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10th Armored Division

G-3 Journal

17 March 1945

 

 

Time in

Time out

 

Messages, Orders, Incidents etc.

17

0009

 

from 318th RCT (S-3 officer to Capt McKaney)

S-3 O: 1st Bn patrolling road ZIRF - WEISKIRCHEN. 3d Bn still in WEISKIRCHEN; 2d Bn N/C since last report.

17

0011

 

from CCA (Sgt Conrad)

to Sgt Hart: no change as of 2400

17

0124

 

from CCA (S-2 Sgt)

to Sgt Hart: TF Hankins opened CP at F049 L045 at 2355A; forward elements N/C 318th reports movement of enemy troops from WEISKIRCHEN to STEINBERG, indicates enemy withdrawal to NE. Hot road reported open to 1/4 t travel - 0113.    message given to G-2. Pw reports estimated 200 enemy Vic woods 322072 and 200 enemies north of WEISKIRCHEN 335072 -- 2200

17

0130

 

from CCB

request location of your leading elements

17

0141

0141

to CCB

TF Hankins 369069; TF Cherry 376035

17

0253

 

from CCB

P CCB at 340154 CP TF Riley at 388139; CP TF Richardson 434178; CP TF Chamberlain now moving to 433178, CP C Tr/90th Rcn at 3317155. Led elements TF Riley last reported at 437126, lead elements TF Richardson last reported at 445175, TF Chamberlain to attack officer or E from Vic 433178

17

0302

 

from CCB

Negative report

17

0312

 

from CCA

no change

17

0400

 

from 318th (phone)

situation no change as of 0400

17

0455

 

from CCB

no change in situation

17

0616

 

from 318th (phone)

no change

17

0620

 

from CCA

no change in locations as of 0600

17

0621

 

from CCB

Inf trucks AR will leave in 2 hours, TF Riley at 490123, Team Shaddeau of TF Chamberlain six asks North at about 0400 from 431177 SE Richardson attack E from  450176 at 010 (message sent back to be clearified)

17

0805

0805

to XX Corps (Mr Dean to Maj Clark)

Mr Dean: Nothing on CCA as we are out of Com with hem. Riley move to 490123 as of 0130. Team Shaddeau of TF Chamberlain was to attack 0400 from 431177. Richardson was to attack east from 450176 at 0100.

17

0813

 

from CCA

Team Hyduke jumped off at 0710

17

0813

 

from CCA

Team Davis moved out at 0700A Team Wall moved out 0705.

16

2330

162330

to CCA

B battery 796th AAA Bn (-2d platoon) having been Rlvd from mission on TRIER bridge, is now attached to your command. Battery has been instructed to report to your HQ by 170600.

17

0813

 

to CCB

message only 2d Plat of B Btry  attached CCB

17

0813

 

to CCB

RCT has 1 Co trucks. We are trying to get more the Bn  attached to you is to be completly Mtzd. The balance of RCT is to remain in Assy areas until futher notice.

17

0813

 

to CCA

Plan as outlined in field message has been approved by Corps Comdr and is in eff as of 2230. Your mission is not changed except for North Bd after CCB gets south of NAHE River. South Br does not limit your maneuver in that direction. Make your main effort along super Hwy E of KAISERSLAUTERN.

17

0813

 

to CCB

Plan as outlined in field message has been approved by Corps Comdr and is in eff as of 2230. You are to cross to South of NAHE River as soon as possible preferably between 5509 and 61026 both incl.

17

0834

 

from CCB

Negative Report as of 0800

17

0835

 

from 318th RCT (phone)

our 2d and 3d Bns are attacking to take of rest of the town of WEISKIRCHEN.

17

0847

 

from XX Corps (Lt Lee to Col Sheffield)

Capt Lee: I can get those searchlights if you still want them, and if so where do you want them to go to? Col Sheffield: Yes, I'd like to have them go to CCA HQ which is at 295065. Capt Lee: Ok they will arrive about 1400 und you will need a bulldozer to dig them in.

