THE BLUE BATTALION__Company K
|Jan. 25||BERBOURG||Tough truck ride in icy weather. All set for foxhole life.|
|Relieved Company L in the foxholes, and thought that was rough.|
|Crossed the Sauer River. German soil!|
Arrived banks of the Prüm and dug in; Heinies plainly visible across river. Got real plastering from "big stuff" while here.
First night attack. was made on Gilzem; constantly on alert; mortars and those blessed 88s. Ran into a whole slew of bunkers and pillboxes; used these as temporary barracks (after clearing them, of course!).
|Returned to Meckel for a "rest" which lasted overnight . . . not a minute longer.|
|Mar. 3||HOFWEILER||Ten mile march. Reached banks of the Kyll; prepared for inevitable crossing.|
This is one place that no one will ever forget. Assisted I Company in repulsing a series of vicious counter-attacks; endured five days of never-ceasing shelling. (It was here we lost our well-beloved CO.) Crossed the Kyll in early morning and was that a lulu!
|Mar. 9|| N1ERSBACH
It was this day that both K and L Companies lost their jeeps. Lüxem was a cinch and we hardly bothered to stop. Had caught on to this game now and were heading full-steam ahead.
|Mar. 11||WENGEROHR||No resistance in Platten. Place had been flattened by artillery.|
This was a corker, as far as fights go. Lost a great many men but finally made it. Stayed here three days despite the manshortage; filled spare moments combing the woods.
Walked from Maring to a rest area. Got showers, three hot meals a day, movies, coffee and doughnuts (courtesy of Red Cross). Real, live American girls!
Crossed Moselle here. Ran into mines but no gun fire. Set up house-keeping. Seven heavenly days. Lost contact with everything but AMG (which became so attached to us that it insisted on staying with us).
|Mar. 25||DÖRREBACH||Regimental reserve here. Just bummed it for a couple of days.|
Joined 6th Cavalry Group. Took off for five-day jaunt. One hundred and ten miles through German lines. Spearheaded a large-scale attack that was to be followed up later on foot. What a trip!
Incidentally, Company K was the first unit of the 76th to cross the Rhine, first unit of Allied forces to reach Bad Nauheim, center of German activity and headquarters of von Rundstedt.
|Mar. 31||STEINFISCHBACH||Back with battalion again.|
Pulled out of Steinfischbach to this town for "indefinite" period to await "further orders."
|Apr. 4||GÜNSTERODE||Little trouble here.|
|Apr. 5||HITZERODE||Flushed woods till blue in the face.|
|Apr. 6|| SCHÖNSTEDT
Not much happening now. The going was becoming easier and a lot faster. Ran into one town where the Germans slipped a counter-attack in on the 65th Div. and what a mess. The 65th 's troops swore that they would burn the town to the ground. Streets of town were slippery with blood.
|Apr. 10||LANGENSALZA||Got our first real strafing. A "peach", as far as strafings go.|
Mostly mopping up behind 6th Armored. Another strafing as we pulled into Theissen; preparation for attack on Zeitz.
Zeitz about biggest place we had been in so far but wen no sooner got in than we were pushed out. (Never even stopped to window-shop. C'est la guerre!) Got ready for Altenburg straight ahead.
Attack on Altenburg depre. Singly uneventful. Could hardly believe that such a city was left undefended. Nice place! Settled down in lovely hotel. Then we moved out!
Well-carned rest. Regiment miles and miles ahead of any other unit in the Army! (Germans had us almost completely surrounded.) Only one small corridor leading back to civilization. Extremely "Russian conscious" lot! Looking for red flares all the time.
|Apr. 25||PENIG||What a place electricity; showers; shows; a Mansion. What a life.|
Backed up the and battalion here and sat down again to wait for the Russians. (Almost feel like an expectant father in hospital waiting room.)
|May 9||BURKERSDORF||V-E Day.|
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