Above: Combat engineers
finishing up the job of bridging a
river near Egar, Czechoslovakia,
May 1945 during WWII in Europe.
World War II Diary of a Combat CHAPLAIN
combat chaplain
combat engineers
Chappie stands among "Dragon Teeth" on
the Siegfried Line in western Germany.
These WWII German defenses were
designed to stop the Allies from entering
Germany. In his diary, Chappie writes of
how WWII combat engineers used
American ingenuity in dealing with enemy
obstacles such as these.
Title: Chappie World War II Diary of a Combat CHAPLAIN
Authors: Alton E. Carpenter & A. Anne Eiland
Publisher: Mead Publishing, Mesa, Arizona  2007
Cover and book Design: Russell Mead
ISBN: 978-1-60643-507-6
Softbound 9X6
240 pages, 86 photographs, 2 maps
Price:  $18.50
All Rights Reserved
Copyright 2008 by A. Anne Eiland and
Writings & Photos by Anne LLC

North Africa (French Morocco)             Algeria/French Morocco
  8 November 1942                                Tunisia
Sicily (Licata)                                            Sicily
  10 July 1943                                          Corsica (1 Plat, CO A, 20th)
France (Omaha Beach)                           Normandy
(Omha Beach)
   6 June 1944                                          Northern France
                                                                  Rhineland (Hurtgen Forest)
                                                                  Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge)
                                                                  Central Europe
Bridge building, even under enemy fire, was just one of
the many duties of the combat engineer in WWII.
Above: During WWII, using the pilings left after the destruction of
this bridge,
the combat engineers constructed a Bailey Bridge
across this river
so that US troops could move forward....
Chappie World War II Diary of a Combat Chaplain
takes you from the deserts of North Africa to the
snows of Germany, creating word-pictures that are
accompanied by 86
restored black and white
images of WWII....
Anne Eiland
20th/1171st/1340th Particpated in:
  • Each year over 1,000 WWII Veterans die, most without ever having shared their
    World War II experiences, even with their own family. Their stories are lost forever.
  • Chaplain Alton E. Carpenter, like most WWII veterans, returned home, put the war
    behind him, and moved on with his life, not talking about what he had experienced
    during his three years in WWII combat. The diary, like his medals, pictures, and war
    maps were put away in the bottom drawer of a storage cabinet.
  • It was the discovery of that diary's existance shortly before his death that led to the
    transcribing of it into what became Chappie World War II Diary of a Combat Chaplain.