17

0849

 

from CCB

TF Riley jumps off at 0700 from NONNWEILER

17

0850

 

from CCB

Does C Tr/90th Rcn revert to Sq control or remain in this Comd

17

0855

 

from CCA

CP at R015 L040moving to R028 L024 time 0830

17

0904

 

from CCA

Fwd elements TF Hankings Vic F111 L049 repairing bridge

17

0909

 

from 318th RCT (S-3 Capt)

to Sgt Hart: Town at CP 48 (336034) is entirely clear; sending patrols to town North of CP49 345067

17

0920

0920

to 90th CavRcnSq (Mecz) (phone: Capt McKaney)

to Maj Dayton: Alert your Command for movement on short notice

17

0926

0926

to XX Corps (phone: Capt McKaney)

to Capt Lull: latest report on CCA: TF Hankins at 0845 reported repairing a bridge at 391071. All elements of CCA jumped off this morning at 0700 and 0705. That is the only one we have a report on. CCB: no change

17

0930

 

from XX Corps (phone: Lt Lee)

to Capt McKaney: the RCT from 94th ID which is attached to you is detached effective immediately

17

0932

 

from CCA

bridge blown at 387036 and 394035

17

0940

 

from Div Artillery (Ln O, Lt Buck)

CP Div Artillery at RAPPWEILER 3025; 420th at 350045; 419th und 776th FA Bns at RAPPWEILER 3025; 689th FA Bn - 390163; 274th FA Bn 390138; 423d FA Bn at 433170

17

0945

 

from CCA

TF Cherry - Team Davis at F094 R005

17

0945

 

from CCB

TF Riley leading elements at 480120 at 0800A. Report no resistance.

17

1015

 

received from CCB

route overlay to accomplish mission given by field message, HQ 10th AD

17

1015

 

Received from 80th ID

showing locations of forward elements

17

1015

 

from CCA

CP CCA opens F030 L025 at 0945

17

1025

 

from CCB

TF Riley reports bridge out at 485117. Elements could not find bypass. Treadway requested, no resistance reported

17

1033

 

from CCB

TF Chamberlain - lead elements at 454179 at 0815. Br 7505 intact at that point. Trees felled for 200 yards east of bridge. No enemy resistance encountered

17

1045

1045

to CCB (phone: Capt McCaney S-3)

an you give me any information on Richardson? S-3: Richardson is still int own where he was located lst night. He was ordered b our CO this morning to send a clearing force over the road to the south and prepare to follow Riley when Riley clears the town which he was located in. Riley jumped off at 0700 this morning. Capt McCaney: Did you receive my message re 301st RCT?

17

0947

 

relayed from (   )

Present location 432178 (unclassified)

17

0947

 

from CCA

CP CCA at F030 L025

17

0950

0950

to XX Corps (phone: Capt McKaney to Capt Lee)

Riley at 0940 was at 485117. Held up by blown bridge. Undefended. Reports no resistance. Richardson is coming down to follow Riley. No report as to whether he was moved out as yet. He should be on the way by now. Riley has had no resistance. They are putting in a bridge where that one was blown as they could find no by pass. At 0845 leading Elements of TF Hankins at 391070. Team Rcn is moving out now. Going out on the River flank. We plan to move out CP about 1300. advanced CP has already gone forward.

17

0955

 

from CCA

TF Hankins reports no enemy resistance except blown bridge and road craters. TF C reports encountering blown bridges and road craters.

17

0958

 

from 90th Cav

moved out

17

1115

 

from CCA

Adv elements TF Cherry F104 L015 and F103 L003 (  ) and   (  ), at 1032A. TF Hankins F110 L1040 (  ) at 1040A.

17

1115

 

from CCB

Ref you message of 0907. 301st Inf Rgt, 3d Bn is being assembled at 340155

17

1200

 

received from 94th ID

G-3 Report No. 116 (Ln officer XX Corps)

17

1200

 

from XX Corps (Ln O, Capt Knight)

G-3 Sitreps No. 908, 909; 65th ID (Ln O, XX Corps): G-3 Report No. 11

17

1215

 

from CCA

TF Cherry at F111 L015 ( ). Looking for bypass around 2d blown bridge. Other team at F113 L015. Could find no road.

17

1125

1125

to XX Corps (phone: Capt McKaney)

TF Cherry took bridge intact at 397039. Moving across at 1140. All these TF Hankings waiting for completion of Treadway Bridge. Cherry has team at 393015. We are moving to ZERF.

17

1645

 

 

Arrived MITLOSHEIM - opened CP

17

1700

 

from CCB

CP closing present location 1330 open in Rt to GUSENBURG 400155 same time

17

1700

 

from 90th Rcn

Sq CP closed in LOSHEIM 290009

17

1700

 

from CCB

Location TF Chamberlain 6 460183 by passed Abatis mine field at DAMFLOS captured 25 PWs

17

1700

 

from CCB

1st Plat C 90th at 454198 and 455190, no enemy in town, 14 PWs taken today by them.

17

1700

 

from ???

Clearing Force from TF Richardson reports road from 43??10 to 437150 to 441924, clear combat, patrol is checking pillboxes along the Rt.

