October 1944

October 01, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
012400 October, 1944

CCR, 6th AD moved into assembly area at coord 017217 on night 30th September toward objective NW Chambrey. Attacked and reached objective 010930 October. Armored infantry CCR moving north to east edge of Foret De Gremecey at end of period.

CCA, 6th AD moved into assembly area at coord Q000242 night 30 Sept, attacked at 010630A October and seized high ground between Lemoncourt and Fresnes at 011000A October.

The weather during the period was overcast with slow cold rain.

The 134th Inf continued to defend and improve defensive positions and received heavy artillery and mortar fire throughout the period. Company “A” in reserve was committed in 3rd battalion area on 30 September to assist in cleaning up infiltration and re-establish break in line as a result of attack on 30th September.

The 137th Inf suffered heavy casualties on the afternoon of 30 September due to infiltration and attack from the rear in the Gremecey Forrest.

2d battalion forced to withdraw during afternoon 30 September and the enemy’s attack and advance was halted only after the 133rd Engineer Battalion ( C ) was committed to re-enforce lines. The 3rd battalion was relieved during the night by 320th Inf and the 1st and 2d battalions.

137th attacked behind CCR, 6th AD at 010930A to re-establish line north of Gremecey. At the end of period both battalions slowly advancing against strong and fierce enemy resistence.

The 3rd battalion 320th Inf continued to hold line in NE corner of Foret De Gremecey against heavy artillery, mortar and small arms fire. The 2d battalion committed from division reserve at 301330 September and moved from assembly area through extremely heavy artillery and mortar fire to contain enemy preparations for attack in the vicinity of coord Q040245; attacked at 010930 October after artillery preparation. At the end of the period battalion moving against enemy under heavy artillery and mortar fire. The 1st battalion continued to attack east through Foret De Gremecey during afternoon 30 September against fierce resistence, with no appreciable gains. Resumed attack at 010930 October with mission of regaining east edge of Foret De Gremecey in sector. At the end of period battalion moving slowly against fierce enemy resistence.

All organic and supporting artillery fired supporting fires during attack on 30 September and 1 October. Nine enemy batteries fired on with air observation with good results during the period.

Company “B”, 86th Chemical Battalion placed in direct support of 320th Infantry at 011120 October. Sixteen casualties inflicted on company by enemy artillery fire while in assembly area during the night.

There was extremely heavy concentrations of enemy artillery fire during the period in the division command post area, 137th Inf and 320th Inf areas, with casualties. Artillery fire persisted throughout the period.

Heavy enemy attacks forced penetrations and infiltration into east sector of division sector, and caused withdrawal in the sector during the afternoon of 30 September. Coordinated attack with 6th armored division and 35th Inf division moving slowly to re-establish lines lost to the enemy during the past few days.

The 134th Inf is in contact with the 2d battalion, 73rd Inf Regiment, 19th Inf division and the 137th with three regiments of the 559th Division. 59th and 74th regiments of the 19th division are yet unidentified in our sector. Prisoners report that these regiments may be moving from the north as re-enforcements.

The enemy’s attitude during the period was defensive and pressure from the east and north forced him to withdraw from some positions.

Enemy artillery fire was heavy and accurate during the entire period.

Two to six dug-in tanks reported in vicinity of coord 982284; no other armor reports in sector.

Units warned again about letting civilians pass through their lines. Enemy killed during the period: 230; prisoners captured 31.

The CP group remained in the same position; at Fontaine Farms.

The rear area was heavily shelled during the period with 150mm artillery, attempting to destroy a bridge and knock out the railway but no shells fell in the vicinity of the CP, all passing over it to the rear. Several men from rear installations were killed and wounded.

Company “B” 86th Chemical Battalion fired white phosphorous into the Foret De Gremecey during the period with unknown results.

Religious services were conducted in the CP area at 1000 hours.

A few men were granted three hour passes to Nancy during the afternoon.

Sergeant Wright’s body was recovered and turned over to the graves registration service.

The mail situation has been critical during the past few weeks. Very little, if any mail has been received and the men’s morale is somewhat lowered by that condition.

Our artillery laid TOTs on enemy emplacements, troops concentrations and other targets throughout the period. Some counterbattery fire was received.

Three enemy planes over our area after darkness on reconnaissance.

The CP of Company “A” remained at Ecuelle. Sergeant William E. Vaseloff, Corporal Russell I. Smith and Pvt Werner Rhyner assigned to and joined company from replacement pool.

The 2d platoon moved from AT positions at coord 927209 to 985255 at 1300 hours and relieved the 1st platoon. The 2d and 3rd platoon on assault missions in support of 1st battalion 134th Inf in holding the town of Manhoue. Heavy artillery concentrations laid in the area during the period without causing casualties.

The CP of company “B” remained at Laneuvelotte; forward CP at Bioncourt. The 1st platoon in AT positions at coord Q0232223, 3/4 mile SE Gremecey; 2d in vicinity of Chambrey and 3rd in reserve on alert 1/3 mile SE Attilloncourt, all in support 137th Inf. No enemy contact of artillery and mortar fire. Private Adams assigned to and joined company.

The CP of Company “C” remained at Bioncourt. The 1st platoon in AT positions at coord 048263, 2d at 045253 and 3rd at 999228. Sector was subjected to heavy shell fire all during the period. The 2d reconnaissance platoon reconnoitered area in the vicinity of coord 048263.

1st Lieut. Frederick, Corporal Clarence Fahl, Private Joseph Marsa assigned to and joined company. Lieut. Ellis relieved as company EX O and assumed command of the 3rd platoon; Lieut. Jenkins relieved as platoon leader 3rd platoon and took over duties of EX O.

The CP of the Reconnaissance company did not change during the period.

Private Anders returned to duty from hospital. Pvt1cl Menegolla on OP duty near Aboncourt-sur-Seille, coord 977250, was wounded by enemy artillery fire in the cheek; given first aid and remained on duty at 0200 hours 30 September, 1944

October 02, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
022400 October, 1944

The 6th AD withdrew to assembly area during the period. The 134th Infantry continued to occupy and improve their positions. The 137th Inf occupied Chambrey and the 320th Inf reached the Foret De Gremecey.

The enemy is preparing entrenchments along line Puziet, Tincry and Viviers. No large scale operations effected during the period. Patrols contacted elements of the 1120th, 1126th, 1127th and 73rd Inf Regts and the 103rd Reconnaissance battalion, 3rd Pz Grenadier Division.

Forces estimated at two companies of the 1125th Regiment, Fus Bn., 559th Div also 2d battalion, 73rd Regt in vicinity of Fresnes. Also 106 Pz Brigade is in the vicinity of Laneuveville and may be employed in division sector in a combined effort against our positions.

Enemy activity was limited to artillery concentration fired along front occupied by 134th Inf during the period. Small tank action was observed in this sector at 0700 hours but withdrew in the face of direct antitank fire.

There are numerous AT guns in and around Fresnes. The enemy fired smoke concentrations in the vicinity of coord U950263. 60-70 enemy infantry advanced south out o f woods at coord Q000297 at 0645 hours but withdrew after an artillery concentration was laid upon them.

Ten enemy tanks were observed by air reconnaissance in the vicinity of coord U947275, were forced to withdraw after our artillery laid on them, knocking out two of them.

Enemy killed during the period: 100. 114 prisoners captured.

The CP Group did not change positions during the period. The greater part of the day was fair and cool.

The remains of one body, that of Lieut. Maloney or Pvt1cl Day, which was burned and destroyed in their destroyer on 27 September, was recovered during the afternoon by Captain Barnes. The other body was totally destroyed by fire.

Violent artillery barrages raged throughout the day and night.

Fighter-bombers bombed and strafed enemy lines to our front during the late afternoon; also in and around Chateau-Salins, dropping bombs and strafing from tree top level. The Foret De Chateau-Salins was set on fire with jelly-bombs. Planes encountered heavy AA fire during the attack but none were seen to fall.

The general situation has become better since yesterday. The infiltration tactics of the enemy have been dealt with and he is on a pretty defensive attitude.

General Patton visited the division sector during the afternoon.

CP of company “A” remained unchanged; at Ecuelle. The 2d and 3rd platoons supporting 134th Inf in securing the town of Manhoue. The 1st platoon in reserve. No enemy contact during the period. Some artillery and mortar fire fell in the sector.

The CP of Company “B” remained at Brin. Lieut. Smith and two enlisted men assigned to and joined company. Rear CP moved from Laneuvelotte to Brin at 1900 hours. Forward CP moved from Bioncourt to Attilloncourt, coord 002216 at 1800 hours. 1st platoon relieved of AT positions vicinity of Gremecey and went into reserve near the CP. The 2d platoon maintained AT positions 1 mile SW Chambrey, coord 050202 and the 3rd platoon moved from AT positions vicinity Attilloncourt to AT positions 3/4 mile SE Gremecey, relieving the 1st platoon which went into reserve position. Company in support of 137th Inf and was under heavy enemy artillery and mortar fire throughout the period.

CP of Company “C” remained at Bioncourt in support of 320th Inf and maintained AT positions with the 1st platoon at coord 047216 and 2d platoon in assembly area at coord 972211 and 3rd platoon at 0512255, where it relieved the 2d platoon. Light artillery fire over the sector during the hours of daylight. No enemy contact.

There was no change in the CP of the Reconnaissance Company.

October 03, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France.
Coord
032400 October, 1944.

All units of the division continued to hold and improve their defensive positions during the period.

Division artillery fired interdictory fire and reduced several other targets. Fighter bombers bombed and strafed the woods SW of Chateau-Salins and destroyed enemy command post in RR station at Fresnes, France, along with enemy troop concentrations at Jallaucourt, Malaucourt and Fresnes, France.

Enemy activity was observed to the east into Chateau-Salins and to the north of Fresnes, Jallaucourt and Mallaucourt, France. The enemy has been preparing entrenchment to the front of the division sector.

Elements of the 1127th Infantry have reappeared on the right flank of the division; believed to be the 6th and 8th companies. Prisoners continue to be captured from the 73rd Infantry regiment in the 134th Infantry sector.

Enemy activity was confined to defensive actions during the period along with some harassing fire.

Heavy AA fire was encountered by our aircraft over the Foret De Chateau Salins at 1200 hours when they bombed and strafed the foret; pilots believe this was 88mm fire.

The temperature and weather was about 45 degrees, partly cloudy. Enemy killed during the period: 100; 17 prisoners captured.

French civilians report that enemy troops are in the woods north of Gerbecourt and that tanks are moving from Chateau-Salins to Morville Road. There is a battery of 105mm guns at Ferne Merchande firing on Petteoncourt.

No change in the CP group during the period. The front in general was quiet during the period, except for an occasional artillery duel. One heavy concentration of heavy artillery fell short of the CP at 2300 hours. Attack was about 20 minutes duration.

Companies are going into indirect fire missions supporting the division artillery.

The front is now organized into a well defended position. The men are dug in, barbed wire entanglements erected, booby-traps, mine and demolitions planted in preparation for enemy counterattack.

