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10th Armored Division

G-2 Journal

18 March 1945

 

18

G-2

CCB

0008

 

24

Red nosed thunderbolt strafed friendly column vic L531184 (road between Boerfink and Bruecken) at 1714A (P-47D, tail number 44-20426, 9th AF 368 FG 395 FS, pilot: 1st Lt. Walter R. Johnson).

Light arty falling L556175 (Buhlenberg)

18

G-2

CCB

0008

 

25

Revised figure on PW today: 400. 1 GSC Lt. Col, from 79th Inf Div.

18

G-2

90 Cav

0115

0040

26

32 rds est 170mm arty fell vic cp 56 between c025 and 0035, continuing intermittently one round every 30 sec

18

G-2

IPW

0145

 

27

Identifications: 1st Bn Hq, 136 Mtn Regt: 2 stragglers captured at L323050; 2d Co 136 Mtn Regt: 1 PW captured at L389070; 5th Co, 136: 7 PW captured vic L323050; 7th Co 136: 1 straggler at L323050; Regt'l Hq, 137 Mtn Regt: 7 PW captured at L388098; 4th Co, 137: 6 PW captured at L388098; 15th Co, 137: 2 PW captured at L389070; 16th Co, 137: 1 PW captured at L388098; Light Column, 137 Regt: 25 captured L388070; 2d Batry, 111 Arty Regt, 2d Mtn Div: 1 PW captured at L390050; 3d Btry, 111th: 3 PW captured vic L410120; 4th Btry, 111th: 1 PW captured at L390050; 5th Btry, 111th: 1 PW captured at L390050; 6th Btry, 111th: 1 PW captured at L320135; Tns, 67th Rcn Bn, 2 Mtn Div: 4 PW captured at L375035; 2d Co, 55th AT Bn, 2d Mtn Dic: 1 PW captured at L388098; 2d Co, 55th AT Bn, 2d Mtn Div: 1 PW captured at L388098; 2d Co, Festungs Pak II/17: 1 deserter picked up at L375035; 1st Co, 12th SS Mtn Inf Regt, 6th SS Mtn Div: 1 PW straggler picked up at L323052; 9th Co, 12th SS Regt: 2 PW straggler picked up at L405035. 2d Co, 669 GHQ Engr Bn: 9 PW fighting as inf captured at L455195; 2d Co, KG Kodisch: 4 PW captured at L455195; Alarm Co Hofer: 2 PW captured at L455195; 1st Btry, 27th AA Regt, 9th AA Div: 2 PW captured at L375035; 6th Btry, 27th AA Regt: 1 PW picked up at L455180. PW stated that arty was supposed to withdraw toward Kastel L4508. 27th AA Regt und 42 AA Regt are part of the 9th AA Div. The code name for the 87th AA Regt was "Donnerschlag". Regt supposed to consist of 3 Bn; each Bn has 5 btrys (3 heavy and 2 light). The heavy btrys have 4 88mm and 3 20mm AA guns. Of the two light Btrys one Btry has 12-37mm AA guns and other btry has 8-20mm single barrelled and 4-20mm Vierlinge. KG Hofer consists of personnel from a POW transit camp; originally had 70-80 men.

18

G-2

CCB

0150

1859

28

Friendly air knocked out 3 enemy veh at L580175 1720A

18

G-2

CCA

0200

 

29

Info from Capt. Cranford: Been in town of KASTEL for about 15 minutes. One platoon had seized bridge and was going across, one platoon had just started cleaning the town when four Mk IV tanks with 6-10 infantry moved into town from North at 1755A. Major Hankins, Captain Bush and the Team Commander were all in a building in the town when the tanks moved in. The tanks knew someone was in that building and these tanks shot into building. The building was completely surrounded and the tanks fired into the building. Major Hankins and his staff moved from room to room just ahead of the 75's coming in and finally got down to the basement. The Germans started coming in the house; one came down in the basement. Hankins and other shoved pistols in the man's ribs and he was taken Prisoner-of-War. An infantry platoon sergeant outside came to rescue and knocked out the crews of three tanks by rifle fire. One tank got away. These tanks had come down with mission to cross bridge and blow same which was prepared for demolition with a 500 lb bomb. Hankins has not recd any arty or mortar fire for past 2 days.

