XII Corps, consisting of the 2nd Cavalry Group, 76th Infantry Division (with attached )18th Infantry of the 80th Infantry Division), 5th Infantry Division, 4th Armored Division and 80th Infantry Division (-), held the line, in that order, reading from south to north. In the southern part of corps zone, the 76th Infantry Division (with 318th Infantry and 2nd Cavalry Group attached) advanced toward Trier (L22) with its 385th Infantry clearing the pocket in the Sauer River bend east of Echternach (L03) capturing Edingen (L13) and advancing two miles, while the 4l7th Infantry advanced two miles south through Butzweiler (L13) to a vicinity three and one-half miles north of Trier (L22). While the 304th Infantry was pinched out by converging elements of the 385th and 4l7th Infantry Regiments, the attached 2nd Cavalry Group cleared Rosport (L13) and Steinheim (L03). The attached 318th infantry (80th Infantry Division) cleared Newel (L13) and advanced to high ground northeast of Aach (L13). Farther north, the 5th Infantry Division maintained positions along the west bank of the Kyll River, mopping up west of the river. Advancing north about one mile between the Nims and Kyll Rivers, the 4th Armored Division cleared Malbergweich (L16) and Sefferweich (L16) in an area five miles north of Bitburg (L15) and secured high ground near Seffern (L16). Ten battalions of artillery fired a ten-minute preparation for the attack on Sefferweich (L16). On the corps north flank, the 317th Infantry (80th Infantry Division) advanced north one and one-half miles between the Nims and Purn Rivers, clearing Schlied (L16), Heilenbach (L06) and Oberweiler (L16).
At the beginning of the period the battalion was attached to the 410th Field Artillery Group, which was acting as XII Corps Artillery Fire Direction Center “B”, in general support of the XII Corps front. It was in position in the vicinity of Baustert, (wL0353), having crossed the Our and Saur Rivers on the 19-20 February, and the river Prum and Kyll somewhat later.
0500 – Batteries “A” and “C” march ordered preparatory to moving forward to new positions.
0900 – Forward Air Strip opened at (wL078557).
1000 – Temporary CP and FDC opened at Rittersdorf and Batteries “A” and “C” registered
by Air OP.
1300 – Forward CP and FDC close in new position at (wL10085585). Visibility too poor
1600 – Rear FDC joined Forward FDC at Hermensdorf.
1700 – Rear Echelon (Service Battery and Personnel Section) closed in new position
0001 – 2400 – Three TOT missions fired: one on an enemy counter-attack; the other
two on enemy troops in town.
Tec 5 Charles C. Collinsworth
Hermesdorf, Germany wL0756
Boylan, Edward T. 32 874 703 Pfc.
Dy to temporary dy 17th Reinforcement
Command Depot for return for further temp-
orary dy Reception Station #2, Fort Dix, N.
J., USA, for 30 days rest and recuperation,
Par 1, SO #32, Hq. XII Corps. Departed.
Departed Baustert, Germany wL0353 1430
Via Motor Convoy. Arrived present Sta
1530. Distance marched approximately 6
No limited assignment personnel.
Rittersdorf, Germany wL1156
Carlson, Lloyd O. 39 039 255 Pvt. Code 11-7
Grant, Robert N. 33 542 975 Pvt. Code 11-7
Guba, Joseph 42 017 921 Pvt. Code 11-7
Smith, Randolph W. 37 547 313 Pvt. Code 11-7
Zook, Delbert E. 35 350 620 Pvt. Code 11-7
Above 5 EM promoted to Pfc per par
1, SO #8 this Btry.
Departed Baustert, Germany 1315, Via
Motor Convoy. Arr present sta 1415
Distance marched approximately 7 miles.
One EM Limited Assignment Personnel
During our months of combat, there were many instances of disregard for personal safety and self-sacrifice, and after I got home and got a copy of Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation and started reading some of the stories from the other veterans, I realized that the action of Corporal Dormo (Cpl. Dormo Cosmo, Battery B) running from his foxhole when our gun was being fired upon and taking the panoramic sight from the gun and run back into the hole, and for Private Edwards’ disregard for his own life picked up this 95-pound shell with a damaged fuse which could have gone off at any time, as far as we were concerned, and to dispose of it in a gully or in a hole down over the hill, should have been recognized. I did compose letters of their actions and I took them to Senator Bob Smith in Manchester, and it was turned over to the Veterans Department and our son Art tried to locate Corporal Dormo and Edwards, and he did get a hold of Dormo and he was in Pennsylvania, and I called him and I made mention of the fact that what I was doing and asked him if he remembered jumping from the foxhole to get the panoramic sight, and he said, yeah, he said, but I would never do it again. And we talked for quite a while and it was nice to hear his voice. And later, I sent him a copy of the letter that I had sent to Senator Smith, and his wife called back and informed me that Cosmo had passed away. I was pretty upset. And we could not locate Private Edwards, and I deeply regret not having — that not been sooner of these two heroes. They were heroes as far as I’m concerned.
In the southern part of XII Corps zone the 2nd Cavalry Croup (attached to the 76th Infantry Division) crossed the Sauer River, gaining four miles in a zone north of the Moselle River and capturing Grewenich (L12) and Herresthalerhof (L12). In the 76th Infantry Division the 385th Infantry advanced south four miles to an area one mile north of the Moselle River, clearing Trierweiler (L12), Sirzenich (L13), Neuhas (L13), Niederweiler (L12) and Fusenich (L12). The attached 318th Infantry (80th Infantry Division) and the 417th Infantry each advanced one and one-half miles to a line two miles north of Trier (L22) making contact with the 10th Armored Division (XX Corps), while Besslich (L13) was cleared by the 318th Infantry. Attacking under cover of darkness against scattered small arms and mortar fire, the 5th Infantry Division crossed the Ayll River with two companies of its 11th Infantry and one battalion of the 10th Infantry. Huttingen (L15) was taken by the 10th Infantry while the 11th Infantry cleared Metterich (L15). Farther north, the 4th Armored Division captured Seffern (L16) in a one and one-half mile advance to the north. Making local advances, the 80th Infantry Division captured Heilenbach (L06) and made contact with the 6th Cavalry Group (VIII Corps)
0700 – XII Corps Survey Control received from 410th Field Artillery Group.
0930 – Lt. Col. Davis returned to Battalion CP form London and resumed command of
1300 – Ground OP established at (wL13955664).
1400 – Battalion Commander and Battalion Executive returned to Battalion CP.