17

1700

 

from CCB

TF Chamberlain leading elements entering ZUSCH 475170, no resistance Team Lang of TF Richardson now at 435115, no resistance, constructing bridge as nobypass available.

17

1525

 

from Reserve Command

We are held up by columns in town of Z   Have you anything for Res Comd 3 if not we will continue as soon as Jam cleares as scheduled.

17

1550

 

from CG 10th AD Tk

Shaddeau beyond 5316 undetermined distance and out of Rad contact at 1215A. Reading toward River 15 möh intermittent Mort and Artillery Fire Received along Rt

17

1700

 

from CCB

C/90 at 1109 T Lang of TF Richardson at 434158 at 1130. TF Chamberlain H at 472170 collecting to continue attack now entering USCC at 1130

17

1600

 

from 90th Rcn

CP closes LOSHEIM 1415, opened NUNKIRCHEN 1515

17

1700

 

from CCA

TF Cherry lead elements F140 L015

17

1700

 

from CCB

TF Chamberlain has dismounted patrol working south along PRIMS River from road block 455179, no info on results

17

1700

 

from CG 10th AD

Send location of advanced CP

17

1700

 

from CCB

Platoon of Medium Tanks from TF Chamberlain on mission to find bypass to north of road block of felled trees at 457179 contacted platoon of C/90 at 458198 at 0915 at approx the same time 10 rounds of Artillery fell at this location

17

1700

 

(intercept) from 90th Rcn

2d Platoon ??FAH?? Crossed River at F071 L004, ford good approach poor part of town on east bank of river cleared, opposition light, trying to find road to East.

17

1700

 

from AGO

request location of forward elements CCB and CCA

17

1700

 

from CG Tk

Shaddeau entering USCH. CG going to Chamberlain then to C Co (or CCB)

17

1710

 

from CCB

Riley at C160  FO Report

17

1710

 

from 90th Rcn

Ford 368017 gravel bottom load beyond unsuitable for medium tanks Br at 37100 blown, fort to river of bridge for will take medium tanks investigating area beyond ford

17

1710

 

from 90th Rcn

BUSCHFELD 370998, BIEL 373012 and BARDENBACH 374015 cleared by FA H approx 20 PWs taken 2 wounded

17

1710

 

from 90th Cav

bridge at 311962 and bridge at 379978, both blown

17

1510

 

from CCB

1st Plat C 90th at 454198 and 455190, no enemy in town, 14 PWs taken today by them.

17

1700

 

from CCB

TF Chamberlain leading elements entering ZUSCH 475170, no resistance Team Lang of TF Richardson now at 435115, no resistance, constructing bridge as nobypass available.

17

1700

 

from 80th Med

report location of CCA and CCB

17

1720

 

from 94th ID (to CO CCB thru CG 10th AD)

n compliance with VOCG XX Corps 170945A 301 Inf is releaved from attachment CCB, 10th AD, and reverts to Div Res.Comply with Bar 3 A, supplement 1 to FO 17 dated 160800A. Prepare to be motorized and attached to another ArmDiv within the next 24 hours. Trucks remain attached to 301 Inf until further notice. CT attachments released effective 17100A

17

1510

 

from Reserve Command

We are now moving to town of B due South of town of G, our forward elements are now entering your town

17

1510

 

from AGO

message of 1420 is urgent

17

1710

 

from CCA

Do you wish a Bn of 318th Rct to be attached to CCB?

17

1720

 

from Res Cd (By liaison O)

Res Comd closed in town of BRITTEN at 1700

17

1720

 

from Artillery

Forward observer reports TF Chamberlain entered 554176

17

1720

 

from 90th Cav

2d Platoon FAH Crossed River at F071 L004, ford good approach poor part of town on east bank of river cleared, opposition light, trying to find road to East.

17

1720

 

from CCB

TF Chamberlain at 532187 going South at 1520A. What is stroy on 318th RCT?

17

1720

 

from CCB

Town at 3900096 captured by 21st Tk Bn. 34 PWs taken. CP CCB 398153

17

1640

1640

to XX Corps

Rcn elements CCB at 454148 and 455190 at 1200A. CP 90th Cav opened at Losheim at 1215A. CP CCB moving to GUSENBURG at 1330A. CP CCA moving to WADERN 1630A. Elements TF Cherry in KRETTNICH at 1602A

17

1745

 

from 90th Cav

Sq less A and F, Trs now at NUNKIRCHEN. B Tr Rcn for crossing PRIMS River . 319 Inf attacking east to river in l between 371000 and 561962

17

1752

 

from AGO

Send me your location and that of leading elements. Use thrust lines.