18

G-2

CCA

0200

 

29

(contd) Civilian report: Area - St. Wendel: Fortifications near Lautenbach - they are at edge of the village on road to Waldmohr. There is a fire trench with small bunkers covered with earth. Bunkers extend into woods. An AT ditch 300 meters long vic of depression vic L6789. It runs NE to SW. On road from Dörrenbach L6393 to Lautenbach L6591 on side road leading to Furth L6491 there is an AT ditch running to a prepared road block on NW side of Lautenbach. There is an ammo dump in woods along highway St. Wendel to Werschweiler. Crews work day and night loading ammo into trucks. At the RR station in Werschweiler there is a RR line single track what is not shown on map running to Ottweiler - Dörrenbach - Werschweiler - Niederkirchen - Kusel. Shells or ammo in dump on road all cal up to 210mm. Another ammo dump near Hoof L6499 in woods W of the town. There is a military road running from Werschweiler to Frohnhofen L6895 and they are laying single track RR along this road. Air rptd they knocked out 500 vehicles today, horse drawn, tracked vehicles, everything. 419th FA knocked out 30. Wadern up to 2 weeks ago was Hq of 82 Army Corps and the CG was Hahn. Were there from 3 Dec to 27. Mayor here was removed from post further into Germany because of lack of loyalty to party and he raised so much stink they gave him this town and 12 others.

18

G-2

XX Corps

0300

 

30

4th Armd Div identified all 3 Regts of 2d Pz Div vic Winterburg L9340 and Winterbach L9342 about 171400A after 4 hours of fighting in which no enemy tanks were involved. The 2d Pz withdrew to the SW, losing many PW. PW state Div was attempting to break through to cross the Rhine vic Bingen. 4th Armd took an estimated 600 PW from the 326th Regt, 198th Inf Div and all 3 regts 159th VG Div. 5th U.S. Inf Div was in a stiff fire fight as of 2400A vic L8345 which began at about dusk. Believe the 2d Pz Div is possibly involved.

18

G-2

80 Inf

0705

 

 

80th Inf requested and were given our general situation. They are meeting little resistance, some small arms and a little arty. No heavily defended roadblocks have been reported.

18

XX Corps

G-2

 

0730

 

The 719th Heavy AT Bn GHQ has been identified in our zone. Has 3 Cos with T/O strength of 7 - 8 Mk V tks. Officer PW states arty regt, 416th Inf Div has guns in position in grid square Q4499. 32 rounds est 170mm fell Q3799 between 0025 and 0035. General staff Corps Colonel from the 79th Inf Div has been captured but no results of interrogation have turned up yet (ISUM No. 142)

18

CCB

G-2

 

0745

 

Message: Submit details of capture of 137 Trains to include material and prisoners taken

18

G-2

G-3

0755

 

 

Div Arty reported enemy tanks, vehicles and doughs moving SE out of town at CP 139. Requested Air and G-3 is taking care of request.

18

XX Corps

G-2

 

0800

 

G-2 phoned for information on 2nd Pz Div that counterattacked the 4th Armored Div. Corps could give us little more info than already given in message 30. Situation in our zone: Of the units pulling out, some will get mission to establish some sort of a hasty line. They markch during night. 416th Div still fighting - pulling into 2nd Siegfried Line defenses. Corps had something like 1500 PW through their cage yesterday. 4th Armored Div oberran the CP fo the 560th Div - just had remnants.

18

G-2

XX Corps

0840

 

31

Air reports 125 M/Ts at L6619 at 0700A. Fighter bombers are working on them.