1645 – XII Corps Survey Control received from 410th Field Artillery Group dated 1 March
1945 – Transmitted to Assistant S-2.
0001 – 2400 – “A” and “B” Batteries registered, and “C” Battery checked on same point – all
by AOP. 15-minute preparation for attack of XII Corps fired – total of
72 rounds ammunition expended on six targets. Two TOT’s fired on enemy
batteries – 2 Battalion Volleys on each.
Caption reads – Here are some good Germans. Good Krauts are always 6 feet underground. They have black and gray crosses for their dead. We have white
In XII Corps zone the 2nd Cavalry Group captured Mesenich (L12), Langsur (L12), Igel (12) and Zewen – Oberkirch (L12). It was released from operational control of the 76th Infantry Division by the end of the period. Crossing the Kyll River, the 304th Infantry (76th Infantry Division) secured a bridgehead ten miles north of Trier (L22), clearing Hosten (L14) and Orenhoffen (L24). Euren (L12) was captured by the 358th Infantry, which cleared the remainder of zone to the Moselle River while the 417th Infantry closed up to the Kyll and Moselle Rivers in zone. Farther north, the 10th Infantry (5th Infantry Division) cleared Gondorf (L15) and repulsed an enemy counterattack in its bridgehead, while the 11th Infantry cleared Metterich (L15) and the woods northeast of the town. The joint bridgehead of these two regiments was expanded during the period to a depth of two miles and a width of three miles. The 2nd Infantry (5th Infantry Division) maintained its position on the west bank of the Kyll River. Preparing to attack, the 4th Armored Division assembled in the vicinity of Bitburg (L15). In the northern part of zone the 80th Infantry Division expanded its front by taking over the zone held by the 4th Armored Division, and making a one-half mile advance east of Seffern (L16).
0930 – Battalion Commander left for 410th F.A. Group.
1030 – Battalion Exec an S-3 left to inspect firing batteries.
1120 – Battalion Commander returned to Battalion C.P.
1130 – Battalion Exec an S-3 returned to Battalion C.P.
1400 – Battalion Commander left for Battalion Air Strip.
1445 – Battalion Commander returned to Battalion C.P.
1450 – Battalion Commander and Battalion S-2 left for reconnaissance 1645, XII Corps
Survey control received from 410th F.A. Group.
1700 – Battalion Commander an S-2 returned to Battalion C.P.
0001 – 2400 – Registered Batteries “A” and “B” with Charge Normal by Air OP – visibility
too poor to permit registration with super. Seven TOT’s fired and two
“When Ready” missions – three on enemy troops in town – the remainder
on hostile batteries.
No caption –
Rittersdorf, Germany wL1156
Bingley, Edward H. 33 224 009 Pfc. Code 11-6
Chandler, Dudley J. 34 359 951 Pfc. Code 11-6
Grantham, William L. 34 249 063 Pfc. Code 11-6
Above 3 EM promoted to Cpl fro
Pfc per par 3, SO #15 Hq. 244th FA Bn.
Wojtowicz, Chester F. 37 324 577 Pfc. Code 11-0
Promoted to Tec 5 from PFC per par
3, SO #15 Hq. 244th FA Bn.
One EM Limited Assignment Personnel
Saturday – 3rd March 1945
Had a real nice letter from Jimmy McClevey tonight. His mail goes to “SHEAF G-4” APO 757 c/o PM NY, NY. Perhaps you could drop him a line. He’s in Germany somewhere – I’ve asked him to give me a hint as to his location. We may be able to get together, who know.
I received a letter both from you and Peg. Sure nice to hear again. I was in Lux. on the 3rd of Jan! not France. I sure am glad you like the vase and inkwell. I wasn’t sure you would – it’s an awful color isn’t it. I’ve sent Jan two water colors and she hasn’t gotten either of them. I sure wish I knew what the trouble was.
This is the funniest weather. One minute its bright and sunny the next – snowing like the devil – one minute later the sun is out. Gosh – you never know what to wear. I am feeling really fine – no cold and no complaints. Not like me – is it. Very little bus goes on around here. We are just sitting around waiting for the word “go”.
The 3rd Army is going to town again – as usual. It’s the best one here. we are all quite proud to be in it. We got our second Battle Star for our ETO ribbon. It’s one the invasion troops got – we for some reason fall into that class. We are due one more – the one for Northern France. Then we will have 3 – as many as anyone can get. I ought to have an oak Leaf Cluster for my Air Medal. It hasn’t come in yet, but maybe sometime soon. that isn’t the surprise either. Wait!! You’ll see!! I’m kind of running out of dope – so I’ll close.
Love to you all,
In XII Corps the 2nd Cavalry Group assembled in reserve in the south of the corps zone. Gaining three miles from its Kyll River bridgehead, the 304th Infantry (76th Infantry Division) captured Speicher (L24), Preist (L24) and Orenhoffen (L24), while the 395th Infantry patrolled aggressively. Just to the north, the 10th and 11th Infantry Regiments (5th Infantry Division) expanded their Kyll River bridgehead, capturing Philippsheim (L25), Badem (L15) , Erdorf (L15), Dudeldorf (L25), Erdorf (L25) and Pickliessem (L25), while the 2nd Infantry patrolled west of the Kyll River. Under cover of darkness, the 4th Armored Division attacked through the bridgehead positions of the 5th Infantry Division, rapidly passed through Gindorf (L25) and Steinborn (L26), and continued to the northeast in a drive that was destined to carry to the banks of the Rhine River within three days. After a one and one-half mile advance to the north, the 318th Infantry (80th Infantry Division) made contact with the 6th Cavalry Group (VIII Corps) near Balesfeld (L16) and assumed positions on the high ground west of the Kyll River. The 317th Infantry patrolled in zone, the 319th Infantry being in reserve.
XII Corps. 76th Division. Advanced south to the Moselle River vicinity L1523 and eliminated all remaining organized resistance in the pocket southwest of Trier L2129. Other units advanced against light and disorganized resistance and swept the division zone to the junction of the Moselle and Kyll River L2534. Then attacked and established a bridgehead across the Kyll River. Units advanced two miles east on a three-mile front against scattered resistance. The 2nd Cavalry Group was relieved from attachment to the 76th Division. Front line change: Kyle River L2534 north to L2043 – L2245 – L2045. 5th Division. Expanded the bridgehead over the Kyll River against small Arms and sporadic mortar fire. Captured Gondorf L1952 and repulsed a counterattack supported by tanks against that town. The 10th Infantry commenced crossing into the bridgehead area. A bailey bridge was completed over the Kyll River in the vicinity of L1653. Front line change: L1952 – L2055 – L1855 – L1856. 4th Armored Division. Closed in an assembly area in the vicinity of L1354. 80th Division. Relieved the 4th Armored Division and assumed responsibility for the division sector. Front line Change: L1563 – L1364.