The G2 section of the division reported that there is a possibility of a heavy enemy air attack in the division sector, stating that the enemy has 550 planes available for concentration on our front. The 79th Infantry Division on our right flank suffered heavy casualties while attacking the Foret De Parroy. Steel and concrete pillboxes were encountered in the forest. Tank destroyers drove up to 25 yards and fired AP directly into the pillboxes without cracking them, and were forced to withdraw.

Air strikes on enemy strong points and troop concentrations were carried out over the sector during the day. When General Patton visited the front yesterday and said “well we will be on the move again as soon as Bill (Bill Simpson) could get up here with some infantry to hold the goddamn ground we take from the bastards”.

CP of Company “A” remained at Ecuelle. Corporal Fischer was admitted to hospital during the period. 2nd and 3rd platoons at coord 985255 supporting 134th Infantry in holding Manhoue. 1st platoon in reserve. No enemy contact during the period.

CP of company “B” remained at Brin; forward CP at Attilloncourt. 1st platoon from reserve position to indirect fire position at coord Q044321 at 2115 hours. No change in other platoon positions. No enemy contact during the period. A few rounds of artillery fell in positions during the period.

CP of Company “C” remained at Bioncourt. 1st Lt. Scott P. Cooper from hospital to duty. Lt. Jenkins transferred to Headquarters Company. No change in the positions of the platoons during the period. No enemy contact other than a few rounds of artillery fire in the sector. No change in the CP of the Recon Company. Private Kimball was admitted to hospital during the day.

October 04, 1944

Command Post,
Amance, France.
Coord
042400 October, 1944.

All elements of the division continued to secure and improve their defensive positions during the period.

Shell fragments and craters from three rounds of enemy artillery which fell in the 161st FA Battalion’s area indicates that the enemy is using a 12-inch artillery gun to shell our positions.

Fighter-bombers bombed and strafed enemy positions on the east edge of Chateau-Salins and strafed the woods directly east of the town during the afternoon of 3 October, 1944.

Company “B” 86th Chemical Battalion fired 150 rounds of white phosphorous into woods at coord Q028277 during the night in support of the 320th Infantry. Little enemy activity during the period.

The enemy continued to improve his position to our north during the period. He employed counter patrol measures during the night and harassed forward elements with light artillery fire, fired from SP guns.

Enemy planes were over the sector at 1600 hours on reconnaissance.

Enemy killed: 100; 1 prisoner captured. The weather during the period was rainy and cold.

No change in CP group. Several rounds of heavy artillery fire fell just NE of the CP at 0450 hours.

A few enemy planes were over the sector during the night. It is definitely known that the enemy is holding at least 550 planes in readiness to attack this sector in an all out air attack, which must be expected at any time; especially after the hours of darkness.

A few skirmishes between patrols was the extent of activity on the front during the period. Six enemy tanks were reported moving south just north of the division sector at 1900 hours.

All elements of the division are now on a strictly defensive set-up. All artillery, tanks, and tank destroyers have reverted to secondary missions; indirect fire until further orders.

No change in the CP of Company “A”. Private Friis was admitted to hospital during the day. The 1st platoon in reserve and the 2nd and 3rd platoons in direct support of the 1st battalion, 134th Infantry holding the town of Manhoue, France. No enemy contact during the period.

No change in CP of Company “B”. 1st platoon of the company on roving indirect fire missions; firing a concentration, then moving to another location during the night. Immediately after each mission the area from where the fire was delivered was subjected to counter battery fire, their position being picked up by enemy flash and sound instruments.

Noises were made throughout the night to keep the enemy awake and on the alert, by racing TD motors, giving the impression that tanks were being warmed up for an attack. The 2nd platoon maintained their AT positions 1 mile SW Chambrey and the 3rd platoon ¾ M SE Gremecey. Company in support of the 137th Infantry had no enemy contact during the period.

The CP of Company “C” remained at Bioncourt. Corporal Marks and Smallwood promoted to Sergeants. Pvtlcl Dawson to corporal. Company in support of 320th Infantry with 1st platoon at coord 972211; 2nd at 047261 and 3rd at 051255. The 2nd recon platoon maintained positions at coord 992226. No enemy contact during the period. 6 enemy tanks in woods north of Aulnois.

October 05, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France.
Coord
052400 October, 1944.
4th AD on our right flank received heavy artillery and mortar fire during the night and morning. 80th division on left flank fighting in the town of Sivry, France which the enemy is attempting to recapture. One infantry regiment of the 26th YD division now arriving in NW portion of 80th division sector and is attached to that division.

The weather during the period was cold with intermittent showers. All elements of the division continued to hold and improve positions with active patrolling.

The enemy attempted psychological warfare against elements of the 320th Infantry during the afternoon of 4 October; setting up PA system and telling them the good things they could expect if they would surrender and about the 4Fers back home taking their sweethearts and wives away from them, and that if they refused to surrender the entire American army would be annihilated within 10 days as the secret weapon was due to be used on the front in the next ten days. Everyone got a laugh out of it. What the hell do those Krauts think we are? Saps or fools like themselves to swallow such propaganda?

The enemy continued to improve his positions in the division sector. He is strongly fortifying the Foret De Chateau-Salins with pillboxes and dugouts.

The only contact with the enemy during the period was by patrols. Scattered but accurate artillery fire fell in the forward and rear areas during the period in concentrations limited to 6-8 rounds each. Prisoners have been captured from the 2nd company, 1127th Infantry and from the 3rd company, CT 9/XII.

Two ME 109s flew over the sector at 1600 hours in an easterly direction . An undetermined number of enemy tanks moved into Moivron and Villes-an-Moivron at 0927 hours.

Enemy casualties during the period: 30; 4 prisoners captured. The positions of the CP group did not change during the period. Plans were made for shelter in case of enemy air attack which is expected. The entire sector is quiet; too quiet!

The mail situation has improved to a certain extent but is still very poor. The rear echelon has been established in the city of Nancy, since the 25th of September.

One enemy aircraft flew over the area at 2330 hours and one was over at 0800 hours while visibility was still zero due to fog.

Several rounds of 12-inch artillery fell to the rear of the CO during the period, without causing casualties. Elements of the 26th Division are to reinforce the division upon arrival at the front.

At 2200 hours the Luftwaffe was over the sector in strength, and remain in the sector during the greater part of the night. Some 15-20 planes were directly over the CP and dropped numerous flares but no bombs were dropped. We thought that the long awaited air attack had begun and we all began to sweat. Bombs were seen to fall to the west and NE.

An amusing conversation was overheard the other day between General Patton and Colonel Sears, CO, 134th Infantry. The regimental staff were sitting around the area when General Patton walked into the area. A 2nd Lieut scared stiff, jumped up and managed to call attention. Everyone jumped up to rigid attention except Colonel Sears who did not move. Patton walked up, and while shaking hands with Colonel Sears said: “Why hello Bob”. “Hello Georgie” replied Colonel Sears. “I see that you are kicking the shit out of them up here Bob,” said Patton. “No Georgie, they’re kicking the shit out of us up here,” said the Colonel. General Patton then said “Well I am waiting on Bill Simpson to get some goddamn infantry up here, then I’m going up to Metz, and clean out that bunch of bastards, and then he and I are going to Germany; You’re not on ice Bob; just waiting for some infantry to back up my tanks”.

No change in Company “A’s” CP. Private James E. Hughes was admitted to hospital during the period. 1st platoon relived 3rd platoon in AT positions at 1215 hours and 3rd platoon reverted to reserve. 1st and 2nd platoon in support 1st battalion, 134th Infantry in holding Manhoue. No enemy contact other than an occasional artillery barrage.

CP Company “C” no change. Rear CP moved form Brin to vicinity of Bioncourt during the period. Forward CP remained at Attilloncourt. 2nd platoon in AT position 1 mile SW Chambrey; 3rd ¾ mile SE Gremecey and 1st in indirect fire mission. Company in direct support of the 137th and 320th Infantry. No enemy contact during the period other than artillery and mortar fire during the period.

CP of Company “C” remained at Bioncourt. No enemy contact during the period. AT positions remained unchanged during the period. Company in support of the 320th Infantry.

Private Eugene Dawson, Harold Gierloff, Ray Howard appointed Pvtlcl. Private Walter Kardiszewski and James Bunch assigned to and joined company from replacement center. No enemy contact during the period.

Reconnaissance Company no change, Private Gigick was admitted to hospital during the period.

October 06, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
062400 October, 1944

The 4th Armored Division continued to receive extremely heavy artillery and mortar fire throughout the afternoon and evening of 5 October. The 80th Div evacuated Sivry during the night. The 328th Inf (26th Div) in the process of relieving the 319th, 80th Div. No change in the positions of the 6th AD during the period.

Weather during the period was overcast with intermittent showers.

All infantry elements of the division continued active patrolling.

Company “B” 654th TD relieved in support of 137th and placed in support of 320th Inf.

Enemy attempted psychological warfare against 4th AD during night 5-6 October, 1944.

Generally the division continued hold and improve defensive positions.

Additional enemy entrenchments reported by our patrols. Enemy continued to improve defensive positions especially in the north.

Intermittent artillery fire fell in all forward areas during the period.

Traffic reported on road at coord Q061283 to Delme during the night.

Also on road leading into Chenicourt and in the vicinity of Fresnes.

The enemy suffered 50 casualties during the period.

There was a marked increase of enemy aerial activity during the night.

No bombing was reported and enemy planes were subjected to intensive AA fire from the 448th AAA Battalion. Numerous flares were dropped in the division sector.

Staff Sergeant Ruel R. Windham, Reconnaissance Company, was appointed 2d Lieut. AUS at a ceremony conducted by the staff in the woods just below the Chateau Fontaine at 1000 hours; the first enlisted man of the unit to win a battlefield appointment.

Sergeant Windham earned his commission by outstanding deeds of heroism and by coolly displaying superior leadership during the period that he has commanded the 2d reconnaissance platoon since the unit entered combat on 12 July 1944 to the present date.

Upon numerous occasions, Sergeant Windham and his platoon came face to face with the enemy, when he was outmanned and out maneuvered, and brought his platoon out of the resulting skirmish without suffering casualties.

At 1300 hours Brigadier General Earnest, the Third U. S. Army Anti-Tank Officer visited the command post for a brief period accompanied by his aide Lieut-Colonel Cadenhead.

He expressed disappointment that the battalion had not, to date, been reorganized under the new existing T/O.

Major Allen, 35th Inf Div AT officer visited the CP during the afternoon and went over antitank positions with the S3 sector.

The attitude of the division and attached units was that of a static defensive positions during the period, with active patrolling.

Due to the shortage of ammunition and gasoline it was impossible for us to continue our push to the east, and we were forced to maintain this position until the situation is relieved.

The men are granted passes to Nancy during the afternoon where they visit places of interest and get a few shots of “cognac” at sixty francs per shot; an increase of 50 francs since 15 September, when we first entered the city.

Between showers P51s and 47s bombed and strafed enemy positions in our sector with good results. With field glasses we could observe the krauts jumping out of the foxholes running up the sides of the hills.

