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767th t.nk Bat'allon
APO '-64. U. S. ATtq
29 February '"
SUBJlDf. Hi.torioa1 Recorda and Hi.torielS ot Orgwa.tiona.
1'0 Ceau.nd:lng General, ftttb. jnq. .APO 46,-.
fBRU. Comu.a.d1Jlg Otticer. 2nd Tant Group.
APO 46'-.
1. lA o0llp1i&DCe with letter. BMdquar1;.... 5th Arlq. 22 Janu&r7
Subject, m.torical Record. and matori.. ot arganilatioD'. tile j,G 3l4.-S.
the to110nng report il aulaittech
Map Reterence. GaGS No. 4229, Italy 1/50,000 She.t. 160 IV. 161 I.
tooation ot TrOOPl. Im_ 11.
Strag'tlu otficer. 42 (PerllODel ot liD" Co. attached
WO 2 to Pitth .Ar'Irf i'ru8portat1oD
762 Section at Vairuo. Italy) i
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. During the fir.t three daya ot February the 767th Tank: Battalion .....
cOIIplet1Dg ita re-orpni.ation and traiDing fro. a light tank battalion to a
taDk battalion oonlbtlng ot three medium oompanies, one lit:rltt
a. aeadqurterB eoDlpAZIY... service cOlilpany. and a medical detachment. Companie.
"j,w aacl "DW had bea detached from the battalion and were attached to the
fifth Jnq 1'I'&Dlportatioa Section at Vairaao, Italy. j,t thi. tiae the battalion
looated VIC S. j,Gj,i'A. Italy (11-417766).
On the tourth of February. the Battalion Commander received a telephonio
....nine orcler tro. Lt. Col. lbold, .lt. G-3. Fifth Army. advising that tIli.
'battalion 1R)uld lOon be attached to the Corp. EEpeditionary French ud lIIOuld
_Te to that a8Otor. !he .._linc ot the .... dq a .ecr.t ag..... receiTecl
trOll! fttth N:Jq, attaolatag the Id CIa_ioal BattalioD and the 757th Tank Bat
talion (le Caapanl w.1- &Dd IIW) to the Corp. Bl:pedi tiODary Jrench, a. of
OOOU 6 J'BB '"- Lid.on otticers were to report to CD' headC),uartera and move
_..t ... to be ooorclinateci witil. the Fi1'th Jnq franaportation Section.
!h. to11ow1ng IIIDrning the bat'tallon liailOn ottieer departed tor OlD' HtU
in compliance with .tAe atoreentioned order. Shortly thereafter the battalion
co.andc- received a call trOll Lt. Col. Ibold, order1Dg that the 'Yehlcle. of
detached oo.panie "A- and "D-. be lett iA pl.ce at S. AGAT.&. and giving hia
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.erve a. cuard.. In the afternoon. the battalion 1iaiaon ottioer reported back
to battalion headquarter. with a ag. fr01l1 2Dd Tank: Group- to the etteot that
the 767th rank Battalion (less Co'. "A.- and "D-) was attaehed to 2nd Tank Group
a. ot 05000U FEB 4.. It ordered that aD. officer to .elect a biTe.. lite VIC
VlNAJiRO report to their headquerters at 06lOOO.&. FEB 44. and that the battalion
be prepared to move OD Biz (6) hours notic. trom that headquarters. x..ter our
liaison ofticer ....8 advised by CEF hq. a. to the date ot movement.
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SUBJECTs Historical Records and Histor1es ot Organ1zat1ons.
TO Command1ng General, Fifth Army, dO #464, U. S. Army.
1. In compliance w1th letter, Headquarters Fifth Army,
22 January 1944, subject as above, f1le AC 3l4-AW, the follow1ng
report i& submitted.
Map Reference: GSGS No 4229, Italy, 1/50,000 Sheets
98 I and 87 II.
strength : Officers - 37
Warrant Officers - 3
Enlisted Ilen .. 679
The month of If.arch brought little change to the front
line. w1th which the Battalion was concerned. Aggressive patroll
ing on the part of the Infantry within the sector required d1rect
tire lupport trom the tanks but enemy remained sensitive to
any reconnai.sance. To support these act10ns, additional tanks
were taken and placed in positions whwre they could be more
ettectiTel1 used for direct fire.
Able Oompany, after a short rest in the Batta110n area
near Lo1aDo (869237), moved to Barber1no on March 9th and exchang
ed \heir M4 _dium tanks for the M4.'l.3 w1th the 76mm gun. After
te.'1n8 and tlr1ng the vehicle and weapons the company remained
tor 'he rest ot the oonth in the vicinity of Barberino to train
w1th the varlous infantry divisions also there for rest and re
before again being committed. During th1s period
"A OOmpAn, was able to work w1th the var10us companies,
10UI, and regiments of the 34th, 88th, and 9lst D1v1sions, and,
accord1ng te reports from both infantry and armored personnel the
tra1nlng was bener1cial in that it instilled a feeling of con
tidence between the two and brou3ht forth an understanding of the
capabi11ties and limitat10ns of each.
The Baker Company CP rema1ned Just North ot Sabb1on1,
wh11e "C" Company was 1n the v1c1n1ty ot Monzuno. From these
positions the tanka ot bmthcompan1e. were cover1ng a front from
the Satta R1ver (802269) eaat to the v1llage of C. d1 Achele
(876305) on Highway 65, a front more than f1ve m1les w1de. "D"
Company after exohang1ng the1r seventeen !vI5 l1ght tanks for the
new M24's with the 75mm air-cratt cannon at the 525th Ordnanoe
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At 08004 7 JD "- tho ltattalloll, 1 ooapaDl.. A ud "De d'Parted
S. AOAD. aDd .TN Dr JIIOtior c.....,. .. (malZ07) VIC VJlWIROe !Ia. lIattalloll
010." ill blftU&C at 1416A in tAe atwu_. UpOIl arrbal .... Battallea '
C_'ad.. aDd .1 r.,.rted to tho C_ciia& omo.., 1B4 !uk Grnp. !ber.
th., reoeiT" _ ord.. p1ac1a& thl. lMl'"-1IoD ill .."..t ot ....... DIll aU
prondiD.g tor rellef ot "C. CapMY, 7111;h tut BattaUoa .oa t our
.-pul.. th. !lip' .t 7 - 8 JIB 44. IA oapl1... witk 1:hl. ord.., 1
O..,U7 ...Ted iID (.tll.) no I&von ... rell.... IIC- Ceapaay ot
766th !arsJr Battalloa. ot tlli. oGllp&ay re1l...ed oa. p1.to_ ot
"C. CoIIpuv-. 716. !at Battalull at ('''112a) 1'10 C.GDI!O tor purpo of
workiag m:tIL til. troll" 11 iatutl7
.l111:aoup. Qeap&ll1' - ....,... 1111;0 the 1ta the ....iaS ot tll. arrlTa1
.t till. battaliOll 111 til. CD leeiler ucl -0. a t. dq. lat.., n.ith..
ot _. oollpw... .... utlft17 -cas" 1a .. "1011 _ttl We......,. 21'tb. 0....
at _10k till. OD....t1oa of 1:ut. of IIC- ... oall.. .,_ to tlr
lIi.d.. tlea fl. hr1ac ik. tir.t tltl. _tloa 1. d..aore Delft 111 .,...
t. cIq. att.. ow arrlT&l .. U. r ..JtIl&1.auo.......... bJ .... Bat
ta110ll O...u.d.., 1-1, and ott 0'" .f "C. 0OllpUY. a. olmlnd..
mad. ttl. lleeIlU"Y' .....t. 111 the CD ud dlaou.....'nl.tratiT. _tt... ud
,01101.. witb .... ftrs..u .eacl,...t ... wi.. _lola .. _111. M eoolat... 0Ia
hw\&ll'f lOtIlag...... reoeiTecl tr. CD B......t.-. pl.oill& 0 pl....
ot -B- OGllpa117 at th. dl.,oaal ot t1a1'1:1& Gr .,. and r t ot -B- COIIpUY _d
the 1', .... ot til. lIatWloa. 1... lICe eo.,..,. 1a Dlriai r ..eI'T.. c..,mv
IIC- .. aip" to tIt.. !ani......, ucl u ,art .t ilia.. 1IIIlt -.ftd. ......
"117 11th aac1 1 to ...1--.. ar_ (0881170) no I. ILIA. !h. Qro1lp ..
0IIIp0." ot ... Upt teat ...,...,. (JlrtMll). 011. taU ...tr.Y''' oOllpDT (Jroao.).
uul "C- c... ot tal. batta1lo.. 1:15 .....lp" the ailoII .t ,rot;..151ac
til. rip", tlaIIk .f tA DU ap1ut ....ticlp."ed ....,. &raeI'. coot...'t1iaek
_. ill. Atta.-......C_ "all07_ w.c .trio'U7 OIl W_dYe, tJa...
.... ..tin.. 0"" tIuaI ill........,. 1'...-.,1....... 'tie te1llarl ta...
ely.. wi. I1IITnIl41Ac ten.ill, .... _ k.., _t ot _..,. ancl trleD41;y
.ad _UnV. .., ohang. of ,1ana the 24th of Pellrua1'7
ell1y. the fwDl.. Group ......1p" c.,uy IIC- te the .ajo.. "'1IP (m)
tor the pUl'po of re1iniD.g the 766th !&at _10... -.Yell iMk' 'to
1'IC l'IIAftlO tor r ..erca1.at1oD. 011. .eott.1l .t "C. 00IIpAD7 tut. .. atyed
'tie po.lt1oa (CIMIITI) VIC ,..,1,.. W wrt .Uh ill. Preao. liDo 1Dtaav"
1'.,1 of ilk......., r...wa.. 1a 'till_ ld.'IRU TIC 8. ILJ.t..