18

G-2

CCB

0842

 

32

1 tank and 1 AG at 598054. No enemy resistance reported for period 2400 to 0530 by TF Richardson. Last reported enemy was M/T column moving east from 562069 at 0445A. PW captured at 518100 during night, states approx 2 Cos infiltrating to 505105.

18

G-2

Arty

0915

 

33

Maj Rawley phoned Arty to make arrangements for a cub for Col Eckles to locate columns. Capt Brown reported the following information: enemy Inf in woods at 513035 - enemy col of 30 vehicles (5 tanks) moving E to CP 159; Our elements are now entering CP 139; we have elements in CP 215 and town 3200 meters E of CP 171; 2 enemy col moving E in vicinity of CP 159 (51749724)

18

G-2

Div Engr

0925

 

 

Lt Barnes phoned re 1:50,000 maps east of our positions. They are not printed and we will have to rely on 1:25,000. Army or Corps do not have them either

18

G-2

CCA

0940

 

34

Team Brown of TFH fired on at F076 R005 by enemy tanks. Arty saw 6 tanks in area. 4 tanks and wheeled vehicles withdrawing from same vic. 2 tanks observed withdrawing from town. Putting Air on enemy at 0758A (0916A)

18

G-2

CCA

0942

 

35

Forward elements fired on by 3 enemy tanks at F095 L042. 3 tanks and 2 halftracks withdrew vic F110  L020. (0925A)

18

G-2

Third Army

0950

 

 

Col Smuck phone for G-2. G-2 was on observation mission and Col Smuck stated he had information he thought G-2 was interested in and wanted to talk to him before any action was taken. When G-2 returns call Col Smuck or Col Franklin at Lucky 122

18

G-2

90th Cav

1045

 

36

Receiving fire from AT gun. Location 443978 at 1015A. Approximately 50 PW taken this morning. Identification will follow.

18

G-2

CCA

1047

 

 

I have request for Psychological Warfare unit to be sent to F082 L003 for TFC. Is it available. Answer. Signed 1022A

18

G-2

CCA

1053

 

37

Civilian reports enemy arty withdrew last night to Winterbach L540975. CP reported L555966.

18

CCA

G-2

 

1047

 

Have another speaker outfit on the way. Should arrive here by 1200. Will send to you immediately. The outfit you had has not arrived this Hq yet. Have they left your Hq.

18

G-2

3rd Tk Bn

1105

 

38

Enemy losses 16 March 45: Killed - unknown. Captured 166. Tanks destroyed 5 inkl. 2 Ags. Arty Pieces 12 (70, 105, 88mm). Other vehicles 20 (trucks, waggons, caissons). Mortars & MGs 8. Small arms approx. 170.

18

G-2

CCB

1115

 

39

TF Richardson engaging 2 SP guns and some inf at Hirstein at 1020A. TF Chamberlain destroyed 4 trucks and others escaped east 624094 at 1010A.

18

G-2

CCB

1115

 

40

PW states line was to be established Bosen 5008 to Michelbach 3597; also believes troops withdrawn from Merzig. Signed - 1100A.

18

XX Corps

G-2

 

1130

 

ISUM #143: Reported that G-2 had flown over front lines and there was much activity - long columns headed east. Considerable fightin but evidence of withdrawal (Messages 36-39)

18

G-2

Engr Sect

1133

 

 

Captured enemy blue print

18

G-2

CCA

1135

 

41

Team at F096 H006 knocked out enemy armored car. 2 tanks located there.

18

G-2

11th Tk Bn

1140

 

42

Two 88mm and three 20mm guns intact vic 572169

18

G-2

CCA

1145

 

43

PW captured yesterday by TFH report 10th Co 136 Regt destroyed. 6 SS Mtn and 2nd Mtn PW state there wer no orders issued to them for any organized resistance.

18

G-1

G-2

1205

 

 

Major Rawley phoned Col Laudig to inquired re total PW for yesterday and today. G-1 could not furnish the necessary information.

