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10th Armored Division

G-2 Journal

20 March 1945

 

 

20

G-2

CCA

0010

2107

14

Est PW today: 1500 - 1600; estimated enemy dead 279; wounded 470; material destroyed: 5 AT guns; 1 truck model undetermined; 7 motor vehicles including half truck, 10 horse drawn vehicles, 1 large gun estimated 210mm w/tractor.

20

G-2

CCA

0010

2330

15

Haskill reports spasmodic arty fire. 20 more PW. They are surrendering in groups of two or three to their outposts at 2230A

20

G-2 corps

G-2

 

0035

 

PW identifications by radio

20

G-2

CCA

0100

0022

15

Receiving spasmodic arty fire vic L401 R042 at 0009A

20

G-2

CCB

0100

0020

16

PW states 20 officers and 150 EM left woods vic 595028 at 2000A moving E armed with 8 MG, riefles and bazookas

20

G-2

CCB

0100

2345

17

request info whether or not other units have contacted elements of 17th SS Division

20

G-2

CCA

0100

2232

18

2nd Mtn Div now extinct including arty. 416 Div also knocked out including arty. 559 Div may appear our sector 2 march units with number 559 identified and destroyed by us today.

20

G-2

CCA

0100

2230

19

Did you take over our PW cage vic CP 187 today. We did not evacuate them to your rear cage. G-2 knows location. See our message signed  16,0A

20

G-2

CCA

0135

 

20

65 PW under guard and waiting transportation at F275 R049 at 2350. Request transportation be sent this location

20

G-2

XX Corps

0200

 

 

Requested info on reported counterattack at Ottweiler. Was informed that we have no info on it. Corps was given messages 15 - 20. Corps was given estimate of enemy dead and wounded, material captured or destroyed

20

CCA

G-2

 

0220

 

PW cage at CP 187 - taken over today.

20

CCB

G-2

 

0220

 

Per your Message signed  2345A - Lichirie reports identification 15 Co 33 SS PGR at 1805A

20

G-2

CCB

0310

0225

21

Hospital at Herschweiler Q7298. Captured 70 patient and Medic detachment, commanded by a Major.

20

G-2

XX Corps

0410

 

 

Major Herman questioned our figure on enemy material captured or destroyed, as we had reported 9 tanks destroyed for the past two days. Capt Dee reported enemy material captured or destroyed as entered in journal

20

G-2

11 AD

0430

1930

 

Enemy fighting skillful delaying action utilizing numerous road blocks, destroyed vehicles and bridge demolitions. Elms 6 and 2 Pz providing greatest resistance. Bridges across Nahe River blown. PW from 246 Volksgrenadier Divison states 986 Regt, 600 men and Div Trains, 200 vehicles, 400 horse passed through Mikestein 18 Mar with orders to cross Rhine at mouth of OAN River.

20

G-2

80 Div

0430

1920

 

Enemy resistance to our advance was light and disorganized. Concentration arty received vic Neipel Q4098 at 0600A on March 19. 6 enemy howitzers captured intact at L546003 Bliesen. Enemy field train captured at Namborn L5602 and in RR station in Namborn numerous rifles, MGs and equipment taken.

20

G-2

CCB

0445

0400

 

no change

20

G-2

CCA

0620

0515

22

Enemy build up in back of TF Cherry vic F290 R076 and cut off some of his supplies.

20

XX Corps

G-2

 

0730

 

ISUM #150: Forward elements at 903905, 003986, 990913. Enemy resistance disorganized, consisting primarily of sporadic arty fire and some direct fire weapons. Some trouble with small groups enemy infiltrating behind forward elements.

