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Peter R. Durland papers

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 1999 Box, Folder: 99.0166 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02.99.0166

Scope and Contents

The Peter R. Durland papers illustrate Captain Peter R. Durland's experiences during his time as a member of the 70th Infantry Division and 29th Infantry Division of the United States Army from 1943-1946. From 1945-1946, Durland served as Major General Leroy Watson's aide, completing various tasks for the General and accompanying him to the Nuremberg Trials. The collection includes an oral history interview transcript, photographs, and papers related to the war crime trials.


  • 1938-1999
  • Majority of material found in 1944-1945
  • Date acquired: 04/01/1999


Language of Materials

English .

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical or Historical Information

Peter R. Durland was born in Norfolk, Nebraska on October 17, 1922. He attended the University of Nebraska before enlisting in 1943. He was selected for the Army Specialized Training Program, as well as the Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. After he completed basic training in June of 1944 at Camp Roberts, California, he was assigned to the 70th Infantry Division out of Camp Adair, Oregon. The division was sent overseas aboard the Ile de France to France, where he fought from October 1944- February 1945.

His unit fought mostly along the Siegfried line and in one day forced the Germans to retreat and captured sixty German soldiers. He and his unit were awarded the Silver Star for their actions. In early 1945 he was called back to his division's headquarters to work as an assistant to Major General Leroy Watson who was the Commanding General to the 70th infantry. Durland was given office work as well as other tasks to help the Major General. He worked in Czechoslovakia and during the Nuremberg Trials in Germany. He was able to witness the trials but returned to the United States before they ended. He was discharged in August of 1946 and became a member of the FBI before moving to Tallahassee, Florida to be an attorney.


1.00 folders

Source of Acquisition

Peter R. Durland

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

Addition on 01/22/2013

Peter R. Durland papers 02.99.0166
Julianna Witt
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository

Tallahassee FL 32306 US