Dlll'q tIa. _DtJa th. Battallol1. o-u4.. ud. 1-. _d. e .,...&1 trip. to
1"1tt.b .., Boaci,uart... wi n... to h..rlD& ow 4....04 OOlIIpui -A aacl "D
r.turDod te tll. battalioll. the lut dq ot Pebru.&17 a I'1tta Jra t.1.p'.
roll..... -A- troll Itt .......t te Plttll ..., Tru.aportatloll. 8eotl_.
ud orcl..eel It. _na." te no QIAlItlO ... job 1t. p....t wait.
Althoup betIL ... u.c1 "C. OOlIpMl...... aub"..ted to shell
laS'. ouua1tl_ .... "fW'7 11",'" 'et. w.a4ell 2'. "" t C.puy -I ....
wacled. 011 reoeiTed. 'tIlat Lte Wan. '."\1.&rJ 1... 011 '.llrusry 2lth ....cl ..
C. Jtewan, Jr., ot "C. c.1.p&D7 _=d_ uad ill oritleal co.titioa.
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III tAo attel'JlOOA ot hl:ll"uary 28th tAo .eotion of taak. tr.. -C. 00IIpU7
117th Tut Battalloa loo.teci .t (Q8.frftT2) nc !EILLI uul o_udH bJ Lot.
IWal. J. ZaODaD. reoolTed a g. trea Lt. BU.c. ,., 1. 111 oD_and of
pl.to_ ot Pl'._ taak d..'troy__ ill tka:t area, that ......a1 Gcaan 0
hu beeB looated Oil tho r.ad late mW.lB an4 tIlat at 1110.1 tho tw tub
.... to aoT. up to mw.t.B road and t1l'0 OD tho 'tar,o
.lt 1100.l theetloa ot tub proo.edM along til. road ......41 Taa.LB
tor IIfPr_iaat.1J 1 1/2 all... !Ja..o tAO)" took up a ,o.ltlon aad tlr_ on a
hou.. at 1100 )'U'd 1'&11&.. IIub taak tired tAirty' (10) 1'0'" _d til. hOUM
wu tr.y... .1 r ...ua1.auco ...tl0D ot Pl'ench latan'try report.. 1iLat 'til.
hou...... a CJenuua O, NMl hu cOIlta1a04 .1pt (8) Genuns. It 1. be11"ed
all ..... dtroy... .
a. that mi..alon .... oOllpl.ted th. two tuk. _Ted tip the road a'beNt 600
yard. at _1_ ,.lDt ea. tank .... glTea a 'targ.t, 0 a .to.. tort1tlcatt.a
kbO_ to be u --.r 0. P., ud tho oth.. a h .... _10& houed tow (4:) o.r..u
at the tia.. ... ot th targ.t. .... at a 700 yvd rup. !h. 'target
.... 41."",1"07_ ud it 11 Mil..... tao 1JIIaabltaD....... tilled. Iuh tuk
.,.... apprCII:taatelY' ao rOUDell ot _Initlon Oil th... two -ta7 po.ltlona.
Dl. tuk. taM r.1;iIarDecl to th.1r ,.Iltlon at (GS"1"12) 1iII'u oonlld..ab1.
.all aJ'Il. aM .rtar tll'.. 1'h........ 110 ouu1tio
2 Iaoll.
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SUBJECTs Hlstorlcal Recorda and Hlstorle. ot Organ1zat1ons.
TO Command1ng General, FUth Arrq, APO 1464, u. s. Army.
1. In compllance wlth' letter, Headquarters Fifth Armr,
22 January 1944, subject aa above, tlle AC the tollowing
report ls submitted.
Map Reterence: GSGS No 4229, Italy, 1/50,000 Sheets
98 I and 87 II.
Strength : Oftlcers - 37
Warrant Off1cers 3
En11sted Men 679 w
The month ot March brought 11ttle change to the front
l1nes w1th whlch the Battallon vas concerned. Aggresslve patroll
lng on the part ot the Intantry wlth1n the seotor requ1red direct
f1re support trom the tanks but the enea, remalned sensitlve to
any reoonnaisaanoe. To aupport these actlons, additlonal tank.
were taken and plaoed ln positlons whwre they oould be more
eftect1vely used tor dlrect tlre.
Able Company, atter a short rest In the Battalion area
near Loiano (869237), moved to Barberlno on March 9th and exchang
ed their M4 medlum tanks for the YAA3 wlth the 76mm gun. Atter
te.ting and tlrlng the vehicle and weapona the company remained
for the rest ot the month in the vioinity ot Barberino to traln
wlth the varlous lnfantry dlvlslons also there for rest and re
before agaln being oommitted. Durlng thla per10d
"A Company waa able to work wlth the varloua.companles, battal
10n., and reglments of the 34th, 88th, and 91at Dlv1s1ona, and,
according to reports from both lnfantry and armored personnel the
tra1n1ng was beneflclal 1n that lt 1nst111ed a fee11ng ot con
f1dence betw&en the two and brought forth anunderstand1ng of the
capab111t1es and 11m1tat10ns ot eaoh.
The Balter Company CP rema1ned just North ot sabblonl,
wh1le "C
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Company waa 1n the v1c1nity ot Monzuno. From these
pos1tlons the tanks ot bothcompani.a were cOverlng a front from
the Setta R1ver (802269) east to the vl11age ot C. d1 Achele
(876305) on H1ghway 65, a front more than tlve miles wlde. "D"
Company after exchanging the1r seventeen M5 11ght tanka tor the
new M24'. w1th the 75mm a1r-cratt oannon at the 525th Ordnance
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days moved two platoons up to the front into direct tire poei
tiona wh10h had been unnavigable to the mediums.
With approximately 35 tanks emplaced alons the front
a total of 3,224 rounds of ammunition was expended by d1rect
fire from the .. 15th of lJiarch to the end of the month. Of this
ammount, 524 rounds were fired by the 1,191 by the M4
nediums, and 1,509 by the M4A3's. By revert1ng to the practice
of using tanks for their primary m1ssion -- direct fire -- a
two-fold benefit was derived in that enemf emplacement., suspect
ed and known position., observation poets, "e., whioh were a
continual threat to our forward infantry elements, were neutral
ized and also tank orews were permitted to become more famil1ar
acoomplished with the new high-power sights and higher velo
city weapons. Aa a result of this firing, 1nfantry observation
posts, who ofttimes adjusted the tank fire, reported the destruct
ion of a. German anti-tank gun on Monterum1cl by "0" ",wo
enem, tlak-wagons on Mt. Adona on successive day. by"B Company
be.1de. innumerable machine-gun nesta, occupied houses" caves,
camouflaged pos1t1ons, and personnel.
Dur1ng the month the two rooket tanka were kept in
the vio1nity of Livergnano and almost dally fired their :full load
of ,. rockets each 1nto Zula (874333) and Brento (850315), while
the assault guns oontinued to work w1th the variou8 div1sion
units from their poslt1on at 894267. For the month a
total ot 1,135 rookets were expended wh1le the l05mm assault gun.
t1red ,,613 rounds.
&choola conducted by Corps and consumed a good
portion ot the tlme for some oftioers and en11sted personnel ot
the Bat\allon during the month. Early 1n the per10d a.n off1cer
ot the Battalion staff, Lt. Loren Carrier, attended a three
cour 1D latelligence and G-2 work conducted by Fifth ArmJ at a
near Haple., while at Oavlgl1al. in the Futa Pass, Second
Oorpa held two ten-day classes in tank gunnery and
1a order to st.andardize the various methods being used by tank
aa4 $ank destroyer batta11ons. To th1s school the Battalion sent
ottloer. and e1ght.en en11sted personnel.
On March 30th a group of officer. from the Batta110n
attended & oaaal-brldging demonstrat1on at Prato. Ever,yone was
d.eply impressed in that demonstrat1on revealed hoy armored
vehlcles could croas deep and canals with theald ot simple
equipment and the applioat1on or a tew 8imple field expedients.
A 81m11ar demoDatrat1on i. be1ng planned with1n the Battalion 80
t.hat indivldual t .. ON". ma7 witne.s what a little work ana
lngenu1ty, properl1 applied, w1ll acoomplish.
March a180 brought many v1s1tors to the area. Oapt.
R. Echouse, All1ed Force Pub1l0 Relations Off1oer, and Capt.
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Holmland, Fifth Army Publi. Relat10ns Officer, v1s1ted and


record1ngs of the tanks firing and statements of the crews which
were to be reproduced on "The .a.rrJ11 Hour" radio program in the
United states. Major General Geoffrey Keyes, Second Corps Comman
der, and Major General Bolte, Commander of the 34th Infantry Div
ision, 1nspected the area, found everything vary satisfactory, and
exam1ned the M24 tank. Ph1ll.ipa, Technical Observer tor Cad
11lac, arr1ved and spent two days w1th tin" Oompa.ny instructing
the crews on the performance, maintenance, and operation of the
new tank. On Maroh 25th Ph1llips called the Battalion and
warned against runn1ng the M24 light tanks unt1l the engine tim1ng
had been ohecked. Later that 4ay he .arr1ved at the Battalion to
superv1se the tim1ng check. Col. W1ll1s G. Cronk, John B.
Bergin, and other members of the Armored Fighting Vehicles Section
of F1fth also vis1ted.
Dur1ng mid-March a reporter and a photographer for
"Yank" 1ntert'1ewed the rocket-tank crews and photographed the
tank f1ring rockets 1nto German pos1t1ons. Th1s illustrated art
icle w1ll appear shortly in "Yank" under the t1tle "Buck Rogers
Platoon".