The CP of Company “A” remained at Ecuelle during the period. No enemy contact. The 1st and 2d platoons maintained AT positions in the vicinity of coord 985255. The 3rd platoon in reserve.

Privates Bold and Murphy assigned to and joined company.

The forward CP of Company “B” remained at Bioncourt; rear at Attilloncourt. The 1st platoon relieved the 3rd platoon of positions 1-1/2 mile east of Gremecey and the 2d platoon remained in position 1 mile SW Chambrey and the 3rd platoon in reserve during the period.

No enemy contact during the period.

The CP of Company “C” remained at Bioncourt with the 1st platoon in positions at coord 051255, 2d at 047261 and 3rd in reserve performing motor maintenance. No enemy contact during the period.

Company supporting 320th Infantry.

There was no change in the CP of the Rcn Company. Private Helbeck was wounded 1000 yards east of Selchamps, coord 39212138 at 1015 hours on 18 September, awarded purple heart and returned to duty. He was WIA by enemy artillery or mortar fire during attack on the town of Selchamps.

October 07, 1944

Command Post Amance, France
Coord
072400 October, 1944

No change in the 80th Inf Div. 26th Inf Div being placed in the line in inactive sector for experience. 4th AD no change also 6th AD no change.

All infantry regiments continued active patrolling during the period.

The 134th Inf was subjected to a powerful concentration of artillery during the morning.

No change in any of the division sector during the period.

Weather during the period was clear in the AM; overcast during the PM.

Prisoners were captured from the 1120th Regiment and 1125th Regiment units of the 553rd and 559th Inf Divisions during the period. Two other regiments of the 19th Inf Div have not arrived in division sector.

There was a decrease in artillery fire during the period, but a few concentrations fell in forward areas during the night and early morning, especially in the 320th sector.

One ME 109 flew over sector in a westerly direction at 1500 hours. No bombing or strafing.

Numerous unidentified planes were over all the sector during the night.

Two enemy tanks reported moving north into Array-en-Han at 0610 hours.

A colored parachute was dropped by an enemy plane in the 134th Inf sector at 1200 hours in the vicinity of coord Q008282.

50 enemy soldiers were killed and 6 captured during the period.

The division will attack at 0600 hours 8 October to straighten lines.

There was no change in battalion positions during the period.

Received official notification that battalion would go under the new T/O within the next few days insofar as personnel was concerned; equipment under new T/O not yet available.

1st and 2d platoons of company “A” in positions at coord 985255 and 3rd went into line at 1800 hours and took up positions at coord 968242. No enemy contact during the period except for indirect fire missions.

Sergeant Gleason Sharp WIA 1 mile N of Notre Dame du Touchet, at 1430 hours 10 August, 1944 as result of MG fire. (Note: The Oct 6th 1944 report has August but not sure if that is correct).

No change in positions of Company “B” during the period.

No change in positions of Company “C”. Privates Keene and Pearson appointed Pvts1cl. No enemy contact except for artillery fire which was intermittent.

October 08, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
082400 October, 1944
80th Div attacked (with 328th Inf, 26th Div atchd) at 080615 October with mission of driving enemy to the north of the Seille River in their sector.

At last report 318th Inf approaching Clermery. 2d battalion 317th Inf at Malaucourt and 1st battalion mopping up Lixiers and 3rd battalion 317th Inf moving north up slope of Mt St Jean approaching Jeandelicourt.

6th AD attacked at 080615 Oct to take Arraye et Han, Jeandilencourt, Moivron and to clear Bois de Ajoncourt. At last report one TF in Arraye et Han and one mopping up Moivron and one TF mopping up Bois De Bras quin and Bois de Ajoncourt and approaching Jeandellincourt.

The 26th Div completed occupying positions in 4th AD sector.

4th AD remained in defensive positions.

CT 134 (Co “A” in support) attacked in left portion of regimental sector at 080615 October with mission of seizing high ground in vicinity of Fossieux, and relieving 6th AD in Arraye en Han and Ajoncourt. At the end of the period, 1 company was mopping up Fossieux against light resistence. The 1st battalion was moving forward at end of period to establish a new MLR.

137th and 320th Infantry Regiments continued to hold defensive positions.

Division and XII Corps artillery fired 1 hour barrage and counterbattery fire against 72 enemy battery positions prior to division attack. TOTs fired on Arraye-en-Han. Ajoncourt and Chenicourt beginning at 080615 Oct.

All artillery fired interdiction fire on bridges on Seille River during the period.

737th(?) Tank Bn attacked with 3rd battalion 134th Inf with Inf riding tank in assault ware.

At the end of the period the attack was accomplishing their mission.

Elements of the 553rd Fus Battalion, 1127th Inf, 559th Inf Div, 198th Security Regiment, 92nd Flyer Regiment were in contact with the 134th Infantry as they attacked.

A column of enemy vehicles, including tanks were reported moving south between St Jure and Baucourt at 1400 hours. This force, strength undetermined may be used in division sector any time after 2400 hours in a counterattack.

The enemy continued to hold his defensive positions in the 320th Inf sector but stubbornly defended his positions when the 134th Inf attacked at 0615 hours.

Artillery of a harassing mature continued to fall in the Fresnes sector.

Six FW 190s flew high over the sector at 1530 hours. No strafing or bombing reported.

Enemy casualties 122 killed and wounded and 22 prisoners captured.

The weather was overcast, foggy with low clouds throughout the period.

No change in the CP of Company “A”. Company in direct support of 134th Inf in attack on Fossieux. 2d Lieut Leonard Michaels, and Private Roach were WIA at 0830 hours at coord 975265 by enemy artillery fire during attack.

The 1st platoon moved from positions at coord 985255 to coord 923273 at 0900 hours; 2d from 985255 to 966255 at 0900 hours and the 3rd remained in reserve. The 2d platoon killed 5 enemy soldiers and captured 14 others during the period.

Lt. Richard L. Smith joined company from company “B”.

Privates McPeek and Hughes returned to duty from hospital.

There was no change in company “B”‘s positions during the period. No enemy contact as company was in support of 320th Inf in defensive position.

Sergeant Snyder was admitted to hospital and Lt. McNaught returned to duty from hospital during the period. Lt. Smith transferred to Co “A”.

No change in company “C”‘ positions, except that the 2d platoon moved from Bioncourt at 1000 hours and took AT positions at coord 008239.

Company remained in support of 320th Inf during the period without enemy contact except for artillery fire.

T/5 Wade H. Moore admitted to hospital during the period.

There was no change in the command post group during the period. 134th Inf attack proceeding according to schedule at end of period, taking the town of Fossieux against fierce enemy resistence.

At 1600 hours the division was alerted for an enemy air raid as 50 enemy planes were sighted approaching the sector, and have passed the front lines evidentially heading for the Division command post.

Enemy tanks were also observed moving toward the attack from Lemoncourt to Malaucourt and from the vicinity of Manhoue to Jallaucourt at 1725 hours.

Private Jakusiak, Recn Company admitted to hospital during the period.

October 09, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
092400 October, 1944

CCB, 4th AD went into assembly area vicinity of Serres. CCA, no change.

6th AD continued to attack 090615 Oct and at last reports elements were astride road west of Letricourt. 80th Inf Div continued attack.

134th Inf, 1st battalion, moved into line with 3rd battalion, 137th Inf and spent period establishing and improving MRL. One platoon of Company “G” and 1 of Company “F” in Arraye-et-Han. Company “F” (-) in Ajoncourt. 2d battalion continued defense of sector.

137th Inf Div reserve during period.

320th continued to occupy and improve defensive positions.

FA placed a TOT on Salonnes, Fresnes, Malaucourt, Jalaucourt and Aulnois during the period with unknown results.

Company “A”, 654th TD Bn killed or captured 35 enemy soldiers and lost one destroyer due to enemy bazooka fire in Fossieux, while in support of 134th Infantry.

Generally the division occupied objective in left sector of zone and established new MLR.

The Fus Battalion, 553rd Inf Div, 583rd Training Battalion, 1153rd FA Regiment, 553rd Div and elements of the 199th Security Regiment were in contact during the period.

It is believed that the heavy artillery railway guns which are firing into our lines are located in the vicinity of Arraincourt.

Night patrols report enemy vehicles moving in the vicinity of Fresnes.

Light enemy traffic also on roads in vicinity of Chateau-Salins, and between Jallaucourt and Oriocourt.

The enemy continued to defend positions in our sector and his is attempting to reorganize defensive positions on the division north flank.

Six rounds of heavy artillery, estimated to be 280mm fell in the vicinity of Brin during the night.

Enemy patrols and small arms fire encountered in north flank by patrols.

Seven enemy tanks infiltrated into Fossieux, moved southeast out of the town for a short distance and two were destroyed by company “A”, 654th TD Battalion and another probably destroyed. The others are at this time attempting to withdraw to their lines, but the bridges have been blown, cutting off their retreat. Tanks destroyed at 1200 hours.

Enemy casualties 250 – prisoners 217 during period.

There is an enemy mine field at coord 900269 and at 960268.

Twenty-five enemy tanks reported in the vicinity of Fossieux at 1300 (?) hours. Company “A” closing in on the town at 1450 hours, and the enemy is digging in east of the town.

At 1230 hours enemy tanks were reported moving into Fossieux from the SE and SW.

The weather during the period was clear during the PM; foggy and damp during the morning.

There was no change in the positions of the command post group.

The enemy launched a counterattack on Fossieux at 1500 hours and about seven tanks penetrated into the town which was held by two companies of infantry and the 2d platoon of company “A”. The 60th Engr Bn blew the bridges behind them so they could not escape to their lines and company “A” destroyed two and a possible third. At darkness the other five were still hiding in the town.

240mm artillery took up positions around the command post during the period.

Nancy was temporarily put off limits to all military personnel, effective 6 October as the result of habitual AWOLs hiding out in the city which is being searched and the AWOLs apprehended. One enemy spy was found in American uniform.

Some of the men on pass in Nancy visited S/Sgt Lands, of company “C” whose condition is serious in the hospital in Nancy. His condition is bad and he looked as if he could not last much loner. Pathetic.

The CP of Company “A” remained at Ecuelle. Corporal Leeman, Pvt1cl Schinek and Pvt Beaumann were wounded in action on 8th as the result of enemy bazooka fire; the enemy firing into the turret of the tank from a window in Fossieux as the destroyer passed through the village at dusk dark. Schinek’s eyes were blown out of his head.

The tank destroyed was also knocked out by this round of bazooka fire at 2000 hours.

The 1st platoon in AT positions in Fossieux in support of 134th Inf Platoon in AT positions at coord 966290. The 2d platoon destroyed two enemy tanks and hit a third one, possibly destroying it, killing the crews of both tanks destroyed. 3rd platoon in reserve at coord 968242.

The 1st and 2d platoons have been under heavy enemy fire for the past 24 hours.

Company “B” no change in CP. 1st platoon in position 1-1/2 mile E of Gremecey, 2d 1 mile SW Chambrey and 3rd in reserve at Attilloncourt.

