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10th Armored Division

G-3 Journal

20 March 1945

 

 

Time in

Time out

 

Messages, Orders, Incidents etc.

20

0020

 

to CCB by radio

Capt McKaney: Give me the latest positions of your leading elements? Lt Mitchell: TF Riley at F396 R157 at 1900; Team Lang F440 R164 at 1840; Team Billett F447 R164 at 1900; O'Grady F632 R178 at 2140; 2 Teams of TF Chamberlain - 1 Teama t 613 R153 at 2210; another team at F590 R156 at 2210. No resistance reported except the head of O'Grady's column reported tanks in that vicinity, but no fire was reported.

20

0045

 

from CCA

Team Billet captured town of Rehwesler 786987 at 1900. Bridge out.

20

0050

 

from CCB

2 teams of TF Chamberlain at 900995 and 1 team at 922995, 1 team at 935975.

20

0050

 

from CCB

Attached FO reports lead elements TF Chamberlain at 932975 undeterminded number of enemy tanks reported encountered. Time 2110.

20

0050

 

from CCA

TF Cherry no change; TF Haskell now moving across F290 L020; TF Hankins following TF Haskell.

20

 

0050

To XX Corps by phone

Capt McKaney: Elements of CCB at 923993 and 901997 at 2210A. At 9454973 at 2140A. TF Haskell moved out of 790968 at 2330A. No reported change on TF Cherry

20

0100

 

from Div Artillery

Operation delayed has been completed, team now moving out

20

0115

 

from CCB

TF Chamberlain lead team at 943973 at 2140. No resistance reported.

20

 

0005

to CCA, CCB

Supplementing OI 13, it is directed that you by pass enemy strongpoints wherever possible.

20

0130

 

from CCA

No further info available. Richardson reports to contact with enemy and that reconnaissance being made for crossing River vicinity 786987.

20

0135

 

from CCA

Effective at 0100A TL PO 7590 EP 090 will be used by this HQ

20

0205

 

from CCB

Lead elements as follows: TF Riley 708994; Team Lang 743986; Team Billet 772971; TF Chamberlain 923975

20

 

0220

to CCB per radio

Capt McKaney: Re trucks requested for PWs, it may be morning before they report to you, where do you want them to report? Capt McGauely: I will check and call you back. The locations are as follows on my leading elements - Haskell still going on mission, cleaning up job, completed before, Hankins following him, Cherry same location as reported before, his rear got cut off by some enemy cut off some of his service elements, we have sent some infantry to held him out, and to get his service elements up to him.

20

0230

 

from CCA

Bridge complete. TF Haskell moving at 2330

20

 

0240

to CCB, Div Artillery, 90th Cav and Res Comd

CCA TL 20 Mar PO 75 90 PE 00 90

20

0245

 

from CCB by radio

S-3 to Capt McKaney: Send trucks to F010 L053 Tahweiler. TF Haskell now at F051 L058. Time was 0200

20

0255

 

from CCB

situation unchanged

20

 

0355

to XX Corps

Capt McKaney: Leading elements CCB at 923993 and 901997 at 2210. At 945973 at 2140A. TF Haskell moved out from 790968 at 2330A. Hankins behind him. Head of Hankins at 0202A at 801958. Cherry at 902906, been receiving direkt anti tank and mortar fire. Had some infiltration in column, but off in some places, infantry cleaning that up now. Major Clarke: Elements of 12th AD ½ km North & 2.7 East of Checkpoint 1029 as of 2215

20

 

0045

to XX Corps

Leading elements CCB at 93 and 901997 at 2210, at 945973 at 2140A. TF Haskell moved out from 790968 at 2330A. No reported change TF Cherry.

20

 

0320

to CCB by Radio

Capt McKaney: 5 trucks are on their way to you as of 0155. They must be unloaded there or nearby and ready for another mission. Lt. Mitchell: Roger: Forward observer reports that Chamberlain took town at F680 R165 (990985) at 0100. Billet has run across a place where he will need about 50 feet of treadway and estimate about 3 hours to repair. Infantry has jumped off and doing good. Have no report on resistance. Capt McKaney: We have a report that the 12th Armd Div at 2215 were ½ km North & 2.7 East of Checkpoint 1029.

20

 

0340

to XX Corps by phone

Capt McKaney to Lt Dorman: TF Chamberlain at 990985 at 0100A

20

0430

 

from CCA

TF Haskell advanced elements at F080 L053. By passing direct AP. TF Hankins following TF Haskell. TF Cherry no change, as of last report 0355.

20

0430

 

from XX Corps

CP opens St. Wendel Q590968 at 201700A

20

0440

0440

to XX Corps by phone

Capt McKaney to Major Clarke: Haskell was at 831953 at 0358a. By passed HE fire. Hankins following him. No change on Cherry. Receiving sporadic artillery fire, enemy infiltrating his column, having a little trouble with that.

20

0545

 

from CCB

Forward oberserver reports lead elements of TF Chamberlain at 990981

20

0545

 

from CCB

No report of change

20

 

0620

to CCA by radio

Capt McKaney to Major Balthis: What is our latest report? TF Hankins at 0545 is at F10 L05, he is following Haskell. Am trying to get his location of forward elements now. Am going to contact Cherry to find out if he is in motion.

20

0630

 

from CCA (Info from G-2)

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

20

 

0650

to XX Corps by phone

Capt McKaney to Major Clarke: TF Hankins at 0545 head of column at 850952. He is following Haskell, no report on head of Haskell, am trying to get that report now.

20

0700

 

from 90th Cav

Sq HQ closed Remmesweiler 0400. Moving East will advice new location.

20

0700

 

from CCB

no report of change

20

0700

 

from CCA

TF Haskell forward elements at F119 L026 time 0640

20

0750

 

from CCB by radio

Capt McKaney to Sig O: TF Chamberlain reported by forward observer at Checkpoint 994 at 0100. TF Richardson leading elements at Checkpoint 830; TF Riley at 728993. Capt McKaney: I have a report that Richardson is in the town of O, you people know you are to by pass if necessary.

20

 

0800

to XX Corps (TWX)

one column CCA held up by defended road block at 990944 at 0705A. Attempting bypass.

20

 

0805

CG 10th Armd Div to CCB 5 FM Radio

CG: XX Corps reports elements of 12th Armd Div North and East of Kaiserslautern. Our CC should keep moving as soon as possible because I do not them to beat us to the objective. CCB 5: Our elements are about 4 kilometers North West of Kaiserslautern. CG 6: Habe the instructions gotten out to the units to bypass. CCB 5: Yes. CG: Keep every moving.

20

 

0815

to Res Comd - Lt Smith to Capt Finch FM Radio

Lt Smith: What is location your forward elements. Capt Finch: Tem is moving out of Brittenbach. Lt Smith: TF Cherry is moving toward objective; has a little bit of a build up on his right flank. Do you know where Cherry was last reported. That road he was on he has continued until he is 12 kilometers from objective and was held up and reporting some kind of a build up on his right flank. Capt Finch: We will get on that road and contact TF Cherry and shoot off to his South flank. We will get on that immediately. We will try to keep you informed. We will start moving shortly.

