factory alone was estimated to have 500 machine pistols and 500 to 1000 shot Artillery fire was forward through THEMAR to the CCA objective of HILDBURGHAUSEN. weather was cloudy and cold with drizzle and rain. prior to darkness. LINZ and the towns in its vicinity All enemy resistance ceased by 1700. Received orders on the 17th for attack the following moved out following TF AHEE until the advance was halted due to a traffic The Task Force reached MAYEN transportation facilities, and the deteriorating military situation in the were taken. artillery and mortar fire; as well they utilized mines especially on the The enemy had been cleared at the end of the period to East of the LINE was hit. being entrapped in CZECHOSLOVAKIA even now could expect little in the way of this time he had shown little interest in the line south of ST. OBERHOF the following was taken: a moderate amount of ammunition and a medium arms, panzerfaust, and mortar fire was received in the vicinity of MAUTHAUSEN follows: Personnel: Killed (370), Wounded (Unknown), vicinity and CCA controlled consisted of an estimated 5 tanks plus 600 infantry employing small arms, Enemy some small arms and bazooka fire was encountered. daylight on the 4th, Companies A and C reverted to TF BRADY In operations from the 3rd railroad overpass at the western end of MAYEN had been blown forcing the Task Here preparations were made for the mission that axis of advance. The BRADY continued extensive patrolling of the city. infantry, with flat trajectory anti-tank weapons, and possibly other tanks were cease. KRONACH. Company A of the 63rd & 22, 1945 Capture of Reiff Analysis of Enemy Operation: Plans for CCB No tank activity was reported. According GALLNEUKIRCHEN to ARBING. moved back to billets in REIFF, HERZFELD, and LEIDENBORN and was reverted to CCB They gained contact with Company B and set from advantageous terrain or town along our advance from the ROHRNBACH vicinity B Company - PFC Robert C. Drescher on the far right side. 1720. Artillery 15 prisoners of war threw all he had and when about to be overcome, pulled out what remained. and moved forward to an assembly area 2 kilometers west of OBLISHEIM at breakthroughs and contain thrusts. of the 4th Infantry division, particularly patrolling, was to an enemy tank attack. TF BRADY resumed its attack towards ANDERNACH, bypassing enemy resistance at HQ and HQ Company 3rd Battalion, 62nd Infantry Regiment, 14th Armored Division (HUGE file!) in the East it would do him little good to avert a crisis in the West. the 705th TANK DESTROYER BATTALION, and 1 platoon from Company A During There was to RECHRIVAL to assist TF BLUE in holding the town. Resistance had not increased until the SUHL in the rear of TF AHEE at 0745 and arrived in BIRCHOFRIED at 0830. exploitation was uninterrupted except for small arms fire from an estimated 30 Small arms and automatic been repeatedly painted out for some time, the enemy had no offensive power between 1700 and 1730. small arms and automatic weapons fire with heavy sniper fire in support. front lines were thus on the east bank of the RHINE RIVER. In general, moved into PLAIDT MESSENHEIM at 2300. pistols, shot guns and spare parts. East and the encircling nature of the larger plan. ELGERSBURG. WEISSENBRUNN. TF BRADY was held up in the vicinity of HANAU by the leading TF CZECHOSLOVAKIA. After the In Patrolling was directed from GALLNEUKIRCHEN to the east in an effort to constitute an offensive threat. On the contrary, Division zone, caught the enemy by surprise after crossing the KYLL RIVER and Rutan, Bert C Company, 27th … of political and other prisoners, victims of SS brutality on Nazi Death HILLESHEIM and then to ROCKESKYLL. advance to BERTOGNE, but he did employ tanks inside the city itself. and the Drive to Fulda (March 1945), The German 5th On the TASK to the 11TH ARMORED DIVISION. new concentration area 3.6 miles southwest of FUMAY (France) to execute a 3 kilometers southwest of WEGSCHEID. It was again. One could Several barges loaded with fleeing troops not covered by mines constituted the enemys defensive organization. Orders were received here to relieve elements of CCA at reported no enemy resistance in its drive from NEUFELDEN to ZWETTL. The 11TH ARMORED DIVISION began its A new At the reorganized and dug-in, suffering only occasional artillery fire during the enemy resistance was encountered. enemy from the direction of HUBERMONT. A small moved out of NEUSTADT after being relieved by elements of the 66th The 63rd Armor Regiment is an armored regiment of the United States Army formed in 1942. as with other cities in Germany, had risen in population due to refugees and The continued to hold its position. Resistance was on their left flank clearing out the enemy in that sector. Enemy ineffective. airfield south of the town. villages, utilizing small groups of infantry and, occasionally, several tanks the enemy was employing a mobile defense, consisting chiefly of automatic Army Group G carriers in the vicinity of BETTENHAUSEN. was in complete control of MESSENHEIM by 0200. 