Desp1te the long period ot 1nact1vity the morale of
the Battalion oontinued to remain excellent. A total of 242 en
listed men and six officers were placed on Temporary Duty at the
F1fth Rest Centers at Rome and Florence; twice weekly
1116s of tra1n1ng film and Hollywood features were held in the
Batta11ea area and transportation was provided for the men 1n the
torward areas to attend shows. Church services were made
available to all at lee,st weekly and a tra1n1ng schedule wh1ch
was both 1natruct1ve and interesting was planned and followed ani
included ,uch 8ub3ects as gunnery, vahicle maintenance, tact1cs,
ourrent eYeDt. and the importance of thr Italian campa1gn, OP
dd\1e., .ap read1ng and terrain
!he arr1val of extremely mild Spr1ng weather simultanM
eoua1:r n\b armoU1'lcements by the Group Oommander that anoth
er ett.Da1Te waa aoon to start in Italy 1nterest and a
renew.! ...t tor and dispos1tion so that each
man would be thoroughly prepared when the Spring offensive ia
opeMd.
ROBERT O. ERICKSON
Major, 757th Tank Battalion
Command1ng.
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157th TANK BATTALION
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APO :/1464, U. S. Anny
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SUBJBCTa Historical Records and Histories of !,Organizations.
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THRU. Commanding grticer, 2d Armored .APO #464, U. S. Army.
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TO. Canmanding General, Fifth Army, APO f464, U. S. Army.
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1. In compliance with letter, Headquartbrs Fifth JlJrny, 22 Jamw.ry
1944, subject. "Historioal Records and of Organizations", file
AG 314.-AW, the following report is subni tted: I
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'Map Reference. GSGS No 4229, Italy t/50,OOO,' sheets 172-1",
171-I, l60-II. i
u,cation of' troOpSI Annex #2.
strength. Officers 38 plus 11 atchd for traini ne.
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On ,the first of April the Battalion tess "D" Canpany and "C"
Company was movement order from Vic Venaf'ro (H082207) to
newr' biVOuac area Vic. Torano (M999961). "C" qampany Vic. S. Elia
also prepared to move from their podtion to new a.rea wi th the 3rd DrA.
"Dn Company was with the Fifth Array Transportaifion Section Vic.' S. Donat.o
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On 02 April 44 our Lia1son Officer wais informed by CEF that the
Battalion would move to new area Vic Torano (M99996l) at 030445B April 44.
and that "C" would move the same 'voi.th the 3rd DIA to the
Battalion at the new bivouac area.
At 0445B, 3 .April 44, the Battelion Cornpanies "C" snc "D"
departed Vic. VenatTo and moved by motor convoyl to (M999961) Vic.
The Battalion closed in bivouac at 03083OB. "C" Compar..y moved with 3 DrA and
joined the battalion in the new bivouac at 03080013. The Battalion COr.'Iilc..'1dcr
and B-3 reported to Commanding Officer 2nd Armored Group and was told that
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The Battalion maintained an active training schedule during
the rest of the participatine in several Tank - Infantry training
problElll8 with units of CEF. I
On 15 April Company "D" was released from the Fifti-. Army Trans
portation Section Vic S. Donato. The Battalion Commander telephoned for
permission to move Compeny "D" to parent area the morning of the
16. Per.mission was i,ranted and "D" closed in bivouac area
Vic Torano (M99996l) at 160830 B A,ril.
On 18 April 1944 the AssalJlt Gun Platoon (six guns) Vlere p18ced
at the disposi tion or the 4th DJ.IM (rr) effective llCO B. The pla toon was
alerted and moved into position (G946050) at 202050B. The platoon set u.p
firing positi ons and operated as a battery of ar'ti ller! for the
mainder of the month. .
On 25 'April 1944 one medium tank platoon of" Company "A" relieved
one medium tank section of the 755th Tank Pttalion Vic. (GB92043) at 231OB.
The mission of the platoon was to repulse a""y possible counter-attack in
that sector. The platoon remained in a ceJnouflaged position witt. no action
taken for the rest of the montho
VEHICULAR LOS3ES: None.
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.... .-ly r,'lrn1"g l1'oo;J "if:" tuka hit _ ar\ill.J7
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lte1;.h "'A'" fUMl CGrf!)w h.aId wrik :I'\i" artillery tlr"!!. ('.,tlnT
cA" &ad t.h.... _n "'- Ce"'p',ny hau two Mn ctllK At'Jd one -ou.ndod.
fit. 'II C-.p..ny tank t.hat _. hi't Wr ... Bhort.l, put back 1n\o aoti.-.n. -C"
t.nk t. In a-.d of !d.!lm' "e)"ldra.eit'.,r """rJr ft. i,oct. ",\.:It c....
pe)" noted on yten.,,' t report 1. DaQ)( In M)'t.1on.
16 J\.ne 4. - itA" their eciva:lco "Ilt'thtwat alone
, .. 2 and ........ polat Alti?. ...t 1.1'1.)1'.1;; hour.. a.n<' 'UHl Aa.aul't
:-l.'toon .... 1Ilthclrawn tAt bat:_l1m:. },;ivooac.
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Upt tlw.k ph. too......... 'nf'en.,.. oraned 1:h. riveT at
Wa't4,. q(f procoe4_ 1.\01\& 'c;t.o ntij.hWlll,l' :wth" -t b.t....n 4Uld 17 hori
1_U,1t:r1d. with the oltjee'4'Y" lI""t""''\1' in t.he,'f1e1n1tl or
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1'0",_ lat.er wi to i atertAnc "GlIl"- A1. oexi': hOI...., &1.10 M.-dl_
pla'tOOft or ff,A- :":csp_y m.tn A phd,r:I'lf' Of ...........al'l.:. a10"l
'Gl&thtll:J' I. tn tnt! Y'i'!.';i;.1ty <)P (.Al0114U) Ul1i force _III held up by
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bJ' the r1ar:.d '-.:)J'ld.ha .s.th III (tt.1 lat.!" .. l1.ed by
artlUw,:i fir", t.nua p.J"1Il.J.. ,.ti:1i: 0:,1-. -.. ,1'O(h.)<1 a11);'lt ;:1&:1_)' t. iy
the erA of t.!-,t.f day fnrwart: u.nlta W1I:l". in __ 'It "r .iJ',;r,'T70.
!I,t r1at.r.'.cm dt;)'\1$ 'tn" Crl',., ....a
! to r.tr:mroroe u. r.nl'artM\ route. '1.1., ....... platMll'
er ..,.. .. and !"'i);"'al. ')';l' :'"', 'bu.t ."'. 1".ot called t,l;"tou.
1$ ..l\Jne '" .- At 0,*:10' ":'" &ad 'Wo 'Pl .. ,o,( "II"" and a
pbtoc)U or tank deetTcYM'r; t:'l:tWt;&:l :':,rt.." 1M, fttch-y 'Jc. 2 flnQ all
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...t from ",\- 'l$l?'i in 'fio1'i..ity' of blOth.r
platoon of' ":,111 ':i"l,r.:l r)!" L., 'tn.third
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p1&.... or -,-- :t.hi_ ft.!::,Ut ttH! -)'1a'''Y j(l3't of
!l'AU ..... 1:My n" 1"1'.0 .... t.own. }'h:-- oth.:r two of
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abOut aSnt (to) pn..... 01 ..., .ne '!!! 'troyM 1Mn)" of' en_y_
At late), t:OlIpMY wij!f ahCi trlfO .4.... !i:O'fed 3att&1io',
blYOl.UaC 'f'1G 11111;J of A:21S'l" aaQ ...,..e ISOVlng to !'uuitlan v1clniV '!fOYil te
Hue... , "an tit an aI"a.Ored to ..",;:t ott cou'et.,....ttlt ke 'lllh1&1\
ct._ trca _. .. tbe MU_ on itA 'u'b ;j(jMrfttlM
"len. loe.te6 t.I t,tM' 1ft thit,. ThCtte ....& rvrer'f;:ed to C,,\Jr a'ttaolf
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tIu\k platooa of' our cCDpftlly -tit Wa torce. It '10- oOll.tated at" a rettm
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p.1rl. of the )01.. f1td no. -.at po. ition. 'ltd,s t ..n. 18 lmown
... t,h. 3rroup 't. __
r. 1'1..* . 01 -,It CI.Ilef'anJ". and tw ,la'NIle of Cflftpany U ".I't er
th. _at r.-n1n*d It'l Ul.. V'hstftlV fII 1':/\:Je,"!Ji,,1MI thrnut;h.eu't the 4ay'.
':nit j .. tiW\ N'la__ '*" 111_ pOltlUOI'.l. a" lt2!:tJ1JU to tur!ltlh "ro
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10 cJ"UM .. - "It 'the r.Uef' c:t: tile ;'y1 d,)!4, tiona t.l Y'l"o.,ri ty ot' _
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11 J'\Arl1 4- ;o.....n ..;:6. or 0\11" VP.IOr with ilhGlLUli
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lbe we' plaUoU et -xJ- t ........... -A- C.-p..,. tuM'.. th. ,.t ft..
_t .......r ...... t .. .. op.AUoa .., 0IG0t: JaOUl',tt.l. IIIOmln" bUt boo..... or
IIl\A" """', "_ lrl'e8_ ant 1tt'teftlll.,. ,at.try MUen, .ur am...... _,
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h"tf7 .t..lI. 1M pbt4ktIU; of #I:t-.r"O "t M'll". "'am th.
l1la't 110 the r ....... of tho '.at ...ulftt.
fW alx - lOI-W rm. oll'M:::naed Dr ?rer.oh <&t't.Ittllon
am'! n..........tone -rt d-.,;'.