20

IPW

G-2

 

0843

 

G-2 phoned concerning guards left here by CCA. Lt Loss knows nothing about them but will check with PM and advise G-2

20

G-2

IPW

0850

 

 

MPs say the guards were relieved but they do not know where they went

20

G-2

IPW

0910

 

23

PW from 47 Volksgrenadier Division captured at Rückweiler 642091. The 2nd Bn came up to St. Wendel 17 Mar from the South. PW from 111th Mtn Arty Regt, 2 Mtn Division are mostly personnel from Trains. State most of the guns were left at Wahnswegen

20

G-2 corps

G-2

 

0920

 

Air reports 2 road blocks about 100 yards apart at H3096__

20

G-2

IPW

0922

 

24

Papers taken from member of Hitler Youth indicate they are to follow the Volkssturm across the Rhine. Another document to all Kreisleiters is a tank alert ordering all tank and road blocks closed and manned. Document from higher headquarters orders all foreign workers, PW and females evacuated across the Rhine.

20

XX Corps

G-2

 

0928

 

Col Eckles phoned Col Curtis. Forward elements at R025955 and Q902906. New identifications: 103 Regt 47 Volksgrenadier Divison vicinity Rückweiler 642091 came from Hagenau on 17 March. 1127 Regt of 559 Volksgrenadier Division Birkenfeld Q5916. PW from Div Hq of 559 Volksgrenadier states headquarters was at Lauterecken 4 days ago. Told Col Curtis he would former papers taken from PW (message 24). Col Eckles gave Col Curtis a summary of conditions at St. Wendel. Major Rawley gave Capt Crawford further information on PW identifications. Special PW has been tagged and will be sent to Corps shortly. Location of forward elements Haskell H025955 at 0840. Cjerry Q902906 at 0355A.

20

G-2

CCA

1008

 

25

TF Cherry reports 2 enemy truck convoys contacted moving East between 760860 and 775857 at 22030A on 19 March, each estimated 20 to 30 vehicles

20

XX Corps

G-2

 

1050

 

Forwarded document on Hitler Youth orders

20

G-2

CCA

1050

 

26

10 to 15 enemy JB vehicles in woods at 770865 at 0945A on 20 March, unknown number of troops with them

20

G-2

CCA

1050

 

27

Bridge out at 100961

20

G-2

CCA

1115

 

28

PW states that 17 SS Pz Div is responsible for organizing defense of the area

20

G-2

OB

1120

 

 

Enemy orders dated 19 march states assembly area of 719 AT Bn will be in Wiebelskirchen Q5986. Order also stated "sector of 719 Inf Div must be cleared by 1200 19 March"

20

G-2

G-3

1120

 

 

Bridges blown at R055953 and R002983

20

XX Corps

G-2

 

1130

 

ISUM #151. Captured order dated 9 march states assembly area of 719 AT Bn will be in Wiebelskirchen Q3986, also stated sector of 719 Inf Div must be cleared by 1200 19 March. Bridges blown at R055953, R002983 and 100961. 10 to 15 enemy GP vehicles in woods at 770865 at 0945A on 20 March. Leading elements received mortar, 88mm and arty fire at R055953 at 1122A

20

G-2

IPW

1140

 

 

Captured LtCol Schulze and Capt Gunther Peter Feldmaier fromt e Arms Inspection unit XXII B

20

G-2

CCA

1150

 

29

Civilian states no soldiers or mines in Kaiserslautern. AT defenses weak. No AT ditches East of town. SS troop left Kaiserslautern 16 March. All types troops left from ___ks __  thru city East thru Neustadt (Note of Editor: line nearly completely missing, just the tops of the letters visible)

20

XX Corps

G-2

 

1205

 

Corps lines out at present time

20

G-2

G-4

 

1212

 

Message from CCB: Send 10 trucks to Kusel 7604 to pick PW. Guide posted center of town. 700 PW on hand. Map shortage acute. Need one over 25,000 request.

20

G-2

CCB

1415

 

30

Air CP reports AA fire vic R1200 at 1130A

20

G-2

CCB

1435

 

31

PW situation as follows: 500 vic Kusel when ordered by a dough commander to get them out of town. Started them headed West. At present have approximately 200 more at Siegelbach, expect another 200 before dark. No resistance. Reported new identification: 11 Rock Drilling Co.