18

Third Army

G-2

1230

 

 

Col Eckles had a conference with Col Franklin by phone

18

G-2

CCA

1248

 

44

The 137th Regt Trains captured on 17 March 45 consisted of approx 60 horses, 6 wagons and 23 men, commanded by a Master Sergeant. These Trains surrendered at the medical office attached Military Government Office of this Hq. These Trains were captured in woods vic 3912 (near Vogelsbuesch)

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18

G-2

90th Cav

1248

 

45

Identification PW taken our present locaction 5/523 Engr Bridging Bn, 1 Trk Co, 416 Inf Div, 2 AT Bn, 416 A Inf Div, 1/712 Regt, 416 A Inf Div. Total as of 1200A - 47. Signed 1200A

18

G-2

CCA

1248

 

46

1 enemy tank knocked out vic F092 L002 (east of Theley) at 1139A

18

G-2

CCA

1248

 

47

Road under small arms vic L506023. Tank and bazooka team vic 530018 (Osenbach) at 1150

18

G-2

CCA

1248

 

48

TFH estimates 1 Regt inf vic F133 L014. He has taken quite a few PW and including officers at about 1200A

18

G-2

CCB

1310

 

49

PW identified 1 Maj. 1 Lt from 519 Army TD Bn; also PW from 103 Regt, only a Bn present 137 Regt. 8 men left 136 Regt. Identified 1 PW from 9 Army Div. Est 150 PW. Mission is to delay until position becomes untenable, then withdraw to another est until reaching Rhine. Communication of enemy are nil according to 2 Officer PW. More details upon further interrogation.

18

G-2

CCB

1310

 

 

Intercept: All PW state they are to merely delay and then run to successive positions until they reach the Rhine.

18

G-2

90th Cav

1310

 

50

Identified PW 41 Bn Air Eng; 1 Co 743 Regt, 719 Div; 5 Co 723 Ersatz Bn, 719; 2 Co, Engr Bn, 416 Div; 1 Sturm Bn, AOK 1 vic Dörsdorf 1145A.

18

G-2

CCB

1315

 

41

2 trucks and 1 of 2 guns at Hirstein 5903 destroyed at 1203A

18

XX Corps

G-2

 

1300

 

Message 44. Corps is in process of moving and due to poor telephone connections with Advance CP Maj. Rawley will send new identifications by radio.

18

G-2

90th Cav

1330

 

52

Thru G-3: Pillbox knocked out at 148125 at 1430A

18

G-2

CCB

1345

 

53

4 enemy vehicles captured intact 635099 at 1145A

18

G-2

G-3

1352

 

 

Hankins reports: Have captured 70 men and 5 officers, probably SS, still flushing town Bliesen. Signed 1238A

18

G-2

G-3

1352

 

 

Cherry has taken approx. 300 PW at Theley L485005 (north of Theley) and wants 6 trucks at Hasborn-Dautweiler (Hansborn Dantweiler) Q452995 as soon as possible.

18

G-4

G-2

 

1355

 

Informated G-4 of request for trucks at Hasborn-Dautweiler.

18

G-2

IPW

1410

 

54

Elements of 2nd Mtn Div were to withdraw from Kastel to Eisen (5112). Officer PW states orders of 2nd Mtn Div not to withdraw to Rhine but to continue fighting even if wounded. Identifications: 2nd Co, 519 Heavy Anti Tank Bn; Hq Co, 519 Heavy Anti Tank Bn; 2nd Co, AG Brigade 280.

18

G-2

DDB

1415

 

55

42 Card 5. PWE open 1000 18 Mar 45 - UT HE LA BM CO CB LQ EH


18

G-2

MII

1425

 

 

Civilian who left Saarbrücken at 1400A, 17 March, travelled by bicycle to Primsthal L4404 where he was taken by our troops. While he passed Tholey 4999 he was under air attack. After the attack at approx. 1800A he saw a column of est 100 vehicles coming south from Theley L4801. He saw six vehicles burning on road. Upon asking a soldier, he was told that the column was to move to St. Wendel R5896. Most trucks in column were empty. There were also a few armored cars. Est 30 vehicles were driven by SS personnel. He also saw 5 tanks at 493987 one of which was burning.