At 1'103 1uNr'. orelf7l'S ..... attaobll'l(, lJ'lO plato-m O!" ";.;" , 1..73pa.::)"
Alld -)tw ",la1Mlea .r "Drt t.o o.,.and "J!' ; apt.
Tbh !'Oup..- will rom lItt hOlUf'r:.
2' cJWw .. - :iClvtlUnt ot OM of . K:.l.1 ll:te platoon \,t -i1 to
.i23CJfkO , .. ...,en ... lID latanVy ;r'.ta('!k OIl iVteano (lIiIfj08H). :llu" tl
Jet'. &"- ..UnuM .r fn:lfl,h .i\rtU1e1)" 3at'bHoa anti tired :.111$101
ttu. .tar.
II J\IDII " - l"::c !!laat m,d ,.t tJrou.' nw ..... atl.d "he .up.
"..Une ....1_ ., ,*i8 wl'lre plao", 1n. pO!llition. &1$ fUU('U'tH i.kle
;lr,to-3ft oJ' -,- .4 ,,:S' .. at ,;lIIUttindvl' of
I:cap....yat 4l1OtGl. Ole "r ... t,,, and one Of "'L>f ;.onapt.<al.& at.
A1r.1810. (:84t fill ott" r\altWlt Gtm ',lll toen TS31':ueC in i'"
.1tj.ou 121 tn. All .... !lequu'J in of "fltt: u'ow,
aM tlr. !3S. ....... 'th.e pM"'inl"j5
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MO_ h_ Alma to ....1) 5",l'l a pb1.(IQr. of f'G'-"lJHW,y in li\A\
looatloD. _. plato_ fit -loot ..,. th. i of hill {US (W4-390i
trOll _ ,SaWon of' "',,:".' 1<t"<ftWj '1"" Ai 4.0rfHL to A04S003. ,_
six i.,.....entia--.l ir. (If ArtiU.rJ rca,w.ulon, aM
tireel ai..l.,u ...... __
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,1_.. fill .... o..,.y .,lft.C'I<,l;:I .n' 1'.,,,, '!tab hlllllluding
" .............. cta. laf/mtr-", lii.:,Lt and Un'" are \lo":ldel'
...... fit ...l "".....AIaIrun. ..; ';:'."It' of "i,9 (;Qr:ljlMY ;:ort.h
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...........1'1 ....., .. u tIl.:. ':.latfloll or ... COftpDy
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A pta.... ., wa- G....y __n.. titwth 2 ta the &eoUOIS
f. qrmUClO. '11\1, ,..,.he4 a ,elut 6't A 11pt.
p1.toe .t ..,- cI U., .,,*, lor _. I tMn eat toe toIat
...t th... pla'toena ""t"e ....0....... at 1M .!lQ of tM .,. .
... plat.t;la of -0- C-.,a1l1 __ ... "')(H,b'latl at 'ijll'/d46itt') a "la_OIl
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el,,'" ,lat..ooaw of -A" C ...atl,f Afted lror t.b. 'to & (301"" at.ut ... )41__
Jeu"ti. of ;,:.,;,,, -"are tn. net re.l. l.A'lCe .tiA'1 _11 ..ra.........
H ".to __po:.14 fire.
? 1&tl>:<J:1 of "'.f_'" t .... "ld1.W tho "',11I'1UIU_ of /:}atytAln ... foll .....
In re.,... _d nubed II l'o1n\ at
or "'A'" and (lU9 . "\ "r ,.U- vea t1"tVl\ ...
&OY"ed (\11 an axi, l.n of f!lg.way !\:d r.ohet4 pOkt at '1918961. ';;hi,
t.rcI \'We ."!lte ll&h" -N.H,.i t1 '.;tD.
'it'lG platoe fit "8 IU1cl O';t. 4r "',:;' \.L'l_ the 0 ___
flll""e .:.n.......ed. '.he ..'tel ,;.i 1)( qtT;\ leo lor'" arf.i h.,.,. r.elu i
.. POid abcrleth. t.". of (, (!061MO).
''be pla-t:o"1Q. or ant ","le "lat.o_ ., -;':. :-ar.!',>u1tUI th. .. toroe
nave n!oved NQI'1\h tr_ to r.t:.:"{f,l\ (mGtto2).
1t:e hl..lt '.I".m rlatooll wble... h IUppwUni. t.ne :8.,' __t lMY" fto'oa
1:101'\ .. t 1J'i. il.U' - tJ6 .quare w .. p081 t.1oa ."
29 .J.J.!Ut 44 ... ';wo"lato\l;u3 0;.' ""ttt ,_", 1'1"_ one tU,,..
... :.iOutb t: '} -:. ':h' ";;. n to a poll... at itJ .t t. .. 12 .. p_' t, GIll
_ ..,.... ""' Qr tlw trl ...,-.zIt.
'.. BIt pla-.otl of' "'d
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la r..... aDd 'tt.;; t'O.";'U,o 4l't ,! ...,....
. _ pia.. t "t,Q ..nri uue pl.tuo", at .,. t;..,an.i.)a, w=dor of
...........1"0 took up M "t:hm. .-;".t .... tbe town oj' C1;;/):':n. h061)
........... til that ift euY);,,<'W"t .. the GrOllip th.ro""hhfJU'tth. rerioOe
e ..........u1t Oun Platoon r_:lnbod 11'1 rH:.attl.. at. w.t.th
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....... fit. tIM intapa to,..,. moved .:"r_ (J:iSUSI to _tnt an _ 1.,..... fr_
". .. ...... fill (lIOYd!J. 'JY .V ,,1. 1'",.13. ft_ .... 01._
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!b. rl.ah"'ttMk pr."UCft fd. til. US,-te1(m. .t platoOI1 of .,
artd ".. ,.le"- at "J- .,.. a .,vt. ..-4 tn." rad. &aaeNll,v .at .,
r 11171.. to o....t th8 '::r'i'\.hh ou ttl.... taet ....!lC
till. t4'Jt'Ce till tutbe 'ricin! t,y 0: '';''', 7hh -rn11\l it ...
that tit. tore. "..,0 '1O!'tA alt>;"liS tt_ hi '.May frOf' -: I!
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'. fl'. the lettl.. LIlat thq .... ,.ejlortcad rnr.. (I) ldl_Men
t of i.i. 0J ::H ,CJU. Today .0'\1'00 .I.e,. t. ...-t aM tI t ll)ll we\'" Q 1"
the "fio! illt1 "r t.i9000!SO.
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t,iPIl tt..e etay 1....d 1"!re "Uf'fH.ar4.. to at'taddnA l"fallt'1 1n the del
!11 t,1 Qf >('1 .!4Y'l and jorth. ,:mt .. tllC"t;i j)b.toor. ., 111aeU'te.
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(II-" d ..,..), aM then ...,...l ir4t.tbtaok the tOft'n actl... at
UGer hour..... let J'la";.ooll, !J.1'.4e,.. ;';t., 'taJ"Ol'6&l la, on t.tm lett of 10.
I. th. 3" flatlDon, WldW Lt. W.latead, or.. tho rt.r,ht _lde o!' the hl,.p-.y.
'It.t$ ?l.. san clirMt lupp_t w the infut.ry....... ala" fired em Wt<>ts
of opportwdt.y. .. wr. held \1V .. sed or blown brldgu. war6 uud., ..
"'not. f11'e by 8l'a11 .nsa lUii. a.rtllllilry.. Dw-lrl.g tb.. action of tho dq
_ .urfer_ two ....,.U Lt. 1/4 ,.1nho"" both were ...
... retUl'MCi ''\e tN, -'lJ ...... tar tho
11 Jlm.... - 'lb. trd ,la"Yl 1ttr" .t 0130, dU'f'lili; tn. Qq
'to 4\ Y'14,.....er1_king 'file)' .rUed en th., toWil(;l(1t11 dark.
Dur1ng the des'. action the plateon .ut'f...-.d 1No c""ual't.l ',1:.1 an4
Vi hit ahrarll.1 en...y arttUery. lhc 3r-d ,'latbfm 1"..1*
1ft that l't:wt1tion fer tit. nlCht. 'lhe u1ber t.Df,lfttoone Ntained ir, th. e..
14Wtae ....
,. Ibaw 4-4 Sol..UI. wu 1',fII.i.; th'.':! 1:;:: 'the lllt.l.ntry 4urt4C the nitht.. The
.... wlt:"I or NIO--.1a.nce. /.loft(! on Loro"o
.. ...., IIpp..lt.i;m ... _etmtcrltd. Al.1 of the road .uQrl.: \ida "'0
. MIIr'fU,J at_ L"\tl hlc.3kea l'1 fall8l1 trf.' 3"0' or our cmtJ"turned I1ddl
.,............. \Jlown 1be j.tlt'ce t'I/MUli3.a '.he ol.:.jeotl... at U'OO,
........ .. 'aa.... Nor-ti, &ntU.PWlll;i 2 wi t'a t.he
. ... ..'I........ t.t, .). tUj. 1Mre h*ln lOP 'b b10'tW...
... , , ...........11..,., Mrt.c'!l', ,mall an.. tire. :1.tJ.. platoon wtthdr..
.. 1cP."rr. tile dt;ht

II,..... -.. let"t at ano l\CM"e .n4 at MqUllp.Ddttllte
.,....... '" 11$0 hdW"1G we ler'!.':.hD Md with f'Oecmn&lU&tlco proc..
