THE WHITE BATTALION__Company H
Freezing. Artillery. Snipers. Cold K-rations . . . Enemy patrols. One walked into 2nd platoon MGs. Gave them grenades. First close contact.
417th across river. Our 81s supported. M.G. platoons bring ammo through mine field to 81s.
|Crossed Sauer; smoke screen. Mortar, 88s continuous. Ready for anything.|
Across Prüm. Fierce fighting; casualties, PWs. Tanks. Walked all night, dug in. Tired. K-rations. Mortar ammo bearers . . . extreme fatigue.
|Feb. 25||HOLSTHUMERBERG||Keep going; casualties; No rest. Meemie fire terrific.|
Attack grows heavier. More casualties. Artillery too close. Waded Nims. Took Meckel--counter-attacks: infantry--then tanks. More PWs, more dead Kraut, horses everywhere.
|Feb. 28||OLK||Pillboxes cleared with heavy weapons. Kraut mortar fire heavy.|
Machine-gun platoons pinned down; mortar, MG fire; crawl to squad boats. Over Kyll. 60: slope; 0200 captured Preist. Our mortars threw heavy barrage in support. 100 PWs. Took Speicher. Bitter fight; key supply point.
|Mar. 8||BURG||Strong counter-attack. Jerry tanks. Infantry riding. Take Burg.|
|Mar. 9||MUSWEILER||Marched 5,000 yards; captured Musweiler.|
|Mar. 10||SCHLADT||Attacked Schladt. Many PWs.|
|Mar. 11||WITTLICH||Two counter-attacks. Took Plein. Regimental reserve in Wittlich.|
1st, 3rd platoons in support of 3rd Bn., Maring. Beaucoup burp guns, but "Dog Faces" had beaucoup courage. The town is ours.
90 miles--one day to Rhine. Defensive Oberheimbach, Niederheimbach etc. (At last a castle! Towers as OPs. Enemy fire 20 mm AA Guns.)
|Mar. 29||ST. GOAR||We guard vital bridge over Rhine.|
|Apr. 9||THAMSBRÜCK||Crossed Rhine April 2. Thamsbrück today.|
6th Armored. Supported battalion. 7 towns, one day. No casualties (amazing luck!). Enemy losses heavy. Confused by swiftness of our attack.
2nd, 3rd platoons with 1st Bn. again. No casualties. Snipers, well hidden flak guns. Plane shot down. Exploded. Civilians killed.
|Apr. 14||KRETZSCHAU||By-passed Zeitz; thick woods, small farm road. 6th Armored.|
Rolled and rolled. (Last great drive; didn't know it then!) Thousands of liberated. German soldiers, no guard, hands on heads. Lunzenau.
Relieved from 6th Armored. Never went further into Germany. Electric power on; from German side. War didn't seem as near end as it was.
|Apr. 19||MARKERSDORF||Regtl. reserve now. Russians near, they tell us. Spirits high.|
|Apr. 24||BURKERSDORF||Back again. Still waiting. Scrap now and then, but not much.|
V-E Day. It's over! - the whole thing. Became aware of C. B. I., little by little. Proud of our record in this theater.
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