20

0830

 

from CCA

When will we get maps as required our message 2200A 19 Mar. Answer.

20

0830

 

from CCA

bridge at F258 L052 blown. Haskell at F245 L046 at 0720A.

20

0835

 

from CCA by radio

Major Balthis to Col Sheffield: bridge at F295 L051 out. We have by passed. We are 1000 meters east of bridge. Col Sheffield: What is the latest on Cherry? Major Balthis: He is going to try to bypass to the South. Col Sheffield: Good.

20

 

0840

to XX Corps by phone

Lt Smith to Capt Lee: Haskell moved out, was on the Autoboard, was stopped by a defended road block and they have by passed that and are now 1000 meters beyond bridge and are moving. The location 019952. Cherry is by passing to the South. Have no report on leading elements. No report on Chamberlain.

20

0848

 

from CCB by radio

Col Sheffield to Capt McGauley: We are now moving on the road, going to where O'Grady was reported at 2100A last night. Air operation reported O'Grady 7 kilometer North of Kaiserslautern. O'Grady is the leading team. I send you 2 messages 1 re 90th Rcn and the other re getting more engineers. All our our are with Richardson and we have none up here. Col Sheffield: I will send you up a Platoon immediately.

20

0915

 

from Division Artillery

Artillery fire to 5 or 155 coming from vicinity of 6394, landing in position area at 7396 beginnung around 2400 hours still coming in. Requires immediate investigation.

20

0922

 

from CCB

we are anticipating engineer difficulty. Are any more engineers available. No reports from TF H as yet.

20

0925

 

from CCA by phone

we are now moving, Hazen is not with us, we are at F240 L043

20

 

0905

to CCA

XX Corps has made us responsible for zone as shown on overlay of OI No. 13, this is a charge in that we originally had permission to operate in zone 26th Inf Div and now it is our responsibility

20

 

0900

to 90th Cav

You are directed to push forward as rapidly as possible on the South flank of CCA toward the Rhine River. Any intact bridges over River will be seized and held. Bypass and report all resistance where possible.

20

0925

 

from CCB

Attending G-3- We have not been informed by Sq where our Cav is to go. They are with TF C.

20

 

0930

to Major Huzen from Col McChristian

Col McChristian: Have you located a place for us to move as yet? Major H: We are still about 4 kilometer from our destination, it our destination cleared yet. Col McChristian: No, not as yet. Are there any location where you are that would be suitable for our advanced CP. Are you moving now. Major H: Yes, we are moving now, going about 20 mph. Col McChristian: Our advance is leaving in about 1 hour and you find some place for them and continue on your mission to find CP for Division. Keep us informed of your progress.

20

0945

 

from CCB by phone

Capt McGauley to Capt McKaney: We have report from Air OP that bridges were seized intact and Chamberlain is now crossing over them. Time at 0845. Capt McKaney: What kind of engineers do you want? Capt McGauley: Armed Engineers. Have them use Chamberlains route and we will meet them along the route. We have no report on Hankins.

20

1015

b

Received from 26th InfDiv

Overlay showing change in boundary;

20

1018

 

from 90th Cav

We have contacted Cherry and are moving to his flank

20

1018

 

from 90th Cav

Proceeding down route followed by cherry - moving fast

20

 

1020

to CCB by radio

Capt McKaney to Capt McGauley: Capt McKaney: About the bridges you reported in, there is just one intact, is there not? Capt McGauley: My 14 reported to me that both bridges were intact. Capt McKaney: They found a by pass down there, I don't think the bridge is in, but they are crosssing. Capt McGauley: I am going to send my Air up again, as soon as I can and get the full report on the head of the column. Capt McKaney: Where do you have a location on the Cav at? Capt McKaney: My air saw them at Checkpoint 295. Riley and Richardson are going over the bridge, Chamberlain took, they are moving now. My CP opened as of now 1020 at Siegelbach.

20

1045

 

from CCA

Cherry at F253 L034 bridge blown trying to by pass at 0930. Haskell at F300L055 bridge at F305 L053 900.

20

 

1111

to CCA by FM Rad

Capt McKaney: Do you have any late info, and where is your CP. Maj Balthis: Cherry is in motion now do not have late location. CP at F220 L042. Capt McKaney: Re your message of 0945 is the bridge blown over the sueper duper Highway. Maj Balthis: Yes, they are looking for a bypass now. Re your message of 0905 am I responsible for that area. Capt McKaney: We will give you a boundary in that zone and someone else will be on your right, more details later. This does not change your mission. I sthe overpass of the railroad on the Super Highway blown? Maj Balthis: No, but one 500 yeards east is. Late Message on Cherry; he is at F305 L037 as of 1110.

20

1120

 

from CCA

Request CC Bs CP and Fordward elements

20

1120

 

Received from liaison Sec

Overlay of 26th InfDiv front lines as of 1100 20 Mar

20

1125

 

from CCB

no enemy resistance reported as of 1100

20

1125

 

from CCB

this HQ close CP 989 at 1100

20

1132

 

from CCB by FM Radio

Capt McGauely: O'Grady at CP1023 (003986); Shaddeau and Tabblot at CP 989 (966967); Tabblot held up because of lack of gas. Trains ready to roll now. No resistance. Out of contact with Richardson.

20

1135

 

from CCA by FM Rad

Major Balthis: Cherry at F350 L035 at 1122. Haskell still held up by blown bridge receiving artillery, anti-tank and mortar fire.

20

 

---

to XX Corps

bridge out 003984 Cherry at 0930 hunts bypass. Haskell at 0550955 at 0900. Chamberlain crossed vicinity 995983 at 0805. Richardson and Riley following Chamberlain route to Br bridge at 055953 out.

20

 

---

to XX Corps

Cherry at 100937 at 1122. Chamberlain at 003986at 1140. Haskell at 050955 receiving artillery and motar and anti-tank fire.

20

1150

 

from 90th Rcn

Sq HQ, B, E and F troops at Q880901 D Troop at Q910908

20

 

1150

to CCA

CCB at F217 L067, lead elements reported at F253 L085 at 1140.

20

1210

 

from CCB

Have additional engineers report to CP 989 (966967)

20

 

 

 

Left St. Wendel to join column.

20

1530

 

from CCA

request answer to message 1400

20

1530

 

from CCA

Imperative that we have answer to message of 1400

20

 

 

 

Arrived Kaiserslautern 1630.

20

1640

 

from CCA

Lead Elements at road block and moving out at 1608

20

1640

 

from CCA

TF Cherry at F417 L033 at 1610

20

1645

 

from XX Corps

AAA Autor Weapons Battalion (self propelled) will be prepared to protect any bridge that may be siezed intact across the Rhine River. The Armored Division capturing a bridge will provide AAA AW protection using the entire battalion. This HQ is prepared to furnish additional AA protection for any bridge seized intact.

20

1745

 

from 90th Rcn

Friendly planes strafed and burned our gas truck vicinity Hauptstuhl.