No caption – This truck load of 155mm propellent is being improperly stored
0945 – Battalion Commander presented Purple Heart to TEC/5 Leslie Dean, PFC Edward A.
Aeppli, PFC E. Dockery.
1050 – Battalion Commander left for OP and 410th F.A. Group. Headquarters.
1305 – Battalion Commander returned to Battalion C.P.
0001 – 2400 – High-Burst Registration completed – visibility too poor to complete attempted
CI at same point immediately after. Fire six TOT’s – five on hostile batteries
an one on enemy troops in town. Fired H & I mission’s four rounds per hour
on Oberkail beginning at 2100.
Anderson (Pvt. Ernst R. Anderson) shot by Heath (Pvt. Charles L. Heath) German pistol had to be put away
Rittersdorf, Germany wL1156
Grantham, William L. 34 249 063 Cpl. Code 11-6
MOS changed to 645
Graff, William S. 33 707 438 Pfc.
Dy to sk in 305th Clearing Co LS
Sobisek, Arthur E. 32 828 600 Pfc.
Dy to sk in qrs LD
Anderson, Ernest R. 36 990 851 Pvt.
Dy to sk in 46th Clearing Co LD
One EM Limited Assignment Personnel
Attacking to enlarge its Kyll River bridgehead, the 76th Infantry Division (with 2nd Cavalry Group attached) gained one-half mile both to the west and north. Motorized to follow the 4th Armored Division through the Kyll River bridgehead previously secured by the 10th and 11th Infantry regiments (5th Infantry Division), the 2nd Infantry (5th Infantry Division) gained two miles before the end of the period. The 10th and 11th Infantry Regiments protected the bridgehead on the north and south, with Orsefeld (L25) being captured. The attack of the 4th Armored Division continued toward the Rhine River, with Combat Command “B” disrupting the enemy before it and gaining 15 miles. Combat Command “A” started on another route to the south, but bad roads and demolished bridges forced it to move north to follow Combat Command “B”. No organized enemy resistance was met by the 4th Armored Division after the breakthrough. During this rapid advance, Combat Command “B” captured Seinsfeld (L26), Steinborn (L26), Meisburg (L26), Kyllburgweiler (L26), Oberstadtfeld (L27), Salm (L27) and Wallenborn (L27).
0730 – XII corps Survey Control received from 410th Field Artillery Group.
8050 – Battalion Commander left for Battalion Air Strip.
0905 – Battalion Exec left to inspect firing battery positions.
1145 – Battalion Commander returned to Battalion C.P.
1145 – Battalion Exec returned to Battalion C.P.
1310 – Battalion Commander left for Battalion Air Strip to make flight to check on traffic
conditions on roads leading to front.
1500 – XII Corps Survey control received from 410th Field Artillery Group.
1600 – Battalion commander returned to Battalion C.P.
0001 – 2400 – Fired H & I missions of four rounds per hour on Oberkail from 2400 to 0500.
Seven TIOT’s fired on enemy troops and activity in support of 4th Armor
Division. Fire three other concentrations – two on nebelwerfors and one on
enemy activity in woods. Air OP adjusted two.
Rankin (Tec/4 Link C. Rankin) back
Wiersdorf, Germany wL0957
Decapite, Benjamin D. 33 292 512 Sgt. MOS 539 Code A3
MCO 125 Race W
McPherson, James D. 33 301 171 Tec. 4 MOS 174 Code A3
590 Race W
Dixon, Claude 42 029 260 Pvt. MOS 531 Code A3
MCO 010 Race W
Above 3 EM reasgd & rejd from atchd unasgd
from Hq 48th Reinforcement Bn per par 2,
SO #16, Hq this Bn
2 EM Limited Assignment Personnel
Rittersdorf, Germany wL1156
Pugh, Robert F. 35 462 291 Tec. 4 Code K1
Trfd in gr to Det 93, GFRC per par
34, SO #50 Hq. 17th Reinf. Depot
Departed 4 March 45.
Rankin, Link C. 34 248 768 Tec 4 Code A3
Reasgd & rejd from atchd unasgd
GFRC, DEt 93. 225th Reinf Co per
par 34, SO #50 Hq. 17th Reinf. Depot
MCO 035 Race W.
Graff, William S. 33 707 438 Pfc. Code J4A
Sk in 305th Clearing Co LD to lost
To Hosp unknown. (Diseased) “Non-
Battle Loss” Dy 531
Nelson, Nils A. 33 292 634 Pfc. Code A3
Prasgd & rejd from atchd unasgd 48th
Reinf Bn per par 58, SO #6 Hq 48th
Reinf Bn MCO 590 Race W.
Anderson, Ernest R. 36 990 851 Pvt. Code J4A
Sk in 46th Clearing Co LD underter-
mined to lost to Hosp unknown.
(Pistol shot in hip) “Non-Battle
Loss” Dy 531
Just a short note before the mail goes out. It’s 1515 and sort of nasty out. It has been raining, snowing, blowing etc. for five days. Feb was real nice, I guess March is going to be kind of rough on us, but more so on Jerry cause he’s in full retreated almost everywhere. In our last three or four positions we haven’t heard a single round of incoming mail – this is unusual because once in a while “he” gets mad and shoots back. Being horse drawn, they have lost a great deal of horses – everywhere you can see them. The Air Caps get the horses then chews up the Jerry cause he can’t move. We are all ok – will write again soon.
Caption reads – March 1945, Somewhere In Germany, a 75 Ton German Royal or King Tiger Tank knocked out by the 4th Armored Division in its 60 mile plunge to the Rhine River
In the XII Corps zone the 76th Infantry Division, with the 2nd Cavalry Group attached, pushed three miles east from its Kyll River bridgehead, while the 385th Infantry (reinforced) passed through the 304th Infantry, clearing Herforst (L25) and Binsfeld (L25). To the north the 2nd Infantry (5th Infantry Division), which had been motorized the preceding day, gained seven miles in the wake of the 4th Armored Division. Oberkail (L26) was cleared by the 2nd Infantry and Spangdahelm(L25), Spang (L25) and Dahlem (L25) were taken by the 10th Infantry in an attack to the northeast. Gaining seventeen miles, Combat Command “B” (4th Armored Division) neared Mayn (L69) in its push to the Rhine River, while Combat Command “A”, seventeen miles to the rear of Combat Command “B”, began pushing forward rapidly. The 80th Infantry Division maintained its positions on the corps north flank with no change in positions.