.... .. .. ....... al... ':he recOflW\lu4\.w3e ,faa tl.l".o on b 81&11 arru
.... .... , ....... "we. tho v!ein.ity ;)1.111 rCl'ceivft(J arttllWjl tiro
*-Ie , ... f't..... W. At;, tl l"tJl\.il t ort:b.l. :&'f'o aarrt...mt. 'i/s
............... by' !hen 'WO fH)Ved on Jo. a. Aft..r
, a ".nll." !H\ tho tdch_y _ heU up 'bJ .. blCNl\ bl!"Wta
... '11111' 'lint. ' 'i.MIt H:-ed on thlt hOtoI4>. kl111nt;, a t .. a.1"f!lII1'UI
.. ...... ".. .-u. ..".,. t.i:lIJ [':sf' th.. !UPt..
,. ..tt.=..,.. tt. ,1awon..th. 111 tjMer Lt. ,'oran tw4 the W ".1"
'Me .. ' , ..... laMIb Oil ho. I Wlttl .y ....choot Oen_n.o. ..,.
,.... -- ........ 1l1_ .. '-'8ual. IlM the ,.1...,. btd Idn-.>t, A. tap .. ol-.n4
*.,.' ta..e .t_ fleld ,.. ........ _ pro-.dad on "0 bl_
wldp ... _ ............ hd.. ". A' 1"$0 hourI! tiil,) ;:latooD fir" _,
_ .,.., taMa, tIM" .......t4u of W .. flrt. not oho.......... W l'kt.oo::2
Wi'ttl reotnsa:t .aEI_ ,...._ ....... thr.t , .... tile U.OWfl
u Ii..... Nt ...7,....". U'1!lUwy. !'<IOr'tv, and _11 am. tire. 2be
Irct 'la_A rUM t.twSr "'lUre 1_ ftj' unl1S-.s.ou at .MI!aI' ..,..
1:0 " ......d f'c1Mltl.. .... ret\tl"nfld t.a bt ...ouae l'ortlle -..1.
thte .. hIId t.,..... JNIa tr. the lat )'lat.,ti thi& .. Rl1it'ftG to hM'a
been oauaed 1ty W __ ___UN fit tid,., _ ...... to u" 'the .,lat_
till' tour d..,..
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if ..... .. At O<lao .. pr..eecled ., ....... pMl'al17 altai
.... -..4dt.oot..... ...tItAn__ wry AMV .,.dttOQ., ..
.-.., .. _W,... ...... fit M" iW'QuAa. anj w
....tt_ .. Of .. '-'III ..,. Ait. ... two a.-.lU.. tr_ 'the
that ..... blt.. "'" "the -0. ,.... .......... 111 uts... 1/4.,.....1
.....,.. "dYe at. __ ...... _t fII .___, thua ... ,,,__II
...... the __ .....',ta'f-".. *Itl'"*'_..,. .... tr. tur\t.Mlr
.. the '.... __ cSYlIli dl..", .....,..; .. "btat.rl lrt N.rin.c - .-;
,Ida ..lao...at.. .. ,1_... ... ,. 'M 'GKl. taaaa ...... tMr w,..
uMle _1'1'...114 t __.... .., 1Il1bd.... 1ft... Xll.n.r ,..,. .. ntg.,
U 41IM.. - \lit laHlIlftUID .. 0)1 ..... Ad V ...... to rOUSe
....... 1bebd ,'Ie...... ,..,.,. ..... al_ 10. I to a.u.otul. "
.It up A ....". _ thtt ......',....... Wlo,,-,"" ,.,. ...... .., h.....
4' ,<He hOt.l.... lnf'-.n-1 ...... ,.,. - ..::tot .. tanb ...
1_'- '.ra;s 'loG ....... '1ben. t>ne of __ ....... Gt.ppecl ..., U fIlWfq !IbIi
at tb...tnnM __ ..... .. .",,:t _ ... "ira .r \.btJ w. '"
_upp"'- the All fit ..Uou ..... ".ra ,.e "."01, ami ..
"* ,rt.......... vat_l 1)\ tl;l,.h .'.1-. we blyo;.I&ol ai. ......
trw .......... " .
1. .,.. .., .,. 'lOUVi
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tl 'It;IWI '* - ';'t trOO ho..... ., one vltt'te'on. !nd T-<latooa. -.
- -jl.,... fill ",.-tuIca ft .. -:,." C0t9t.q d_, ru,m...r No. I w
., _MIl ._..,.,.-:';.... :tvl.n..c1 anO h t ....... w:ad..- .,.....
fIN :,... .... , .. ................ OI"i$1 rJ.al p1UOll f'llt' tit. D! .

'111& .-:. "i1l' r,M.t;d at 1000 hWN .. th. ctnrl.....
. :
- "i, ,
tllo day ... _. Itdl.. qui... tr",o,",ilh 4t 1Il00
...._, ...._........ ..tl:"..u
p
p....,artt'tol":,"t..., f!r11'\C Rl tow. fit G..tiC"''''
eM ....)1. ,.. ", .. ': '".... \:;h& to'fr,::.a dvrlec ... tdlht. .
, ' .. , .. r-. .'
. .. ...... :.;t!.'. .. 1;..... Ntll 61' -1100........ a.4U'S.'Ye.arl., .. . .. .. ...
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.. ." .. , :'" ....
:=.. b
, .... ..a..cs - .8H .... ; ...'''''' .h1 .,.. ... Jd.l......... '...... .
hi" .... ' ". ". : ." .... .
" .. ... l.rt &ad ,........ tltO id.l,....... .. "
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Ie - ttu. IU3n.d.Af; tho 3."d ,HatOita l'1rod .)1: .'1 Gun at
Sw..mll .. _ O"t:ii\er te.rl;ftta of ""ort.un1tyin Co11&bl". At 2Q)O b..,..
.. watlato .......k with the tnft anr:l erd Platoon iU .t_ to &1....
41reo\ tM tntUltry the r1e1e:. to \ho l.tt or ii1&b-r Bo.
I. III noatwtl nt\lb fir'. Er_ .....-q. We looated thee. 'but .....
l.\Mbl ,tlte .. "t.iila duo to cU.tI1t.rult "en'un whicft eneat. 'lbe
l.nta'fttr/, ....... tNt rid,ce at 2130 hour.. In tid doftta priaoc... were
tanD.Or..,.. .... pftIl 'b, the at!"loOJ" (FrMOh) 'to rotUl"ft t.
ni'tlb1tutO r.. tM atiltt.
44 - At 1200 hO*J.ra :".. JJr4de with t.he 4mt1i1!t)' or. kll_ter
lIoMIb fit 9d......,..... !be Irc! (t" tL'1k.) p/Jl'ted ih. Intar.wy 'in an
ad"... .. ........... !be InC. tlatoon CiIhr.. t&n:'t.) ..""wd tt.,. l.tt flAnk
f1"'. __p_ OJ"portulnty.. :;11 had roW" tpnka stuek 1a tho river- bod
en 'ta' r te ..,_. .
., JuDIe.. - too web. fl.r" .. 0Isr right t'la'1k .,e tlX"po.od W"t Cww
1ft. where _ &1.. flr.d on infantry elMplu..rrt. ale'l:l&ii l,;h'IIIaY
Me. 7&, We reo...... tl-'17 IU"tlllat':r a,!lC T!:It#_ tire trail tk. ttl ..e1Nrn.
1 J'W.r"- ... oOftred tM 11_\ b11. thay trlecl to t.eart
tb.a ...,. _.... firad sprri\l!ll'inaul 100 to 400 reu:nd. of GlU'l.
th.I,l oeYeftaa. 11\. IliA;; ta1\ks t. proo *-un Of t}': ...,. tlro.
1'_ "to ......01= t/ of ,,'}tlil"l.iu,o rot' the 1:,lr,ht anti..".. 'l"Citlh"",cI Pr
"e 1';.,&", at Id.IIDlpt.
r.w eu.l..... Ilt;ht aM hoepitaUa.u.
au. (1) "1.&:1;';' 1. 01.':t frOt\\ hi t tty ,41
.. _ tip.. Cub was rwm.wou. "o.,10ns. p"""lt
... ...., .,. ....,.,.... 1... at -'at of ua.
1\. ftOllCFJt's
lfl'; !..t., ;;0. "Ji". 111th tutk .an.
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_alii ft.. Rna PAtll.U. TJ If 1ST LllUt' CUODI W.
JIllAUlP, C(S8DI. IN 'U,?i}'., co ',at f"tIl tAR Il-rrWOll.
SJw1e4. !he ott....'"!)Jl. trOll 'be Itt.,. ?aclla 110 ...1_.Il" ...........
lIta aDll 1'. of Mae 19"_ At _ .,. 01 4ay ., 111M 1_. "..-Il lilt.....,
.t tho 1.' Dill ........ et ctIIIpUf "'-, 'If. %au Ja"-Uoa MO,.'" "'.
p ..... betor .Rad100t_l. th.ua u... the tall of tAo _WIl .. til. _rata, of
\!t. 11.
'erral., 'lb. It..... Paglla 1 ., a" th18 ttae ot 1"'" ..... ro._ .....
aU low t.nu _aAliDa ., ....lel. to .... "'.\lW" th. .. he.
bMn blown out but 41.4 n!)t bind.. o\lr ........ at the riYer '-eel
an. to1101d:11 Jf1ch.,. It. t'led a .,.., ..., .....,. IlILD1 0\&1".... hi. -
ftO t1Sd .n1l '- 01" thr.. '1.... tha" 1Iat*a ... ..,10,
ort th. read alld tJa1, ter ,...... tho r,eO or -.u,,'-l.
