THE BLUE BATTALION__Company L
|Relieved 87th. Barrages, patrols; snow, mud; sweat out assault.|
|Relieved 10th Regt. Time is getting shorter.|
|Feb. 26||ALSDORF||Head for Nims. Dark! Take shellacking in woods, but cross to Alsdorf.|
|Feb. 27||MECKEL||"Meemies" all AM. TDs look good. Take town, 20 mms. Hot meal!|
|Feb. 28||GILZEM||Night attack. Exposed ground. Pillboxes at dawn.|
|Mar. 1||EISENACH||In with marching fire. Many PWs. Take high ground.|
|Mar. 2||MECKEL||Move up--dig in--dawn. Hold all day. (5 hours sleep! Move out!)|
|Mar. 3||ITTEL-KYLL||Something's up--headed for river. Kyll, ravine--no picnic.|
Attack surprises them . . . for awhile. Rockets, snipers, shells, patrols, tanks--the works! Food, ammo low. Krauts want town!
|Mar. 8||N1ERSBACH||Sweat out woods but took town without a shot! Hmm!|
No resistance! Air Corps flattened it! Tried to save bridge at Wehlen. Pulled back to Platten for hot meal; then headed for Lieser.
|Mar. 14||LIESER||Artillery knocked 'em groggy. 88s across river. Patrols. Hot time in Cues!|
|Mar. 16||WENGEROHR||Eat, sleep--nothing else! (Must be dreaming.)|
|Mar. 19||ANDEL||Across Moselle; Kraut took off. Left mines on the banks.|
|Mar. 20||LIESER||Settled, but alert--Kraut is tricky! (Rhine--not too far away!)|
|Mar. 21||WEILER||On the Rhine. Other shore looks grim.|
|Mar. 25||DÖRREBACH||Regimental reserve here. Just bummed it for a couple of days.|
|Mar. 27||MIEHLEN||6th Cav. Boppard under shelling; off for Giessen. Ride tanks; stopped here.|
|Mar. 28||BAD EMS||Tearing along. White flags. Clearing, screening, main job.|
|Mar. 29||LANGGÖNS||Giessen; reorganized near-by. Clean up, rest. How tanks take off!|
|Mar. 31||STEINFISCHBACH||Rejoin Regt., screen area. Flush woods, no Kraut.|
|Apr. 3||ALLMUTHSHAUSEN||By truck to meet 6th Armd. More woods.|
|Apr. 5||HITZERODE||Daily "rat-race"--no fun! Hot meal. K-ration, nine towns beyond.|
|Apr. 6||GROSSENGOTTERN||Tanks again. Help 65th--"bloody Struth." Luftwaffe. Dingelstädt.|
Tanks roaring now; hard to keep up. Finally, motorized; Kraut on run; looking for someone to surrender to. (Some don't, though.)
Luftwaffe, final bid. Sweat out Zeitz but move on to Altenburg. Kraut convoys burning; equipment strewn everywhere.
|Apr. 15||ALTENBURG||Tear in on tanks. 1800 PWs in Regtl. cage. DPs everywhere.|
By truck. Dug in. Defensive. Pretty rough, artillery, rifle fire, etc.; tanks accomplish mission. Sweating out Russians!
|Apr. 25||PENIG||Continual motor patrols and bridge guard. Outposts along Zwickauer Mulde.|
|May 9||Alerted to meet Russians. War's over for us in Germany! V-E Day!|
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