1200 – Battalion alerted for movement to new position area at Matzen, Germany.
1400 – Fire direction Center and C.P. closed in new position at Matzen.
1430 – Wire communications established with firing batteries. Coordinates of new
installations as follows. CP (wL146553); Air Strip (wL078557); “A” Battery (wL15485588);
Battery “B” (wL15525529) and Battery “C” (wL15155697).
0001 – 2400 – Registered Battery “A” and “C” on same check Point. Eight TOT’s fired on
enemy troops and tanks. Two other concentrations fired – one on
nebelwerfers and one on enemy battery.
Tuesday – 6th March 1945
Cologne Germany and The Cologne Tank Duel
Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city guarding the easterly approach to the Rhine River and was assaulted by US 3rd Armored Division, 32nd Armored Regiment with M4 Sherman tanks a new Pershing T26E3 tank. The T26E3 Parsing, a 46 ton tank with a crew of 5, 100mm (3.94 in) of frontal armor was armed with a 90mm (3.54 in) gun capable of killing Tigers and Panthers.
This German Panthers in the photo is with the Panzer-Brigade 106th Feldhernhalle and witnessed first hand the first use of the new Pershing tank. This Panther killed two of 3rd Armored Division’s Sherman tanks and three of their crew before the Pershing killed it. The Pershing fired three rounds hitting it all three times and killing two of its crew.
The Panther in the photo is in front of the Cologne Cathedral, one of only a few buildings still standing at the time.
Sign reads –
Keep Out !
Beyond this point you
Draw fire on our
He gives His Life
24 Hours A Day
Matzen, Germany wL1455
Garland, Max L. (FA) 01 165292 1st Lt. MOS 1981 Code A3
Asgd and jd from atchd unasgd GFRC Det 48
Par 15, SO #61, Hq, 48th Reinf Bn. Comp
AUS. Date of Rank 3 Oct 42, Race White.
Philpott. Claude H. 36 409 485 Tec. 4
Dy to Sk in 5th Collecting Sta LD
Departed Hermesdorf, Germany wL0756 via
Motor Convoy 1400. Arrived present Sta
1445. Distance marched approximately 6
No limited assignment personnel
Matzen Germany wL1455
Kearse, Rovert L. Jr., 34 649 881 Pfc. MOS 405 Code A3
From atchd unasgd 48th Reinforcement Bn
To asgd & jd per par 32, SO #64 Hq 48th
Reinforcement Bn MCO 228 Race W
Departed Wiersdorf Germany via motor
Convoy 1330 arr present Sta 1430 distance
Marched approximately 6 miles
One EM Limited Assignment Personnel
Tuesday – 6th March 1945
Regarding the death of 1st Lt. Lyons
The 76th Infantry Division (less 417th Infantry, plus 2nd Cavalry Group) continued to advance. While advancing three miles, the 2nd Cavalry Group screened the XII Corps south flank and cleared Rodt (L24), Schleidweiler (L24) and Zemmer (L24). Meanwhile, the 304th and 395th infantry Regiments (76th Infantry Division) made a joint advance of five miles, capturing Arenrath (L25), Eisenghmitt (L26) and Beilingen (L25). Securing positions northwest of Koblenz (L79), the 4th Armored Division continued to advance unchecked as Combat Command “B” by-passed Mayen (L69) while Combat Command “A” closed the gap separating the two combat commands. In the 5th Infantry Division, the 11th Infantry gained several miles late in the period, following the advance of the 4th Armored Division, while the 2nd and 10th Infantry Regiments each gained one mile with the 2nd Infantry capturing Gransdorf (L25) and Schwarzenborn (L26). On the corps north flank, the 80th Infantry Division made gains of one mile.
0745 – XII Corps Survey Control received from 410th F.A. Group.
0900 – Battery Commander’s Meeting held at Battalion C.P.
1000 – Battalion Commander, S-2 and Battery Commanders left on reconnaissance for new
positions vicinity of Gransdorf.
1000 – Battery “A” given Close Station, March Order preparatory to moving later.
1500 – Close Station, March Order given to remainder of Battalion preparatory to moving
when road conditions permit.
1600 – Battalion commander to Battalion C.P. returned from reconnaissance and from
visiting 410th Field Artillery Group.
1745 – Battalion FDC and CP move to new position at Orsfeld Germany.
1930 – Battalion FDC and CP closed in new position at Orsfeld Germany.
2200 – Wire communication established with firing batteries.
0001 – 2400 – Fired two TOT’s one on enemy infantry and tanks an one on enemy batteries.
Fired 15 – minute H & I missions on road leading northeast out of
Orsfeld, Germany wL2059
Clark, Carey A. (FA) 0 249 134 Major
Relieved of command 1193 in addition to
other duties as of 2 Mar 45.
Garland, Max L. (FA) 01 165 292 1st Lt. Code A-1981
Principal dy Liaison Pilot 1981 not pre-
Departed Matzen, Germany wL1455 1840 via
Motor Convoy. Arrived present Sta 2100.
Distance marched approximately 14 miles.
No limited assignment personnel.
Here we are in our new house at #21 Stadtstrasse in _______. It’s a nice house. The windows are intact and the kettle coal stove is really putting out – it’s raining outside. The people don’t want to leave their houses, but with my perfect German – and 35 men convinced them. I almost got the master bedroom – sheets, down pillows, deep mattresses and all, I gave it up to be near the orderly room. Hendry is playing the Organ and it sounds rather – bad. Peter is at the guns – quietly going nuts. He has a tough job when we move- but does it real well. Max Garland is back! He’s still flying so I guess the Doc’s found no damage. I haven’t seen him, but Joe Hamilton gave me the dope. Speaking of Joe – he’s a proud papa – Kathleen, girl (good guess) born on Washington’s birthday. We are all smoking cigars. Had a letter from Jane tonight she’s remembered my birthday and has the date one day (6th) off. Hay – can’t even remember the exact day myself. Was it the 6th or the 7th? Guess I’m tired – or have the
ETO shakes. I had a real swell letter from Dad last night. I sure like to hear from him. I know he’s real busy so I’ll forgive him right off. He mentioned working all over the yard – in last night’s Stars & Stripes there was a picture of Chi. Coal merchant (Pres.) shoveling coal in the Union League Club furnace – was going to send it home, but sort of got confused early this morning. We sure have been eating good the last week or two. Meat two times a day – I mean by meat not stew, steak, pork chops, chicken, roast beef. Had a couple of real eggs for breakfast yesterday. Boy were they good. Even chicken has a soldier with his hand in her nest – waiting for the little egg. She doesn’t even have a chance to snuggle down on it – ‘cause its gone with the cry – “Hey, another egg!!”