Ut. "otld HIM1Ihat .....lp_1'1. and d.I.._, .,..a".U, tv approdutol1 1j .U..
oreupCiO a 41. rt.,. 1"1 tha\ oyerl...... oonvola Pallilootaal. Oal, 1.
on. ,lao. alone ...tt.. ot tb. roe'; ... 1Iuk. " .,1.7_ fltt the ,.....
and tor .ppred.tel,. 21 ,..,.4.. 110", tile ridge-Una tho r :4! Han rlpt
uct Oil do .... 14_ Jta4!ctot.1. 1" .. 18 part .r "hct 1, pr...te4 '" rit
_ttl atd" ... ",. '.... a04 ott.... acl.nel1eS proteotiea to th. --7 tlrSac tf'.
tilt. pol'"
_ .._. ... ...... tho Wal&tr), red,," ., ' 111 ,.111\ al\elWy
.... ,..._ orlS"_
.. ', .. .......... .". .... ,latool1, ".A". 761th 'f'IAJr ....UOA 40
......, ...' ,. _M r-lato,n 01' Teeon on *- &Ad lI,y "lPt.-tall '\bit
....2.........,.. ... "on, ret: t IlUd ett..UYe1J' .11.... I nil.,.....
"'iIIMJle __ ....MIlt .t & point a' \ft..... ot the hi,:. r:.ounWa
,.,. ... ... _. _..... to th. teUtlldua ..,. ." O&JO hour
".. Is ....nbe ., tl, .../1t :::o.ltioa. tae tln'alrl ....,lulcl per.it oat,
:' .. .,1.,..., .r ....... "t;.tHllt t;ho enr-\Y. uUller, aU _rta!' tire
. ......, .... -.11 a .........,,' or 0 (.uu rtre. two tank., la _""ton
tit ,la..... *"... t.k, .: OI\.:loy,d ia;b. de.tr\,l8t1e t 1:h. tar,... 4':>
.. .. Wt et 11M .... -.M 011 t.h. t ... of t.....,.tala ..4 Oil. W1: .....
....... ... .... to. out "Ad the tar,.. 'hat a,pp""" ... ..
.. (o.1Y , "'oot.1'1e u.nk. 11'1 t:.1. platooa)" '. tarin, re ..., ,
. hit.", -.d,tfte '''''' Arod .,rter.. it h Of'eGtM '- tbt. pla.. 1 __1_ ....
....... ... .. ... IlUalJt11" Itt .. "'.,..0%1 ...... a
....,',. _"0. of Ito...*, forward to 1.,.... m-ld,. and ,..tw..
... ,... .... to coyer th......n ..... aIIQ \h....Biag'"
ta111:......1" ..... "MOn !!Orty. 'thu. we had t_ ... _Yiat ctk th......
tlcm .. iMlk. ocrnrin,; ttl!ltire par',. ..,... tate ........ a........
t.hit '- ..,"...., .....'t ol'1r., CII'V..ad t.h.1r wi..-..1 and ....ia.. _
,.ftk, til ....,.. wl thdn_l. At n.tcb...,d1 tn. 3... platiNa'", ..e.
.... to VI. .... to.. r",t'll.!llac. .
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At 0i00 hRl'.tta. 1.......... ,k,,*- 1IU apin al.1'ted fer ..,U_ MIA
." 0010 h.......... '0 the CP ., -.. ....... ............ lt1tu""
_1:-.u.. ,. ....\1.1,._ In 1'.M ...... _,__ t ..... fit If) .. a.n4 I Ittl...
.... ... ....... tho tanks ucI .... ' .......dell to the .,.At tabll...
at \b... til _. fi_tine .... 1Mb. 1h... the lah.atrJ' 4Il.....w. ...
..... \0 '\h....'*ina. ....... the axl ., 1Ib.tr .."UOO it.
Ll____' tbe Iri' ,lauon U CNawei aud MOTM wi_th.
1.,..." aaldac bl. eND I'M" and _. teeUDi .vo the ....... not near and
at ... __ 'tAM ,lanc tho t.aDJn 1" ..... rr_ the t'rou,,- back aDd
.....-4 the Oft reacMA6 ....., of tll. aewata1n aJl MUolng ..... t........
tho r'" nralp1ioud .......t with a .up" Un uad.o. '\ .. dec'4eet to
..... tbAJ t .... tr-. oro.t 'nto n ......... l t1 on 'DMr a hou and otr the
r'" to th. 1.n. !Iw terrain ......... '.bU...__tank pu and
ta:&k.. __ .u ,. tiNft.ti and tohe J aat fit the tanb ,tarted.. Th. fUt"
tuk JIft'e4 ...... r_ t.ll__ at lft....t. ot 'I )V'I' tfy 1M r..t.ld.q
WAke of "'. ,1,--. 1bo 1.\ pulled la .. tAe rlQAt .1d. or tho 11....
ud at \bt. tt.e _ ..... r1r" ",on bJ Jf__ ...... _"WN
Serpan'" Colla .LuciUe .... hi' bu., net dllt.ltl_ and a' ttl1. tiM all th
.... r ...1".......... to .. thaI' .... flit _ ....... t. u.. lett. !hl
..... .. put iuto .eU_ ...... 1Aq111e 0......... t"'" .er. the
, ..... 0... and sot hi. tank lnto uten. III.'" 1 taU &1.0 ,.t. 1nto .otton ....t
n. to lta poalt.1ea '- ...... IIrO\&M the Jl.... tor better cOYer.
t1r ... h_"1 but ...... ...". ... the aUpt. d, III the
" ... the a .. ..n fl. the 1\0 taM .. hit bad enouib to. cU. ...l
., .. all \aDb ..............r and 1t hatS .........tat.. the e...o. fit tM
In. tin. _ .. VI '1'1,.... on the rr.t1 that rlpt. en th. htGh &reUDd
W.. ......... 1M ....y .....ll ...,1.... and lould oa\IM U& V.at
IlI_".,a......... onto Ut. rMd apia. Intantr)' pl........
.. 'W- .. t ..... w rtRir. 011 tAe r1g.h"- "'. p.....Jli. f!II the platoon in
.... ,...... "'tl. ,......nt.ed the fr .CN8&Qg the lntaa., .. the
,..,.. II.,,; '" 1UatM4 call_ t. arUlhry tlr. 011 tho \i,......... _
,.... __ .. ntd..re trea ttl. htgh .nd pW1l1' the tat._.,. ud 1rUk. W
..... _........II. ArUUery tir., .... t.dj\la1.ri and tA ..., ..otil... tl'Oll tM
...... a...c... tall' a .tron" forc. of infantq to beld up th4'IUIG t the
-'nlk. .. "'..... llov9d rrOtrl the rid,. roacl a110w4 the $Uk ,1&....
.. .... f ............ the hiGh r1ltg. tQ the len of rMd.....ouplb 1,.
lIN .....'.... lat.n.y in t.ak1l'li 'the a11&htly lower q8UAd U tho rt.pt
...... .. tSpr. apln r ...p ...... " and wer. da.troyM DY uUon .r 1reneia
..."........ HlI&1tldor.of th. art.rnooll ft. duoWd \e takiac 1.he CJ"CNIIIl
.... "'" .......1a1dll1M!'l6 ot atron, J)o1nt 011 the n4,. 1.... to tIt..
............. II pla"tftOn in thi. op.,.-atlon ... lnd.i"ldual
_........ ,.,.nli ..r41_te4 to Blther notion or platoon oontNl
.... ,,_. OIl .. ft'eId.at; fII' tb. lltb. the 1.".U.,. &t _ ..........
.,... , ........., ....... u ...leoti.. or _"altl-. and ta. _trol fII ht.
tuk .. .... aptn in tile ......-he et ....... IIIIOtlem. ....1...
ttoa of , ..,,,.. t,... _'on .. ..,.,.... ta.. .. ........... 011 .. 1__ __
reel", b..." ..... _u. __ tb'......lne and oour., ""Ia,.. ""' tk
lltiJo. ,la--' _'U-.u.", .ut ....r aleru. to ...... ,*,.'-,*,1,. .....
"em rr_l....
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.. 11 0 'cleek JJOOIl. 10 JUne eN!' platoon toe
or Up, tank. in an o hUl .bou' four (4) .11 0,",'b1d. of
iJel1te1l...n.. 'Ihe hUl 1tlf oeo.1.. "y en.,- 1"l.taQtry .. til.
to hill ..... 0..... by _or'\ar tire.
1>'>. attack ....W with the light. tallke 1 11" fo"",tioa fol1__ 'b)' tl\1'>
\8, 1ft a lUre t01'llAt1;"1ll. S."", t.ttv the .tart of the .tteek, the Ur.nt
"a"Ae ttl.,. .... _... t 'tIlT. :1)".arn ted tr..,ur filedIt&"JI. ina-.:. or th18
.. ..at ahoad with oW" "'....
!1J'en r ... 'hi"" the tAt" f)f' __ bill we 1.011" dcnns 1," a woad ..,.11.,..
to't'Jk up J)Oe1tlon. belo.. tn_ .1'.' of' tile h1U u4 ..... 'l tor..r" ", obt;4n'... We
pl... u.p a ....MI' .t .,.,.... bvtb and '''tl'J>nary. .l\ lWIIW or yehle10'
..,... retr.. No", .....tn h1U'way .t\toh wet und.. tir.. J>\. d .,ott.:
Ir.,... ......... atatl-Unk tuna in OU\(J\,lfla," pol1tiona .10 took WMiv
tire at gr.." r.... (....UM tN' 'Ut. "',. t.roy... but ,*,_y a'Zocl uuHo
e-..e \Af' to fl.r.), ...." or ....ll_t _I'll la ob,." .",,}!, by tn_ tank o-.mtt
er. and f1r1n, ... 1;........ " ., r. ,d:le t. lnf1lo\ o!)nd': ....bl ""1:..&a 011. the
etl8If
,.,.. we;'. ala. tlF" .._ 'iJy .. htJ,h valoel" lIItlIIpon., but ,......lll. U) ,.t
"low the ort of tJoe hill ......"'p. 6u.:ll(: ... altho 80m. AP'. did w:.