No enemy contact during the period. Enemy planes over the sector during the night. No strafing or bombing reported in sector.

Company in support of 320th Inf during the period.

The CP of Company “C” remained at Bioncourt. T/5 Cecil Brown duty to hospital 8 October. Company in support of 320th Inf with 1st platoon in AT positions at coord 047261, 2d at 008238, and 3rd at 051255.

No enemy contact during the period.

October 10, 1944

Command Post,
Amance, France.
Coord
102400 October, 1944.

The 134th Infantry and 3rd battalion, 137th Infantry attacked and mopped up in the town of Fossieux. Company “C” with 737th Tank Battalion attacked to the NW to blow bridges on approaches to the town. Operations halted at 092030 hours due to darkness and fog. One platoon Company “G” and one platoon of Company “F” remained in Arraye-et-Han. 1st battalion established contact with 80th Division on Hill 216, coord U9429.

The results of the days operations were: 134th and 137th Infantry continued action within Fossieux repelling several enemy counterattacks in the town itself, which was broken up by combined forces of artillery, infantry and tank destroyers. The remained of the division continued to hold, defend and improve their positions.

The 320th Infantry reported that the enemy is improving his defensive positions at the edge of woods at coord Q069275. Prisoners were captured from the Rcn Bn 17th SS Pz Division and from 119th Repl Bn (11th Pz Div) in our north sector. Prisoners stated that the 11th Pz Div was located at Dieze, and that only the 119th Repl Bn of that Div came to our sector. Also that one company of the Rcn Bn of the 17th SS Pz Div came south from the vicinity of Metz into our sector.

Patrols reported enemy movement in vicinity of Sallones. Enemy attempted to improve his defensive positions in our sector and is attempting to hold a pocket of resistance in the town of Fossieux.

Five rounds of heavy artillery, thought to be 280mm fell in the vicinity of St. Max, on the outskirts of Nancy during the night. Intermittent light artillery harassed all forward positions during the period. Four rounds of heavy artillery, 280mm fell in Brin during the night.

Two more of the 7 tanks reported in Fossieux were destroyed on 9 Oct. Enemy casualties 150 – 42 prisoners.

No change in battalion CP. A few rounds of heavy artillery, estimated to be 280mm fell around the CP during the night. The 240mm guns in position in the area answered immediately with counter battery fire.

One enemy plane was over the area during the night, in the rain, on reconnaissance.

There is a mild epidemic of common colds within the unit due to the weather being so wet, cold and miserable.

1st Lieut. Alexander Smith, Reconnaissance Company, while on reconnaissance missions in Company “A”s sector, ran into a heavy enemy artillery barrage. He hit the dirt and five rounds, one after another fell within 5 feet of him, but did not explode; all were duds. He became sick after it was over with and vomited. Who wouldn’t?

The front is comparatively quiet again. Resistance in Fossieux died down to a great extent along the last part of the period.

The CP of Company “A” remained at Ecuelle during the period. Pvt lcl Page was admitted to hospital. One M10 was destroyed by direct enemy tank fire at coord 968292. The destroyer, commanded by Sergeant Easley, was in AT position at Fossieux when a AP shell fired from an enemy tank put a hole through the destroyer at 1130 hours. Corporal Chapoton, the gunner and Private Pollard, the assistant gunner were instantly killed, and as Sergeant Easley climbed over the turret to abandon the destroyer an enemy soldier killed him with a burp-gun. Sergeant McEachern in position 50 yards away opened upon the enemy who killed Sergeant Easley and killed him with his carbine. The bodies of both Chapoton and Pollard were completely destroyed by fire.

The 1st platoon in support of the 134th Infantry destroyed one enemy tank at 1100 hours and the 3rd platoon destroyed one at 0930 hours, both in Fossieux. One destroyer was destroyed on 9 Oct at coord 968288.

The 2nd platoon moved from coord 968247 to 965289 at 1830 hours on 9th Oct. The 1st platoon now in AT positions at coord 983273 and the 2nd at 966290. The destroyer lost on 9 Oct was due to enemy bazooka fire in the town, and it was burned, presumably by our infantry to keep it from falling into the hands of the enemy.

No change in Company “B”. In support of 320th Infantry. Had no enemy contact. No change in Company “C”. In support 320th Infantry. No enemy contact. At 1800 hours 20 enemy tanks pulled into the woods at coord 9930. Battalion alerted for armor attack at dawn.

October 11, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France.
Coord
112400 October, 1944.

80th Division completed the relief of 6th AD in its sector. Repelled a strong counterattack in vicinity of coord U9232 during the afternoon of 10 Oct. CCA, 6th AD placed in support of 80th Div and is now in assembly area prepared to counterattack on call of CG 80th Inf Div.

42nd Cavalry Squadron in Parror and Coincourt.

Weather during the period overcast with intermittent showers.

The 134th Inf continued to mop up in and around Fossieux under heavy artillery and mortar fire. Company “C” supported by 737th Tank Bn attacked at 101245 Oct to clear area NW Fossieux and destroy bridges North of the town. Bridges at Pont Robert and Pont Mixin destroyed during the afternoon 10 October. The 2nd battalion moved to assembly area in the vicinity of Manhoue in regimental reserve.

The 320th continued to occupy and improve their positions. 137th Infantry remained in division reserve during the period on an alert status. No enemy contact.

Air observer with 127th FA and pilot WIA by enemy MG fire during the afternoon. Plane crashed but behind the division lines and both were rescued.

CT Mueller and CT Eggersh were formed by the enemy from personnel of the 11th Pz Div have been identified in the division sector.

The enemy continues to prepare defensive positions and harass forward elements with artillery fire. Nine rounds of heavy artillery, estimated to be 280mm, fell in the city of Nancy between 0200 and 0400 hours, two rounds demolishing two different buildings adjoining the division rear echelon and our personnel section. W.O. Woodruff and his personnel section spent the night in the cellar. Artillery thought to be fired from heavy railroad artillery gun in the vicinity of Adaincourt, coord Q0545. Enemy planes were over the area at 1830 hours, and were over Nancy immediately following bombardment. One of our artillery observation planes was attacked by a ME 109 in the vicinity of Jallaucourt and the 134th Inf sector was strafed by six others.

The enemy executed counter patrol activities during the hours of darkness. Enemy casualties 100; 38 prisoners captured.

CT Mueller consisting of 150 enlisted men and 6 tanks, was given the mission of recapturing Fossieux on 9 October. At least 100 of these men were killed or captured in the attack and five of the six tanks were destroyed. Lieut. Mueller himself was taken prisoner.

The 60th Eng Battalion suffered 140 casualties during the night Oct 10-11 when a truckload of mines exploded while enroute to the front. The cause of the explosion has not been determined.

The division blew two bridges NW of Fossieux and continued to mop up in and around Fossieux during the period.

The front has been generally quiet except for small skirmishes and tanks attempting to infiltrate into the town of Fossieux, with heavy artillery fire in the rear and forward areas.

An enemy prisoner captured in the counterattack of 9 Oct stated that the enemy had brought up 20 tanks and that they were in the woods south east of Fossieux prepared to attack the city with an endeavor to recapture it, and that he along with 140 other men were loaded on tanks and given the mission of recapturing the village of Bois des Bouleaux, unaware that Americans were in the town. Reconnaissance revealed that the 20 tanks are located in the Bois d’Aulnois.

Enemy 280mm artillery is concentrating upon XII and XX Corps Headquarter miles to the rear.

It is evident that the enemy is going to attempt to recapture Fossieux as a pivot for attack, but we beat him to the draw by capturing the town. That is, it is felt the reason he has desperately attempted several times to recapture the town.

Six ME 109’s swooped down on the front lines at 1800 hours and strafed the entire area all the way back to Nancy and dropped several 100 pound bombs.

No change in the CP of Company “A”; remained at Ecuelle . T/5 Robert L. James and T/5 William C. Laughter duty to hospital due to shell shock. Private Harold B. Moore and William Harrelson joined company from replacement pool.

Staff Sergeant Walter B. Moore, 2nd platoon, was seriously wounded at 1830 on 10 October by enemy artillery fire while in AT position at coord 967288. He was hit in 18 different places by shrapnel and due to the intensity of the enemy barrage could not be evacuated until 0630 the following morning. Sergeant Moore died as the result of these wounds.

On 10 Oct the 3rd platoon moved from coord 968242 and took up positions at coord 965290 at 1830 hours. The 1st platoon from coord 983273 to coord 983263 at 1600 hours on Oct 10 in reserve and the 2nd platoon moved from positions at coord 966290 to coord 966244 at 1700 hours into a reserve position. The 3rd platoon was under heavy enemy artillery fire while enroute to take up positions.

There was no change in Company “B”s positions during the period. No enemy contact other than artillery fire throughout the period.

Correction for 27 September: 3rd platoon destroyed one MK VI Tiger Tank and one 75mm SP gun on MK III Chassis. 2nd platoon destroyed 1 MK IV and 1 MK VI Tiger tank and probably another MK IV tank. On 28 September the 3rd platoon destroyed 2 MK IV tanks and one medium caliber AT gun.

Moving picture shown during the afternoon.

Company remained in direct support of 320th Infantry during the period. The CP of company “C” remained unchanged. No enemy contact. The 2nd recon platoon made reconnaissance of sector without enemy contact.

Sergeant Metzner of the Recon Company was returned to duty. Private Thomas Horton assigned to and joined company during the period.

October 12, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
122400 October 1944
The 80th Div restored MLR in the 319th In sector and continued to improve and strengthen defensive positions west of the Seille River.

The weather during the period was fair with excellent visibility.

134th Inf mopping up in and around Fossieux, which is about complete.

The enemy continued to improve his defensive positions during the period especially in our northern sector.

A new enemy unit was identified during the period when a prisoner was captured from the 2d company, 59th Inf Regt, 19th Div. Prisoner stated that his company came down from the north. Contact continued to be made with the 553rd and 559th Inf Divisions.

Enemy continued strong counterpatrol activity after the hours of darkness.

The town of Fossieux received a heavy concentration of artillery fire at 0600 hours. One ME 109 was over the area at 1026 hours; two at 1500 and two FW 190s at 0930 hours. No strafing or bombing reported.

Enemy casualties 100; 7 prisoners captured.

Our planes attacked enemy lines by bombing and strafing twice during the day, with excellent results. A flight of P47s had to drop six of their bombs in the vicinity of Brin at 1815 hours when they were attacked by a flight of enemy planes while they were enroute to a bombing mission. No casualties resulted however.

The CP had a general police-up detail during the morning. French say that the German soldiers who occupied these buildings were infested with lice. Six ME 109s flew over CP at 1530 hours and were welcomed by a hail of steel from the 448th AAA Battalion, and were met by a flight of P47s just on the eastern outskirts of Nancy who drove them off with a loss of two of their comrades.

Search has been made for the artillery gun which is shelling Nancy, and the XII and XX Corps Headquarters. It is believed that it is in the vicinity of Adrancourt and is pulled into a tunnel during the hours of daylight. The tunnel suspected was attacked at 1500 by a flight of fighter-bombers and destroyed. No fire received up until midnight.

