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16 March 1945

 

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G-2

XX Corps

0215

 

 

requested PW breakdown

16

XX Corps

G-2

 

0845

 

Capt Dee phoned Corps for info. Corps reported counter attack in 80th Inf Sector with small arms, and at least one self-propelled gun (which was knocked out). The counter attack was North West of Waldholzbach (L2906) and began approx. 0730

16

G-2

CCA

0845

 

1

enemy situation negative at 0800

16

G-2

CCA

0925

 

2

enemy situation negative at 0900A

16

G-2

Capt Henri

0940

 

3

Leading elements of CCB were at 365162 at 0810A. No opposition encountered

16

G-2

94 Inf

0945

 

 

94th Inf travelling fast and meeting little resistance. Have reached 4317. Communications are out. Capt Dee gave message 3.

16

G-2

XX Corps

1010

 

4

Tac/R reports at 0930A at L4512 from 100 to 150 box and flat cars loaded with tanks or MTs. The cars are scattered (not made up as trains). Air is taking action. Capt Dee gave message 2.

16

G-2

CCA

1020

 

5

No contact with enemy as of 0940A

16

G-2

XX Corps

1025

 

 

Col Curtis phoned wondering if he could contact Col Eckles. Major Rawley said there wer no telephone lines yet but would contact Col Curtis as soon as communications are in.

16

G-2

CCA

1030

 

6

enemy situation negative at 1000A

16

G-2

CCB

1030

 

7

Unmanned road block and crater encountered 375184 at 0910. PW state that strength of 137 Regt was 300 men with some Ags as of 14 March. 111 Arty Regt consists of 8 batteries. 55 Anti Tank Bn now consists of only 2nd Co. Has 4 Ags 75 mm, 4 towed AT 75 mm, 5 AT guns 37 mm. 27 Flak Regt consists of 3 Bns. 1st Bn has 5 Batteries. 3 of these batteries have 4 each SP 88 guns. 4th and 5th Batteries are 20 mm AA. All these troops were to withdraw to man pillboxes online - Höfchen 400195 - Gusenburg 397155 which had been vacant up to this time

16

G-2

CCB

1042

 

8

12 rounds artillery, believed to be 75 mm, fell at 393152 at 0945A.

16

G-2

CCA

1042

 

9

Enemy tanks observed 400 meters north CP 48 at 1015A

16

G-2

CCB

1120

 

10

Air OP reports enemy convoy travelling fast from 439236 going North at 0930A. Air OP reports enemy blew bridge of railroad underpass at 420180 at 1005A.

16

G-2

CCB

1210

1130

11

5 rounds high velocity fire landed Kell at 1120A

16

G-2

CCB

1210

1125

12

15 rounds arty landed vicinity L375184 est 105 cal at 1030A

16

G-2

CCA

1243

 

13

enemy attacked column with MGs and bazookas vicinity 320071 at 0955A. Driven off three times but filter back thru dense woods. Strength undetermined (1312A)

16

G-2

CCB

1245

 

14

Battery of 6 Nebelwerfers, 15 vehicles, few enemy infantry reported at 1130 in vicinity 420235

16

G-2

CCB

1304

 

15

Air reports corrected location of 6 nebelwerfers at 421205. Enemy snipers in town Abtei 435205, 2 enemy vehicles at 432195. PW reports 4 tiger tanks plus other types of tanks in woods 400130 at 1225A

16

G-2

CCB

1304

 

16

enemy TOT landed Kell at 1200A, estimated 105 mm cal, 12-15 rounds

16

G-2

CCA

1330

 

17

Enemy continues to block road vicinity 320071 at 1255A, employing MGs and bazookas when column attempts to move

16

G-2

94th Inf

1400

 

 

From Liaison Sect: 280th Heeres Arty Brig, composed of 3 batteries of tank destroyers - 75mm long-barreled guns. A captured document indicates each battery has 10 tank destroyers. PW states 4 tank destroyers in 1st battery; 6 tank destroyers in 2nd battery; 8 tank destroyers in 3rd battery. 3rd battery contacted 2 kilometer West of L3820 as of 151800A Mar, operating under 256th Volks Grenadier Division at Forschweiler L3424. PW states: that Brig. withdrew to that point. States 6 guns left in 3rd battery.

16

G-2

CCA

1407

 

18

Receiving heavy small arms fire vom vicinity L229020. Artillery reports AT gun vic L304093, apparently unmanned at 1250A

16

XX Corps

G-2

 

1425

 

Major Rawley phoned to obtain loud speaker on half track. Lt. Baum was not in and word was left for him to call Major Rawley upon his return.

16

G-2

CCB

1450

 

19

AT gun vicinity Höfchen 398195, enemy half track going North at 395230 at 1325A

16

G-2

CCB

1450

 

20

Air reports time over and guns attack vicinity 409222

16

 

 

 

1600

 

General Eisenhower, General Patton and General Walker visited 10th Armored Division CP

16

G-2

90th Cav

1620

 

1

10 tanks reported vicinity 3199 at 1445A

16

G-2

CCB

1620

 

2

enemy convoy about 10 vehicles and 1 ambulance at 438243. One gun located 425125. Signed 1520A.

16

G-2

CCA

1620

 

3

heavy mortar, nebelwerfer, artillery and small arm fire received vic 339065 to 348053 at 1545A. Signed 1553A.

