628-TDB (SP) Belgium, December 1944

Report : Employment of 4 TD Bns in the ETO
Officers Advanced Course – Armored School

628th Tank Destroyer Battalion (Self Propelled)

Maj William F. Jackson, Maj John E. Wales III, Maj Marshall B. Garth, Maj John A. Rankin, Maj Alfred L. Dibelia, Maj Robert Hall, Capt George F. Sawyer, Capt Robert L. Perley, Capt James L. Higgins

Preface

Preparing a research report on tank destroyers proved to be a more interesting task than most members of the Committee anticipated. The announcement of the subject cast some doubt upon the worth of a report on a now obsolete weapon of war, but not for long. The splendid achievements of tank destroyer units in action, the outstanding esprit of officers and men in these units under all conditions of combat, and the ingenuity and bravery they combined to stop the most feared menace of the battlefield in World War II created admiration for them and professional interest in their methods. It is hoped that this report adequately describes the courage and tenacity with which they fought and the skillful techniques they employed in outmaneuvering and outfighting their armored foe.

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36-ID (141-IR – 442-RTC – 405-FS) November 1944

Early, I have published the work of Maj Watanabe about the Lost Battalion in the Vosges Mountains in France in October 1944. I found out that the AJAs did a hell of a job. There is just a wrong word used in this entire story : saved ! The 1st Bn, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division Texas wasn’t saved because it was just relieved from it’s positions in the Trapin de Saules.

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90-ID (1/358), Fort Koenigsmacker, France, November 1944

Operations of the 1st Bn, 358th Infantry, 90th Infantry Division
At Fort Koenigsmacker, North of Thionville, France
9 – 11 November 1944
Rhineland Campaign
(Personal Experience of a Heavy Weapons Company Executive Officer)
Capt Harry W. Barnes

This report covers the operations of the 1st Battalion, 358th Infantry, 90th US Division in the assault and capture of Fort Koenigsmacker, one of the forts of the outer defenses of Metz, north of Thionville, France. The battalion was commanded by Lt Col C. A. Lytle.

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AAR – 137/35-ID, October 1944

35th Infantry Division Troops And Wrecked Flakpanzer 38(t) In Tessy Sur Vire France

35th Infantry Division Troops and Wrecked Flakpanzer 38(t), Tessy Sur Vire, France, 1944

Report of Action Against the Enemy, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division
October 1944

(1) In compliance with the provisions of Par 10 C3 AR 345-105, submitted below is report after action against the enemy for the 137th Infantry covering the period 1-31 October 1944.

October 1 1944
On the morning of Oct 1 1944, the 137-IR was opposed by strong German forces from a point midway between Pettoncourt and Chambrey on the Seille River northward to the edge of the Gremecey Forest. Northeast through the Gremecey Forest the 1st and 3rd Battalions of the 320-IR (35-ID) were in position, tying in with the 134-IR southeast of Fresnes. The 134th line extended west to Manhoue. Beyond them, across the Seille, was the 80-ID. On our right, the 4-AD was operating south of the Nancy – Saarbrucken Highway. The 133rd Engineers Combat Battalion remained in defensive position in our own sector, after being moved to the ridge east and south of Gremecey the previous day in repulsing the furious German attack in the direction of that town. Elements of the 6-AD had moved up from Corps reserve near Nancy, and went into an assembly area to the rear of the 137-IR, in preparation for a coordinated attack on the morning of Oct 1. Task Force Harris (6-AD) had the mission of attacking east from the vicinity of Pettoncourt to the line Chambrey – Bois de Chambrey.

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AAR 10-AD, 419-AFAB – 11-1944 – 05-1945

10-AD (AAR) 419-AFAB, Nov 1944

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Subject : After Action Report, 419th Armd FA Bn
Period : November 1944, TO : Commanding General, 10th Armd Div., APO 260, US Army

Personnel
a. Total effective strength
(1) Beginning of period : 32 Officers, 2 WO, 484 EM
(2) End of period : 33 Officers, 2 WO, 491 EM
b. Casualties during action
(1) Killed : None
(2) Wounded : 2 Officers & 9 EM
(3) Missing : None
Replacements received : 3 Officers and 13 EM

Les soldats américains se dirigeant vers Saint-Lô.

