THE WHITE BATTALION__Company G
Seven outposts . . . cold, snowy, muddy, 88s . . .OP-9 broke up Kraut patrol . . . Lt. Byrnes with some hot recon-patrols.
|Care, cleaning of equipment . . . hikes . . . a hot time at Hinkel--MGs.|
Occupied pillboxes other side of river; damp, dark, dirty . . . more mud . . . 88s in town . . . kitchen caught it.
|Feb. 25||FERSCHWEILER||In the fight, but good . . . caught 88s and mortars all day.|
|Feb. 28||MECKEL||Took Helenenberg T . . . relieved; back to Meckel for a rest.|
Assaulted through town; a couple pillboxes . . . spotted Kraut tank . . . caught heavy stuff . . . back into town . . . spent night . . good air support.
|Mar. 2||WELSCHBILLIG||Took a break . . . that night jumped off across Kyll.|
Hosten without a fight . . . Kraut machine-gunned river . . . assault boats . . . hoofed it to Preist; took heavy shelling . . . 6o PWs.
|Mar. 4||SPEICHER||Jerry mortars, 88s again . . . nobody hurt . . . more PWs.|
|Mar. 5||SPEICHER||Helped F Company out . . . we caught the book! 28 new men came.|
|Mar. 7||HERFORST||Attack in morning; not too much trouble . . . billeted there.|
|Mar. 8||BURG||Relieved 385th as town security . . . (Long fast march getting there.)|
Crossed Kyll again . . . steep banks, dark, tough . . . light sniper fire . . . in morning took Musweiler . . . caught all kinds of fire.
|Mar. 10||SCHLADT||Jumped off towards Schladt at 0130 . . . took town easily and slept there.|
Musweiler; Gipperath; Greinerath; still no fire; Plein; Wittlich 1900; 30 replacements.
|Mar. 12||PLATTEN||Moved out on foot; 3rd battalion reserve.|
|Mar. 13||ALTRICH||Rest at last . . . corps reserve!|
|Mar. 15||LIESER||Pulling outpost guard . . . things quiet.|
|Mar. 20||NOVIAND||Billets are okay . . . movies.|
|Mar. 21||NIEDERHEIMBACH||81 miles by truck, outpost guard along Rhine . . . jeeps chased by 20 mm fire.|
|Mar. 26||RHEINBÖLLEN||Extended company sector . . . spread thin.|
|Mar. 27||LANGSCHEID||Still holding the Rhine.|
|Mar. 29||ST. GOAR||Early move . . . searchlights on river . . . guarding bridge.|
|Apr. 1||ST. GOAR||Bridge duty over; all set to join armored drive.|
|Apr. 3||GROSSROPPER HAUSEN||All day on trucks . . . shivered in light rain . . . K-rations.|
|Apr. 4||MELSUNGEN||Another truck . . . billets . . . more cold rain.|
3rd platoon at Melsungen . . . foot move . . . guard Regtl. CP . . . flushed woods . . . arrived Frankershausen dog-tired, wet, hungry . . .
|Apr. 6||ZIMMERN||Truck in rain . . . 2nd platoon back.|
|Apr. 7||THAMSBRÜCK||Hiked from Zimmern. Billeted for the night.|
Out of Thamsbrück 0315 (on foot) . . . hiked into town about 0415 . . . 3rd platoon still at Corps . . . 2nd into Sundhausen . . . 1st platoon in Klettstedt . . . 4th ran motor patrol . . . took three, killed three in outpost scrap.
Jumped off. Big show . . . Urleben without trouble . . . then Bad Tennstedt . . . small-arms fire . . . strafed . . . Ballhausen; Straussfurt . . . more light stuff . . . large volume; stopped counter-attack before it got underway.
|Apr. 11||WERNIGSHAUSEN||Left by truck, back to Bad Tennstedt . . . on trucks again to Werningshausen.|
|Apr. 13||KRETZSCHAU||Arrived 0615. Gave support to 1st battalion, Zeitz.|
Out of Zeitz about 0100, rejoined battalion ... then to 212th FA Bn.; 40 more km . . . Geussnitz, caught in small-arms fire.
Left Ölsen 0800, trucks . . . 80 km . . . dropped the 1st Lunzenau-- P. W. guard . . . picked up full company enemy who "offered" to surrender.
|Apr. 16||KRUMBACH||Dreiwerden; heavy fire, mortars and meemies . . . rode to Krumbach.|
|Apr. 17||OTTENDORF||Moved from Krumbach 1415 on foot . . . set up defense system in woods.|
|Apr. 18||MARKERSDORF||Battalion at Krumbach; Markersdorf . . . more outposts . . . movies.|
Set up defensive system, coordinated heavies and mortars . . . closed town along eastern railbed . . . more rainy weather.
The war "seems" to be over . . . business as usual . . . no celebration. May 9th - V-E Day!
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