One 1000 bomb, a dud, found in our sector was exploded in our area at 1500 hours by our bomb-disposal squad.

XII Corps heavy 240mm artillery have been placed all around the CP and have fired several salvos at which time the earth fairly rocks as if it were going to fall apart.

“Boo-Koo” Sergeant Ayres star boarder is number 1 in the chow line now.

No change in Company “A”. 1st platoon in reserve; 2d in reserve and 3rd in AT positions at coord 965289, in support 134th Inf in Fossieux.

No enemy contact except for artillery fire.

No change in positions of Company “B”. Lieut. O’Meara admitted to hospital suffering from appendicitis. Company remained in support of 320th Inf. Company was paid and a movie was shown during the afternoon.

No change in Company “C” during the period. Company in support 320th Inf. No enemy contact.

At 1530 hours a strong enemy column was moving SE from coord 9336. Tanks were in the column also. Destination unknown.

October 13, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
132400 October 1944
The 26th Inf Div took over the 4th AD Div sector at 131200 Oct. Elements of 116th Inf have occupied post on high ground along the 16th grid line between Reichicourt and Marnerhine Canal.

Fighter-bombers bombed and strafed gun positions at coord Q0520 during the period and bombed and strafed woods west of Lemoncourt at 1500 hours.

60th Engineers cleared area north and NE of Chambrey of mines and booby-traps.

The front was quiet throughout the period except for artillery duels, and counterbattery fire.

A small number of enemy vehicles and infantry were observed moving into the Bois D’Aulnois during the morning. An unknown number of troops and vehicles moved down from the north to vicinity of Fowillie and Liccourt.

It is believed that these troops were re-enforcing the 553rd Division.

The enemy continued to defend his positions and harass our forward areas with artillery fire along with counterpatrol activities during the period.

12 rounds of 150mm artillery fell at coord 944219 at 1500 hours.

Two ME 109s flew over the sector at 1445 hours.

A column of horse drawn vehicles and 50 infantrymen were observed on road between Vulmont and Foville at 1335 hours. Vehicles and 80 foot troops were observed moving south on road between Metz and Liccourt. 90 infantrymen moved into Foville at 1245 hours.

A large enemy mine field, consisting of 500 mines, was located at coord 970295 north of Fossieux.

Enemy casualties 100; 5 prisoners captured.

One of the enemy aircraft which flew over the sector was shot down by the 448th AAA Battalion, and the other seriously damaged.

General George C. Marshall visited the division CP during the day.

Enemy capabilities are that he can launch a counterattack with elements of the 553rd, 559th and 19th Infantry Divisions now in our sector, re-enforcing these units now moving from the north, re-enforced with 20 tanks which is known to be in the sector and supported by the 1553rd FA Regiment.

There was no change in the CP group positions during the period.

The weather was cool and fair with excellent visibility.

It is thought that the mission of the two enemy aircraft which flew over the sector at 1445 was to locate the positions of our 240mm guns. One enemy plane was over the area at daylight.

The “off limits” restrictions were lifted from Nancy during the day.

No change in the positions of Company “A”. 1st platoon in reserve; 2d at coord P196244 and 3rd at 965289, in support of 134th Inf in securing the town of Fossieux. No enemy contact during the period except for an occasional artillery concentration.

Private Ernest W. Zimmerman was killed at Manhoue at 1230 hours when the enemy fired 4 last rounds of artillery into the town.

Private Louis P. Yank was WIA on 27 September 1944, awarded purple heart and returned to duty.

No change in Company “B”. No enemy contact during the period.

No change in Company “C”. No enemy contact during the period.

October 14, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
142400 October 1944

No change in position in the sector; all elements of the division continued to defend and improve their positions.

Fighter-bombers dropped concentrations of bombs in woods west of Lemoncourt. Woods set on fire with “jelly” bombs during afternoon 13 October.

Planes also strafed vehicles moving from woods in direction of Lemoncourt and AA positions in the woods.

Construction of Bailey Bridge in vicinity of Ajoncourt almost complete at the end of the period.

Prisoners from the 8th company, 1125th Inf were captured in the vicinity of Juree woods, coord Q027276, stated that there are about 20 men in the woods and that there had been no further troop movement from the north.

The enemy employed counterpatrol measures during the hours of darkness.

Light, harassing artillery fire continued in sector. Fourteen rounds of delayed action, 280mm artillery fire about 0200 hours at coord 920205.

About 200 enemy troops were observed on bicycles moving south during the AM at coord Q098276 and one enemy tank was observed at Salonnes.

The enemy is using captured liaison type aircraft.

Prisoners state that German flares indicate the following signals: Red..American attack; White..alert all troops;Green..their lines or troop concentrations.

“S” and railroad mines reported at coord U975294.

There was no change in the positions of the CP group during the period.

Plans being formulated for an evident prolonged stay at this location.

Two ME 109s were over the CP at 1200 hours and were fired on by the colored AA battalion guarding the 240mm guns without causing damage to them however, but one was shot down when they run head-on with a squadron of P47s enroute to enemy lines to our northeast.

I visited Staff Sergeant Lands WIA in the Gremecy Forrest, now in hospital in Nancy. His condition is critical and very little hope is felt for his recovery. His commission has been approved, but is being withheld pending his recovery or death. Regulations require that an individual cannot be commissioned while in hospital.

A USO show was brought to the front during the day, and was showed to each company almost under enemy observation.

The CIC reports over 60% of the population in this sector as pro-Nazi. French civilians residing in the area are not at least friendly with the American troops; on the contrary.

French police and officials in the towns cannot be depended upon to carry out orders or cooperate. A few German soldiers have been apprehended in French uniforms or wearing the FFI arm bands far to our rear.

Private Thompson of Headquarters company returned to duty.

The weather during the period was overcast with showers.

No change in the positions of Company “A”. Supporting the 134th Inf in securing the town of Fossieux. T/4 Clarence H. Griffeth was admitted to hospital during the period. Cpl Leeman promoted to sergeant; Pvts1cl Schinek, Keller and Campbell to corporals; Pvt1cl Harrington to T/5 and Pvt Rodriquez to Pvt1cl.

Company “B” no change during the period. A few rounds of heavy artillery, 280mm fell around the CP during the night. Enemy planes were over the area but dropped no bombs.

Company remained in support of 320th Inf during the period. Sergeant Snyder returned to duty from hospital. 1st platoon in reserve.

No change in Company “C”. Remained in support 320th Inf. Private Yoor was admitted to hospital. Cpl Sonye appointed sergeant; Pvt1cl Roy Howard and Jack Keene appointed corporals.

No change in reconnaissance company. Platoons attached to gun companies.

Cpt. Fairchild duty to hospital, also Cpl Brown. No enemy contact.

October 15, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
152400 October 1944

Division continued to hold and improve defensive positions. Fighter-bombers bombed and strafed woods west of Lemoncourt at 141445 Oct.

Also attacked double-track railway at Benestroff, cutting both lines and setting a large number of railway cars on fire.

XII Corps alerted the division to the fact that the 48th enemy Inf Div may be expected to move into our front at any time. A new enemy strong point was located at coord Q012340.

Enemy harassed forward elements with artillery fire during the period with counter patrol activities after darkness.

Unidentified planes were over the area last night. One ME 109 flew over Mazerelles at 1400 hours; two other in division sector at 1415 hours.

One P47 was shot down by enemy planes at 1415 hours over the sector but the pilot bailed out and landed behind our lines.

Enemy casualties 75; 2 prisoners captured.

There was no change in the CP group during the period. Normal duties were performed. Baths were available to a limited number of personnel in Nancy.

Sergeant Head returned to duty with the unit during the period from hospital where he has been since before the unit left England. He came to France on 14 August and has spent the remainder of this period in trying to find the unit, being shipped from one replacement center to another all the way from Holland and Belgium to Lorraine.

Protestant and Catholic religious services were conducted at 1000 hours.

The mail situation remains to be acute. There are plenty of gripes about how the people back home are taking the war; that is the men feel that they are not appreciating their efforts and hardships.

Brigadier General Futch, CG, 35th Inf Div Artillery presented the Bronze Star Medal to T/4 Scheel, T/5 Suggs, Pvt1cl Abbott, Canavan, Privates Kline, Gressel, Greason, Beard, Budzenski, Jones, M.D., LaBorde for “heroism: at 1500 hours at a formal ceremony held at the Chateau Fontaine.

In addressing the members of the battalion present, General Futch said in part “you men of the 654th T.D. Battalion are doing an excellent job; no, I’ll say a superior job, and I wish that you were an organic part of the division. ”

At a ceremony at their command post at 1300 hours in which Colonel Sears, the CO of the 137th Infantry pinned the Bronze Star medal upon Captain George L. Stevens, Staff Sergeant Bill Brock, Sergeant Dickmann, Corporal Lund, Privates Meadors and McGuire for heroism. In his talk to the company, Colonel Sears said in part “It is an honor for me to award these decorations to the members of an organization, even the small, that has accomplished incredible results in conflict with our enemy; you may well be proud to be a member of the 654th T. D. Battalion.”

At a ceremony held in Company “C”‘s area the Silver Star was awarded to Captain D. L. Benton, C.O. of the company and the Bronze Star to 1st Lt. Scott P. Cooper, Corporal Cabiness, Vogel, Nelson, Walworth and Howard by Colonel Bynres, the CO of the 320th Infantry, who in addressing the company said in part “I know of nothing that would bring joy to my heart any more than decorating a few members of a unit whose record in combat with this division shall forever be immortal.”

There was no change in the positions of Company “A” during the period.

Corporal Cecil S. Cash and Pvt1cl Karl E. Rice to duty hospital. Pvt1cl Page returned to duty from hospital. The 1st platoon in reserve and the 2d from coord 966244 to 982262 at 1000 hours in reserve. The 3rd platoon maintained AT positions in Fossieux in support of the 134th Inf. No enemy contact during the period except for an occasional artillery concentration.

No change in Company “B”. Continued to support 320th Inf.

No change in Company “C”. Continued to support 320th Inf.

T/5 Barber was admitted to hospital. T/4 Joseph Lewis WIA 1000 yards west of Manhoue coord 985260 at 1800 hours on 8 Oct 1944, awarded PH and returned to duty.

October 16, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
162400 October 1944

The 326th Inf, 26th Inf Div moved into 166th Engrs sector during the night 15-16 October, 1944, prepared to assume responsibility of the sector.

The 137th Inf relieved the 134th Inf in the lines and the 134th reverted to reserve at 151300 October, 1944.

Weather during the period was overcast with showers.

The enemy continued to improve his defensive positions in the north. Some additional artillery batteries have been located. French civilians report indicate that the enemy may be re-enforcing his positions in the Foret de Chateau-Salins area. Enemy continued to harass forward areas with artillery fire during the day and night, with counter-patrol activities after the hours of darkness. Heavy artillery concentrations laid down in the vicinity of Chambrey and enemy patrols were encountered at Malaucourt during the night.

The enemy suffered 50 casualties during the period. No prisoners captured.