Will write again real soon, My love to all,
L to R. M/Sgt. Unknown, CWO Joseph G. Hamilton
The 2nd Cavalry Group (attached to the 76th Infantry Division) continued to screen the south flank of XII Corps. After clearing Gladbach (L34), Landscheid (L35), Burg (L35) and Heeg Cut (L35), the 385th Infantry (76th Infantry Division), crossed the Salm River in a drive toward Grosslitgen (L35). Meanwhile, the 304th Infantry (76th Infantry Division) drove three miles to the Salm River, taking Greverath (L24) and prepared to cross the River. Well east of other infantry units, the 5th Infantry Division had both the 2nd and 11th Infantry Regiments across the Salm River. Far to the east, Combat Command ”A” and “B” (4th Armored Division) took more ground north and west of Koblenz (L99), capturing Bassenheim (L89), Wolken (L89), Kobern , Rubenach (L89), Mueheim (L89), Karlich (L89), Kruft (L89), Plaidt (L89), Miesenheim (F70), Saffig (L79), and Kettig (L89). Advancing late in the period, the 11th Infantry (5th Infantry Division), attached to 4th Armored Division, brought its elements near elements of the 4th Armored Division. There was no change in the 80th Infantry Division, which had been pinched out by the northerly attack of the 5th Infantry Division.
0900 – Battalion Exec left to inspect firing battery positions.
1015 – Battalion Exec returned to Battalion C.P.
1030 – Battalion Commandeer left to register batteries by Air OP.
1315 – Battalion Commander returned to Battalion C.P.
1200 – Battalion alerted for move tomorrow.
No Caption –
On the south flank of XII Corps, the 76th infantry Division (with attached 2nd Cavalry Group) gained three miles in zone to a line about one mile east of the Salm River. While the attached 2nd Cavalry Group screened the corps south flank, Bruch (L35), Bergweiler (L35), Musweiler (L35), Hupperath (L35), Schladt (L35) and Minderlittgen (L35) were taken by the 76th Infantry Division’s 304th and 385th Infantry Regiments. Far to the east, gains of up to four miles were made by Combat command “B” (4th Armored Division), which captured Hambuch (L63), Dunfus (L68), Roes (L68) and Montenich (L68), while Combat Command “A” maintained position. South of Mayen (L69), Reserve Combat Command, (4th Armored Division) preceded the attached 11th Infantry, then about ten miles from the Rhine River. The 2nd and 10th Infantry Regiments (5th Infantry Division) each gained nine miles, mopping up and taking Bettenfeld (L36) and Manderscheid (L36). Far to the west, the 80th Infantry Division maintained position while preparing to attack to the east.
Three days later we were attached as direct support to the famous fighting 4th Armored Division that moved down the long extended finger of territory north of the Moselle River and reached Ochtnedung, thus joining with the First Army near the Rhine, a short distance from Coblenz. Part of the Battalion took one wrong road and soon found itself spearheading for the Infantry and Tank Destroyer reconnaissance parties.
From the 9th until the end of the month, the Battalion was almost constantly on the move, in several instances having occupied new positions twice in the same day. The 4th Armored Division broke through the Siegfried line early in March and went as far as Koblenz, Germany. It was this Battalion’s mission to support their drive. The moves shown in par. 1 reflect this mission.
0900 – Batteries given Close Station – March Order preparatory to moving later.
1116 – Battalion Commander and Advanced Parties left Battalion C.P. for new position area.
1130 – Battalion left area on its way to new position area at Ochtnedung, Germany. Order
of March: Headquarters, “A”, “B”, “C” and Service Battery.
2100 – Battalion given orders to remain on side of road until daylight and to continue march
early tomorrow. Weather: Cool and damp with intermittent rain. Distance
marched: 35 miles. Morale: Excellent.
We were attached as direct support for the famous fighting 4th Armored Division and moved down the long extended finger of territory north of the Moselle River to reach Ochtendung and joined the First Army near the Rhine River. A short distance from Koblenz our battalion took one road and found itself leading and spearheading the Infantry. It was that fluid. We followed the 4th Armored Division, in their race through the German countryside, always had four or five additional battalions of artillery besides their own armored division, artillery that went with them on these thrusts through the German towns and lines. That’s where we were for quite a bit of the time. It was quite hairy because when they came under airborne bursts of artillery, of course, the 4th Armored people could get down in their tanks and their troop carriers, and here we were, running around in jeeps and open trucks. But we came through that in good shape.
Caption reads – Cpl. Norbert B. Schulte, Cpl. Wiley A. Parsons, Pfc. Henry J. Butcher and others In Battery B, Koblenz Germany
In the XII Corps zone Combat Command “A” (4th Armored Division) cleared ground along the west bank of the Rhine River, and along the north bank of the Moselle River, capturing Gondorf (L78), Wirfus (L67), Guls (L89), Winningen (L89) and Kobern (L89) while Combat Command “B” took Illerich (L67), Greimersburg (L57), Carden (L67), Landkern (L57), and Brohl (L68). The 5th Infantry Division (less 11th Infantry) gained three miles with its 2nd Infantry clearing the area west of the Lieser River. Then the 10th Infantry relieved the 2nd Infantry and captured Cochem (L57). After being relieved, the 2nd Infantry moved eastward to join the 4th Armored Division. To the rear, the 89th Infantry Division began relieving elements of the 5th and 76th Infantry Divisions. The 90th Infantry Division completed mopping up in zone and proceeded to an assembly area. Farther north, the 76th Infantry Division (with 2nd Cavalry Group attached) continued to clear enemy in zone, capturing Gipperath (L36), Plein (L35), Luxem (L45), and Karl (L06). The 80th Infantry Division was pulled back to the vicinity of Luxembourg (P81) enroute to XX Corps after being relieved from XII Corps.
