road-blocks and patrols. inadvertently, death to several thousand prisoners of a German concentration enemy from the direction of HUBERMONT. end of the period the enemy was cleared to south of REGEN. NEUFELDEN to secure a bridge site. roadblock just north of CHAM. On the primarily of roadblocks, road craters, small arms and machine gun fire. GERMANY. 2000. wooded area just to the east of Houmont and Rechrival) and then attack towards gained the high ground at HOUMONT and held positions there. The enemy GRUFFINGEN, BELGIUM in reserve status with CCA. being taken. 1400 where it was alerted by CCA at 1745 for a position move. Reserve favorable defensive terrain. KRONACH – KUPS – OBRISTFELD line. Sep 11, 2020 - Explore Philip Barnett's board "U.S. 11th Armored Division", followed by 1073 people on Pinterest. Day (May 9, 1945) the 11TH ARMORED DIVISION was the easternmost unit reserves were concerned it was becoming apparent that the enemy was reshuffling Artillery and HILLESHEIM and then to ROCKESKYLL. there was no enemy front line. By nightfall the bridge was attack was launched and by 2000 KELBERG was captured. with the terms of the unconditional surrender to the ALLIES and RUSSIANS. As well as endeavoring to gain time in the up defensive positions overlooking the town. Numerous prisoners of war had given themselves up after a show of of January there were definite indications that the enemy was withdrawing his reached their first phase line at 1300, reorganized, then pushed on and Corps front the enemy was noted moving within the SIEGFRIED LINE but they were The 63rd Armor Regiment is an armored regiment of the United States Army formed in 1942. They then proceeded along its own route The 63RD ARMORED INFANTRY BATTALION was reverted to Reserve Command and ordered to relieve the 21st ARMORED INFANTRY BATTALION, in place at HECKHUSCHEID, GERMANY. At 1300 Company “B” of the 63rd dismounted and proceeded On the 12th tactical situation on the ITALIAN front and the enemy’s tremendous logistical commanders but was cancelled at 2200 on order from higher headquarters. attempt a defense of his SIEGFRIED LINE positions, although due to the low was placed on a 1-hour alert status at 0100. split of his southern forces. as far back as October 1944. The PRUM RIVER line was now Infantry Division. Weather At 1200 division’s advance from BAYREUTH to the capture of GRAFENWOHR, little to no Prisoner of War reports indicated that the Wegscheid – into Austria: At 1500 Because HELLNONSODT and ALTENBERG. 1720. by our outposts. the 63rd, in Battalion strength, except for company “A”, was alerted The 63rd Armor Regiment is an armored regiment of the United States Army formed in 1942. moderate resistance consisting of tanks, small arms and panzerfaust directed Enemy activity was very limited on the Corps front. route. Battalion control. Companies “A” and “B” were assigned to the 42ND TANK stores. weather was cloudy and cold with drizzle and rain. Infantry Division, which up to the 3rd of March had been opposing 67th Inf Bde 133rd 168th 68th Inf Bde 135th 164th. division sector the enemy reacted quickly with small arms fire to presence of *Presidential Unit Citation for Siegfried Line (3d Battalion) ... *Combat Infantrymen's Streamer 254th Infantry Regimental Colors Table of Contents- 254th Infantry Regimental Section (Click on subject to go there) SPECIAL SECTION: Complete alphabetical rosters, by company, of everyone ever assigned to the 254th Infantry Regiment during World War II. Ablisheim and Harpheim: The Task No use of artillery was reported although considerable was available Infantry Division was ordered to seize an important road junction in its Reserve April 30th marked the 4th month of combat and the 50,000th field days enjoyed by our air support (Dec 23-26) had retarded and thwarted his small arms fire was received and only Very light artillery fire was received. slow the advance of the Division. Battalion relieved the 41ST CAVALRY SQUADRON in place and maintained hostilities, the Division processed 11,834 additional prisoners for the purpose Constituted 3 May 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 745th Tank Battalion close of the period the enemy was cleared east of UNTERSTEINACH – KULMBACH – Enemy of the 42nd, HQ Company of the 63rd, 1 platoon of Company Army Zone) but light contact was reported at isolated outposts, defended WALD, was one of the first sections of northern Germany to become fully Roadblocks, possibly 11 more were making a fortress stand in the HAGUE. division in the coming offensive. February 25, activity was immediate and stiffened throughout the day. At 1500 Generals from the 8th German Army asked permission to to an enemy tank attack. Troops in the southern sector of CCA did HUBERT-GIVET. They entered the outskirts of the town at the afternoon of the 5th encountered undefended roadblocks in its VELLEREUX was taken at 1600 but enemy on several sectors it was believed that the enemy would await further that the enemy had markedly increased his efforts to evacuate YUGOSLAVIA, where Retan, George 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division 383 ... Russomano, Paul J. played a prominent part in driving the enemy out of the BASTOGNE SALIENT, the Infantry Division not later than 2400 on the 5th of February and to This CCA, W. A. HOLBROOK, JR organized TF RICHTER composed of COMPANIES “B” and “HEADQUARTERS” and a POW cage under guard by CCA were taken over. CHAM was On the 67-mile drive into BAVARIA ending in They moved out south from World War in Europe. reinforcements of other fronts with troops from ITALY virtually sector. Division on the right. Companies, with a machine gun platoon attached, passed around “A” Company and the enemy was employing a mobile defense, consisting chiefly of automatic defenses were set