THE "4TH" BATTALION__Regimental Headquarters Company
-- -- 105s and 57s -- -- -- home-made -- --
FROM LUXEMBOURG -- -- -- -- -- --  p; TO SAXONY
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.
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.|
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.
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.|
The first big town. Shells missed only a few houses. CP set up, in house-first time since initial assault.
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.
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.|
Just long enough to wait for further orders. Moved out fast. I & R platoon on reconnaissance in front of forward elements.
CP set up temporarily. We're moving fast. I & R plat. first of 304th to enter 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.
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.|
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.|
More white flags--still traveling--roads cluttered--German vehicles, dead horses. Snipers plentiful along the way.
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.
More white flags. Loads of prisoners. Platoon kitchens still feeding 10-in-1s. Captured Kraut airman.
Arrived at night--captured prisoners in homes--threw them out to get billets for night.
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.
Spent night in the field - captured Nazi schoolteacher who tried to defend town by using fifteen-year-old boys to fight us--keput!
Second squad of I & R pltn. ambushed. Stopped in Altenburg; found many Allied prisoners in hospital and in cages--released prisoners.
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.|
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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