20

1800

 

from 90th Rcn

Captured Molschbach, killed 12 enemy, captured 15

20

1800

 

from 90th Rcn

Elements D Troop in Molschbach R060870 had fight in Sorbach, also strafed by friendly. A Troop reports enemy column moving East on road Steinalben Geiselberg.

20

1845

 

Received from Lt Buck

division artillery CP 0695; 419th 092933; 420th 1093; 776th 0994; 423d 1093

20

2000

 

From Rad Oper by relay

Division Artillery reported they were in town East of us. Reconnaissance has 400 Pws, they want taken off their hands

20

2005

 

from CC?

Team Maher at 1294 at 1655, Team Lang at ?HGQULR at 1645, bridge blown there, looking for bypass, team Mason at JUKBQP at 1705. Team Talbot at FQULQW 1655. 1828. (Rechecked)

20

2005

 

from CCA

TF Cherry advanced Elements at F403 L032. TF Haskell advanced Elements at F301 L066

20

2005

 

from CCA

TF Hankins advanced Elements at F359 L080 all time of units 1430

20

2005

 

from CCA

TF Cherry held up by road crater F426 L024 repairing, estimated time 1 hour, time 1715. TF Hankins turning around to on new mission, TF Haskell no change

20

2005

 

from CCA

CP now at F320 L038, TF Cherry filled crater, now moving

20

2035

 

Received from Res Comd thru relay by Rad Opr

our team 3 miles out of town of H., met no resistance, still proceeding --- 2010

20

 

2005

to CCA, CCB, Res Comd, Div Artillerie, 90th Rcn

General Patton directs that we continue attack with reckless abandon if armor is delayed dismount infantry and exert every effort to deny enemy time to reacht, reorganize or coordinate his defense.

20

 

2030

to XX Corps

all elements continue attack tonight; situation at 2000: CCA: TF Cherry 178920 pushing forward, heavy opposition; TF Hankins 166934 follows Cherry initially turn East at 176934; TF Haskell follow Hankins initially. CCB: Pinched out by 12th Armd Div, moved South to operate on Division Rear flank. Reserve Command: Now moving South from 112930, will turn East and operate between A and B. Cav cleared Molschbach 0687 at 1750, continues East in present zone. Elements of 80th Infantry Division in Kaiserslautern and Hochspeyer (1194).

20

 

2130

to CCA:

Higher HQ reports elements 12th Armored Division now in vicinity M4306

20

2210

 

from Rear Division CP

go to Speyer as soon as possible, turn South when you reach this town. Continue and contact elements 7th Armd, last reported West of Karlsruhe, APO 262 turns when they reach drink.

20

2215

 

from CCB

Team Maher followed by Team O'Grady at 069985 going East at 1310. Team Talbert followed by Team Shaddeau 300 yards South of C1022 (997981), going South East at 1330

20

 

 

from CCA

request PM to send guard for WAREHOUSE at F313 L058, Warehouse loaded with perishable foods, civilians are looting

20

 

 

from CCB

Team O'Grady and Team Maher reported that 1 kilometer East of C1027 (036995) at 1150. No reported resistance, head of TF Richardson at C990 (977971), Head of Riley at C986 (955968).

20

 

 

from 90th Rcn

?DYY? has closed into this town

20

 

 

from CCB

following bridges intact No. 1 100 years South East of C1022 (997981); No. 2 500 yards North C1020 (004965); No. 3 007954, No. 4 100 yards South East of C995 (994984).

20

 

 

from Res Comd

Our Team leaving town OK East to town of B.

20

 

 

from Res Comd

Our leading elements reported outside town of K

20

 

 

from Div Artillery

Enemy motor pool at 400 yards East of CP1020 (004965), request you take same over promptly

20

 

 

from CCB

Team Maher located at ?HUCF at 1340, no resistance reported

20

2225

 

from Div Artillery

CK BT relay this to SRZ3A on a FM channel, send a small Comd and FDC Fp with Bn battery going to GMO

20

2225

 

from CCA

TL eff 210001 PO 0095 EP 5095

20

2225

 

from CCA

TF Hankins working his way thru congestion of traffic to get on new mission, TF Haskell N/C held up by enemy tanks, working on them now. TF Cherry have now report of now N/C

20

 

 

 

Overlay of TF Hankins and Cherry's Mission

20

 

2215

to NCS

Gatchel heading Sugar CV BQ CC 2130

20

2320

 

from 90th Rcn

MG fire on column at 745903 at 2045

20

2320

 

from Res Comd

our Team 8 miles on their route, no resistance

20

2320

 

from CCB

no resistance being encountered

20

2320

 

from CCB

situation unchanged

20

 

---

to Division Artillery

be prepared to release to Bn control on 1 hour notice all 796th AAA units now attached to your Battalions. Have battery commanders report to Battalion Commander as soon as possible for preliminary instructions.

10th Armored Division

G-3 Journal

20 March 1945

 

 

Time in

Time out

 

Messages, Orders, Incidents etc.

20

0020

 

to CCB by radio

Capt McKaney: Give me the latest positions of your leading elements? Lt Mitchell: TF Riley at F396 R157 at 1900; Team Lang F440 R164 at 1840; Team Billett F447 R164 at 1900; O'Grady F632 R178 at 2140; 2 Teams of TF Chamberlain - 1 Teama t 613 R153 at 2210; another team at F590 R156 at 2210. No resistance reported except the head of O'Grady's column reported tanks in that vicinity, but no fire was reported.

20

0045

 

from CCA

Team Billet captured town of Rehwesler 786987 at 1900. Bridge out.

20

0050

 

from CCB

2 teams of TF Chamberlain at 900995 and 1 team at 922995, 1 team at 935975.

20

0050

 

from CCB

Attached FO reports lead elements TF Chamberlain at 932975 undeterminded number of enemy tanks reported encountered. Time 2110.

20

0050

 

from CCA

TF Cherry no change; TF Haskell now moving across F290 L020; TF Hankins following TF Haskell.

20

 

0050

To XX Corps by phone

Capt McKaney: Elements of CCB at 923993 and 901997 at 2210A. At 9454973 at 2140A. TF Haskell moved out of 790968 at 2330A. No reported change on TF Cherry

20

0100

 

from Div Artillery

Operation delayed has been completed, team now moving out

20

0115

 

from CCB

TF Chamberlain lead team at 943973 at 2140. No resistance reported.

20

 

0005

to CCA, CCB

Supplementing OI 13, it is directed that you by pass enemy strongpoints wherever possible.

20

0130

 

from CCA

No further info available. Richardson reports to contact with enemy and that reconnaissance being made for crossing River vicinity 786987.

20

0135

 

from CCA

Effective at 0100A TL PO 7590 EP 090 will be used by this HQ

20

0205

 

from CCB

Lead elements as follows: TF Riley 708994; Team Lang 743986; Team Billet 772971; TF Chamberlain 923975

20

 

0220

to CCB per radio

Capt McKaney: Re trucks requested for PWs, it may be morning before they report to you, where do you want them to report? Capt McGauely: I will check and call you back. The locations are as follows on my leading elements - Haskell still going on mission, cleaning up job, completed before, Hankins following him, Cherry same location as reported before, his rear got cut off by some enemy cut off some of his service elements, we have sent some infantry to held him out, and to get his service elements up to him.