1100 – Battalion started on its way to Ochtendung, Germany after bivouacking on side of
road throughout night.
1500 – Battalion arrived in new position area at Ochtendung, Germany Distance marched
22 miles. Weather: Cool, damp with intermittent rain. Morale: Excellent.
1615 – Wire communication established with 410th Field Artillery Group and firing Batteries.
The Battalion having moved from Orsfeld, Germany, with the 410th Field Artillery Group, with the mission of supporting the 4th Armored division in exploiting its salient near Koblenz, Germany, continued its March to positions in vicinity of Ochtendung, (wL750944) from where all batteries were registered on Koblinz that day.
The Battalion having moved from Orsfeld, Germany, with the 410th Field Artillery Group, with the mission of supporting the 4th Armored division in exploiting its salient near Koblenz, Germany, continued its March to positions in vicinity of Ochtendung, Germany (wL750944) from where all batteries were registered on Koblinz that day.
Battery “B” man Corporal Jasper A. Mathis – Florence, Alabama was killed on night march when tube of a 155mm gun smashed through front of the truck and crushed him.
Ochtendung, Germany wL7594
Parker, Frank C. 34 359 153 Sgt.
Dy to sk in qrs LD
Mathis, Jasper A. 34 338 540 Cpl.
Dy to accidentally killed motor
Vehicle wreck in line of dy. Non-
Departed Kaisersesch, Germany 0720.
Via Motor Convoy. Arr present sta
900. Distance marched approximately
Two EM Limited Assignment Personnel
Read your papers again around this date – as were doing quite a job. I haven’t had a chance to write to you for two or three days because I had been very busy and up very late at night. We have been three nights in three houses and one night on the ground. This new place isn’t bad. My German is improving!! Had to kick several families out of their houses so we could have a place for Savage and my men. Some of them said Ok some jabbered for a long time, as there was no argument where I was concerned – they got!! Have you ever put an old lady out in the street? I have!! One thing that makes it better is that they cling together like a couple of / mand others always make room. Will drop you a letter when I get some sleep. All of us are OK – just pooped out. Love to all,
Along the Rhine River, in the eastern part of XII Corps zone , Combat Command “B” (4th Armored Division) was relieved by the 11th Infantry after clearing its zone of the enemy, while Combat Command “A” and reserve Combat Command maintained their positions and patrolled. Making good gains in an area southwest of Maxen (L69), the 5th Infantry Division (less 11th Infantry) cleared Udler (L37), Oberwinkel (L47), Niederwinkel (L47), Gevenich (L57), Strotzbush (L46), Strohn (L46), Faid (L57) and Gevenich (L57). The 76th Infantry Division (with attachments 2nd Cavalry Group) was relieved by the 89th Infantry Division in zone, and then proceeded to a new zone farther south. Meanwhile, the 89th Infantry Division continued the attack to the northeast in the former zone of the 78th Infantry Division.
An enemy shell estimated to be 280 mm, struck and exploded within ten yards of the building housing the Forward Echelon in the city of Luxembourg, killing two enlisted men and causing considerable damage to the building.
0635 – Battalion Commander left to inspect firing batteries.
1100 – Battalion Commander returned to Battalion C.P.
1136 – Battalion Commander left for 410th F.A. Group.
1600 – 183rd F.A. Group commander, Colonel Bartlett, visited Fire Direction Center and
gave key personnel brief of situation.
1730 – Group Commander left Fire Direction Center.
1930 – Battalion relieved of attachment to 410th F.A. Group. And attached to 183rd
F.A. Group by Colonel Bartlett.
0001 – 2400 – Completed calibration of Batteries “B” and “C” by Ballistic an Technical
Service Team No. 3. Fired two TOT missions on enemy activity. H & I’s
fired on town of Oberlahanstain from
2000 at rate of 2 rounds per hour. Continued H & I’s on Grenehausen and
Neider at rate of 3 rounds per hour until 0600.
The Battalion was relieved from attached to the 410th Field Artillery Group, and was attached to the 183rd Field Artillery Group with no change in mission.
Caption reads – Koblenz
In the eastern part of the XII Corps zone, Combat Command “A” (4th Armored Division) patrolled along the west bank of the Rhine River and north bank of the Moselle River, while Combat Command “B” and Reserve Combat Command went into assembly areas. Elements of the 90th Infantry Division relieved 4th Armored Division in zone. The 11th Infantry reverted from 4th Armored Division to 5th Infantry Division control, and all three regiments of the division patrolled in zone on the north bank of the Moselle River, west of the 90th Infantry Division. Attacking to the east the 353rd and 355th Infantry Regiments (89th Infantry Division) gained seven miles, clearing Niederscheidweiler (L46), Diefenbach (L45), Driesch (L47) and Lutzerath (L47). The 76th Infantry Division passed control of the 417th Infantry to the 10th Armored Division, while advancing east and taking Kinderbeuern (L45), Urzig (L45), Osann (L44), Kesten (L44), Peisport (L44) and Maring (L44).
1010 – Battalion Exec left to inspect HQ an Service Batteries.
1100 – Battalion Exec returned to Battalion CP.
1140 – Close Station, March Order receive.
1700 – FDC and CP close in new position at Ruder.
1930 – Receive XII Corps Survey Control received from 183rd FA Group. Transmitted
to Assistant S-2.
0001 – 2400 – One sound on sound mission fired with Chimes Baker on one enemy gun.
Two H & I mission on RR Junction and town – two rounds per hour on each.
Elements of XII Corps crossed the Moselle River during the period, joining in the coordinated attack to effect contact with Seventh U.S. Army and enveloped enemy forces in the Assr-Moselle-Rhine area.
XII Corps front at this time ran roughly from southwest to northeast. At the extreme northeastern part of the zone, the 4th Armored Division was paroling. Just to the south the 5th and 90th Infantry Divisions were deployed along the north bank of the Moselle River. During the night both divisions jumped off following an artillery preparation of two hours, seizing bridgeheads across the Moselle River which they enlarged to approximately one mile in depth, and which were consolidated by the end of the period. Two regiments of each division had crossed before the period closed. Farther west the 89th and 76th Infantry Divisions were also along the north bank of the Moselle River, and were clearing out enemy pockets . Artillery harassed the enemy’s escape routes. At the extreme southwest of Corps zone the 2nd Cavalry Croup was relieved from attachment to the 76th Infantry Division, and began movement to join the 90th Infantry Division.
On March 13th we boarded the 4th Armored Division Express again this time in its drive south across the Moselle River behind the Germans in the Saar Line.
