THE "4TH" BATTALION__Regimental Headquarters Company


 


THE "4TH"BATTALION


 

 

-- -- -- 105s and 57s -- -- -- home-made -- --
S.P.s and all night sessions -- -- -- food -- 
-- -- -- first aid -- -- -- hand at the wheel -- 
keep it coming -- -- -- keep them rolling!

 


FROM              LUXEMBOURG                 -- -- -- -- -- --      p;           TO            SAXONY


 

DATE CP Town Regimental Headquarters Company
Feb.  1 HERBORN,
   LUXEMBOURG 

The first CP in a beat-up Luxembourg village. Rain, mud, sleet. I & R patrols; OP's. Constant roar of shells--coming and going. Linemen operate under enemy fire. Waiting for initial assault.

Feb. 24  EISENACH,
   GERMANY  

Crossed Sauer into Germany. First break into the Siegfried. 88s coming in constantly.

Feb. 26  HOLSTHUM Our artillery takes a big toll. CP set up; dead all over the place.
Feb. 27  ALSDORF 

With 88s beating like drums and the meemies scaring us, we set up the CP. Linemen still set up lines and take a beating. Mud, ruins all around.

Feb. 28  MECKEL

More 88s, confusion; first Heinie civilians who stayed in the town. Front lines just outside town.

Mar.  1  GILZEM 88s still whistling and beating all around CP. More ruins.
Mar.   2  WELSCHBILLIG 

The first big town. Shells missed only a few houses. CP set up, in house-first time since initial assault.

Mar.   3 IDESHEIM

More mud and rain. 88s trying to knock out bridge--and hit everything but bridge. Forward Regtl. CP set up by men from Hq. platoon.

Mar.   5  AUW

Crossed the Kyll. CP in schoolhouse; many modern conveniences. General eats in our kitchen--likes it. Tanks, tanks, tanks, all over--and more coming.

Mar. 8  HERFORST  Paratroop alert. Didn't develop. Troops all over. Confusion.
Mar. 9  NIEDERKAIL 

Just long enough to wait for further orders. Moved out fast. I & R platoon on reconnaissance in front of forward elements.

Mar. 10  BURG 

CP set up temporarily. We're moving fast. I & R plat. first of 304th to enter Wittlich.

Mar. 11  WITTLICH 

Wittlich; first city. Everything shelled and bombed. Showers, clean clothes. In reserve for 24 hours. Nobody knew it. Company split up. I & R and Commo in Platten. I & R sent out daily patrols--cross the Moselle.

Mar. 21  DÖRREBACH 

First town that had not been hit. I & R maintains daily patrols. Rhine River just ahead. Waiting for orders to cross it.

Mar. 29  PFALZFELD  Still waiting.  The Navy goes by us!  They helped in the crossing.
Mar. 30  ESCH 

Crossed Rhine. Stayed over Easter Sunday. Approved new Nazi flag which flew all over: color-white. (Kitchen stopped cooking. Beginning of the 10-in-1 rations. Platoons do own cooking.)

Apr. 3  LENDERSCHEID  Long march--entrance into old Germany.
Apr. 4  MELSUNGEN Stayed overnight-traveling fast-regiment leading the division.
Apr. 5  VOCKERODE  Still traveling fast--another overnight stay--Heinies on the run.
Apr. 6  SCHÖNSTEDT 

More white flags--still traveling--roads cluttered--German vehicles, dead horses. Snipers plentiful along the way.

Apr.  7 LANGENSALZA 

Advanced party hailed upon entrance into town with grenades thrown out of windows--snipers hidden all over the place. Prisoners by the -hundreds-German Luftwaffe makes appearance--strafed convoy--AAA got one--Luftwaffe dropped bombs--missed. Captured Kraut warehouse.

Apr. 10  NÄGELSTEDT 

More white flags. Loads of prisoners. Platoon kitchens still feeding 10-in-1s. Captured Kraut airman.

Apr. 12  OSTERFELD 

Arrived at night--captured prisoners in homes--threw them out to get billets for night.

Apr. 13  KRETZSCHAU 

Enter town under hall of 88s and flak guns--Luftwaffe out--more strafing. Down two more super fliers. American PWs escape and join our company--moving too fast to send them back - prisoners by the hundreds. Linemen take beating in getting communications to Zeitz.

Apr. 14  DROSSDORF 

Spent night in the field - captured Nazi schoolteacher who tried to defend town by using fifteen-year-old boys to fight us--keput!

Apr. 15  WIEDERAU 

Second squad of I & R pltn. ambushed. Stopped in Altenburg; found many Allied prisoners in hospital and in cages--released prisoners.

Apr. 16  CLAUSSNITZ 

Crossed the Zwickauer Mulde beyond Penig--expected to run into Russians. Germans speaking in to give themselves up. Regiment is the eastern-most of Allied troops in the ETO.

Apr. 24 NIEDERSTEINBACH  Overnight stop enroute west.
Apr. 25
May  9
PENIG

WAR ENDS (for us). 10-in-1 rations stop-fresh food again. Men get sick from it. Showers--clean clothes-movies-reminiscing.

 


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