17

1745

1745

to all units, XX Corps, 26th ID, 94th ID and 26 ID

CP, 10th AD opened MITLOSHEIM (307044) at 1700

17

1850

 

from CCB

Request positions of lead elements of CCA

17

1850

 

from CCA

TF Hankins reports counterattack at 447083 (KASTEL) with 1 platoon tanks. Repulsed at 1733A. 3 enemy tanks knocked-out

17

1850

 

from 90th Cav

2d Plat FAH at F090 L007 (  ). Engaged in fire fight. Enemy dug in 200 yards to east of this point. Strenght undetermined.

17

1850

 

from Div Artillery (reported by liaison O, Lt. Buck)

CP Div Artillery RAPPWEILER. 419th - OBERMORSCHOLZ, 420th FA At WADERN. Lt. Buck reported at 1300 CCB took town of BRAUNSHAUSEN. Forward oberserver of CC at following locations (reported by Lt. Buck): B27 at CkPt52, C29 at CkPt94, 1200 yards south; A22 500 yards beyond CkPt83; B29 passing CkPt113, A17 - at CkPt41 (with TF Cherry); C22 at CkPt 66; Team Wall at CkPt86; Team Davis at CkPt64; TF Richardson 10,000 yards north of CkPt113; TF Riley 4000N of CkPt94

17

1900

 

from Reserve Command

CP closed TRIER at 1340. Opened BRITTEN 1700A

17

1915

1915

to XX Corps (phone: Capt Lee to Lt. Smith)

Location Div CP at 307046 at1700. Forward Elements of CCB at 555175, 534076. Leading elements of CCA - 441075, 422035. Cav Vic 370005. Received message re town we are to take tonight and tomorrow, has been forwarded to units concerned. Resistance light, scattered S/S fire, some artillery and Mort, no report on minefields, mostly blown bridges, tank ditches and road blocks

17

1920

 

from CCB

Attn G-3: TF Riley captured RR Br at 55020906. 2 bridges over river at 550091 and 551092 intact. Both established. Town at 548089 captured but possibly booby trapped

17

1945

 

from 90th Cav

27660 FAG at F106 L009. Remainder of troops crossing ford at F073 L004. Enemy infantry will follow us across tonite. We will continue to the East.

17

1945

 

to CCB

Direct TF Riley to seize ST. WENDEL tonight. Direct TF Chamberlain to seize KAISERSLAUTERN tomorrow.

17

1945

 

from CCB

TF Riley forward elements south of river approx 2 km north west CkPt 171. TF Richardson behind TF Riley prepared to pass thru after river crossing. TF Chamberlain forward elements at town beginning with B 10 km north CkPt 171 at 1730A.

17

2025

 

from CCB

CP closing present locations 1320. Open in route to GUSENBURG 400155 same time.

17

2025

 

from 318th RCT

C Tr 90th Cav at 464184 at 1109. Team Lang of TF Richardson at 434158 at 1130. TF Cherry at 472170 collecting to continue attack now. Entering US17 at 1130.

17

2035

 

from G-3 76th ID to CG 10th AD

Attn liaison officer 76th ID. Report locations of forward elements 10th AD and adjacent Orgns XX Corps this HQ without delay.

17

2005

2005

from General Morris to CO CCB (Radio)

Gen Morris: Have you sent us your latest report on dispositions?

Col Roberts: Yes, by CW. General Morris: What I want you to do is to have TF Richardson move toward the south east to the large road center (town of ST. WENDEL) and continue on mission.

Col Roberts: I will continue to the SE into CCA area. General Morris: Have 1 TF go toward the SE and the other TF to town beginning the KA. Have TF River start in that direction tonight. How soon can you start. Carry that mission out and if there is any change I will let you know later.

17

2035

2035

to XX Corps (Gen Morris to General Walker)

Gen Walker: Has General Collier been up here?

Gen Morris: Yes, I have seen him.

Gen Walker: General Morris, progress made by your Division in the last 36 hours has brought down a lot of criticism. I talked to General Patton today. He is not satisfied and it went all the way to SHAEF.

I want your division to take ST. WENDEL tonight and KAISERSLAUTERN tomorrow.

If you take ST. WENDEL tonight you will get one medal.

If you take KAISERSLAUTERN tomorrow you will get two medals.

General Eisenhower is not as bitter as General Patton and myself. It did not look too good yesterday when we were making our rounds. Give them the works.

17

2040

 

from CCA

CP at F110 L028

17

2045

 

from CCA

bridge taken intact at F168 L061

17

2045

 

from 90th Cav

request Infantry fire by friendly units in Z brounded by Prims River NS Grid 43 and EW Grid 99. We are working in that area now

17

2110

2110

to XX Corps (Phone: Lt Smith to Capt Lee)

Have bridge intact at 448081 (Kastel). Have CCA columns (TF Riley) there at 1930.

