THE BLUE BATTALION__Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion


 

DATE CP Town Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion
Feb.   3  DICKWEILER  Premature Spring; roads of deep mud. Platoons in defense.
Feb.   7  DICKWEILER  417th across Sauer. Fire from 57s brought counter-battery; first combat casualties.
Feb. 22  DICKWEILER,
   LUXEMBOURG 

Everyone excited. Show going "on the road." Grimness of task seeps in. Moved, 2200. Hour later in Germany.

Feb. 25  FERSCHWEILER,
   GERMANY 

Town's been through giant meat grinder . . . Air Corps and Artillery. Behind CP 240s lobbing shells across Prüm. In assembly area waiting "jump-off" order. Jerry mortars, MGs, small-arms--fall in love with a shovel. Before daybreak foot troops cross Prüm. Dangerous--difficult terrain . . . heavy mortar fire.

Febr. 27 ALSDORF

Meckel at 1600; continued attack. Under heavy fire. A & P platoon slipped ammo. Through; set up ammo. dump. Defensive positions--expected counter-attack. Objective-Gilzem. Well camouflaged pill-boxes did not stop attack. 88s, mortars . . . men running or hugging ground.

Mar.   1 GILZEM

"Alles Kaput." Rubble on top of rubble. Hail of artillery. Commo. and AT platoon, establish new Bn. CP, provide security. Steady rain; grim slogging.

Mar.   2  MECKEL Regtl. reserve . . . not for long. Back to the old grind.
Mar.   3  ITTEL-KYLL  Heavy enemy fire; natural defense barriers like thumbed noses to us.
Mar.   4  HOFWEILER 

Surprise maneuver. Crossed Kyll, scaled cliff; enemy artillery, mortars tried time and again for bridgehead. Snipers, MGs, rifles, harassed troops, delayed vehicles. Kept on pushing!

Mar.  5  ORENHOFEN 

"HELL-ZAPOPPIN-IN-ORENHOFEN." By far the hottest town the Bn. took. Nazi supply hub; Kraut won't let go lightly. Counter-attacks all night. Withdrew at dawn . . . mortars . . . meemies. Two shells, front and back of CP. (What is nicer than a "keller?")

Mar.  8  NIERSBACH 

Not too stubbornly defended. Restful after Orenhofen. Occasional mortar shell lobbing in.

Mar.  9  LANDSCHEID  Early momentum slowing. (Slowed but never stopped!) Overnight here.
Mar. 10  MINDERLITTGEN  Weather good. Patton's tanks rumbling. We join them.
Mar. 11  WENGEROHR  Having shacked-up with armor, proceed to take town. Push ahead.
Mar. 12  PLATTEN  A & P platoon builds bridge across river.
Mar. 13  NOVIAND

Prepared for counter-attacks. AT dug in guns. Set up ammo dump. Relieved by the 2nd Bn. Then Altrich, regtl. reserve.

Mar. 16 ALTRICH  Three day break; movies, Clubmobile, showers, sleep. Next--Moselle.
Mar. 19  MARING  Prepare for another river. Early attack . . . find large mine-fields.
Mar. 20  MÜLHEIM  Relative quiet. Moselle wine . . . trucked 65 mi. to Waldalgesheim.
Mar. 21  WALDALGESHEIM  Relieving 90th Div. along Rhine. Guard bridges, etc. Leave here, but CP remains.
Mar. 28 ST. GOAR 

AT and A & P platoons back with "I" Co. Daybreak, observed what Heinies mean when say Rhine. Beautiful . . . this sight most beautiful any of us ever saw. A & P plat. to Boppard to guard installations. Rest of company remained here.

Mar. 30  STEINFISCHBACH 

41 miles by motor. Ride miserable. Defensive installations; line companies search woods for German stragglers.

Apr. 3  ALLMUTHSHAUSEN 

Arrived Allmuthshausen . . . 85 miles. Plenty tough for "sitter." Rainy . . morale good. Patrols out to search for enemy.

Apr. 4  GÜNSTRODE 

No rest for weary; but we know Germans taking awful beating. Move to Föhren and Röhrenfurth. Dig in. German fire light, sporadic.

Apr. 5  HITZERODE 

Luftwaffe strikes . . . convoy accelerates. 50 cals. chattering. AAA accounts for Jerry pursuit ship. Can't stop us--we know that now.

Apr. 6  GROSSENGOTTERN 

Gala day for AT crews. 118 rounds 57 mm. into town containing enemy. Bn. Motorized; Mühlhausen, Eigenrieden enroute Dingelstädt. Strafed continuously, but squadron P-47s took after Jerries.

Apr. 9  DINGELSTÄDT 

Entire Bn. Here. Medics brought in . . . killed by MGs. Rounded up SS in the town. Bn. to Kleinballhausen. AT guns follow against counter-attacks.

Apr. 12  LÖBITZ  With Armor; on Zeitz. Furious pace.
Apr. 13  THEISSEN Luftwaffe. Counter-attacks north keep us busy.
Apr. 14   ZEITZ 

Jerry artillery pounding bridge. Zeitz largest city yet. Planes at night . . AAA. Contacted 6th Armd. at Rositz. 1100 ... Altenburg.

Apr. 24  RÖLLINGSHAIN 

Line troops dug in. Wait for Russian's. Like sore thumb-about farthest point' in Allied advance. A distinction!.

Apr. 25  PENIG 

Large city, cut in two by Zwickauer Mulde River. Except motorized patrols, everybody taking it easy.

May  9 PENIG OVER! V-E Day.

 


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