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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Army Air Forces Fields & Bases Europa 1944-1945

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After the landing in Normandy, followed by some weeks later with the landing in the Provence (South France), the US Army Air Force started to move ahead it’s Airfields to reduce the fly distances between the bombing targets assigned in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany and the home’s Airfields in the UK. This started with the North part of France on Jun 7 1944 then in the South part when the troops landed on the beaches.

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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 …

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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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After Action Report, CCB, 7-AD, August 1944 (France)

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7th Armored Division
APO 257, c/o PM NY NY
September 3 1944

Subject : Battle Report

To : Commanding General
7th Armored Division
c/o PM New York, New York

1. In compliance with Administrative Memorandum #31, Headquarters 7th Armored Division, 21 July 1944 paragraph 2 and request Commanding General 7th Armored Division the following “Battle Report” is submitted.

2. During the Battle of France, the Combat Command Headquarters has functioned as a tactical headquarters in much of the capacity of the Standard Brigade headquarters.

3. The Combat Command is commanded by Brig Gen John P. Thompson, O-3741, USA.

4. The narrative history of the Combat Command during the Battle of France follows : CCB was initially assembled in tactical bivouac in the vicinity of Lessay, France. The troops making the CCB task force were landed over Omaha Beach and Utah Beach and the complete Combat Command assembled to function tactically Aug 12, 1944 composition as follows :

HQs & HQs Co CCB
31st Tank Battalion
434th Armored Field Artillery Bn
23rd Armored Infantry Bn
33rd Armored Engineer Bn (B Company)

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