20

G-2

90th Cav

1512

 

32

Pillbox at 900887, one German seen. 3 pillboxes at 907862, seem to have back entrances. Did not investigate. Continuing on mission.

20

G-2

 

 

1630

 

CP opened in Kaiserslautern

20

G-2

XX Corps

1630

 

 

11 copies Corps G-2 Periodic Report #222, 10 copies ISUM No. 398. XX Corps MII Team Report No 61

20

G-2

Third Army

1630

 

 

Army G-2 Periodic Report No 281. Army ISUMS, 181800A, 182400A and 190900A. Tactical IWP Report No. 199. G-2 Information Bulletin #23

20

XX Corps

G-2

 

1630

 

ISUM No. 152. Estimated 2000 PW have been send to rear by our forward elements. Many of these were turned over to infantry units. The enemy infiltrated across the highway at R075938 with about 30 riflemen and 1 panzerfaust. Our forward elements met heavy resistance vic 152923 from what is believed to be a Flak Bn with 88mm and 20mm gun. Messages 1, 2 and 3.

20

G-2

CCA

1716

 

1

Enemy gun vic 125975 cal unknown, at 1636A

20

G-2

CCA

1716

 

2

Enemy tank located vic 121971 at 1649A. Two enemy AT guns vic 129980 at 1643A

20

G-2

CCA

1720

 

3

PW and civilian state enemy withdrew all last night and morning via Bad Dürhkeim 310557 and Neustadt 295855. They plan to cross the Rhine and make stand at Mannheim.

20

G-2

Div Arty

1750

 

4

Enemy troops withdrawing over bridge at 5280. Civilians also report that bridge at 5298 is impassable. Am sending civilians to your location now.

20

XX Corps

G-2

 

1830

 

Civilians state that bridge at 5298 is impassable and that enemy troops withdrawing over bridge at 5280. This report not verified. Molschbach 060870 cleared of enemy and 15 PW taken at 1735A. Large enemy column moving east on road Steinben 9470 - Geiselberg 9781 at 1730A (above message sent by radio)

20

CCA

G-2

 

1830

 

Civilians states bridge at 5298 is impassable and that enemy troops withdrawing over bridge at 5280. This report not verified.

20

CCB

G-2

 

1830

 

Civilians states bridge at 5298 is impassable and that enemy troops withdrawing over bridge at 5280. This report not verified.

20

G-2

CCB

1855

 

5

Railroad and Highway bridge at Mannheim are still intact. Bridge at M492058 and Railroad and Highway bridge at Worms destroyed.

20

G-2

CCB

2005

 

6

AT guns located M104962 firing at 084944. Strong resistance at Binkenbach 1198 and Alsenborn 1399, Flak Btry destroyed at 079991

20

G-5

G-2

 

2026

 

PW, Officer in an Ordnance outfit, states there is a quantity of guns and ammunition at 58 Barbararossa Strasse (Kaiserslautern) that has not been picked up by the Americans.

20

XX Corps

G-2

 

2110

 

Enemy offering stiff resistance at Enkenbach 1198 and Alsenborn 1399 at 1805A. Flak btry destroyed at 07991. AT guns firing from 104962.

20

XX Corps

G-2

 

2200

 

ISUM #153. forward elements at Q1893 and Q1693 meeting up with heavy resistance. CCA reports 1800 PW on way to Division Cage.

20

G-2

IPW

2245

 

7

Lt Moss reports 1853 PW processed today

20

G-2

IPW

2250

 

 

Lt Moss requested transportation to clear cage

20

G-1

G-2

 

2253

 

Major Rawley phoned G-1 re PW transportation. Asked that Lt Spellman contact Lt Moss

20

G-2

CCB

1117

 

 

Request coordination of PW collecting point

20

G-2

90th Cav

2335

2255

8

Civilian report 2 tanks, 10 motor vehicle wagon and 500 infantry in Mittelbrun at 1500A moving East towards Obernheim.

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