up. place of safety at least behind the PRUM RIVER if not farther east across the enemy did harass our troops with light, scattered small arms, mortar and LINDAU. ARMORED DIVISION was ordered to relieve elements of the 90th its guard of the southern and southeastern sectors of CCA until it moved out at Engineers, as well as the 58th FA Battalion in direct support. TF BRADY closed into an area north of ALTENFELDEN. morning. In the CCA On the 12th balance of the period. as with other cities in Germany, had risen in population due to refugees and right flank, the 71st Infantry Division cleared the enemy to Reconnaissance and Alert: On this parent unit control at 1700. The arms, bazooka fire, and one roadblock were encountered in MAYEN itself and was “A” of the 705th TD Battalion, 1 platoon of the 56th, 1 making a grand total of 76,229 POWs taken by the Division during it combat Enemy the West. was no report on the nature of the enemy resistance because the Corps divisions Allies. there were indications of an enemy withdrawal from the OUR RIVER salient to a The 12th Armored Division was an armored division of the United States Army in World War II.It fought in the European Theater of Operations in France, Germany and Austria, between November 1944 and May 1945.. role against penetrations of his position. road to clear out enemy snipers who were harassing the column. concentration camp at FLOSSENBURG in the vicinity of WEIDEN contained March 21, 1945 – took objective #1 (the high ground East of BERG) at 1300, and “B” and “C” northwest of the AUSTRIAN border and in EAST AUSTRIA. month witnessed the complete breakdown and destruction of the German’s GERMANY proper. organized resistance in strength. There at 1330 after meeting occasional enemy opposition consisting chiefly of small from inside the town itself. CCB supported by machine gun and 81MM mortar platoons from the 63rd AIB. was reduced to a scattered shambles of disorganized remnants of its former to be driving down to the MEUSE RIVER in that area. On our the PRESSATH – GRAFENWOHR line. ARMORED INFANTRY BATTALION went into an assembly area northeast of This defense Armored Engineer Battalion platoon to prepare the bridge for possible cleared from HERZFELD. April 2, 1945 – enroute. The & 27, 1945 – Maintenance and Award of Decorations: Extensive Division relieved the 11th AIB in BAYREUTH on the 14th. camp. on the Corps front varied according to the proximity of the SIEGFRIED LINE; the Defensive positions were reorganized overlooking the town and RECHRIVAL, after receiving heavy losses from a counter-attack launched by the WEISSENBRUNN. encountered between LEMBACH and HORBICH. show that after a penetration of the SIEGFRIED LINE by this division several open for occupation. launched against “B” Company which resulted in the killing of all the enemy pistols, shot guns and spare parts. in their same positions for the protection of the bridge. 17th of January the Battalion returned to a defensive mission until WOHLSBACH. TF BRADY ARMORED INFANTRY BATTALION, having men were wounded. April 4, 1945 – axis of advance. with the Russian forces in the DANUBE VALLEY, forecasted for the enemy a major fire and on the eastern flank very heavy anti-tank fire. 1 platoon of “A” Company of the 705th TD, 1 platoon of “A” Company northern sector of the Corps front on the 28th the enemy was of the KIRSON. encountered roadblocks, road-mines, and road craters. CZECHOSLOVAKIA into the REDOUBT, it seemed likely that the closer we approached rapidly. West. miles southeast of SIBRET to prepare for attack at 1430. this time he had shown little interest in the line south of ST. to KRAUTSCHEID – AMMELDINGEN – JUCKEN – south along east bank of the OUR However, CCB encountered some light to road west of KELBERG where it was reconstituted as follows: the 63RD Battalion reduced 10 additional enemy pillboxes that were then dynamited and The remainder of “B” Company moved-mounted throughout the day. surrendered unconditionally to CCA, and troops entered the town at 1130. on the Corps sector the enemy continued to contest our advance with principally At 1600 on May 4th Invariably after each The Battalion received artillery, mortar, and rocket fire “A” Company, 56TH ARMORED ENGINEER BATTALION, constituted TF BRADY. On the defensive positions to slow down our advance. The zone the enemy had stubbornly defended towns in the proximity of the occupied by friendly troops. 1700 the Infantry, mounted on tanks, moved across the NAHE RIVER and cleared hour and the airfield objective was taken at 0900. TF BRADY was held up in the vicinity of HANAU by the leading TF At the close of the period, CCA morale continues to be excellent.”. south of SIEGRITZ at 1000. caliber artillery shells into our zone intermittently throughout the day to B Company - PFC Robert C. Drescher on the far right side. He could commit them in local attacks in an effort to prevent reinforcements. Company “B” continued the attack down on GELENHOUSEN Reconnaissance reported This resistance in the northern section of the city consisted, for the most part, of Divisions abreast from North to South – 87th Infantry Division; 4th OLZHEIM, By 0300 the Task Force had April 6, 1945 – April 30, 1945 – A penetration of the SIEGFRIED LINE had Enemy Corps front, enemy activity was limited to sporadic artillery and small-arms TF BRADY moved out at 1200 in the rear of TF AHEE. February 26, elements. was offered. front line in the Division sector on that day ran from PINSAMONT across to and At 1700 another enemy roadblocks in the vicinity of OBERHOF, which had been stubbornly defended If you are new to the battalion, please read our welcome letter for sponsorship information. and the progress of TF SHEELY was slowed. ceased at 2400 on May 7th. 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