20

0230

 

from CCA

Bridge complete. TF Haskell moving at 2330

20

 

0240

to CCB, Div Artillery, 90th Cav and Res Comd

CCA TL 20 Mar PO 75 90 PE 00 90

20

0245

 

from CCB by radio

S-3 to Capt McKaney: Send trucks to F010 L053 Tahweiler. TF Haskell now at F051 L058. Time was 0200

20

0255

 

from CCB

situation unchanged

20

 

0355

to XX Corps

Capt McKaney: Leading elements CCB at 923993 and 901997 at 2210. At 945973 at 2140A. TF Haskell moved out from 790968 at 2330A. Hankins behind him. Head of Hankins at 0202A at 801958. Cherry at 902906, been receiving direkt anti tank and mortar fire. Had some infiltration in column, but off in some places, infantry cleaning that up now. Major Clarke: Elements of 12th AD ½ km North & 2.7 East of Checkpoint 1029 as of 2215

20

 

0045

to XX Corps

Leading elements CCB at 93 and 901997 at 2210, at 945973 at 2140A. TF Haskell moved out from 790968 at 2330A. No reported change TF Cherry.

20

 

0320

to CCB by Radio

Capt McKaney: 5 trucks are on their way to you as of 0155. They must be unloaded there or nearby and ready for another mission. Lt. Mitchell: Roger: Forward observer reports that Chamberlain took town at F680 R165 (990985) at 0100. Billet has run across a place where he will need about 50 feet of treadway and estimate about 3 hours to repair. Infantry has jumped off and doing good. Have no report on resistance. Capt McKaney: We have a report that the 12th Armd Div at 2215 were ½ km North & 2.7 East of Checkpoint 1029.

20

 

0340

to XX Corps by phone

Capt McKaney to Lt Dorman: TF Chamberlain at 990985 at 0100A

20

0430

 

from CCA

TF Haskell advanced elements at F080 L053. By passing direct AP. TF Hankins following TF Haskell. TF Cherry no change, as of last report 0355.

20

0430

 

from XX Corps

CP opens St. Wendel Q590968 at 201700A

20

0440

0440

to XX Corps by phone

Capt McKaney to Major Clarke: Haskell was at 831953 at 0358a. By passed HE fire. Hankins following him. No change on Cherry. Receiving sporadic artillery fire, enemy infiltrating his column, having a little trouble with that.

20

0545

 

from CCB

Forward oberserver reports lead elements of TF Chamberlain at 990981

20

0545

 

from CCB

No report of change

20

 

0620

to CCA by radio

Capt McKaney to Major Balthis: What is our latest report? TF Hankins at 0545 is at F10 L05, he is following Haskell. Am trying to get his location of forward elements now. Am going to contact Cherry to find out if he is in motion.

20

0630

 

from CCA (Info from G-2)

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

20

 

0650

to XX Corps by phone

Capt McKaney to Major Clarke: TF Hankins at 0545 head of column at 850952. He is following Haskell, no report on head of Haskell, am trying to get that report now.

20

0700

 

from 90th Cav

Sq HQ closed Remmesweiler 0400. Moving East will advice new location.

20

0700

 

from CCB

no report of change

20

0700

 

from CCA

TF Haskell forward elements at F119 L026 time 0640

20

0750

 

from CCB by radio

Capt McKaney to Sig O: TF Chamberlain reported by forward observer at Checkpoint 994 at 0100. TF Richardson leading elements at Checkpoint 830; TF Riley at 728993. Capt McKaney: I have a report that Richardson is in the town of O, you people know you are to by pass if necessary.

20

 

0800

to XX Corps (TWX)

one column CCA held up by defended road block at 990944 at 0705A. Attempting bypass.

20

 

0805

CG 10th Armd Div to CCB 5 FM Radio

CG: XX Corps reports elements of 12th Armd Div North and East of Kaiserslautern. Our CC should keep moving as soon as possible because I do not them to beat us to the objective. CCB 5: Our elements are about 4 kilometers North West of Kaiserslautern. CG 6: Habe the instructions gotten out to the units to bypass. CCB 5: Yes. CG: Keep every moving.

20

 

0815

to Res Comd - Lt Smith to Capt Finch FM Radio

Lt Smith: What is location your forward elements. Capt Finch: Tem is moving out of Brittenbach. Lt Smith: TF Cherry is moving toward objective; has a little bit of a build up on his right flank. Do you know where Cherry was last reported. That road he was on he has continued until he is 12 kilometers from objective and was held up and reporting some kind of a build up on his right flank. Capt Finch: We will get on that road and contact TF Cherry and shoot off to his South flank. We will get on that immediately. We will try to keep you informed. We will start moving shortly.

20

0830

 

from CCA

When will we get maps as required our message 2200A 19 Mar. Answer.

20

0830

 

from CCA

bridge at F258 L052 blown. Haskell at F245 L046 at 0720A.

20

0835

 

from CCA by radio

Major Balthis to Col Sheffield: bridge at F295 L051 out. We have by passed. We are 1000 meters east of bridge. Col Sheffield: What is the latest on Cherry? Major Balthis: He is going to try to bypass to the South. Col Sheffield: Good.

20

 

0840

to XX Corps by phone

Lt Smith to Capt Lee: Haskell moved out, was on the Autoboard, was stopped by a defended road block and they have by passed that and are now 1000 meters beyond bridge and are moving. The location 019952. Cherry is by passing to the South. Have no report on leading elements. No report on Chamberlain.

20

0848

 

from CCB by radio

Col Sheffield to Capt McGauley: We are now moving on the road, going to where O'Grady was reported at 2100A last night. Air operation reported O'Grady 7 kilometer North of Kaiserslautern. O'Grady is the leading team. I send you 2 messages 1 re 90th Rcn and the other re getting more engineers. All our our are with Richardson and we have none up here. Col Sheffield: I will send you up a Platoon immediately.

20

0915

 

from Division Artillery

Artillery fire to 5 or 155 coming from vicinity of 6394, landing in position area at 7396 beginnung around 2400 hours still coming in. Requires immediate investigation.

20

0922

 

from CCB

we are anticipating engineer difficulty. Are any more engineers available. No reports from TF H as yet.

20

0925

 

from CCA by phone

we are now moving, Hazen is not with us, we are at F240 L043

20

 

0905

to CCA

XX Corps has made us responsible for zone as shown on overlay of OI No. 13, this is a charge in that we originally had permission to operate in zone 26th Inf Div and now it is our responsibility

20

 

0900

to 90th Cav

You are directed to push forward as rapidly as possible on the South flank of CCA toward the Rhine River. Any intact bridges over River will be seized and held. Bypass and report all resistance where possible.

20

0925

 

from CCB

Attending G-3- We have not been informed by Sq where our Cav is to go. They are with TF C.