18

CCA

G-2

1430

 

 

Message: Am sending loud speaker unit to you. Left at 1410A

18

XX Corps

G-2

 

1430

 

Message: Recent identifications vic Nunkirchen Q3597 follow: 5th Co, 523 Eng Bridging Bn; 1st Truck Co, 416 Inf Div; second AT Bn, 416 Inf Div; 1st Co, 712 Regt. Hq Co and second Co 519 Heavy AT Bn; 2nd Co, 280 AG Brigade; 1st and 2nd Co, 67 Signal Bn also identified to our front

18

G-2

21st Tank

1435

 

56

Intercept: 2 AT guns located during going into position vic L232081 taken under fire and neutralized. Signed 1310A.

18

G-2

90th Cav

1530

 

57

One tank and unknown number of infantry in woods vic 581105

18

G-2

90th Cav

1530

 

58

Further PW identifications: 10 - 3 Co AF Engr Bn 41, 9 - 2 Co AF Engr Bn 41, 4 - Bn Hq Co AF Engr 41, 2 - Volkssturm Hochwald Weiskirchen, 1 Trucking Bn 246 - 416 Inf Div, 1 - 5 Co 723 Regt 719 Inf Div taken in Steinbach and Dörsdorf 440960 and 440974, 3 - 306 Engr Bn taken 1330A in Hasborn-Dautweiler 450995. Total as of 1400 - 87.

18

G-2

11th Tk Bn

1530

 

59

Intercept: PW states 111th Arty Regt was in position vic Gimbweiler 608098, pulled out this morning headed east thru Rückweiler.

18

G-2

CCA

1530

 

60

The 17th SS Div has been identified in our zone today. 38 Regt consists of 15 Companies, strength 15 to 20 men per Co, armed with rifles and Panzer Faust.

18

G-2

90th Cav

1530

 

61

K Troop engaged in fire fight with enemy at F071 R039 at 1446A

18

G-2

CCB

1601

 

1

PW identified 13 and 14 Company of 12 SS Mtn Regt, strength 60 per Co. 15, 16 and 17 Companies 12 Regt in area according to statement of 13 Co PW. 4th Btry 42 Falk Regt identified. PW stated only 16 in Tholey - has 12 88s. 2nd Bn 103 Regt, 47 Volksgrenadier Division identified. PW states this is only Bn committed end strenght - 200 came from HAGEN ** 40-5 Volles Bn identified. 3 Cos habe 120 men each. Estimated PW today - 300

18

XX Corps

G-2

 

1605

 

Repeated message sent at 1430 by phone. Very heavy resistance N and NW of St. Wendel, about 2 - 2½ kms. Town appears to be very heavily defended. Some SS troops. Messages 49, 50, 54, 58. Col and Lt Col of 17 SS Panzergrenadier Division captured (542976) who state only 1 Bn was moved up to this area, the 2nd Bn, full strength, was moved up from Bisch (Bitche?). Enemy resistance has become increasingly stubborn, AT, including dug in tanks, Bazooka, AW and small arm fire, some mortar and arty.

18

G-2

XX Corps

1620

 

2

PW states 85th Corps after being attacked by air in Harbach Q4387 on 16 March moving to Urexweiler 5292 on 17 March. TAC/R reports observed 150-200 N/T, no engines Q3587 at 1420A. 200 enemy troops dismounted marching east L6721 at 1208, strafed 5 times.

18

G-2

CCB

1622

 

3

Fire fight with mortars at least 1 tank and 6 AT guns, road block and infantry at Hirstein 5903 has been going on for 5 hours.