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(SECRET)(1944-2016) Lady Jeannette – B-17G #42-97904

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A series of articles, laying out the true events behind the creation of : The Best Kept Secret Of World War Two. In December 1945, when it became known that Gen George S. Patton had told his staff he was quitting the Army so he could speak freely and after New Years 1946 he was going to tell the American public the truth about what those who were attempting to destroy him had done. He was positive, once that truth was known, he could live freely and it was their careers that would be destroyed. A series of day by day articles beginning on Nov 9 2015, which is the 71st anniversary of the crash of the Lady Jeannette, B-17G, SN : 42-97904 (November 9 1944). I will describe the shooting down and the crash of two American bombers in France. One was the Lady Jeannette, the other, a top secret B-24J which was flying a top secret night mission while attached to the top secret 100th Group Royal Air Force. The B-24J also crashed in France, early on the morning of Nov 10 1944, 138 miles from the crash site of the Lady Jeannette.

Crew Members #42-97904
2/Lt Joseph F. Harms, Bombardier, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), New York, USA
Air Medal, Purple Heart
T/Sgt Russell W. Gustafson, Flight Engineer, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), New York, USA
Air Medal, Purple Heart
1/Lt Daniel J. Gott, Pilot, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), Oklahoma, USA
Medal of Honor, Air Medal, Purple Heart
2/Lt William E. Metzger Jr, Copilot, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), Ohio, USA
Air Medal, Purple Heart, Medal of Honor
2/Lt John A. Harland, Navigator, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), Illinois, USA
Air Medal, Purple Heart
T/Sgt Robert A. Dunlap, Radio Operator, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF, (Heavy), California, USA
Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
S/Sgt James O. Fross, Belly Gunner, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), Texas, USA
Air Medal, Purple Heart
S/Sgt William R. Robbins, Gunner, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), Massachusetts, USA
Air Medal
S/Sgt Herman B. Krimminger, Tail Gunner, 729-BS/452-BG/8-AAF (Heavy), NC, USA
Air Medal, Purple Heart

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1st Canadian Parachute Battalion – United Kingdom to France

67Report N°138
Historical Officier
Canadian Military Headquarters

1st Canadian Parachute Battalion
Organization and Training
July 1942 – June 1944

Canada’s first specially trained parachute unit was the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion; it did not have the status of a regiment though is considered a direct predecessor to The Canadian Airborne Regiment. The Battalion was formed during the Second World War and disbanded shortly after; it served concurrently with the 1st Canadian Special Service Battalion, the administrative name for the Canadian component of the First Special Service Force. Unlike its counterpart in the US Army, the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion was entirely Canadian, and though it had a Canadian commanding officer, was assigned to the 6th British Airborne Division throughout combat employment and thus was not under higher Canadian command.

(1) Background to the Formation of the Unit (November 1940 – July 1942)
(2) Formation and Early Training (July 1942 – July 1943)
(3) Incorporation in the British 6th Airborne Division
(4) Arrival in the United Kingdom (July 28 1943)
(5) Legal Relationship to British Formation
(6) Administrative Arrangements
(7) Training in the United Kingdom (August 1943 – February 1944)
(8) 1st Canadian Parachute Training Company
(9) Mobilization and Preparations for D Day (March 1944 – June 1944)

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7-AD, St-Vith, Belgium, 16-20 December 1944

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The job is quiet simple : Get the hell out of the area you are in (the 3 corners area – Holland – Germany – Belgium), move your entire division to the vicinity of St Vith, and help the elements of the 9th Armored Division to get out of the valley, stop the Krauts while the 9-AD’s Combat Command engaged pass trough your positions then move your division trough the 82nd Airborne Division line somewhere around Lierneux …

patche-7th-armored-division-usaAfter Action Report
7th Armored Division
December 1944
St Vith & Vicinity, Belgium

The 7th Armored Division was activated on March 1 1942, reorganized on September 20 1943, and sent to the United Kingdom in June 1944. The division landed on Omaha and Utah, on August 13-14 1944, and was assigned to the Third Army (US). The 7-AD drove through Nogent le Rotrou, France in an attack on Chartres which fell August 18. From Chartres, the division advanced to liberate Dreux, then Melun, where they crossed the Seine River, on August 24. The 7-AD then pushed on to bypass Reims, liberated Château-Thierry and Verdun on August 31, then halted briefly for refueling until September 6, when it drove toward to the Moselle and made a crossing near Dornot. This crossing had to be withdrawn in the face of the heavy fortifications around Metz.

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