0710 – Situation Overlay as of 121200 March 1945 received from 183rd FA Group.
Forwarded to S-2.
0845 – Battalion Commander and S-2 left Battalion CP to reconnoiter for ground OP
1215 – Battalion Commander and S-2 returned to Battalion CP.
1230 – Battery Commander’s Meeting held at Headquarters Battery Mess.
1345 – Battalion Commander left for Air Strip to register Batteries by Plain.
1645 – Battalion Commander returned to Battalion CP.
0001 – 2400 – Fired upon single enemy piece – mission completed at 1750 –piece
destroyed. Fired one Battalion volley on town. Fired on enemy CP which
was neutralized. Fired 36 – minute preparation on enemy town and CP’s
and defiles followed by two batteries volleys per hour on each town. Two
H & I missions fired.
Effective enemy combat strength opposing Third U.S. Army was estimated at this time as being 8,500 effective and twenty tanks or assault guns against XII Corps.
After crossing the Moselle River the previous day, the 5th and 90th Infantry Division continued to attack to the south in XII Corps zone, with the 5th Infantry Division cleaning Lutz (L67) and Treis (L67), and the 90th Infantry Division taking Herschwisen (L87), Oppenhausen (L87), Udunrausen (L88), Morshausen (L77), Beulich (L77) and Wacken (L77). The 5th Infantry Division held a bridgehead two and one-half miles deep and three miles wide at the end of the period while the 90th Infantry Division secured a bridgehead two and one-half miles deep and about two miles wide. Preparing to attack to the south the 76th and 89th Infantry Divisions continued mopping up the enemy north of the Moselle River.
The Battalion fired a thirty-six (36) minute preparation for the attack of the XII Corps across the Moselle River, and continued with fairly heavy firing that day and on the 15th and 16th March.
0603 – Situation Overlay as of 130800 March 1945 received from 183rd FA Group. Maps:
German 1:50,000. Sheet Nos. 61 62, 81 and 83. Forwarded to Battalion S-2.
0830 – Battery Commander’s Meeting held at Headquarters Battery Mess.
1015 – Major Cooper, 183rd FA Group S-4, visited Battalion CP.
1045 – Battalion Exec and Major Cooper left to inspect firing batteries.
1130 – XII Corps Survey Control dated 11th and 12th March 1945 received from 183rd
FA Group dated 13th March 1945. Forwarded to Assistant S-2.
1210 – Battalion Exec and Major Cooper returned to Battalion CP.
1245 – Control Station Overlay. Scale 1:50,000 received from 183rd FA Group dated
13th March 1945. Forwarded to Assistant S-2.
1300 – Battalion Exec and Major Cooper left Battalion CP to continue inspection of Firing
Batteries and Service Battery.
1315 – Battalion Commander left for Battalion Air strip.
1530 – Battalion Exec returned to Battalion CP.
1640 – Battalion Commander returned to Battalion CP.
0001 – 2400 – Continued two battery volleys per hour on two towns until 0600. Seven
H & I missions fired at various times during period. Seven concentrations
fired on enemy troops, vehicles, guns and small counterattacks.
Caption reads – Art Bishop, awaiting orders
Things have been going along quite well the last few days. We have been on the “go” and all of us are kind of bushed. I’ve had a couple of letters the last few days but haven’t had any chance to do any writing myself. We are in a real nice house now. Curtains, beds, nice furniture etc. The people “are” cooperative (no choice) but rather sullen. Four planes have been over in the last few days – two were shot down. One by a P-38 the other – just crashed because he didn’t see a hill in front of him – it was very dark. Bet his face was red. Will write a letter soon.
Love to all
The combined attack of 5th and 90th Infantry Division continued south of the Moselle river in the extreme eastern end of XII Corps zone. The 10th Infantry (5th Infantry Division) was attached to the 4th Armored Division while the 2nd and 11th Infantry Regiments each gained three miles, clearing Dommershausen (L77), Dorweiler (L77), Kastellaun (L76), Zilhausen (L76), Korweiler (L76), Morsdorf (L76), Lahr (L76) and Bush (L76). Meanwhile, the 90th Infantry Division gained four miles to the southeast, capturing Oppenhausen (L87), Herschwiesen (L87), Buchhoiz (L87), Dieler (L87), Ney (L87), Kratzenburg (L87), Halsenbach (L87), Ehr (L87), Gondershausen (87), Merinuth (L87) and Beulich (L77). Striking rapidly south from its assembly area, the 4th Armored Division pushed through the 90th Infantry Division and gained over fifteen miles. The 10th Infantry (5th Infantry Division) and 359th Infantry (90th Infantry Division) were attached, and prepared to follow the rapidly advancing armored elements. While Combat Command “A” took Beulich (L77), Liesenfeld (L78), and Ellern (L95), Combat Command “B” cleared Dommershausen (L77), Laubach (L86) and Simmern (L85). To the west, the 89th Infantry Division attacked south across the Moselle River, gaining two miles and clearing Bullary (L56), Neef (L56), Nehaan (L66), Senhals (L66), Ellenz (L66) and Poltersdorf (L66). Artillery batteries listing nearly and hour preceded attack. The 76th Infantry Division relieved the 2nd Cavalry Group in zone and continued patrolling along the northern bank of the Moselle River. Upon relief, the 2nd Cavalry Group instituted movement to the eastern part of the corps zone.
0845 – Battalion commander left Battalion C.P. for Mayen on official business.
0845 – XII Corps Survey Control date 14th March 1945 receive from 410th F.A. Group.
Forwarded to Assistant S-2.
1030 – Battalion Commander returned to Battalion C.P.
1035 – Battalion Commander left to inspect Batteries “A”, “B” and “C”.
1200 – Battalion Commander returned to Battalion C.P.
1300 – Battalion temporarily relieved of attachment to 183rd F.A. Group and attached to
410th F.A. Group.
0001 – 2400 – Fired 5 TOT missions on enemy troops, tanks, vehicles and batteries. Four
H & I missions fired at various times during period. AOP adjusted on enemy
battery direct hit on one piece, others neutralized, ammunition exploding and
burning. Group AOP adjusted on enemy troops and vehicles in town, with
excellent results. Fired 5 other missions on enemy vehicles, troops, mortars
A TWX was received from Twelfth U.S. Army Group which stated that First U.S. Army would assign the 28th Infantry Division immediately to Third U.S. Army.