18

G-2

90th Cav

 

1532

4

20 PW taken F075 R043 from 8th Co, 723 Inf Regt, 723 Inf Div; Total PW now 123

18

G-2

90th Cav

 

1550

5

Further PW identifications 8/5 Btry 416 Arty Regt; 1/14 Co, 712 Regt; 1/3 Co 523 Engr Bn; 1/1 Co, 416 Field Repl Bn; ¼ Btry 1 Bn 42 AA Regt, 9 AA Div; ¾ Co VS Bn Achreiner Merzig; 7/7 Co Base Fortress Regt 112; 1/Bn Hq Co Engr Bn 28 Berweiler 1230; 5/1 Co Festung at 503 1/12 Co 55 Panzergrenadier 32 Regt J/219 TT Bn, 719 Inf Sotzweiler 470964 at 1400. Total as of 1545 123.

18

G-2

CCB

 

1635

6

Enemy tank knocked out vic 629041 by arty 1520A

18

G-2

CCA

 

1645

7

Intercept: PW states a Flak Bn moved from Alsweiler to St. Wendel this morning. It still has 10 88s, 20 20mm guns. Went into previously prepared positions. Another Flak Bn went toward Werschweiler with 3 88s.

18

G-2

CCB

 

1640

8

AT guns fire at 6809. Pillbox at 631089 being cleared at 1500A

18

G-2

CCB

 

1700

9

Destroyed 2 AT guns and 7 20mm guns civ 680098. One more in area 1507A

18

G-2

CCB

 

1715

10

PW 10 Co, 27 Flak Regt, states his Btry was destroyed by our fire vic Fohren Linden 6810

18

XX Corps

G-2

 

1815

 

Messages 7, 9, 10. Major Rawley discussed general enemy situation.

18

G-2

XX Corps

1750

 

 

417th Inf Regt reports: PW states 3rd Bn, 27th AAA with 20 88mm guns left Birkenfeld L5916 the afternoon of 17 March with orders to move by way of Kaiserslautern and to cross the Rhine River at Ludwigshafen, supposedly on the only available bridge

18

G-2

CCA

1815

 

11

1 truck, Quartermaster items, captured at Mettnich. Request 7 trucks for PW evacuation at my CP. 0700A March 19

18

G-2

CCA

1830

 

 

Major Davis phoned for 5 trucks for transporting PW. Major Rawley will check and call back regarding the possibility.

18

G-4

G-2

 

1835

 

Major Rawley phoned for 5 trucks to send to CCA. LtCol Webber advised that all trucks were in use and it would be best to march PW back. He will do what he can

18

G-2

CCA

1840

 

 

G-2 phoned Major Rawley. They have approx. 700 PW and will attempt to shuttle PW with the trucks so far obtained. The Interrogator of the 416th Div and 82nd Corps is a PW and he is being brought back. Asked Major Rawley to call Col. Curtis regarding any special info desired.

18

G-2

CCB

1845

 

12

Team O'Grady at Berschweiler 680090. Have captured or destroyed 12 vehicles, 10 AT guns (Flak guns?). 70 PW as of 1545A.

18

G-2

CCB

1850

 

13

26 PW from 111 Mtn Arty Regiment captured at Reichweiler 6805.

18

G-2

MII

1930

 

14

Civilian reports 6 Mark IV tanks moving into Wolfersweiler I595075 as of 0700 Mrch 18. Also 6 105mm guns at Wolfersweiler as of 0700 18 March. All horsedrawn.

18

XX Corps

G-2

 

1937

 

Major Rawley phoned Col Curtis re Col and LtCol from 17 SS Panzergrenadier Division and PW interrogator from 416th Div. Asked if there were any particular questions Corps wished asked of these PW. Col Curtis said anything we could find out on the last EEI's, otherwise the same questions we are interested in. Col Eckles gave Col Curtis a report of the action around St. Wendel. Also information given him by interrogator of 416th Div.

18

Div Engr

G-2

 

2025

 

Capt Hinrichs called Major Geiler for further information re the Colonel (PW) captured today. Major Geiler stated the Colonel was dressed in gray trousers, black boots, helmet with SS insignia and SS insignia on collar of jacket.

