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10th Armored Division

G-2 Journal

17 March 1945

 

 

17

G-2

G-3

0140

 

21

218th RCT reports movement of enemy troops from Weiskirchen to Steinburg. Indicates an withdrawing to NE. Hot rd reported open to ¼ Ton travel. Signed 0031A. PW reported estimated 200 enemy vic woods L322072 and 200 enemy N Weiskirchen L335072. Signed 162200A.

17

G-2

G-3

0220

 

22

318th RCT reports: Reconnaissance reports 60 enemy entering town CP 60 (Steinburg) coming from SW, indicating a withdrawal from CP 47 (Weiskirchen). Reconnaissance substantiates PW statement of message 21.

17

G-2

XX Corps

0230

 

23

80th Inf Div captured FO of 774 Regt dated 16 Mar which indicates that when American troops reach 774 positions the Regimental HQ and maintenance section, including ordnance and engineers were to withdraw 14 km and assemble vic L4500.

17

G-2

XX Corps

230

 

24

4th Armd Div identified elms 198 Inf Div vic L9556 16 Mar. PW states Div arrived 16 Mar from Karlsruhe.

17

G-2

XX Corps

315

 

 

Requested figure on enemy dead and wounded. Est 100 - 75

17

G-2

XX Corps

645

 

25

94th Div reports: PW from 2nd Mountain Div states that 15 Mar 1600A part of LXXXII Corps CP, incl. commanding general and G-3, were in Mariahutte L4510. On morning of 16 Mar G-3 was at Oberlostern L4108 and G-1, G-2 and CG were in a house vic Steinberg L2608. 26th Div reports: PW from 38 SS PGR states a continuous entrenchment system partially completed and camouflaged bing built along the edge of woods Rathen L4106 to hill L403045 to Waldweiler L408035 to woods at L411027. 80th Div report: No arty fire all night. enemy activity in 80th and 26th Div sectors very light. Patrol encountered roadblock at Q338997 heavily defended by MG.

17

XX Corps

G-2

 

730

 

ISUM #138: Terrain continued to be a very difficult obstacle. Mortar and small arms fire light. Defensive road blocks, craters and demolitions as well as pillboxes encountered. Tanks and AT employed as artillery; mines encountered.

17

G-2

XX Corps

820

 

 

requested info on 100 plus RR cars reported yesterday in Nonnweiler L4512 by Tac/R, whether they had been captured and if so, the amount and types of material with which they were loaded. Capt Mabry was told that we will check and report back later.

17

XX Corps

G-2

 

850

 

Capt Dee phoned re possible capture of RR Cars at Nonnweiler L4512. No reports have been received here as yet. Will advise immediately any information on it.

17

G-2

CCR

905

 

 

Capt Finch phone regarding maps. Stated Liaison O understood maps were for A and B only. Maj Rawley stated there were maps for CCR and for Liaison O to get them.

17

G-2

CCB

1015

 

26

PW states 3 companies of SS troops moved through Hermeskeil, also enemy armored vehicle on morning 16 March.

17

G-2

CCB

1040

 

27

TF Riley reports road bridge over railroad out at L485117. Elms could not find by-pass. No resistance reported.

17

G-2

CCB

1100

 

28

Fwd elms CCA encountering no enemy resistance except blown bridges and road craters.

17

G-2

CCB

1135

 

29

Undefended road block of 300 feet of ABATIS, east of bridge at 456179

17

G-2

CCA

1135

 

30

TFC reports enemy tank withdrew into town F025 L012. 2 tanks seen F110 L0C7. 8 Pw taken this cvic 1030A

17

G-2

CCB

1140

 

31

TF Richardson has cleared force of one platoon tanks and one platoon infantry on road 4317[1] to 437150 to 443124. When this mission is complete TF will proceed from 432177 along this route. Thereafter TF will follow TF Riley. Signed 1036.

17

G-2

 

 

1300

 

10th Armd Div CP departed Trier, Germany

17

G-2

 

 

1700

 

10th Armd Div CP arrived Mitlosheim, Germany

17

G-2

CG Tank

 

1130

32

PW reports troop concentration 528214 (Börfink) - investigating. Estimated 500 enemies.

17

G-2

CCA

 

1215

33

PWs identified as PI Bn 82, State Bn strenght 3 days ago was 188. 3 days ago 2 companies SS troops with estimate strength 50 men per company in woods vic Morscholz. One PW captured from Volkssturm Morscholz.

17

G-2

CCA

 

1235

34

Bridge reported blown our sector at L387036[2]

17

G-2

CCB

 

1135

35

PW states concentration of 500 enemy to be at 528124. RJ at 456245 reported mined.

17

G-2

CCB

 

1210

36

PW state mine field in Damflos 454198

17

G-2

CCA

 

1235

37

Bridge reported blown our sector at L387036, L394035; L308045. Small minefield vic L394069

17

G-2

CCA

 

1255

38

TFC receiving fire at vic F140 L015 from south and SE. Enemy has blown ammo dump in town across river 1155A

17

G-2

CCA

 

1305

39

PW say 60 enemy of 6 SS Mtn Div fled east from Waldholzbach 16 March. Say roads and towns from Nunkirchen to Wadern 3804 are un-occupied as of last night.

17

G-2

CCB

 

1315

40

Light arty fire falling at 468175, coming from 487184 at 1200A

17

G-2

90 Cav

 

1403

41

small arm fire from 362996. Took 5 PW. Mortoar vic 365996

17

G-2

CCA

 

1410

42

Civilian reports 9 tanks moved from Scheiden toward Mitlosheim 15 Mar 1830A, estimated to be Mark IV; also 4 cal. 150 mm arty pieces same vic 16 March 1600A

17

G-2

Div Arty

1700

1425

1

Long enemy column headed East at 555097. Another headed SE to RR at 56075. Request air.