20

 

0930

to Major Huzen from Col McChristian

Col McChristian: Have you located a place for us to move as yet? Major H: We are still about 4 kilometer from our destination, it our destination cleared yet. Col McChristian: No, not as yet. Are there any location where you are that would be suitable for our advanced CP. Are you moving now. Major H: Yes, we are moving now, going about 20 mph. Col McChristian: Our advance is leaving in about 1 hour and you find some place for them and continue on your mission to find CP for Division. Keep us informed of your progress.

20

0945

 

from CCB by phone

Capt McGauley to Capt McKaney: We have report from Air OP that bridges were seized intact and Chamberlain is now crossing over them. Time at 0845. Capt McKaney: What kind of engineers do you want? Capt McGauley: Armed Engineers. Have them use Chamberlains route and we will meet them along the route. We have no report on Hankins.

20

1015

b

Received from 26th InfDiv

Overlay showing change in boundary;

20

1018

 

from 90th Cav

We have contacted Cherry and are moving to his flank

20

1018

 

from 90th Cav

Proceeding down route followed by cherry - moving fast

20

 

1020

to CCB by radio

Capt McKaney to Capt McGauley: Capt McKaney: About the bridges you reported in, there is just one intact, is there not? Capt McGauley: My 14 reported to me that both bridges were intact. Capt McKaney: They found a by pass down there, I don't think the bridge is in, but they are crosssing. Capt McGauley: I am going to send my Air up again, as soon as I can and get the full report on the head of the column. Capt McKaney: Where do you have a location on the Cav at? Capt McKaney: My air saw them at Checkpoint 295. Riley and Richardson are going over the bridge, Chamberlain took, they are moving now. My CP opened as of now 1020 at Siegelbach.

20

1045

 

from CCA

Cherry at F253 L034 bridge blown trying to by pass at 0930. Haskell at F300L055 bridge at F305 L053 900.

20

 

1111

to CCA by FM Rad

Capt McKaney: Do you have any late info, and where is your CP. Maj Balthis: Cherry is in motion now do not have late location. CP at F220 L042. Capt McKaney: Re your message of 0945 is the bridge blown over the sueper duper Highway. Maj Balthis: Yes, they are looking for a bypass now. Re your message of 0905 am I responsible for that area. Capt McKaney: We will give you a boundary in that zone and someone else will be on your right, more details later. This does not change your mission. I sthe overpass of the railroad on the Super Highway blown? Maj Balthis: No, but one 500 yeards east is. Late Message on Cherry; he is at F305 L037 as of 1110.

20

1120

 

from CCA

Request CC Bs CP and Fordward elements

20

1120

 

Received from liaison Sec

Overlay of 26th InfDiv front lines as of 1100 20 Mar

20

1125

 

from CCB

no enemy resistance reported as of 1100

20

1125

 

from CCB

this HQ close CP 989 at 1100

20

1132

 

from CCB by FM Radio

Capt McGauely: O'Grady at CP1023 (003986); Shaddeau and Tabblot at CP 989 (966967); Tabblot held up because of lack of gas. Trains ready to roll now. No resistance. Out of contact with Richardson.

20

1135

 

from CCA by FM Rad

Major Balthis: Cherry at F350 L035 at 1122. Haskell still held up by blown bridge receiving artillery, anti-tank and mortar fire.

20

 

---

to XX Corps

bridge out 003984 Cherry at 0930 hunts bypass. Haskell at 0550955 at 0900. Chamberlain crossed vicinity 995983 at 0805. Richardson and Riley following Chamberlain route to Br bridge at 055953 out.

20

 

---

to XX Corps

Cherry at 100937 at 1122. Chamberlain at 003986at 1140. Haskell at 050955 receiving artillery and motar and anti-tank fire.

20

1150

 

from 90th Rcn

Sq HQ, B, E and F troops at Q880901 D Troop at Q910908

20

 

1150

to CCA

CCB at F217 L067, lead elements reported at F253 L085 at 1140.

20

1210

 

from CCB

Have additional engineers report to CP 989 (966967)

20

 

 

 

Left St. Wendel to join column.

20

1530

 

from CCA

request answer to message 1400

20

1530

 

from CCA

Imperative that we have answer to message of 1400

20

 

 

 

Arrived Kaiserslautern 1630.

20

1640

 

from CCA

Lead Elements at road block and moving out at 1608

20

1640

 

from CCA

TF Cherry at F417 L033 at 1610

20

1645

 

from XX Corps

AAA Autor Weapons Battalion (self propelled) will be prepared to protect any bridge that may be siezed intact across the Rhine River. The Armored Division capturing a bridge will provide AAA AW protection using the entire battalion. This HQ is prepared to furnish additional AA protection for any bridge seized intact.

20

1745

 

from 90th Rcn

Friendly planes strafed and burned our gas truck vicinity Hauptstuhl.

20

1800

 

from 90th Rcn

Captured Molschbach, killed 12 enemy, captured 15

20

1800

 

from 90th Rcn

Elements D Troop in Molschbach R060870 had fight in Sorbach, also strafed by friendly. A Troop reports enemy column moving East on road Steinalben Geiselberg.

20

1845

 

Received from Lt Buck

division artillery CP 0695; 419th 092933; 420th 1093; 776th 0994; 423d 1093

20

2000

 

From Rad Oper by relay

Division Artillery reported they were in town East of us. Reconnaissance has 400 Pws, they want taken off their hands

20

2005

 

from CC?

Team Maher at 1294 at 1655, Team Lang at ?HGQULR at 1645, bridge blown there, looking for bypass, team Mason at JUKBQP at 1705. Team Talbot at FQULQW 1655. 1828. (Rechecked)

20

2005

 

from CCA

TF Cherry advanced Elements at F403 L032. TF Haskell advanced Elements at F301 L066

20

2005

 

from CCA

TF Hankins advanced Elements at F359 L080 all time of units 1430

20

2005

 

from CCA

TF Cherry held up by road crater F426 L024 repairing, estimated time 1 hour, time 1715. TF Hankins turning around to on new mission, TF Haskell no change

20

2005

 

from CCA

CP now at F320 L038, TF Cherry filled crater, now moving

20

2035

 

Received from Res Comd thru relay by Rad Opr

our team 3 miles out of town of H., met no resistance, still proceeding --- 2010

20

 

2005

to CCA, CCB, Res Comd, Div Artillerie, 90th Rcn

General Patton directs that we continue attack with reckless abandon if armor is delayed dismount infantry and exert every effort to deny enemy time to reacht, reorganize or coordinate his defense.

20

 

2030

to XX Corps

all elements continue attack tonight; situation at 2000: CCA: TF Cherry 178920 pushing forward, heavy opposition; TF Hankins 166934 follows Cherry initially turn East at 176934; TF Haskell follow Hankins initially. CCB: Pinched out by 12th Armd Div, moved South to operate on Division Rear flank. Reserve Command: Now moving South from 112930, will turn East and operate between A and B. Cav cleared Molschbach 0687 at 1750, continues East in present zone. Elements of 80th Infantry Division in Kaiserslautern and Hochspeyer (1194).

20

 

2130

to CCA:

Higher HQ reports elements 12th Armored Division now in vicinity M4306

20

2210

 

from Rear Division CP

go to Speyer as soon as possible, turn South when you reach this town. Continue and contact elements 7th Armd, last reported West of Karlsruhe, APO 262 turns when they reach drink.