..,.,.t.H. 010... At.... Wlda, att tho er..t we pl,lll up la_ .. "" ,.e1
-.loa Mil f1re." t .. ..... I'OWlU.-.n4 th.n ab."11g. p081U'1I apll'1e
Dwrl.nC uUl" I(lpr"''' UJ'J the hUl 1M did. ,r_t 4"1 ot tb-I,t\i:, with 1DI&l1
.... ' ........ ns due r>6lt.,J.Uy to aOY:I. of' r)Ur tult. ttes.n,; equl'l'ed wita .so
..lU,........... pIU e. t.hfJ IIhtl-a1r.....ft IIlCNnt. !hie h eo..tllilli 1 tht* .,.."
.... ........,.uirped ! teef1 of tho .&0 oall_. lla-ve oeel
...e.""" Sa ........1 Ilr'td , ...... fou.nc! it nob _re praotl.oa1
..,..... ...,.... ta po.ition on "f t,he bUl a. f1r1n: n,p *lNNt u hour.
_ ............ t.uDcl thlAt 1M h"d al'oo !nted for IIU1IMr or ",el.l...lUI eaptur
.. r",,n.) ,..tlO...r.. ' .
.... ....1IlI:Iaf. ..... and l1t,ht 'Vu'Ilt. il). trout ot Ita .. theillOved c ....,.
:i _ '" !lll."orabl. t.rrdW1 r_iur.......... foro" to tra..l on
\h. blat"'. A. \tMl a Brld.. _. blowta, tNt ........ >Il.bl. to .,....... If
pl.", -.,." th. tt..leI.. "!'bh 1. ulru.,..d. 1'tle ... be .ato in .a11l1,
a.r.a haft blown ."ery brld,. bel.!'. 1:h.. fhl. olll:' to do.. u. ....
in a WlUe.
lle .... able to hill .u." Ott,.id. the to_ wh.'. on.. of th.
llght "lu ., Ic'Meked out '01' aft ".;.t1-tanIt ,Wl. tried flank it wlt.h 0U1'
-... but ..111 clue t.., ",nt., oraw.. t ...ra1a .. ..,.. uaa.,l. to. ltay"
in M11.1..... Wltll cluek a!14 th.., drok to let p. and 4IIlGVD1tlca.
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...1 .. laM 1.... all ., wu ani.. 01' ,..,- tber'" ___ 1. eon,.
\1.... ,,"oa. At Qa1. tlM " __Me ............. _ ......,. M ".1.
e.at '" u........ n ..... S.a ortlfar to lee" .........t.1 nul...
ftr a'lMwt (11) qa \8. tbr......t...,..u.. iii ... liM .....
tl.... dltter._ .......U. ha'Vlnc attvttnt ada or ....
tu:t.1IC ...,,17 ............. fIII1U tie. \0 t1l.....'- AlUl t C0%1U'-'-"'17
.......y........'" tront l1uo lntazm-y, """71111 ..-y __1M
&1iIAI, .....1... la .. ou. tbT" ..-Ul1... pi... or a _".....
-41-.1 ....... VGr.d with tt.. ",...h ....- b. PUt.. aIl4 ..
_our wl.........1M4 _ 1'>1taQ ,
th., .ott14.
<W __ ...1Idl". 1.0.", d\lr1nc the .. lith, al1iloup --, ..,. ....,.....11'
'!#: 11 fire aM !al:;.
platoon (... los-a" S.h'l) ....._ ...U1Ql, wi. tau.
.1....uppfln ., lr4arrVJ' ..t:&oa.
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HEADQUARTERS RCF/rhb
757th Tank Battalion
APe> #464, U. s. ArmY
31 1944
SUBJECTs Historical Records an:.i Histories of Organisations.
'l'HRUs CoaDanding Otticer, 2nd ArmOred Group, .&.PO 1464, U. s. ArmY.
TO s O<Jmmanding General, Fif'th A:l"JIY, .&PO 1464, u. s. AJ:mY.
1. In ooqUiance with letter, Headquarters P'ifth AJ."mY, 22 Ja.nu.ary
1944, subject, "Historical. Becords and B1stor1es ot Organizations", tile
AG 3ll+-AW, the tollow.1.ng report is sulllI1.tted,
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Map Reference, GOOS :>. 4229I Italy l/S<>, 000, Sheets l.2l. IV,
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Storengt,hs Officers 29.
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until 21, 1944, tbia battall.on continued operations with the
2nd D1vision Dli'antry It>>roocan (l'1'ench). 1'roIl JUly lst untU JUl.7 23rd we
adw.nced from a few m:Ues south of )l:mteroni to witb1n 15 Jdl.ea of I'lorence,
a distance of approximately thirty-two miles. i'be main uia of attack W&I
h1glway 12.
Becauae of 1;errain ditficul1i1es and. 1;he mmeroua .forces with wtd.ch
our armor was lIIployed by the FreIlch oc-:ynvi e1'8, 1;he 1Dd:l.T.l.dIlal taDk platoon
1184 the fighting unit. The Division front ...., divided 1Dto two or
1;hree These groupement;s nol'Ul.l.y ooaId.ated o.f wediuw taDk
a llght tank OOIIpaDY, a -tank des1iro1'81" a reconnaissance
an engineer conpany aDi at least; a battalion o.f :in.taJItJ.7. lILthin
each groape1IBDt ware aaa'ller .forces normally oonsisting ot a pl.atoon ot each
of the abo.,. UDita with tbe axcep1i1an ot 1n.fantr,y wbich furn1sbed a
Becaue o.f tbese DIDD8l'OQ8 ...u torces, _ seldoa had IIOl'e than one platoon
lIOridng in the s_ area. It can be UDderstooci that the supply and aaiIlHD
anoe probl_ wre of aajor OODCern. JiDWl'8r both were well handled and DO
units 1II8re out of act.1on tor lack ot s.... we 1I8l"8 able to prof1t b.7 ou.r
exper1encea of the preuou mntba.
Practically all. 1;be w.rE acUon 1IU in direct ot iD.taDt17.
Best.rl.ct.ed terrain 1IICQ1d IJZ13 l.ar&e .cale tank ac 011. Dl cae OM.
a town 1Ibl.ch the 1ntaDtr;r DOt. IR into ,.. taken by ODe ot oar taDk
pl.at.oons and bUd tbzwatmat the Dig)S __ !bI.a i. the aceptlOll rathar
than 1;be rul.e, mwwr" .. taJ:iaJ in toE 1d.thau.t poaDd pl'Oteotd.OIl aDd 8Up
port. uaually get 1nt.o Mrloaa trou.bl.e. D1 tl:d.e particalar actiGD the tom as
OIl ground and tor dQ8 md ot tM troope 1D
t.hat .ector. The taZIk lIM been in ca.o.. npport ot the iDt
antry, bat al'W1Q'8 upon Dearing tbia stronghold tbe iDtaDt17.... obi.... back
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by tbe enemy. Lt. MU.Btead of nAif ecma,nd1ng the platoon, deaided
.be oould get into the town w1.tbollt the 1nfant.ry and proceeded to do so. Be
did an exceptiona1.l7 t.Lne job in tigbtin& l:Il.a tanka owr seelll1ngly
terrain, cbued the intantr,y and a T1aa- tank troll the town and "ccup1ed
it. The officer W88 ser10uly WOWJd.ed with fl. otber.n. Hot a single tank
was lost. The follow:lni IIOmina the Battalion C==rvler received a personal.
note of congratulationa tram the ecwwendimt General of the 2nd DIK. This action
1s described in more detaU in later paiN b7 sst. 'I. D. JlbrbeB of "A" eo.pazor,
who a:ssumed COJIII1&Di of the platoon when the platoon leader waa 1IOUJd.ed.
lor the .ti.rst U. since the start of our operations, our light tanks wre
used. in direct support of intantry and workBd aut satisfactorily. preuously
they had worked. entirely with recorma
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811&nC8 el8llBDts. 1bm used with the inf
antry a medium platoon was pJ.aced in aloee support to hancD,e situations which
the ligilt tanks could not caapete with.
Throughout this period of action, the aasault fPIl platoon 1ft)rked as an
additional battery with a battalion of French art.illery. When not actiftl.y
engaged, they were available to us and many t:iaea lien called upon and fired
missions for our platoon leaders.
Again dur1.ng the month, the battalion 11'&11 fortunate in baving a CUb
vation plane put at its disposal by the 11th Fleld A,rtiller,y GroUp.
our losS88 in men and whicles were CODparatively lightI probably due to
the fact that the French Division with wbich _ were 1IOlid.ng was relieved at
midnite 21 JUly 44 and during the few days prior to that time very little effort
Wa.'3 made to advance. It was e:rpected. that our btttalion would be relieved with
the French tut at the last mi.mlte 118 were ordered to stay lI1th the British forces
which were relierlng the French troops, along with artillery, untU
such ti%le as the Britiah couJ.d replace our aJ'JlllOr with their om tanka. This
relief was at 2400 hours 23 JUl.y 44, after seventy-two (72) OOJl8ecutiw
days in the line.