16

G-2

CCA

1620

 

4

TFC fired on by 2 tanks and AT guns and inf at L3070C7

16

G-2

DDB

1620

 

5

256 Div identified in secotr NE Hermeskeil 4318 but only as little as groups. PW states boundary of 137 Regt extends Hermeskeil east along grid line 18. 136 Regt boundary extends east along grid line 14. 137 Regt has received orders to withdraw east du to pressure from north, west and southwest. Enemy tank headed northeast at 399245, also smaller vehicles moving south at same location. Enemy tank going NE on road 418232. Signed - 1410A.

16

G-2

CCB

1700

 

6

One squadron has attacked enemy column of 30 vehicles moving East L510114 - L45212C. Marshalling yard where train loaded with motor transport hit at L50312C. Enemy motorcycles and horse-drawn carts strafed at L513130 - L530140.

16

XX Corps

G-2

 

1715

 

Major Rawley to Col Curtis: Message 5. Confirmed by a Tac/R Report of 100 plus vehicles moving NE from vic Hermeskeil. Maj Rawley: There are indications the enemy is moving South. Message No 6. Maj Rawley: It looks as though they are pulling out. Col Curtis: This may change from a withdrawal to a rout. Col Curtis is going to arrange for a PA system for us

16

G-2

CCB

1730

 

8

60 PW taken and one AT gun detroyed at Sitzerath L410120 by TF Riley

16

G-2

CCA

1730

 

9

Defended minefield at F072L033. AT fire falling that vic. Est Bn enemy inf still in town L339069 at 1617A

16

G-2

CCB

1730

 

10

TF Riley destroyed one AT gun and took 60 PWs at Sitzerath. Now on route to Bierfeld.

16

G-2

G-3

1735

 

11

Air OP reports Nebelwerfer position 417234 (from CCB)

16

G-2

XX-Corps

1810

 

 

Armed Recce flashes

16

G-2

PI

1812

 

 

Photos: Sortie No 31/3179 (4 copies)

16

G-2

CCB

1820

 

12

TF Riley at 421119. Moderate resistance. Destroyed large ammo dump, 20 vehicles, and one 150 mm gun as of 1715A

16

G-2

XX-Corps

1935

 

 

Lt Baum called re request for PA system. He said that there is one PA system at 80th Div and one at 26th Div. He will call later regarding arrangements for use of oneby the 10th Armd Div

16

G-2

94-Inf

1930

 

13

MII reports the following: Town of Hofchen L1919 strongly fortified by earthenwork positions including connecting trenches on both sides of main road. At L435177 a combat bunker camouflaged as a cabin. On other side of road several shelters. At L396181 3 wooden road blocks. AT ditch from 12178 (sic) to 425187, thence along edge of woods to 429189. At 454179 stone bridge which will carry trucks and tanks prepared for demolition. At 488175 wooden road block.

16

G-2

XX Corps

2000

 

14

80th Inf reports that Weiskirchen is pretty well cleared out but the enemy still occupies the highground to North. Elsewhere on their front resistance has largely collapsed. Forward elements at Thailen L3504. The following towns have been cleared: Losheim L2801, Niederlosheim L3000, Rappweiler L3205, Mitlosheim L3004, Valbach L3106, Steinburg. Much abandoned equipment has been overrun, including 4x150 mm Howitzers intact, 2 x 88s AG have been destroyed. Estimated 400 PW. No new identifications as yet.

16

G-2

G-3

2050

1942

15

from CCA: Enenmy tanks at L378044. Team Wall firing on them at 1820A

16

G-2

CCA

2110

2000

16

Enemy resistance today TFC zone was moderate; chiefly small arm and MG fire covering road blocks. 2 tanks and AT gun at Niederlosheim. Minefield covered by AT fire vic Noswendel. Revised estimate PW taken today: 93. Air OP reported 10 enemy tks at L3199

16

G-2

CCA

2115

1915

17

Enemy encountered vic L325069 now bypassed. No other enemy encountered in TF Hankins zone. Road at L325069 unsafe for unarmored vehicles.

16

G-2

CCB

2117

1755

18

20 vehicles and trucks, 1 150mm gun and ammo dump vic 423119 knocked out at 1730A

16

XX Corps

G-2

 

2132

 

Maj Rawley to Col Curtis: I talked with Baum earlier in the evening about amplifier system. Col Curtis: I talked to 80th and it will be available whenever you want to use it. Maj Rawley asked about photo cover. Col Curtis: "We will get you whatever can be got."

16

G-2

G-3

2200

1855

19

from CCA: Report for period 160500 to 161800. Action characterized by intense small arm, nebelwerfer, mortar and some arty fire. Vic Weiskirchen est Bn of inf still intown at close of period. enemy launched several counter attacks vic L323070 continuing active defense of road throughout period, employing bazookas and MG's. AT guns were reported vic 307007. 10 tks were reported at 3199. Total PW for period: 24. Est enemy dead: 76, wounded: 63; Material destroyed: 1 battery Nebelwerfer, attempt by enemy to rapidly withdraw to the East; leaving relatively light forces with little depth to cover the withdrawal. At close of Period (1600A) our forces have broken thru defense line in several places.

16

G-2

80 Div

2235

 

 

Col Fleischer to Maj Hawley: We have had psycholog-warfare team here at the CP. XX Corps asks that we give it you if you need it. Maj Rawley: we plan to use it tomorrow, and have used it once vefore with surprisingly good effects. Col Fleischer: How will we manage to get it back if we have a need for it? Maj Rawley: Just contact the HQ.

16

CCA

G-2

 

2240

 

Maj Rawley to Lt Scannon: Informed him that loud-speaker unit will be available tomorrow morning. It will be up there from the 80th first thing in the morning.

16

G-2

CCB

2350

2200

20

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. Weather cleared and vic 5 - 8 miles during daylight


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