There was no change in the positions of the CP group. The weather continued to be wet, overcast, foggy and cold. Enemy planes were over the area at 0500 hours. No bombing or strafing.

The mail situation continues to be critical. Some lice infestation have been reported in the battalion.

No change in Company “A”. T/5 James and Laughter returned to duty. Pvt James E. Hughes admitted to hospital 14 October.

The 1st platoon moved from coord 966244 to 000236 at 1215 hours and went into indirect fire position supporting the 127th FA Battalion at coord 982264. 2d platoon in reserve and 3rd platoon in Fossieux supporting 137th Inf in securing the town. No enemy contact during the period.

No change in Company “B”. Private Kramer returned to duty. The 3rd platoon went into indirect fire position 3/4 mile NE Bioncourt in support of 127th FA Battalion. Fired on enemy artillery positions, troop concentration areas and roads. No enemy contact.

Company supporting 320th Infantry.

No change in Company “C” during the period. No enemy contact.

October 17, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
172400 October 1944

The 328th Inf, 26th Inf Div completed the relief of the 166th Engr Battalion ( C ) at 162110 October.

60th Eng Bn completed Bailey Bridge at Ajoncourt at 161800 October.

There was no action on the front except sporadic artillery and mortar fire, patrol activity and vehicular movement.

The weather during the period was cool, overcast, rainy with fog.

Enemy strong point reported vicinity of Timcry, which confirms report of defensive line in that sector.

The 3rd Pz Gren Div reported in division sector has been located in the north in the vicinity of Aachen. There is a tentative identification of the 127th Regiment, 48th Inf Div in vicinity of Letricourt. There has been two battalions of the 1120th Inf, 553rd Div reported east of Foret de Parrey, unconfirmed however.

The enemy continued defensive action employing counter-patrol activities during the hours of darkness. Sporadic artillery fell in the forward areas during the period. Moderate heavy artillery fell in vicinity of coord U9427 and U9629 during the night.

Our patrols observed 8 enemy tanks moving west form the woods SW of Lemoncourt toward Aulnois early last night.

There is a total of 57 German divisions on the Western Front, supported by 500 tanks. The total strength of all is the equivalent of 26 normal divisions.

Enemy casualties 75. No prisoners.

There was no change in the CP group during the period. Normal duties were performed. Private Otha P. Murray joined battalion and was assigned to Headquarters company.

No change in positions of Company “A” . 1st platoon fired 100 rounds of indirect fire during the night. 2d platoon in reserve and 3rd platoon in Fossieux supporting 137th Inf. T/4 Griffeth from hospital to duty. Pvt Lee Roy Huggins, Bruce G. Rolfe, Robert C. Cooley and Albert M. St Angelo assigned to and joined company from replacement pool.

Company “B” no change. 3rd platoon fired 175 rounds indirect fire during the night from positions 3/4 mile NE Bioncourt. Company in support of 320th Infantry during period. No enemy contact.

Company “C” no change. 3rd platoon fired 180 rounds indirect fire during the night. 1st platoon under light artillery fire during the period and 2d platoon in reserve. NO enemy contact.

October 18, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
182400 October 1944

No change in division positions during period. All artillery, tanks and tank destroyers of the division firing indirect fire missions during the hours of darkness.

Weather during the period cool, foggy, overcast with a slow rain.

Night patrols report that the enemy is improving his positions in one sector to the north. It is believed that a battalion of enemy troops in vicinity of Liocourt have been relieved by a new battalion.

Enemy continued to harass forward areas with sporadic artillery fire and employ counter-patrol activities after the hours of darkness.

About 55 rounds of 88mm and 105mm artillery fire fell in the sector during the period; the majority of it falling in the 320th sector.

At 0600 hours, a column of enemy vehicles and troops were seen moving in the vicinity of Liocourt; later another column were observed going north in the same location.

The enemy suffered 50 casualties. No prisoners.

No change in the CP Group. Weather remains terrible. The health of the battalion has been excellent so far considering the conditions under which they are having to live. A movie was shown at the Chateau Fontaine during the evening.

Staff Sergeant Lands, seriously wounded in the Gremecy Forrest on 28 September, passed away on 16 October in a US Army hospital in Nancy ending forever his brilliant career as a platoon leader in Company “C”. When the men of the platoon were notified of this they just stood, gazed into space and their eyes filled with tears. No one realized what that platoon thought of their leader until he had gone where thousands of other good and brave soldiers have gone in this conflict.

A letter from Mrs. George Martz, 404 Fleet Street, Pottsville, Pennsylvania, the mother of our former battalion commander, Lieut-Colonel William V. Martz, missing in the Mortain Sector on 8 August, advised us that she have notified that he was a prisoner of the German government. having been notified of this on 28 September, 1944, by the War Dept.

Company “A” no change. 1st platoon in indirect fire mission with 127th FA. Company “C” no change. 3d platoon in indirect fire mission with 127th FA.

Company “C” no change. Pvts Bryant and Provost appointed Pvts1cl. No enemy contact.

Reconnaissance company no change. Corporal Brown from hospital to duty.

October 19, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
192400 October 1944

No change in division positions during the period.

Weather was cold, overcast, foggy with a slow rain.

New digging at night reported in our northern sector. Prisoners captured from 1559 Eng Co., 559th Div in the vicinity of Chambrey confirms report that 1127th Reg remains in contact to the east. Prisoner stated that Eng supply depot of 559th Div was located at LaMetz, coord Q1439, and that his company CP is located in Chateau-Salins. He further stated that the Div CP of the 559th Div was at Morhange, France on 17 October and that the 1127th Regimental Headquarters is in the town of Chateau-Salins.

25 rounds of artillery fire fell at coord Q0023 during the night. Enemy strong points reported at coord Q075259 and Q061278. Tracked vehicles heard at 1245 hours vicinity of Fresnes.

Enemy casualties 60. No prisoners.

No change in the CP group. 25-30 enemy planes over sector at 2100 hours and again at 0100 hours on morning of 20th . Their mission has not been ascertained as due to the extreme darkness and rainy weather visibility was zero, even with the use of flares. Rumors have it that the enemy dropped parachute troops behind our lines with radio sets to adjust artillery.

Enemy planes were also over Nancy during the night but dropped no bombs.

Plans are being made to flood the Seille River Valley. Food, supplies and ammunition are being rushed to units which will be cut off when the dam is demolished on the Etang-de-Liadre in the vicinity of Diaueze, France.

Company “A” no change during the period. Sgt Sharp to hospital on 18 October. 3rd platoon was relieved by 2d platoon in Fossieux during the day. No enemy contact. 1st platoon fired indirect fire during night.

Company “B” no change. 1st platoon in AT positions 1-1/2 miles E of Gremecey; 2d 1 mile SW Chambrey and 3rd in indirect fire missions with 127th FA Battalion; fired 20 rounds cone fire on enemy positions during the night. No enemy contact during period. In support 320th Inf.

Company “C” no change. 2d platoon fired 200 rounds of indirect fire during the night from positions vicinity of Bioncourt. Planes over area during the night. No enemy contact.

Privates Herbert Hattaway and Joseph Marasa WIA as the result of enemy artillery fire at 1600 hours, when the 1st platoon in AT positions received a light concentration of fire on their positions at coord O51255.

Rcn Co No change. Private Anders was admitted to hospital.

October 20, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
202400 October 1944

No change in positions. Patrol activity during the hours of darkness.

654th TD Bn fired harassing and interdiction indirect fire with 127th FA Battalion during the night.

Preparation made to flood the Seille River Valley.

Weather cold, and rainy throughout period.

Air reconnaissance reported large concentration of enemy tanks and troops vicinity of Dieuze at 1430 hours. Additional gun emplacements reported vicinity coord Q023296 and our patrols continue to contact enemy patrols on our north and eastern flanks.

The enemy harassed forward positions with intermittent artillery fire during the period, concentrating about 200 rounds in the vicinity of Chambrey between 0500 and 0700 hours this morning.

More than 12 enemy planes were over the area at 2200 hours last night.

Another group of enemy planes were over the sector between 2400 and 0100 hours this morning; their mission undetermined.

Patrols reported hearing the movement of tracked vehicles in the vicinity of Fresnes last night. Four enemy tanks also reported moving north from Aulnois at 1300 hours.

The enemy continues to use amber, white and green flares on the north and east edges of our front. The enemy suffered 50 casualties during the period. 2 prisoners were captured.

No change in the CP group. Enemy planes over the area all night in the rain. The 448th AAA Battalion opened up on them without results. No bombing or strafing reported.

Passes to Nancy were still in effect. Baths and movies are available in the city along with miscellaneous other features; especially the cognac.

No change in Company “A”. 3rd platoon fired indirect fire during the night.

No change in Company “B”. 2d platoon fired indirect fire during the night. Pvts1cl Carden and Anderson, N.H. were admitted to hospital.

No change in Company “C”. 2d platoon fired indirect fire during the night with 127th FA Battalion. S/Sgt Esslinger was admitted to hospital on 19 October due to illness. Some artillery fell in the area during the night without causing casualties however.

Movies were shown in all companies during the period.

There is at present four enemy divisions, 8,000 strength each and only 5 (?) tanks opposing the Third US Army; a decrease of 3 divisions and 150 tanks since 1 October, 1944.

October 21, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
212400 October 1944

Elements of the division maintained and improved defensive positions.

All elements carried out training schedule. Interdiction and harassing fire during the night by 737th Tank and 654th TD Battalions.

Dam blown at Dieuze last night but results have not been noticed in division sector to this hour. Rising water noted by artillery liaison plane vicinity of Sur-Seille at 1000 hours. Engineers report one inch rise of river at 1000 hours.

There was little, if any action, during the period.

There was a decrease in enemy artillery fire during the period. It is believed that buildings in the eastern section of Chateau-Salins are being used as motor maintenance buildings.

Patrols reported that the enemy is still preparing defensive positions in the vicinity of Malaucourt. Light artillery fire fell in the vicinity of Liocourt. Approximately 50 rounds fell at coord Q973205; U012260.

Two ME 109s over the area at 1545 hours. Two enemy tanks reported in vicinity of Chateau-Salins at 1400 hours. About 9 horse-drawn vehicles moved north out of Coutures at 1100 hours.

The First US Army captured 15 prisoners from the 1421st German Engineer Battalion, all over 60 years of age. One of the 15 had two wooden legs. The 36th and 45th Divisions of the 7th US Army are capturing prisoners from the 291st and 293rd Inf Battalions which are composed wholly of German criminals, released from prison at Karlsruhe Prison on 15 October 1944.

Enemy casualties 49. No prisoners.

No change in the CP group. The weather remained foggy, overcast, cold with a slow drizzling rain throughout the period.

Movies were shown at the Chateau Fontaine during the evening.

No change in Company “A”. 3rd platoon fired indirect fire with the 127th FA Battalion with positions at coord 000236. 1st platoon in reserve and 2d platoon in AT positions at coord 982267. Sergeant O’Brien and Private Rufus Hayes were WIA at 1300 hours by enemy mortar fire when two rounds fell in 2d platoons positions at coord 983261. Sergeant O’Brien was not admitted to hospital. Private Cecil S. Cash returned to duty from hospital. Sgt O’Brien and Hayes wounded in vicinity of Manhoue.

