THE BLUE BATTALION__Company M
Dug in our machine-guns and sat waiting for the Germans to make one false move. 88s shelled the town and one man slightly injured. Mortars kept up the daily shelling of German positions.
Rolled across the Sauer River at Echternach, and proceeded to Ferschweiler. Took up positions along Prüm River and relieved the 10th Inf., and smashed the enemy's defenses with intense mortar fire.
Hand-carried weapons across Prüm River and encountered heavy enemy artillery and mortar fire. Had casualties from heavy concentration of enemy fire.
|Feb. 28||MECKEL & GILZEM||
Captured by the determined men of the 3rd Bn. with the supporting fire of our machine-guns and mortars. Set up positions around town at night and ready to pull out at dawn.
Captured more German troops, and set up positions along the Kyll River. Getting set for the crossing of the river.
Under a terrific artillery barrage and also screaming meemies, Jerry launched a counter-attack against us. Repelled with considerable losses.
Crossed river after walking down a steep winding road with all equipment. Followed riflemen up the steep bluff on other side of Kyll. Continued until we reached Orenhofen.
|Mar. 11||LÜXEM & WENGEROHR||
Encountered light opposition and pushed it back. Our PW number increased considerably. Received replacements to increase our fighting strength.
Was moved back and placed in regimental reserve. It was a well deserved rest for our heavily burdened boys. Organized for the crossing of the Moselle.
After our crossing of the Moselle we pushed on to Mülheim. Captured more enemy troops.
Finally reached the Rhine after a ride of 96 MILES: Looked the same as any other river to us.
|Mar. 22||WALDALGESHEIM||Set up defensive positions along Rhine River and sat there waiting orders to cross.|
Guarded strategic positions along the Rhine and heard of 3rd Army crossing of the Rhine. Traveled 50 miles to Steinfischbach.
Cleaned out town. One platoon stayed behind to do a thorough job. Rest of company proceeded by motor to Idstein.
|Mar. 31||IDSTEIN||Patrolled the town and searched woods for SS troops reported there.|
|Apr. 3||ALLMUTHSHAUSEN||Patrolled town and searched surrounding areas.|
|Apr. 4||RÖHRENFURTH||Cleaned out this town and five others. Captured quite a few Germans.|
Attached to 6th Armored Div., and engaged in clearing pockets left behind by surging Armored forces.
|Apr. 10||LANGENSALZA||Subjected to enemy air raids--no one injured. Jumped off on attack at 1130.|
Arrived at Ballhausen after passing through Merxleben, Klettstedt, Gross Vargula and Bad Tennstedt.
Convoy temporarily halted by enemy resistance. Resistance taken care of and convoy proceeded to its new destination.
Flushed the town and went on to Zeitz but was forced to retrace route; finally crossed bridge on opposite side of Zeitz. Proceeded to Rositz - Bn. Assembly area. Left and continued on to take city of Altenburg.
Took up positions on outskirts of the town. Sent out a patrol which encountered enemy troops; suffered several casualties and also lost a tank. Waiting for the Russians to meet us.
Patrol met with a patrol of SS men and killed four of them, freeing at the same time a truck load of our men being held by the SS. None of our men injured.
Heard the good news of victory being near, and more good news of showers being set up for us.
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