17

G-2

CCA

1700

1530

2

SS Div Goetz Von Berlichingen reportet vic Bitche by PW from 6 SS Mtn. He knows that they have been there for 3 weeks. All Bns 6 SS on foot except trains and HQ.

17

G-2

CCA

1705

1540

3

AT gun located Lockweiler 1500A

17

G-2

90 Cav

1710

1600

4

Ford 378017. Gravel bottom road beyond unsuitable for medium tanks. Bridge at 371004 blown. Ford to right of bridge. Ford will take medium tanks. Investigating area beyond ford.

17

G-2

90 Cav

1712

1605

5

bridge at 361962 and bridge at 379978 - both blown

17

XX Corps

G-2

 

1630

 

Enemy resistance our zone consists of light small arm fire, occasionaly arty and some direct fire. Engr obstacles offer greatest hindrance to our rapid advance.

17

G-2

CCB

1715

 

6

PW states 600 box mines vic L325725. Long clm, est 4 kms of civilians, military and M/T headed E from Walhausen L5607 extending beyond Wolfersweiler L1907 at 1430A

17

G-2

CCB

1718

 

7

Air OP reports receiving AA from 5509 and 5112 at 1640A

17

G-2

90 Cav

1745

 

8

Bridge at F089 R022 blown. enemy dug in on E bank of Ratthat Point. Considerable enemy activity observe in Limbach. 3 arty pieces dug in at 400978. Our arty laying in.

17

G-2

CCB

1745

 

9

Friendly air having a field day on large concentrations of vehicles vic 5907 to 5909 to 6009 to 6007, and on target estimated as Div of arty at 5519 to 5722 on SE slope of ridghe.

17

G-2

CCB

1745

 

10

Entire trains of 137 Regt captured vic 392126 by our Surgeon and MG Officer at 1500A, assisted by one member of IPW team.

17

CCA

G-2

 

1747

 

Rpt est PW, enemy veh destroyed and captured today.

17

CCB

G-2

 

1747

 

Rpt est PW, enemy veh destroyed and captured today.

17

G-2

XX Corps

2010

 

 

Lt Baum called re loudspeaker unit; said he would talk to Col Curtis to see if he could arrange to send another PA system to 80th Inf Div, which would permit us to keep the one we have for the present operation. Further stated that if we do not hear from him to the contrary, consider the matter settled.

17

G-2

318 Rct

2015

 

11

PW Identifications: Festungs Bau Bn 999; RR Bau Bn 2/83; III Bn, 256 Arty Regt; 1 Kraftwagen Trupp, 503 Bn; 5 Kraftwagen Trupp, 1021 Bn; 614 Supply Bn; 256 Sig Bn; 5 Volkssturm ? (5 Co, Volkssturm Bn ?)

17

G-2

CCA

2055

 

12

Add to vehicles destroyed 3 tanks, model undetermined.

17

G-2

CCA

2055

 

13

Mayor of Wadern states town was CP 82d Army Corps (CG - Gen Hahn) from 3 Dec to 27 Feb. Left Wadern for Lockweiler. Suggest MI personnel interrogate mayor.

17

G-2

CCA

2055

 

14

Est PW today: 350; est vehicles destroyed: 100 plus Bn of arty plus undetermined number horse drawn vehicles. TFC receiving direkt 88mm fire and mortar on forward elements at 1825A

17

G-2

CCA

2110

 

16

PW today: 37; enemy dead: 12; enemy wounded: 18. Opposition today mostly small arm and MG fire, arty and mortar negligible.

17

G-2

CCA

2155

 

17

TFH reports C/atk at 447083 (Kastel) with 1 Plat tanks repulsed at 1733. 3 enemy tks knocked out.

17

G-2

90 Cav

2155

 

18

2d Plat FAH at F090 L07 engaged in fire fight. enemy dug in at 200405 to E of this point - strength undetermined

17

G-2

CCB

2210

 

19

PW states he believes 83d Nebelwerfer was wiped out today. Claims all Nebelwerfes and weapons were destroyed by our fire. Regt was via MUHLE. House in Türkismühle L5509 booby trapped. Air again reports approx 1000 M/T vic Walhausen L5607.

17

G-2

94 Div

2210

1900

20

Oberlöstern L4108 now cleared of en. Br to Kostenbach L4108 is blown. Captured 14 PW. 2 enemy tks and one AA gun in the action on Oberlöstern (recd by TWX)

17

G-2

Lt Baum

2235

 

 

I am going to send you a PA man tomorrow who has worked with armor; has 1½ ton truck and is considered more mobile. When he arrives will you please send other unit back to the 80th Inf Div.

17

CCA

G-2

 

2240

 

Have loudspeaker vehicle and crew report Div CP by 180900A Mar 45

17

G-2

G-3

2307

2105

21

First Plat Troop b at Altland L408016; 2d and 3d at L401015. Woods from ford to these posns not cleared. 36 PW taken. Plats receiving ligth arty fire (msg from 90 Cav)

17

G-2

CCA

2350

2300

22

The 719th Heavy AT Bn GHQ has been identified in oir zone. 7 PW taken today are from AA plat atchd to above unit. T/C strength of 719th is 7 or 8 Mark V tks per Co; 3 Cos in Bn not up to //O at present.

17

G-2

90 Cav

2350

2140

23

Officer PW taken at L399010 from arty Regt, 416th Inf Div. PW states guns in position in grid square 4499.



[1] L151 von Hermeskeil (wl4317) nach Nonnweiler (wl443124)

[2] Brücke über die Wadrill an der L148 zwischen Noswendel und Dagstuhl

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