20

2215

 

from CCB

Team Maher followed by Team O'Grady at 069985 going East at 1310. Team Talbert followed by Team Shaddeau 300 yards South of C1022 (997981), going South East at 1330

20

 

 

from CCA

request PM to send guard for WAREHOUSE at F313 L058, Warehouse loaded with perishable foods, civilians are looting

20

 

 

from CCB

Team O'Grady and Team Maher reported that 1 kilometer East of C1027 (036995) at 1150. No reported resistance, head of TF Richardson at C990 (977971), Head of Riley at C986 (955968).

20

 

 

from 90th Rcn

?DYY? has closed into this town

20

 

 

from CCB

following bridges intact No. 1 100 years South East of C1022 (997981); No. 2 500 yards North C1020 (004965); No. 3 007954, No. 4 100 yards South East of C995 (994984).

20

 

 

from Res Comd

Our Team leaving town OK East to town of B.

20

 

 

from Res Comd

Our leading elements reported outside town of K

20

 

 

from Div Artillery

Enemy motor pool at 400 yards East of CP1020 (004965), request you take same over promptly

20

 

 

from CCB

Team Maher located at ?HUCF at 1340, no resistance reported

20

2225

 

from Div Artillery

CK BT relay this to SRZ3A on a FM channel, send a small Comd and FDC Fp with Bn battery going to GMO

20

2225

 

from CCA

TL eff 210001 PO 0095 EP 5095

20

2225

 

from CCA

TF Hankins working his way thru congestion of traffic to get on new mission, TF Haskell N/C held up by enemy tanks, working on them now. TF Cherry have now report of now N/C

20

 

 

 

Overlay of TF Hankins and Cherry's Mission

20

 

2215

to NCS

Gatchel heading Sugar CV BQ CC 2130

20

2320

 

from 90th Rcn

MG fire on column at 745903 at 2045

20

2320

 

from Res Comd

our Team 8 miles on their route, no resistance

20

2320

 

from CCB

no resistance being encountered

20

2320

 

from CCB

situation unchanged

20

 

---

to Division Artillery

be prepared to release to Bn control on 1 hour notice all 796th AAA units now attached to your Battalions. Have battery commanders report to Battalion Commander as soon as possible for preliminary instructions.

10th Armored Division

G-3 Journal

20 March 1945

 

 

Time in

Time out

 

Messages, Orders, Incidents etc.

20

0020

 

to CCB by radio

Capt McKaney: Give me the latest positions of your leading elements? Lt Mitchell: TF Riley at F396 R157 at 1900; Team Lang F440 R164 at 1840; Team Billett F447 R164 at 1900; O'Grady F632 R178 at 2140; 2 Teams of TF Chamberlain - 1 Teama t 613 R153 at 2210; another team at F590 R156 at 2210. No resistance reported except the head of O'Grady's column reported tanks in that vicinity, but no fire was reported.

20

0045

 

from CCA

Team Billet captured town of Rehwesler 786987 at 1900. Bridge out.

20

0050

 

from CCB

2 teams of TF Chamberlain at 900995 and 1 team at 922995, 1 team at 935975.

20

0050

 

from CCB

Attached FO reports lead elements TF Chamberlain at 932975 undeterminded number of enemy tanks reported encountered. Time 2110.

20

0050

 

from CCA

TF Cherry no change; TF Haskell now moving across F290 L020; TF Hankins following TF Haskell.

20

 

0050

To XX Corps by phone

Capt McKaney: Elements of CCB at 923993 and 901997 at 2210A. At 9454973 at 2140A. TF Haskell moved out of 790968 at 2330A. No reported change on TF Cherry

20

0100

 

from Div Artillery

Operation delayed has been completed, team now moving out

20

0115

 

from CCB

TF Chamberlain lead team at 943973 at 2140. No resistance reported.

20

 

0005

to CCA, CCB

Supplementing OI 13, it is directed that you by pass enemy strongpoints wherever possible.

20

0130

 

from CCA

No further info available. Richardson reports to contact with enemy and that reconnaissance being made for crossing River vicinity 786987.

20

0135

 

from CCA

Effective at 0100A TL PO 7590 EP 090 will be used by this HQ

20

0205

 

from CCB

Lead elements as follows: TF Riley 708994; Team Lang 743986; Team Billet 772971; TF Chamberlain 923975

20

 

0220

to CCB per radio

Capt McKaney: Re trucks requested for PWs, it may be morning before they report to you, where do you want them to report? Capt McGauely: I will check and call you back. The locations are as follows on my leading elements - Haskell still going on mission, cleaning up job, completed before, Hankins following him, Cherry same location as reported before, his rear got cut off by some enemy cut off some of his service elements, we have sent some infantry to held him out, and to get his service elements up to him.

20

0230

 

from CCA

Bridge complete. TF Haskell moving at 2330

20

 

0240

to CCB, Div Artillery, 90th Cav and Res Comd

CCA TL 20 Mar PO 75 90 PE 00 90

20

0245

 

from CCB by radio

S-3 to Capt McKaney: Send trucks to F010 L053 Tahweiler. TF Haskell now at F051 L058. Time was 0200

20

0255

 

from CCB

situation unchanged

20

 

0355

to XX Corps

Capt McKaney: Leading elements CCB at 923993 and 901997 at 2210. At 945973 at 2140A. TF Haskell moved out from 790968 at 2330A. Hankins behind him. Head of Hankins at 0202A at 801958. Cherry at 902906, been receiving direkt anti tank and mortar fire. Had some infiltration in column, but off in some places, infantry cleaning that up now. Major Clarke: Elements of 12th AD ½ km North & 2.7 East of Checkpoint 1029 as of 2215

20

 

0045

to XX Corps

Leading elements CCB at 93 and 901997 at 2210, at 945973 at 2140A. TF Haskell moved out from 790968 at 2330A. No reported change TF Cherry.

20

 

0320

to CCB by Radio

Capt McKaney: 5 trucks are on their way to you as of 0155. They must be unloaded there or nearby and ready for another mission. Lt. Mitchell: Roger: Forward observer reports that Chamberlain took town at F680 R165 (990985) at 0100. Billet has run across a place where he will need about 50 feet of treadway and estimate about 3 hours to repair. Infantry has jumped off and doing good. Have no report on resistance. Capt McKaney: We have a report that the 12th Armd Div at 2215 were ½ km North & 2.7 East of Checkpoint 1029.

20

 

0340

to XX Corps by phone

Capt McKaney to Lt Dorman: TF Chamberlain at 990985 at 0100A

20

0430

 

from CCA

TF Haskell advanced elements at F080 L053. By passing direct AP. TF Hankins following TF Haskell. TF Cherry no change, as of last report 0355.

20

0430

 

from XX Corps

CP opens St. Wendel Q590968 at 201700A

20

0440

0440

to XX Corps by phone

Capt McKaney to Major Clarke: Haskell was at 831953 at 0358a. By passed HE fire. Hankins following him. No change on Cherry. Receiving sporadic artillery fire, enemy infiltrating his column, having a little trouble with that.