3 bridges intact Vic 550090, 1 railroad bridge and 2 vehicle bridges. TF Riley is there, was there at 1850.

TF Richardson is right behind him.

Both have been instructed to shoot down to ST. WENDEL and both are going that way. As soon as they break loose one of them will shoot out to the town of KAISERSLAUTERN.

Cav units at 408015. Not sure just how much is there, at least one platoon. They are going to the town of ST. WENDEL. That will make 3 columns heading for that town tonight.

17

2115

 

from 90th Cav

What is your location.

17

2135

 

from CCB (Radio: S-3 to Col Sheffield)

CCB requested same amount of Infantry for future operations immediately.

Col Sheffield: You can have them immediately. Where do you want them to report.

S-3: I will call you back later and let you know where they are to report.

17

2145

 

from Div Artillery (reported by liaison O, Lt. Buck)

Change in Mission -

419th FA in direct support of TF Hankins,

420th Armd FA  in direct support of TF Cherry.

776th FA Bn General support of CCA. Location of forward elements - Team Havlovitz - Check Point 113; Hankins - Check Point 52, Hyduke - 500 yards beyond Check Point 83; Team Holland 800 East of Check Point 11; Cherry at Check Point 41; Team Brown at Check Point 66; Team Davis just short of Check Point 113 at 113 at 1830; Team Wall at Check Point 86; Team McIntosh at Check Point 86; Team Baker at Check Point 66 at 1350; Unidentified Team at Check Point 97 at 1950; report as of 2145

17

1720

1720

to XX Corps

TF Riley at 536090 at 1550A

17

2030

2030

to CCB

Confirming phone Message: Push Riley to ST. WENDEL tonight and RICHARDSON toward KAISERSLAUTERN, if possible for Chamberlain to get bridge across NAHE River have him push toward KAISERSLAUTERN also. CCA is also pushing toward ST. WENDEL tonight, but so far do not have any vehicles across PRIMS River.

You should beat him there.

We must have at least one tank in ST. WENDEL prior to dawn.

17

2040

2040

to CCA

Make every effort toward ST. WENDEL tonight. CCB is pushing down from North West tonight with same mission. We must have at least one tank in ST. WENDEL prior to dawn by order of General Patton.

17

2050

2050

to 90th Cav

Make maximum effort toward ST. WENDEL tonight, and on the KAISERSLAUTERN tomorrow. We must have at least one tank in ST. WENDEL by dawn tomorrow by order of General Patton.

17

2100

2100

to CCB

The CC Comdr - the TF Comdr and the Team Comdr of the lst 10th Armd Tk to reach ST. WENDEL tonight will get a medal from me

17

2230

 

from 90th Cav Rcn Sq

1st Platoon bridge B at Altland 408016. 2d and 3d at 401015. Woods from fort to these position not cleared. 36 PWs taken. Platoons receiving light artillery fire.

17

2245

 

from CCA

request lights from Check Point 86 to South Check Point 86 1500 meters from 2400 to 0200

17

2245

 

from XX Corps

Corps CP and Air strip open Saarburg - time signed 172010A

17

2140

2140

to CCB

you can have Infantry Bn Mtzd on call. Just let me know when and where you want it

17

2210

2210

to CCB

Infantry Bn Mtzd you will get on call is now located at 335072

17

2305

 

from CCA (Radio: Maj Balthis to Col Sheffield)

We have no change in our forward elements. We are about ready to go. Col Sheffield: We must have a report of your forward elements each hour. I received your request for the blinkers, I will have them run that mission.

17

2330

 

from CCB

reuqest 1 Bn Infantry be attached to this HQ immediately

17

2345

 

from Div Artillery (Phone: Lt Buck to Sgt McGuire)

Change in location 419th FA 400 meters north east Check Point 95. CCA CP 300 meters south east Check Point 64 at Rj. Location of forward observer - C29 11 meters south and 700 west of Check Point 120; A22 600 south of ckt 94; 329 300 east of Check Point 29; C22 300 north west of Check Point 66; B22 at Check Point 97; C37 at Check Point 86

17

2355

 

from 318th Inf Regt (Phone)

Negativ report

17

2400

 

from 90th Cav

All of Tp B across Prims River, securing bridge head. 1st Bn 319th Infantry follows up commencing 2200. Fort at 371004 being repaired now to cross remainders of Sq tonight

17

2400

2400

to XX Corps

no change in locations, will call you as soon as I get a report.

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