Continuing its whirlwind drive to the south, the 4th Armored Division (XII Corps) gained up to eighteen miles, with Combat Command “A” closing to the Rhine River in the vicinity Bretzenheim (M14) while Combat Command “B” crossed the Hahe River near Badmunster (M03), then Continued south through Hallgarten (M02). The attached 10th and 359th Infantry Regiments were well in advance of other infantry units, with the 359th Infantry in Simmern (L85) at the close of the period, while the 10th Infantry captured Blankenrath (L66) and Panzweiler (L65). The 90th Infantry Division (less the 359th Infantry) reduced the enemy in the far eastern section of the Corps zone, clearing Bad Salzig (L97) and Boppard (L98). To the west, the 5th Infantry Division (less 10th Infantry) gained seven miles, taking Buch (L76), Kastellaun (L76) and Hundreim (L75) in its mopping up drive to the rear of the 4th Armored Division. By this time the 4th Armored Division was cutting up enemy units on a large scale, while the 5th and 90th Infantry Divisions were mopping up and taking large numbers of prisoners. The 89th Infantry Division enlarged its bridgehead over the Moselle River, gaining four and one-half miles and taking Burg (L55), Briedel (L55) and Ellenz (L66), while the 76th Infantry Division maintained its positions on the north bank of the Moselle River in the western section of XII Corps zone. The 2nd Cavalry Group screened the corps north flank, while maintaining contact with VIII Corps.
0830 – Battalion moved from position at Ruber
0900 – Battalion reverted to 18th F.A. Group control.
1130 – Fire Direction Center and C.P. close in new position at Beulich.
1545 – XII Corps Survey Controls dated 14th and 15th March 1945 received from 410th
FA Group. Forwarded to Assistant S-2.
2100 – Battalion moved from Beulich
0001 – 2400 – Battalion fired three registrations.
C.S.M.O. (Close Station March Order) at 5 AM, Beulich (Germany) crossed Moselle at Hatzenport (Germany) 2nd C.S.M.O of the day. Blackout drive, arrived Simmern (Germany)
Enroute to Kumbochen Germany wL8354
Yorkes, Samuel J., Jr. 13 150 117 Cpl.
Dy to sk LD 315th Collecting Co
“Non-battle” (Disease) “Dy 228” as “Dy 505”
Dumas, Willie G. 34 339 308 Pfc.
Above 2 EM Dy to sk LD 315th
Collecting Co “Non_battle” (Disease)
Departed Dreckenack Germany via motor
Convoy at 0900. Arr Beulich Germany
wL7975 established position and fired
Registration and departed enroute to
Kumbochen Germany at 2230
One EM Limited Assignment Personnel
XII Corps’ spearhead continued to be its 4th Armored Division followed up by the 5th and 90th Infantry Divisions. Gains of six miles were made by 4th Armored Division after it passed through Bad Kreuznach (M03). Three minor counter attacks were easily repulsed by the division. The 5th Infantry Division gained five miles with the 2nd and 11th Infantry Regiments while the 10th Infantry was relieved from 4th Armored Division and reverted to 5th Infantry Division. The 359th Infantry (90th Infantry Division) continued to support the 4th Armored Division while the remainder of the 90th Infantry Division gained two miles, mopping up and clearing the enemy to the Rhine River. After closing in corps zone, the 11th Armored Division passed through the 89th Infantry Division, gaining more than fifteen miles. At the end of the period, forward elements of the 11th Armored Division were about ten miles northwest of the 4th Armored Division. After being motorized the 355th Infantry (89th Infantry Division) followed closely behind the 11th Armored Division, while the remainder of the 89th Infantry Division pushed forward three miles. To the west, the 76th Infantry Division maintained its positions north of the Moselle River, while in the eastern extremity of the corps zone the 2nd Cavalry Group continued to screen the flank alone the Rhine River.
0730 – Battalion closed in new position at Simmern.
0815 – Wire communications established with firing batteries.
1530 – Battalion Commander left for 183rd F.A. Group.1600 – Battalion Commander
returned to Battalion C.P.
1615 – Battalion Commander and Battery Commanders with their Reconnaissance Parties
left on reconnaissance for new positions.
1845 – Situation Overlay date 17th March 1945 as of 1200 received from S-2, 183rd
F.A. Group. Map Reference: 1:50,000.
1845 – Operational Directive #3 from 183rd F.A. Group dated 17th March 1945 with
attached overlay. Map Scale: 1/50.000 received from 183rd F.A. Group S-2 giving
route of march and order of march for movement to new position.
0001 – 2400 – Attempted fire on enemy battery with PJY Plane – Visibility too poor.
Caption reads – March 1945, Rhineland Germany, R.O. jeep, Russell Kuhn driver
Enroute to Windesheim, Germany
Departed bivouac area at 1000 via Motor
Convoy enroute to present Sta. Bivouacked
for night at 1500. Distance marched ap-
proximately 20 miles.
No limited assignment personnel
Along the Rhine River in the northern part of XII Corps zone, the 2nd Cavalry Group patrolled aggressively while the 90th Infantry Division cleared ground south alone; the river beyond Bingen (M15), which was under attack by the end of the period. The 4th Armored Division made gains south of the Nahe River while fanning out to the east and west in order to reduce by-passed concentrations of the enemy. Sobernheid (L93) and Reckerhausen (L76) were captured while the important town of Bad Kreuznach (M03) was cleared. Gaining eight miles, the 11th Armored Division continued to advance rapidly. Combat Command “A” forded the Nahe River, capturing Meddeersheim (L93), while Combat Command “B” crossed the same river five miles to the west and captured Becherbach (L82). The 355th Infantry (89th Infantry Division) was attached to 11th Armored Division and followed it closely, while the remainder of the 89th Infantry Division reduced enemy troops by-passed by the armored columns. Crossing the Moselle River, the 304th Infantry (76th Infantry Division) gained one mile while the remainder of the division patrolled north of the River.
0300 – Batteries “A”, “B” and “C” given Close Station, March Order preparatory to move to
0945 – Battalion CP and FDC opened in Windesheim.
1115 – Wire communications established with firing batteries and with 183rd F.A. Group.
1900 – Battalion CP and FDC opened in Winerheim.
2000 – Wire communications established with firing batteries and with 183rd F.A. Group.
0001 – 2400 – Battery “C” registered and started registration of other two batteries but
CEMO interrupted its completion. Fired 4 – round concentration at edge of
airport – 3 hits reported on buildings at edge of airport.