No change in Company “B”. The 1st platoon recovered two enemy half-tracks with triple 20mm AA guns from coord Q043235 after the hours of darkness on 20-21 October. The 2d platoon fired indirect fire during the night, firing a total of 120 round in support of 127th FA Bn. 3rd platoon in AT positions 1 mile SW Chambrey. NO enemy contact during the period.

The Bronze Star Medal was awarded to Staff Sergeant Dziechieowski, Sergeant Sage, Corporal Bevill, Tech 5 Grade Bloomfield and Private Marasa for heroic service during the afternoon. Company in support of 320th Infantry.

Company “C” no change. 1st platoon fired 190 rounds indirect fire during the night with 127th FA Battalion from vicinity of Bioncourt. 2d platoon in AT positions at coord 051255 and 3rd platoon in reserve.

The Bronze Star Medal was awarded to Sergeant Bourdage, Sergeant Sonye, Corporal Pilch and T/5 Jack Keene during the afternoon. No enemy contact during period. Company supported the 320th Infantry.

The Bronze Star Medal was pinned on Sergeant Gleason Sharp of Company “A” during the period while he was a patient in the 110th Cl Sta.

October 22, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
222400 October 1944

104th Inf., 26th Div and 2d Cavalry Gp attacked during morning 22 Oct to straighten line in right division sector and at last report the attack was making progress against light enemy resistence.

The division continued to hold, defend and improve defensive positions.

The Seille River has risen 7/10ths of a foot in the vicinity of Pettoncourt since the dam was blown.

The weather during the period was overcast, cold with showers.

Our night patrols continue to contact the enemy on the north and east.

Most of the artillery that fell in the sector was from single guns, which may indicate SP fire. No further reports of enemy activity in the Dieuze and Liocourt sectors.

During the hours of darkness enemy supply and administrative elements used roads between Salonnes and Chateau-Salins, and from Fresnes to the north and northwest.

There was a marked decrease in artillery fire, but strong enemy patrols were contacted during darkness.

Approximately 40 rounds of artillery from 75mm, 88mm, and 105mm fell at coord 002254; 034266; 025263 and 976250.

Unidentified aircraft were over the area at 1745 and it is reported that a man parachuted out of one of the planes into the Foret de Gremecey but he has not been located as yet. Other unidentified planes flew over the sector at 1915 hours.

At 0445 hours a column of enemy vehicles moved into Fresnes and enemy vehicles were reported moving around in the vicinity of Coutures.

One flying bomb fell just east of Agincourt at 1300 hours; flying in from the NE and crashing in a field which may indicate that the enemy is preparing to launch a full scale assault against the city of Nancy.

Enemy casualties were 50 during the period. No prisoners.

General Marshall left the division sector on 15 October.

No change in the CP during the period. A few heavy caliber artillery shells fell to the rear of the CP at 1400 hours.

Night fighters will be in the air during the night to patrol the skies.

Normal duties and training were carried out during the period.

No change in the CP during the period.

No change in Company “A”. Privates Robert Goodman George W. Hayes and Irving G. France joined company from replacement pool during period.

The 3rd platoon fired 190 round of indirect fire during the period. The 1st platoon in AT positions at coord 989255 and 2d at 982262. No enemy contact.

No change in Company “B”. 2d platoon fired 204 rounds of indirect fire during the period. Company in support 320th Inf. No enemy contact.

No change in Company “C”. 3rd platoon fired 191 rounds indirect fire with 127th FA Bn during period. No enemy contact.

October 23, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
232400 October 1944

104th Inf, 26th Div and 2d Cav Gp attack progressed according to plan.

Line established along grid line 20 in its sector. 104th continuing attack to occupy Bezange and Moncourt.

The 3rd battalion, 137th Inf relieved the 1st battalion in the line.

134th Inf completed reconnaissance of 320th Inf sector in preparation for relieving that unit in the near future.

The Seille River has reached a maximum flood stage of two feet and nine inches in the vicinity of Pettoncourt at 230630 Oct and by 230830 Oct had dropped four inches. A rise of 3 feet since blowing the dam recorded in vicinity of Brin-sur-Seille, with no further rise expected.

The weather during the period was foggy, overcast, cold with showers.

The enemy is still improving his positions in the north. Enemy movement is still evident on the Salonnes – Chateau-Salins road and in the vicinity of Jallaucourt.

The enemy continued strong counter-patrol activities during the period.

About 40 rounds of 75mm and 88mm artillery fire fell at coord 972267, 975260,970235 and 972267 during the period.

The enemy is using a large amount of colored flares during the night.

Enemy casualties 25. No prisoners.

No change in the CP group. A few rounds of heavy artillery fell to the rear during the early evening, evidentially trying to knock out a bridge on the main highway to Nancy.

US night fighters were over the sector during the night on patrol.

Three 280mm shells, fired from enemy long range railway gun destroyed three building adjacent to battalion personnel section in Nancy; six fell around XII Corps Headquarters and three fell in the front yard of General Patton’s quarters, during the shelling of Nancy several nights ago. No military casualties were suffered, but about 10 civilians were killed and 50 wounded, and 12 houses completely demolished.

It is evident that this heavy long range artillery fire was directed by an enemy agent working Nancy with a transmitter. All installations of importance were shelled, even down to General Patton’s quarters which is in a large stone building in the vicinity of the division rear echelon. They say that old Blood and Guts went to the “keller” after the second round fell in his front yard. One has to undergo a shelling of this type to appreciate its effect, both morally and destructively.

No change in Company “A”. 3rd platoon fired 188 rounds of indirect fire during the period. Sergeant Hohl and Corporal Sebastain returned to duty from hospital. Private Arena assigned to company. 1st platoon in AT positions in Fossieux and 2d platoon in reserve. Company in support of 137th Infantry.

No change in Company “B”. 2d platoon fired 204 rounds indirect fire. 1st and 3d platoon in AT positions vicinity Gremecey and Chambrey. No enemy contact. Company in support 320th Inf. Corporal Ballantine returned to duty from hospital.

Company “C” no change. 3rd platoon fired 220 rounds indirect fire during the period. While registering on the check point, a round of fire started a huge fire at coord 050276, and at the request of the forward observer the platoon laid a TOT from the platoon into the area. Vehicles were heard to start and activity increased over the area. 1st and 2d platoons in AT positions. No enemy contact. In support 320th Inf.

October 24, 1944

Command Post Amance, France.
Coord
242400 October, 1944

The attack of 26th Division stopped just short of Bezange and Moncourt; both towns still in enemy hands. The 134th Infantry in process of relieving 320th Infantry for a rest. No change in other positions in division sector.

Water level of the Seille River unchanged except at Pettoncourt where it dropped 2/10ths of a foot.

Little enemy activity during the period. Enemy continued to improve his positions, especially in the north and east. Agents report that there was an ammunition dump in Chateau-Salins in the vicinity of coord Q098254 last week.

Enemy continued active patrolling and use of flares during the night. About 90 rounds of 88mm and 105mm artillery fell at coord 062243; 985234;975279 and 058254. At the last coord a battalion concentration of 105mm and several rounds of 88mm fell simultaneously. About 17 rounds of heavy, estimated to be 280mm artillery, fell in the vicinity of Nancy at 0330 hours; landing around the battalion personnel section in the rear echelon, XII Corps Headquarters and General Patton’s quarters. There were no military casualties but several French civilians were killed and wounded and several buildings demolished.

XII Corps reports that one of their messenger jeeps ran into a wire strung across the road in the vicinity of coord U903337, but the wire cutter on the front of the vehicle saved the driver and vehicle from injury.

Casualties 25. No prisoners.

No change in the CP group during the period. Weather continued to be miserable. The mail situation is showing a little improvement but not up to par as yet. All available men attended USO show vicinity of the 110th Medical Battalion starring Marlene Dietrich during the afternoon. The boys say “her legs are not wooden”.

Enemy agents are operating in the city of Nancy. It is thought that the enemy aircraft which have been over the sector, and over Nancy during the past ten days may have dropped enemy agents with transmitters so as to direct artillery fire on major targets. The range of the artillery from Nancy is about 19 miles, and targets must be pinpointed in order to be fired upon.

Company “A” no change. 3rd platoon in indirect fire missions. 1st platoon in positions in Fossieux and 2nd platoon in reserve. Company supported 137th Infantry during the period with no enemy contact. Sgt Gleason Sharp was returned to duty.

Company “B” no change. 1st platoon in indirect fire missions with 127th FA battalion. Company now supporting 134th Infantry who are relieving the 320th who will go into division reserve.

Company “C” no change. Relieved from support 320th Infantry and placed in support of 134th Infantry. 3rd platoon fired 219 rounds indirect fire during night. Recon Company no change. T/5 Barber returned to duty.

German propaganda broadcasts are telling the German people that the US Army has temporarily paused in the vicinity of Nancy to screen out all German subjects for “beheading and castration; that the full force of Patton’s criminals may be expected any day in the near future”.

October 25, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France.
Coord
252400 October, 1944.

The 134th Infantry completed the relief of the 320th in sector. 320th went into division reserve. Other units continued to hold and improve positions and execute training schedules. Water level of the Seille River remained unchanged during the period. Little enemy action. There is a reshuffling of troops in the V and VII Corps. The Order of Battle upon completion will be: VII Corps 1st, 28th and 4th Infantry Divisions; and 3rd AD. V Corps: The 9th and 5th Infantry Divisions. VIII Corps: The 2nd, 8th and 83rd Infantry Divisions and 9th AD.

OCS Nazi prisoners voluntarily surrendering to the 90th Division in the Metz sector and the enemy is reported to have placed guards over all front line troops to prevent desertion.

The enemy continued his defensive attitude during the period with little activity other than night patrols and artillery fire, which decreased, although the 137th Infantry reported an increase in mortar fire in their sector. Vehicular movement reported around Fresnes and Jallaucourt about 2000 hours. Black smoke was seen to arise from the Juree Woods, coord Q0227 following a TOT by division artillery.

One ME 109 and one FW190 flew over the area and were destroyed by the 448th AAA Battalion.

Our Psychological warfare section are conducting an intensive drive in our sector, and will continue during the next five days. This will consist of firing leaflets into enemy lines and broadcasts by PA systems.

Enemy casualties estimated at 25. No prisoners.

German broadcast stated that “General Patton, a war criminal, and America’s would be tank expert, and his army of criminals, with their heads shaven to indicate their fierceness to distinguish them from other US troops, may be expected to launch an attack any time after 1 November with a view of crossing the Reich border. The Reich is awaiting his arrival and is prepared to give him all the reception and honors due his rank upon his arrival”.

No change in the CP group. Violent artillery duels raged. Long range and heavy caliber artillery fought duels throughout the night and day. Normal duties performed during the period. No enemy contact.

