51st ECB today is a World War II living history association based in the
Washington DC area, with members in many of the mid-Atlantic states. We
are dedicated to an authentic portrayal of the US G.I.'s in the combat
engineers during World War II. As a group we participate regularly in battle
reenactments and public living history programs, displays and demonstrations.
We are one of largest and fastest growing groups on the east coast. We are always
glad to hear from anyone interested in becoming a part of reenacting
WW II ,if you are interested in joining, see our Join
the 51st Page.
50 Years Ago...
The 51st ECB was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for it's role in blocking the advance of the German armored spearhead at Trois Ponts Belgium during the "Battle of the Bulge" in the winter of 1944. As the Germans tried to keep up the momentum of their attack, they were foiled at every turn as the engineers blew up bridges and manned roadblocks in their path.
The 51st bridged the Rhine river at Remagen and was among the first units to cross. Forging ahead the engineers lived up to their motto, Clearing the Way for the army as it raced further into Germany. At every bridge they built could be found a sign bearing the battalion's un-official motto, 51st Again!
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