THE WHITE BATTALION__Company E
Private billets--barns. Security; motorized patrols. 70-mile ride through Luxembourg.
Positions on Sauer; Siegfried Line. Purple hearts. Jerry patrols. Mine fields, booby traps. Forward CP in "Log City."
|Feb. 3|| BERBOURG,
Regimental reserve. Hot showers, movies. Formed assault squads; preparation Siegfried Line. Flame throwers, bangalores. Patrols.
|Feb. 15|| ECHTERNACH,
Division reserve. Built corduroy roads; supplies to 417th.. PW inter-rogation. German soil. (Found cache of liquor--liquidated!)
|Feb. 16||BÖLLENDORF||CP inside German pillbox. Each meal Jerry artillery. "Chow Call Charlie."|
Attack mission across Prüm. Night; hills; woods; PWs. Enemy mortars in mine field; casualties. Snipers. Afternoon attack. Open field. Objective taken: reorganized in woods. Counter-attacks repulsed. (More artillery than any other battle.) Rest of woods cleared next day. (10 MGs knocked out, 60 PWs, 20 Jerries killed.) Next day waded Nims; artillery, meemies. On 27th, helped take Meckel, dug in on high ground; direct 88 fire; executed flanking movement. Attacked town. Town taken. Artillery, mortar; withdrawal, reorganization.
|Mar. 2||WELSCHBILLIG||Divisional reserve . . . out of reserve . . . attack orders.|
Spearheaded over Kyll; MG fire; cliff. Cleaned town; went for Preist. Speicher--S-A, artillery. English signs--"Scenery beautiful but dangerous," "See the Rhine, leave your skull." (Kraut company surrendered to us here.)
|Mar. 8||LANDSCHEID||Divisional reserve . Relieved next day.|
|Mar. 10||MUSWEILER||Took Schladt. Captured Plein.|
Supposed to have week rest. Did receive replacements. On 12th attached to 3rd Bn. Night action; new men a little uncertain.
|Mar. 13||MARING||Attack through vineyard. Jerries pulled out.|
Met forty Jerries coming upstreet. Jerries dispersed, started shooting. Cleared this up and pulled out.
Up hill through woods; after awhile, halt. Wounded why? Heard artillery observer direct three rounds. Knocked out gun; munitions dump. PW said: "most accurate firing in six years--Eastern--Western fronts.
|Mar. 18||WEHLEN||Several days--holding force.|
100 mile ride; open trucks; mountains. Arrived at night; direct observation across the Rhine. 12 mile holding position.
|Mar. 29||ST. GOAR||Night ride along Rhine; artificial moonlight flooded river--against sabotage.|
Bridge security. Patrols cross Rhine daily. (Billeted--swanky hotels; even promoted sheers. Looked out of window as you ate; wondered why Jerries didn't quit!)
|Apr. 2||WOLSDORF||Boppard--following behind the armor 45 miles.|
|Apr. 3||GROSSROPPERS HAUSEN||93 miles more into Germany. Plenty cold on trucks. "Beaucoup" eggs.|
|Apr. 4||MELSUNGEN||25 miles. Security for regimental CP.|
Came "the hard way." Mission: clean out woods; arrived on bloody stumps; 30 miles.
|Apr. 6||ALTERSTEDT||Trucks, 50 miles to this town. Billeted.|
One platoon by truck to take two small towns. Jerry plane; four mounted guns opened up. Everyone dismounted. At Langensalza, sardines, frankfurters, beer, etc., courtesy of Wehrmacht.
|Apr. 8||GROSSWELSBACH||Two days waiting. (Big doings reported!)|
Rumor, battalion to take seven towns. Understatement: nine that day. First town easy. Snipers on flanks; held up. Luftwaffe dived low. Moved on Schwerstedt. Platoons deployed. Jerries pin down rifle platoons--MG, sniper fire. Weapons platoon scored direct hits. Tanks, another rifle company . . . relieved situation. Forward again--with tanks, 57s mounted on trucks. Straussfurt. Snipers, MGs, cleared up in short order. Two more towns.
Vehra, Bad Tennstedt, Wernigshausen. Regt. Reserve. Rested after tough day. Entrucked behind CCA; close support to armor. Platoon at a time ahead to guard bridges. As tanks rolled by, guards received bottles wine, cognac, cigarettes, "K" rations.
|Apr. 14||DOBITSCHEN||East again. Resumed drive with 6th Armd., 34 miles to Lunzenau.|
Bridge guard over Zwickauer Mulde, Chemnitz Rivers. (DPs "patronized" unattended store.)
|Apr. 17||OTTENDORF||Defensive; expected counter-attack. Contact with Russians awaited.|
Company relieved; to Burgstädt--defensive positions. Contact with Russians awaited.
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