18

G-2

CCA

2032

 

15

Total of 650 PW captured between 1600 of March 17 and 1600 of March 18

18

G-2

90th Cav

2120

 

16

Approx. 50 enemy, 2 personnel carriers and undetermined amount horsedrawn vehicles in woods SE of town F108 R050 at 1830A

18

G-2

CCA

2120

 

 

No reported change enemy situation. PW report will follow

18

G-2

90th Cav

2120

 

17

PW identifications: 22/8 Co 723 Inf Regt 419 Div; 4 Hq Co, 1622 Bn; 3/7 Co 112 Base Fortress Regt; vic Sotzweiler 468964 at 1500. 12/5 FO 723 Inf Regt 419 Div; 1 Eng Bn 41, vic Thalexweiler 442945 1600. 5/416 Regl Bn vic Dörsdorf 440974 at 1400

18

G-2

CCB

2120

 

18

Tank ditch at 709072 at 1915

18

G-2

CCB

2120

 

19

Two 500 pound bomb at 549092

18

G-2

CCA

2120

 

20

2 Bn 38 Regt 17 SS Div only bn of GOETZ VON BERLICHINGEN Div committed against us. It can be considered destroyed. We have captured Bn CO and over 100 PW. Strength of Bn from captured document as of 16 March: 6 Officers, 30 NCIs, 181 Enlisted Men, 169 Rifles, 3 MG Model 34, 17 MG Model 52, 3 Inf Hows, 6 Bazookas, estimated PW today 650 still coming in.

18

G-2

CCA

2120

 

 

Am sendung you 5 French PW already interrogated

18

G-2

CCA

2120

 

21

Officer PW from 9th Co, 3rd Bn, 38th Regt, 17 SS Panzergrenadier Division. 3rd Bn annihilated. Bn arrived in our sector 3 days ago.

18

G-2

CCB

2145

 

22

10 AT guns and 5 flak guns unknown caliber knocket out vicinity 685100 at 1700

18

XX Corps

G-2

 

2145

 

Col Eckles phoned Col Curtis. Reported that we have knocked out 9 tanks, 100 vehicles of various types, 12 AT guns, 2 88s, 5 20mm glak guns, estimated Bn of arty, 950 PW. Captured intact 2 88s and 3 20mm guns at 572169 at 1140A. Also gave him identification from PW taken today and IPW general summary.

18

G-2

IPW

112

2145

 

 

IPW Report #34

18

G-2

CCA

2225

 

23

Air reports large enemy column entering F180 R031 at 1459A. Dismounted enemy troops at 563983 are putting time fire on these troops 1710A. Still receiving direct fire from AT guns located in vicinity 577985 at 1720A.

18

G-2

G-2

 

2230

 

Message 16. Col Eckles informed Major Croninger that PW were not to be turned over to other units. G-2 should be notified and if transportation is not available the Corps commander has directed that they start walking back.

18

G-2

CCA

2243

 

24

Civilian reports that troops that withdrew today plan to fall back to the Rhine tonight via Kusel and Kaiserslautern.

18

G-1

G-2

 

2247

 

Col Eckles phoned G-1 re PW being turned over to other units. Requested Col Laudig notifiy Combat Command that this practice must be stopped.

18

XX Corps

G-2

 

2345

 

Lt. Hawkins to Capt Mabry: Leading elements TF Chamberlain held up by AT ditch at L709073. Mosery 585060 cleared at 1700; entered Hirstein L5903 - no resistance. Shaddeau stopped by crater at L706073 1929A. Est enemy Bn at Marpingen L509950) at 1600A; approx. 40 vehicles, including 4 personnel carriers towing AT guns, moving East and went to woods on high ground to East when fired on. HD vehicles and approx 50 enemy still in woods.

18

G-2

IPW

2400

 

25

Re: LtCol Lönholdt (PW) from 17th SS Pz Div: At least 2d Bn, 38th SS Regt is forming backbone of KG (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Cos). Have some but very few Wehrmacht men in KG. 116 OW have been taken from this KG which has strenght of approx. 300 men

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