20

0545

 

from CCB

Forward oberserver reports lead elements of TF Chamberlain at 990981

20

0545

 

from CCB

No report of change

20

 

0620

to CCA by radio

Capt McKaney to Major Balthis: What is our latest report? TF Hankins at 0545 is at F10 L05, he is following Haskell. Am trying to get his location of forward elements now. Am going to contact Cherry to find out if he is in motion.

20

0630

 

from CCA (Info from G-2)

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

20

 

0650

to XX Corps by phone

Capt McKaney to Major Clarke: TF Hankins at 0545 head of column at 850952. He is following Haskell, no report on head of Haskell, am trying to get that report now.

20

0700

 

from 90th Cav

Sq HQ closed Remmesweiler 0400. Moving East will advice new location.

20

0700

 

from CCB

no report of change

20

0700

 

from CCA

TF Haskell forward elements at F119 L026 time 0640

20

0750

 

from CCB by radio

Capt McKaney to Sig O: TF Chamberlain reported by forward observer at Checkpoint 994 at 0100. TF Richardson leading elements at Checkpoint 830; TF Riley at 728993. Capt McKaney: I have a report that Richardson is in the town of O, you people know you are to by pass if necessary.

20

 

0800

to XX Corps (TWX)

one column CCA held up by defended road block at 990944 at 0705A. Attempting bypass.

20

 

0805

CG 10th Armd Div to CCB 5 FM Radio

CG: XX Corps reports elements of 12th Armd Div North and East of Kaiserslautern. Our CC should keep moving as soon as possible because I do not them to beat us to the objective. CCB 5: Our elements are about 4 kilometers North West of Kaiserslautern. CG 6: Habe the instructions gotten out to the units to bypass. CCB 5: Yes. CG: Keep every moving.

20

 

0815

to Res Comd - Lt Smith to Capt Finch FM Radio

Lt Smith: What is location your forward elements. Capt Finch: Tem is moving out of Brittenbach. Lt Smith: TF Cherry is moving toward objective; has a little bit of a build up on his right flank. Do you know where Cherry was last reported. That road he was on he has continued until he is 12 kilometers from objective and was held up and reporting some kind of a build up on his right flank. Capt Finch: We will get on that road and contact TF Cherry and shoot off to his South flank. We will get on that immediately. We will try to keep you informed. We will start moving shortly.

20

0830

 

from CCA

When will we get maps as required our message 2200A 19 Mar. Answer.

20

0830

 

from CCA

bridge at F258 L052 blown. Haskell at F245 L046 at 0720A.

20

0835

 

from CCA by radio

Major Balthis to Col Sheffield: bridge at F295 L051 out. We have by passed. We are 1000 meters east of bridge. Col Sheffield: What is the latest on Cherry? Major Balthis: He is going to try to bypass to the South. Col Sheffield: Good.

20

 

0840

to XX Corps by phone

Lt Smith to Capt Lee: Haskell moved out, was on the Autoboard, was stopped by a defended road block and they have by passed that and are now 1000 meters beyond bridge and are moving. The location 019952. Cherry is by passing to the South. Have no report on leading elements. No report on Chamberlain.

20

0848

 

from CCB by radio

Col Sheffield to Capt McGauley: We are now moving on the road, going to where O'Grady was reported at 2100A last night. Air operation reported O'Grady 7 kilometer North of Kaiserslautern. O'Grady is the leading team. I send you 2 messages 1 re 90th Rcn and the other re getting more engineers. All our our are with Richardson and we have none up here. Col Sheffield: I will send you up a Platoon immediately.

20

0915

 

from Division Artillery

Artillery fire to 5 or 155 coming from vicinity of 6394, landing in position area at 7396 beginnung around 2400 hours still coming in. Requires immediate investigation.

20

0922

 

from CCB

we are anticipating engineer difficulty. Are any more engineers available. No reports from TF H as yet.

20

0925

 

from CCA by phone

we are now moving, Hazen is not with us, we are at F240 L043

20

 

0905

to CCA

XX Corps has made us responsible for zone as shown on overlay of OI No. 13, this is a charge in that we originally had permission to operate in zone 26th Inf Div and now it is our responsibility

20

 

0900

to 90th Cav

You are directed to push forward as rapidly as possible on the South flank of CCA toward the Rhine River. Any intact bridges over River will be seized and held. Bypass and report all resistance where possible.

20

0925

 

from CCB

Attending G-3- We have not been informed by Sq where our Cav is to go. They are with TF C.

20

 

0930

to Major Huzen from Col McChristian

Col McChristian: Have you located a place for us to move as yet? Major H: We are still about 4 kilometer from our destination, it our destination cleared yet. Col McChristian: No, not as yet. Are there any location where you are that would be suitable for our advanced CP. Are you moving now. Major H: Yes, we are moving now, going about 20 mph. Col McChristian: Our advance is leaving in about 1 hour and you find some place for them and continue on your mission to find CP for Division. Keep us informed of your progress.

20

0945

 

from CCB by phone

Capt McGauley to Capt McKaney: We have report from Air OP that bridges were seized intact and Chamberlain is now crossing over them. Time at 0845. Capt McKaney: What kind of engineers do you want? Capt McGauley: Armed Engineers. Have them use Chamberlains route and we will meet them along the route. We have no report on Hankins.

20

1015

b

Received from 26th InfDiv

Overlay showing change in boundary;

20

1018

 

from 90th Cav

We have contacted Cherry and are moving to his flank

20

1018

 

from 90th Cav

Proceeding down route followed by cherry - moving fast

20

 

1020

to CCB by radio

Capt McKaney to Capt McGauley: Capt McKaney: About the bridges you reported in, there is just one intact, is there not? Capt McGauley: My 14 reported to me that both bridges were intact. Capt McKaney: They found a by pass down there, I don't think the bridge is in, but they are crosssing. Capt McGauley: I am going to send my Air up again, as soon as I can and get the full report on the head of the column. Capt McKaney: Where do you have a location on the Cav at? Capt McKaney: My air saw them at Checkpoint 295. Riley and Richardson are going over the bridge, Chamberlain took, they are moving now. My CP opened as of now 1020 at Siegelbach.

20

1045

 

from CCA

Cherry at F253 L034 bridge blown trying to by pass at 0930. Haskell at F300L055 bridge at F305 L053 900.

20

 

1111

to CCA by FM Rad

Capt McKaney: Do you have any late info, and where is your CP. Maj Balthis: Cherry is in motion now do not have late location. CP at F220 L042. Capt McKaney: Re your message of 0945 is the bridge blown over the sueper duper Highway. Maj Balthis: Yes, they are looking for a bypass now. Re your message of 0905 am I responsible for that area. Capt McKaney: We will give you a boundary in that zone and someone else will be on your right, more details later. This does not change your mission. I sthe overpass of the railroad on the Super Highway blown? Maj Balthis: No, but one 500 yeards east is. Late Message on Cherry; he is at F305 L037 as of 1110.

