THE BLUE BATTALION__Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion
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.|
Everyone excited. Show going "on the road." Grimness of task seeps in. Moved, 2200. Hour later in 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.
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.
"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.|
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!
"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?")
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.|
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.
41 miles by motor. Ride miserable. Defensive installations; line companies search woods for German stragglers.
Arrived Allmuthshausen . . . 85 miles. Plenty tough for "sitter." Rainy . . morale good. Patrols out to search for enemy.
No rest for weary; but we know Germans taking awful beating. Move to Föhren and Röhrenfurth. Dig in. German fire light, sporadic.
Luftwaffe strikes . . . convoy accelerates. 50 cals. chattering. AAA accounts for Jerry pursuit ship. Can't stop us--we know that now.
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.
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.|
Jerry artillery pounding bridge. Zeitz largest city yet. Planes at night . . AAA. Contacted 6th Armd. at Rositz. 1100 ... Altenburg.
Line troops dug in. Wait for Russian's. Like sore thumb-about farthest point' in Allied advance. A distinction!.
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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