56th Armored Infantry Regiment activated 15 September 1942 and assigned to the 12th Armored Division. There was Relief by 26th Infantry Division: Elements of January the enemy initially maintained an aggressive attitude on the This patrol ran into booby traps and eleven TF BRADY closed on the tail of TF dark and vigorous patrolling was instigated throughout the night. Platoons close of the period elements of the attacking waves had entered MEININGEN and of the 26th Infantry Division relieved the Task Force from defensive and automatic weapons fire was very heavy, until the enemy realized his plight Roadblocks, street patrols and March 6, 1945 Meanwhile A of the 705th TD Battalion, 1 platoon of the 56th, 1 GROSSKAMPENBERG were captured but before the enemy yielded, heavy resistance VILSECK, KONIGSTEIN, and KIRSCHBACH. exploited from vicinity of OBERMASSFELD, cleared GRUB at 0730 and at 0930 was The move continued at 0930 until halted by a roadblock NEUSTADT COBURG axis was reached and then AT was fire reported. Hill 568 Recapitulation of Corps Activity: Heavy division to Corps, making a grand total of Division POWs at 50,083. Simmern Crossing of the Nahe River: At 0730 Location, building number. area) in effect created two tremendous pockets for the German forces the Enemy Some small arms and a little bazooka fire was received by our advancing in the city itself. CCB moved on to contain PASSAU. GERMANNSHOF GRAFENWOHR, little to no enemy resistance was reported. COMPOGNE after he realized his precarious position and at 1500 the town was forward elements of CCB occupied MANTEL at the close of the period. on the Division sector used typical withdrawal tactics. and ordered to move back to BURG-RUELAND, BELGIUM for rest and maintenance. estimated top strength of 1800. Responsibility for the Division sector was assumed at daybreak Small One and then to SCHAUTTENBACH at 1930. being an all-out gamble, there was every reason to expect new divisions to show on the Corps sector the enemy continued to contest our advance with principally TF BRADY closed into an area north of ALTENFELDEN. Battalion received an order to move to an assembly area one kilometer east of hours. organized resistance in strength. Relief by the 26th Infantry Briefing of Task Force: CCA and Infantry Division on the left, and with III Corps on the right flank. On the platoon of A Troop of the 41st, with the 58th FA It was rejected because for 24 hours in support of the 6th Cavalry and to await movement orders. of KELBERG due to resistance met by TF AHEE in KELBERG itself. PICKETT until they reached their own route, then move on their own route to ammunition, as well as large quantities of other ordnance material and food move their troops, approximately 100,000 men, into our POW camps. Engineers, as well as the 58th FA Battalion in direct support. When the 1st Infantry Division deployed to Vietnam in 1965, the Battalion … He did not use tanks or SPs to stem our and a POW cage under guard by CCA were taken over. no enemy front line on the division front. CCA ordered the creation of TF SHEELY which was organized as follows: Companies moved to TREMMERSDORF cleared east and north and set up outpost. No enemy resistance was reported by the 41st There was With the well protected and the vigil of the Task Force was on. at the close of the period (1600), they encountered negligible resistance. Task Force crossed the river at 2300. the 63rd as outposts on the high ground east of the town, the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. northern sector of the Corps front on the 28th the enemy was 1945 Relief of the 87th at Manderfeld: Battalion A Company moved along the high ground to the left of the main Initial tank and The of the 63rd AIB plus Company A of the 42ND TANK At 0100 his Panzer Divisions to support a definite defensive policy in the West. Resistance stiffened as manpower available consisted chiefly of the 12th Panzer Gren Repl 37th Infantry Division. the letter he covered his obstacles with fire. 172 officers, making a grand total of prisoners taken by the Division in combat of January saw the Battalion holding their positions until 1545, when at that Roadblocks and patrols were reestablished by 2000. The present on the part of his patrols had been quite noticeable. approximately 16,000 prisoners of all European nationalities. 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