world, and the events preceding his death in December 1944 near the French village of Farebersviller as General George Patton's 3rd US Army attempted to break through the Seigfreid Line into Germany. The effort appeared to be succeeding until - on the 16th of the month - the german Army launched the counter-offensive that would become known as the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes that redirected the course of the war for several months, delaying the end until May of 1945.
Jeff Wignall was born and raised in the Massachusetts seacoast city of Beverly, Massachusetts and relocated to neighboring Peabody shortly after finishing high school. So as not to divulge more than needed, I will simply say he has resided there for several decades during which he and his wife Mary raised two children and sent them off into the world to prosper and multiply. These objectives having been accomplished - excepting that in one instance the multiplication was limited to addition - time became available to pursue some long lingering questions that underlay issues of greater significance than previously understood.
The result is this volume in which the short life of William Henry Wignall has been recorded. The process produced an intensive examination of the movements and activities of a small US Army unit - Company A, 318th Regiment of the 80th Infantry Division - during the Fall of 1944 in France. Since the account avoids to the greatest extent possible derivative information that so often finds its way into recollections it stands as one of the more accurate of the wartime records available.
"I purchased a copy of the book you wrote about Farebersviller. It was informative and educational. I congratulate you on a job well done. Every 80th soldier should be pleased, and recommend it to everyone. Thanks!"
Bill Kane, former Company Commander, A Company, 318.