THE WHITE BATTALION__Company H


 

DATE CP Town Company H
Feb.  3  OSWEILER   

Freezing. Artillery. Snipers. Cold K-rations . . . Enemy patrols. One walked into 2nd platoon MGs. Gave them grenades. First close contact.

Feb.  7  OSWEILER,
   LUXEMBOURG 

417th across river. Our 81s supported. M.G. platoons bring ammo through mine field to 81s.

Feb. 16  ECHTERNACH,
   GERMANY  
Crossed Sauer; smoke screen. Mortar, 88s continuous. Ready for anything.
Feb. 24  DIESBURGERHOF 

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.
Feb. 26  MECKEL

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.
Mar.   3  ITTEL-KYLL 

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.
Mar. 15  NOVIAND

1st, 3rd platoons in support of 3rd Bn., Maring. Beaucoup burp guns, but "Dog Faces" had beaucoup courage. The town is ours.

Mar. 21 HEIMBACH 

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.
Apr. 10  VEHRA 

6th Armored. Supported battalion. 7 towns, one day. No casualties (amazing luck!). Enemy losses heavy. Confused by swiftness of our attack.

Apr. 13  KRETZSCHAU 

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.
Apr. 15  MAHLEN 

Rolled and rolled. (Last great drive; didn't know it then!) Thousands of liberated. German soldiers, no guard, hands on heads. Lunzenau.

Apr. 16  OTTENDORF 

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.
May  9 BURKERSDORF

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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