No change in Company “A” except that the rear closed in Ecuelle and established with the forward CP in Manhoue at 1500 hours. 1st platoon in indirect fire missions with 127th FA Battalion; 2nd in reserve and 3rd in AT positions in Fossieux in support 137th Infantry. No enemy contact.

Sgt Barrington to staff sergeant; Corporal Fowler and Sykes to sergeants Private McPeek to corporal and Pvt Rhyner to Tech 5 grade.

Company “B” no change. 1st platoon fired 201 rounds indirect fire during the night. 2nd and 3rd platoons in AT positions in support 134th Infantry. No enemy contact.

No change in Company “C”. 2nd platoon fired 310 rounds indirect fire during the night. 1st platoon in reserve and 2nd in AT positions at coord 047261. No enemy contact.

October 26, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France.
Coord
262400 October, 1944.

104th Infantry, 26th Division now hold Moncourt and Hill to the west. 328th Infantry relieving 104th Infantry at end of period.

134th and 137th Infantry continued to hold and improve positions. 320th in reserve. 737th Tank Battalion firing indirect fire with division artillery. Water level of the Seille River dropped 2/10th of a foot. This drop represents a total drop of about one and one tenth foot from the highest level recorded since blowing the dam.

There was little activity on the front during the period. The 137th Infantry reports an additional enemy defensive position at coord Q002269. Wagon movement into Fresnes from the NW at 1915 hours.

Enemy artillery fire increased during the period. 88mm artillery fell in the following areas coord 046263, 004248, 975279 and 8 rounds of 105mm fell at coord 029263. One enemy tank in vicinity of coord 005292 at 1400 hours. Five enemy tanks reported in woods moving toward Jallaucourt, coord 009292. Estimated enemy casualties – 25. No prisoners.

There was no change in the CP group during the period. Enemy aircraft were over the area at 2300 hours but were driven off by AA fire from the 448th AAA Battalion.

A movie was shown at the Chateau Fontaine during the evening. At 1100 hours an old French civilian, about 60 years of age, was brought to CIC headquarters, which is in our area, accused by the FFI as being a collaborator; having squealed on his son-in-law for assisting the Americans and whom the Germans shot. His family following the officers of the FFI were screaming, wailing, and weeping and it was necessary that we evict them from the area by force. The old man was locked up for trial by a French court. The FFI say he will be executed within two days.

Company “A” remained at Manhoue. 1st platoon in indirect fire mission. 2nd platoon in reserve and 3rd in AT positions in Fossieux. No enemy contact. Company “B” no change. 1st Lieut. Dorn assigned to company from replacement pool. 1st platoon fired indirect fire during the night. Company in support 134th Infantry. No enemy contact.

Company “C” no change. 2nd platoon fired indirect fire during the night. T/4 Bergus Craig appointed staff sergeant. No enemy contact. Company in support 134th Infantry. Recon company no change. Corporal Fairchild from hospital to duty.

October 27, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
272400 October, 1944

The 654th TD and 737th Tank Battalions fired 700 rounds indirect fire during the night. The Seille River dropped 2/10th foot; this is a total drop of one and 4/10ths feet from the highest water level.

The division continued to defend and improve positions with little enemy activity.

The weather was overcast, cold with fog and rain.

Enemy artillery increased during the period but is no indication that there are any new gun positions or batteries in the sector.

Enemy vehicular movement vicinity of Coutures and Salonnes during the night.

About 60 rounds of artillery fell at coord 008258, 032251, 045264 and 9722225. The concentration at coord 032251 and 045264 consisted of battery fire of three volleys and four volleys respectively.

The enemy placed observation platforms in trees in the vicinity of coord 074245, which were destroyed by our artillery.

Personnel in the division to be more alert and suspicious of civilians. Just for instance the following report is cited to show the laxity of the US Army in allowing civilians and other persons to roam or pass through areas without questioning them: Two escaped German prisoners, who escaped at Soissons, traveled 125 miles through France, in German uniforms, and were not captured until they were within 300 yards of their own lines, by an alert sentry of Company “C”, 357th Infantry. This is only one example. Be suspicious of everything and every body.

Enemy casualties estimated at 25. No prisoners.

No change in the CP group. Enemy planes over the area at 2300 hours.

Movie at Chateau Fontaine during the evening.

Normal duties were performed. Mail situation remains to be serious. Every one griping about it, but little can be done other than just “sweat it out”.

Passes were issued to Nancy during the afternoon for a limited number of men. All had a grand time. Nancy is a good town!

No change in Company “A”. A few rounds of artillery fell in area. 1st platoon in reserve. 2d and 3rd in AT positions at coord 989226 and 982262, respectively. No enemy contact during the period. Pvt1cl Horace Brown was admitted to hospital.

Company “B” no change. 1st platoon fired indirect fire during the night. 2d and 3rd platoons in AT positions in support 134th Inf. No enemy contact .

Company “C” no change. 2d platoon fired indirect fire during the night. 1st and 3rd platoons in AT positions in support 134th Inf. No enemy contact.

Headquarters company remained in the CP area. T/4 Wiggan was admitted to hospital.

Sergeant Huggins of the Rcn Company was admitted to hospital.

October 28, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
282400 October, 1944

654th and 737th Tank Bns fired 700 round indirect fire during the night.

The Seille River dropped 1/10th foot during the period. A few enemy planes were over the area during the night. Religious services conducted at Chateau Fontaine during the morning.

The division continued to hold and improve positions with patrol activity.

An enemy prisoner captured in Fossieux said that he was member of the 11th company, CT Herman (53rd Fortress Battalion).

Enemy traffic moving on road east of Jallaucourt and NW toward Fresnes during the night. Artillery laid on roads at that time.

Enemy continued sporadic artillery fire and flares after darkness. Mortar fire increased to some extent during the period.

Estimated enemy casualties 25. 3 prisoners captured.

No change in the CP group during the period.

No change in Company “A”. 2d platoon fired 204 rounds indirect fire during the night. No enemy contact. Company in support 137th Infantry.

No change in Company “B”. No enemy contact. Company supporting 134th Inf.

Company “C” no change. 3d platoon in reserve. 2d in AT positions. Company in support 134th Inf during period.

Rcn Co no change. Pvt Anders returned to duty. Sgt Cross admitted to hospital. Sgt Morrissey appointed staff sergeant. T/5 Harrill appointed sergeant, all effective 23 October, 1944. NO enemy contact.

October 29, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
292400 October, 1944

654th and 737th TD and tank battalions fired 500 rounds indirect fire during the night. Seille River remained at flood level in division sector.

One enemy reconnaissance plane over sector during the night.

Front quiet except for a little artillery and mortar fire.

Our patrols continued to contact the enemy to our north and east. SP guns fired into our positions on the north and east during the night from concealed positions.

Light artillery concentrations fell in the following areas: Coord 967203, ??6264, 049203 and in the vicinity of Manhoue. In these concentrations approximately 20 duds were reported. Smoke shells fell in Manhoue and in the vicinity of Arraye-et-Han this morning.

One enemy plane strafed the area at coord Q0423 at 1630 hours.

Two FW190 reported over area at 1300 hours. No bombing or strafing.

Estimated enemy casualties 25 . No prisoners.

No change in the CP group during the period. The weather was clear during the AM, becoming cloudy and overcast during the afternoon.

No change in Company “A”. 2d platoon fired indirect fire. 1st platoon in reserve and 3rd platoon in AT positions in Fossieux supporting the 137th Infantry.

Company “B” no change. Lieut McNaught relieved as platoon leader, 3rd platoon and appointed executive officer of the company. Lieut Dorn asgd and joined company and took over the 3rd platoon as of 26 October, 44. 3rd platoon fired indirect fire with 127th FA Bn during the night. 1st pl in AT positions 1 mile SW Chambrey and 2d 1 1/2 miles E Gremecy in support of 134th Inf. No enemy contact during the period.

Rcn Company no change. Sgt Huggins admitted to hospital. Pvt1cl Kimball to duty. Pvt Normal Stelzer assigned and joined company.

October 30, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
302400 October, 1944

The 654th TD, 737th Tank and 448th AAA Battalions fired 2500 rounds of indirect fire into the enemy’s lines during the night.

The Seille River dropped 3/10ths of a foot during the period.

The division continued to defend and improve positions with little activity other than patrol and artillery activities.

The weather was cold and rainy during the period.

The enemy continues to improve his defensive positions in the north and in the vicinity of Mallaucourt and Juree Woods, coord Q0328.

Prisoner from the 2d company, 127th Inf, 48th Div stated that his company is defending on both sides of RJ 957305 and that vicinity.

The 127th Inf with 3 battalions may be employed in division sector as reserves. Prisoner stated that the CP of the company, 127th Inf was located at coord 959307.

There was a decrease in artillery fired during the period. Patrols reported traffic in Juree Woods and on roads around Fresnes and Chateau-Salins during darkness.

Estimated enemy casualties 29. 1 prisoner captured.

No change in battalion CP. Major General Baade visited CP at 1500 hours.

Company “A” no change.

Company “B” no change. 3rd platoon fired 300 rounds indirect fire during the night. No enemy contact.

No change in Company “C”. 1st platoon fired indirect fire during the night 3rd platoon in reserve.

October 31, 1944

Command Post
Amance, France
Coord
312400 October, 1944

All infantry regiments continued to defend their sectors. 654th TD and 737th Tank Battalions fired 750 rounds indirect fire during the night.

The Seille River dropped 2/10th foot in the vicinity of Pettoncourt.

There was little activity on the front during the period other than patrol and artillery duels.

The weather was cold and rainy during the period.

Our patrols found unoccupied foxholes south of Jallaucourt and Fresnes during the night. Two prisoners captured south of Fresnes from 2d battalion 1125th Infantry, 559th Division, who stated that the 2d battalion was defending between Fresnes and Jallaucourt.

The 127th Inf, 4th Div is on our NW and 1126th and 1127th Inf, 559th Div on the NE and east and are available as reserves.

The enemy continued defensive attitude with artillery fire and counter patrol activities. Seven 88mm shells fell at 1530 on the north edge of the Foret de Gremecey. Mortar fire was heavy in the vicinity of Chambrey during the period. There was a decrease in enemy flares during the night.

Estimated enemy casualties 25; 2 prisoners captured.

The enemy has issued instructions to his saboteurs regarding the placing of grenades in bouquets of flowers; blowing up building occupied by allied troops and the user of plastic HE, comparable to TNT, used in bombs, place in wardrobes, behind pictures, under chairs, in coal, in stove pipes, etc.

There was no change in the CP group during the period. Four enemy soldiers attempted to surrender to a unit of the 79th Inf Div but were shot in the back by their own troops.

One enemy plane over the area at 1200 hours but no bombing or strafing was accomplished as he was driven off the AA fire.

No change in Company “A”. 3rd platoon fired indirect fire during the night.

No change in Company “B”. No enemy contact.

No change in Company “C”. 3rd platoon in reserve. 1st and 2d in AT positions vicinity of Chambrey and Gremecey. No enemy contact. Company in support of 134h Infantry.

Pvt. John H. Beard duty to hospital.