20

1120

 

from CCA

Request CC Bs CP and Fordward elements

20

1120

 

Received from liaison Sec

Overlay of 26th InfDiv front lines as of 1100 20 Mar

20

1125

 

from CCB

no enemy resistance reported as of 1100

20

1125

 

from CCB

this HQ close CP 989 at 1100

20

1132

 

from CCB by FM Radio

Capt McGauely: O'Grady at CP1023 (003986); Shaddeau and Tabblot at CP 989 (966967); Tabblot held up because of lack of gas. Trains ready to roll now. No resistance. Out of contact with Richardson.

20

1135

 

from CCA by FM Rad

Major Balthis: Cherry at F350 L035 at 1122. Haskell still held up by blown bridge receiving artillery, anti-tank and mortar fire.

20

 

---

to XX Corps

bridge out 003984 Cherry at 0930 hunts bypass. Haskell at 0550955 at 0900. Chamberlain crossed vicinity 995983 at 0805. Richardson and Riley following Chamberlain route to Br bridge at 055953 out.

20

 

---

to XX Corps

Cherry at 100937 at 1122. Chamberlain at 003986at 1140. Haskell at 050955 receiving artillery and motar and anti-tank fire.

20

1150

 

from 90th Rcn

Sq HQ, B, E and F troops at Q880901 D Troop at Q910908

20

 

1150

to CCA

CCB at F217 L067, lead elements reported at F253 L085 at 1140.

20

1210

 

from CCB

Have additional engineers report to CP 989 (966967)

20

 

 

 

Left St. Wendel to join column.

20

1530

 

from CCA

request answer to message 1400

20

1530

 

from CCA

Imperative that we have answer to message of 1400

20

 

 

 

Arrived Kaiserslautern 1630.

20

1640

 

from CCA

Lead Elements at road block and moving out at 1608

20

1640

 

from CCA

TF Cherry at F417 L033 at 1610

20

1645

 

from XX Corps

AAA Autor Weapons Battalion (self propelled) will be prepared to protect any bridge that may be siezed intact across the Rhine River. The Armored Division capturing a bridge will provide AAA AW protection using the entire battalion. This HQ is prepared to furnish additional AA protection for any bridge seized intact.

20

1745

 

from 90th Rcn

Friendly planes strafed and burned our gas truck vicinity Hauptstuhl.

20

1800

 

from 90th Rcn

Captured Molschbach, killed 12 enemy, captured 15

20

1800

 

from 90th Rcn

Elements D Troop in Molschbach R060870 had fight in Sorbach, also strafed by friendly. A Troop reports enemy column moving East on road Steinalben Geiselberg.

20

1845

 

Received from Lt Buck

division artillery CP 0695; 419th 092933; 420th 1093; 776th 0994; 423d 1093

20

2000

 

From Rad Oper by relay

Division Artillery reported they were in town East of us. Reconnaissance has 400 Pws, they want taken off their hands

20

2005

 

from CC?

Team Maher at 1294 at 1655, Team Lang at ?HGQULR at 1645, bridge blown there, looking for bypass, team Mason at JUKBQP at 1705. Team Talbot at FQULQW 1655. 1828. (Rechecked)

20

2005

 

from CCA

TF Cherry advanced Elements at F403 L032. TF Haskell advanced Elements at F301 L066

20

2005

 

from CCA

TF Hankins advanced Elements at F359 L080 all time of units 1430

20

2005

 

from CCA

TF Cherry held up by road crater F426 L024 repairing, estimated time 1 hour, time 1715. TF Hankins turning around to on new mission, TF Haskell no change

20

2005

 

from CCA

CP now at F320 L038, TF Cherry filled crater, now moving

20

2035

 

Received from Res Comd thru relay by Rad Opr

our team 3 miles out of town of H., met no resistance, still proceeding --- 2010

20

 

2005

to CCA, CCB, Res Comd, Div Artillerie, 90th Rcn

General Patton directs that we continue attack with reckless abandon if armor is delayed dismount infantry and exert every effort to deny enemy time to reacht, reorganize or coordinate his defense.

20

 

2030

to XX Corps

all elements continue attack tonight; situation at 2000: CCA: TF Cherry 178920 pushing forward, heavy opposition; TF Hankins 166934 follows Cherry initially turn East at 176934; TF Haskell follow Hankins initially. CCB: Pinched out by 12th Armd Div, moved South to operate on Division Rear flank. Reserve Command: Now moving South from 112930, will turn East and operate between A and B. Cav cleared Molschbach 0687 at 1750, continues East in present zone. Elements of 80th Infantry Division in Kaiserslautern and Hochspeyer (1194).

20

 

2130

to CCA:

Higher HQ reports elements 12th Armored Division now in vicinity M4306

20

2210

 

from Rear Division CP

go to Speyer as soon as possible, turn South when you reach this town. Continue and contact elements 7th Armd, last reported West of Karlsruhe, APO 262 turns when they reach drink.

20

2215

 

from CCB

Team Maher followed by Team O'Grady at 069985 going East at 1310. Team Talbert followed by Team Shaddeau 300 yards South of C1022 (997981), going South East at 1330

20

 

 

from CCA

request PM to send guard for WAREHOUSE at F313 L058, Warehouse loaded with perishable foods, civilians are looting

20

 

 

from CCB

Team O'Grady and Team Maher reported that 1 kilometer East of C1027 (036995) at 1150. No reported resistance, head of TF Richardson at C990 (977971), Head of Riley at C986 (955968).

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from 90th Rcn

?DYY? has closed into this town

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from CCB

following bridges intact No. 1 100 years South East of C1022 (997981); No. 2 500 yards North C1020 (004965); No. 3 007954, No. 4 100 yards South East of C995 (994984).

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from Res Comd

Our Team leaving town OK East to town of B.

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from Res Comd

Our leading elements reported outside town of K

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from Div Artillery

Enemy motor pool at 400 yards East of CP1020 (004965), request you take same over promptly

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from CCB

Team Maher located at ?HUCF at 1340, no resistance reported

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2225

 

from Div Artillery

CK BT relay this to SRZ3A on a FM channel, send a small Comd and FDC Fp with Bn battery going to GMO

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2225

 

from CCA

TL eff 210001 PO 0095 EP 5095

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2225

 

from CCA

TF Hankins working his way thru congestion of traffic to get on new mission, TF Haskell N/C held up by enemy tanks, working on them now. TF Cherry have now report of now N/C

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Overlay of TF Hankins and Cherry's Mission

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2215

to NCS

Gatchel heading Sugar CV BQ CC 2130

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2320

 

from 90th Rcn

MG fire on column at 745903 at 2045

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2320

 

from Res Comd

our Team 8 miles on their route, no resistance

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2320

 

from CCB

no resistance being encountered

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2320

 

from CCB

situation unchanged

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to Division Artillery

be prepared to release to Bn control on 1 hour notice all 796th AAA units now attached to your Battalions. Have battery commanders report to Battalion Commander as soon as possible for preliminary instructions.

Historische Forschungen · Roland Geiger · Alsfassener Straße 17 · 66606 St. Wendel · Telefon: 0 68 51 / 31 66
E-Mail: rolgeiger(at)aol.com · (c)2009 hfrg.de

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