THE RED BATTALION__Company C
|DICKWEILER||Sauer River--Frontlines--German artillery.|
|Jan. 29||BERBOURG||Regimental reserve.|
|Feb. 3||RODENHOF||Relieved "F" on line. Lull before storm. Contact 417th.|
|Feb. 5|| FERME
|"Storm" is here. Ammo. detail for 81 mm. Right now Sauer looks big.|
Relieved Baker; defensive positions NW. Everything still fine. One combat casualty. Itching to touch German soil. Rumors are thick.
|Here at last. Live in German dug-outs. This is Hitler's Reich.|
First attack. Crossed Prüm--high ground left of Holsthum. Enemy sniper, artillery fire. A few casualties. (Fox-holes dug deeper each day!)
|Feb. 27||MECKEL||East of Meckel 12 mile march--constant alert--no incident.|
|Feb. 28||HELENENBERG||Passed through 2nd Bn., secured town. Rolling terrain--open approaches. Direct fire--88s, mortars. Company slogged through! Gained objective. Casualties heavy-men showed strain.|
|Mar. 1||WINDMÜHLE||Attack completely successful. 30 PWs. Few casualties.|
Tried to cross. No soap. Direct MG fire pinned us down. Withdrew by creep and crawl. Crossed at another point.
|Mar. 10||WITTLICH||Followed 10th Armored in. First large city. Men dog-tired.|
Moselle. (River and wine.) In town under cover of darkness. Stumbled down valley. Mortar barrage, coming into town. No casualties, thank God! Replacements just came. First rest in 15 days.
|Mar. 21||DAXWEILER||More rest--with a dash of garrison training.|
|Mar. 27||KOBLENZ||Kaput! Object lesson; air superiority. Comfortable feeling.|
|Mar. 29||ST. GOAR||
Rhine--treadway bridge. (Engineers on bridge; "target practice" at every floating object as mine security!)
Mopping up--outpost duty--truck movement. Guarded Autobahn, Frankfurt to Cologne.
|Apr. 7||LANGENSALZA||Still burning. Thuringia at last. Tanks! No more hills for a spell.|
With 6th Armored - into town, down railroad tracks, with 2 medium tanks. Hard fighting that night, all next day. Waded Weisse Elster-strong current-waist deep-snipers. Casualties surprisingly light.
|Apr. 15||MITTWEIDA||Line of defense along Zschopau. Snipers opposite bank. Enemy artillery.|
|Apr. 19|| SCHÖNBORN-
Across Zschopau--no opposition until in town; here, opposition "fanatic;" snipers, mortars, meemies; two counter-attacks repulsed; many PWs; company digs in. Patrols go through to try contact Russians.
Under darkness, "bequeathed" Schönborn to Russians entrucked for this town. Outposts. End of war; garrison life.
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