General Juin, commander of the French Expeditionary 001'p8, ordered the
Battalion Comman:1er to his headquarters at l500B 24 July 44, am decorated the
battalion colors with the P'l'ench Oroix de OUerre.
The Battalion was WitDirawn from the line the nite ot 2,3-24 July 44 and
re-grouped. in the viain1ty of pogg:lbonsi. on the 24th of Jul it rewrted 1;0
control and was moved into the AJnerican sector for a period of rest. and re-orgaJP
isation
A visit from the 5th A;rIl1 .A.Sst. 0-3 on J'Uly 27th cut short our period of
rest by his informing the bat.talion ooDllDanier that mwst be 1"8 Y tor another
job by the first of the month. . .
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Incl If1 - Battalion Operations
Inel. #2 - Overlay ot Operations
Inal 13 - Overlay - Location of troops
Incl. #4 - platoon Operation, "A" 00.
Inel. #5 - Platoon Operation, "C" Co.
Inel - Casualty ust
:mel #7 - Awards ana Commendations
mel - s-3 Joumal.
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OPDA1'IOE lOR 1'111 dRIOD 1 JULY 1944 to 31 .JULY 1944
1 - DariDg the aft.moon or the .30 JuDe after making
ooDtact with British on the rigbl; the force ot wb1ch ODe platoon ot liB"
QallpalV' aDd ODe platoon of 11))- are a part; mwd to the Morthnst and
at 1200B toctv, .-eN 111 the noiDit7 of S. Ql.o.,... (1Ob0990). The7 contimJecl
1;0 p:rotect tbB right !laDk or the div.l..ion.
Daring the aftel'lJOOn ot the .30 JuDe and the .,miDa ot 1 July one platoon
of N. OoIIpaJV and one platoon ot liD" u part ot the Bretagne Force,
ooDtiDaed the1r attack alcma the Bn0024 - ABoiDo (JQ.6062).
The Baft'UU force, with ODe platoon of nAN 00tIpaDl' and one platoon of ltD"
OoIIp8IJY, aout:1med their attack pnerally Borth aJ.onS tba 96 -vertical grid line"
and at 1200B hous bad aroued the h:l.gtDrq at and were oont1nueing Iforth.
The De G&1bert. torce with our rea1MDg platoon of -BII oontinued
.,rth and alao had cut the at CO30078 'fh8y too were cont1mfting It>rth.
Do.r:ln& the late afternoon the Qaatries torce, 1I1.th two platoons of
NAN, .,wd Iforth paralJ.el1ng hip,," N:. 2 on the West" and were bald during
the .,mLnS ot the .tl.rat jut Sonth ot the N&d between Q878063 -Q906076. Con
siderable rea1stance was met last aDd West ot )l)nteroD1 (Q905080).
the mom1.Dg of the Arst. one "DU CoIIpIUV" light tank: was h:l.t by aD
HI .ball. TIIO men ware ld.lled and t1lO wounded.
" During the .,ming ot 30 .J\1D8 a "D" eoq,au;r halt-track was h:l.t by an HE
shell and was disabled. one officer and t1lO men _1'8 injured in the vehicle.
The A.8sault Gun Platoon mwd !roll viciDit7 of Pi-- (Wll6885) to take up
a new position at 1K>26968.
2 Jul7 44 - All forces of the division continued. their attack general.l1"
.,rth, and. by 1200B boura bad reached the points, The Lev.l.gne force
r-na
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ed in the Y.i.cinity of S. GLo'98Dlli. Th:l.s torce is the rigid; .flank protection
with one platocm ot liB" aDd one platoon ot nD" oc.pSlV".
Tna Bretagne force 1d.th ODe pl.atoon ot liB- aDd one platoon ot "nDn 00IIpan;y
reached a point at
The Barrou force with one platoon of "C" 00JIp&rJ;Y and one platoon of "1)11
CCIIp&lJ3" reached a point at Q9,5l,06S.
The De Galbert force with one platoon ot "Bn CoIIpaJV' reached. a point at
<:]l4065.
The castries force with two platoons of IIC" Compaz:IIY were moving west
of HLgbrq .,. 2. ec-
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mcations were lost and 1t is not known where this force
1f88 at nocm.
During "the night OJ. - 02 dUl7 44" 11.1" COmpany was rel1ewd b7 nc CoIIpany.
One I'Bn CoI!paI\Y tank fell through a bridge 7esterc:lay" and three men ore
injured.
A "BI' Company man 1Ibo had been left. to Slard a disabled tank was 1IOUIXied
this morning. Late yestEtl"dq af'tierDoon three ltD" CompaDIY men were wounded.
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The Assault Qun platoon continued their in:antry support with the
63rd ReA....
3 .Jul.y 1&4 - The Bretagne force with one platoon of "B" am
one platoon of "DI' Cowpa'Q" their attack in support of the infantry
and reached a po1nt at
The C&striea force wit.h two platoons of "C" CoIIp&lJ1" reached Siena at
0700B hours.
All otbar forces wltb:irew to HigtDrq ltD. 2 aDd ware proceeding North
towards Siena, &D:l reached that point 1D the aftemoon.
The A8Saal.t Gun _wei floom the right eect;or to a position just
South of S1eoa at Q81U15S.
At 022000B boars the Cab plane 1IOrld.ng .i;th tile Batt.al1on obsened
on the road to our front. The art1l.1ery -.a a llission and des
tro11Mi three 8DIIIV' wbicil.ea
.1 C ec.p&lJ1" 1Ipeep" (1/4 ton tlUck) hit a II1De late last night and one
aaD .... killed.
4 1&4 - The Bl"etagne force wit.h one platoon of Ita- Ca.paJ\V and one
platoon ot lID. ooDt1med tbeir attack Ibrtmut &Di at noon today _1"9
1D the rlc:1nity of caateJ..mow
J'l'Qa DDOD yeaterdq to tbis .,rrdng t.be r pinder ot oar CCIIbat elements
r-a
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ed in tba vic1n1ty ot Siena.
tb18 .,miDg t1lO platoona ot .C" eoq,q- with the Castries force
.,ftCl .,rtbRBt &lana IfD. 2 1'raI the c11;y.
ODe platoon of "C" OoIIpalV' aDd one platoon of ItB" Coap&I\Y, aD:i one platoon
of liD" fJ.'Ica the al.t;y parallelin& b1gbrq lb. 2 on the ri&ht ..
part of the Barroa foroe.
file J.eY.lM force, nth ODe platoOD of "B" aDd ODe platoon ot lID" ec-paD7
_wei Ibrt;... <Ill the right ot the Banou force.
A" DDQD toclq aU ot the_ torces were alonl tile 23 borisontal grid 11M.
A request ... ude b.Y 0Qr taI2ks of the Breta&Da force tor obsanation ot
the road to tla:lr f'l"oDt. oar ar1iiI.ller7 cab plaDe ... oontact.ed, fl._ OWl" tile
road, aDi tuDiah.cl th:UI oolwn ri.tal intomat1on. Tbe ORb plane is being
used. tor road recmna
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paanoe ahead ot the &1"IlO1"ed oolmlna.
S 44 - DaIriD& tbe dq, 4 IW, the JIU'rOU orce with tanka ot
ltD- 00Ipa'V' eId;ered the al.t;y of JIImter1al.on1. Later:in the dq two platoom
of -C CaBpaJv 1111;h the caRr.I... force _wei &l0ll1 Blpq JI). 2 &Il\i nacbed
JI)nter1gSoai
!be I.-a- fone 111.1;h ODe platoon ot -. aDd ODe platocn ot lID-
Ccaparlz ccat.1mJ.ecl tMlr attack to tbe .,rtb aDd at B b:RlrB todq were at

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illlri.r1<.:: tre night one platoon of "B" Oompany and one platoon of "D"
Conpany as part of the Bretagne force moved 'West along Highway N:>. 73 to a
position NlrthJrest of Siena. This force was held in resene today.
Early this morning orders were received that no strong efforts would
be made during the day due to the exposed right nank. The activity amounted
JIk) stly to patrols.
At 0900B1 5 July 441 one of our tank columns located an gun battery
at .Q785304. Through this headquarters target 1RLS given to the artillery. CUb
plane working with us was unable to observe fire so the platoon Leader wb:> bad
located the targets acted. as observer. The enemy battery was silenced. Two
other gun positions were located ani silenced in the same sanner. The platoon
leader reported the fire as very effect!w "
our Assault Gun Platoon assisted on these targets as well as firing other
missions with the artillery.
6 July 44 - In the la1ie aft.ernoon of the 5th word was rece!'ted that the
anJIlr would be reo-grouped. Later orders were recei\leCl organizing two OroupSI
one known as the Barrou Group_ent and the other the De Geloee Group. All of
"e" Coq:>any ani one platoon of "0" went to the Barrou OroUPI and one
platoon of "DII ani one platoon of -BII CoIIIpany to De Geloes. ()lr other
platoons were tEmporarily relieved and at O6OOB 6 .ruly returned to the Bat
t.alion bi"lOU.&c.
At 0500B the two platoons with De Gel.oes mowd directly east for the pm
pose of making contact with the Brituh on the right.
The ASSault Gun platoon .,wd to the vicin1ty of where
the,. 1RI!nt into position &Di t1red several miBsions.' . .". "" ,
7 July 44 - Yesterday af't.ernoon our t1IO platoons on the right Lank
nth the De Geloes foroe, whose masion. is to JI&1nta1n contact with the
British on the rlglltil mowd to the vicin1.ty of RJ at Q88826S. If) contact was
made and the tanks were rltbirawn last ewning to uc1Dit,. S. O1ovaDi..
Patrols were sent out frca the force the morning of thi'"1 44 bit the
armor was not used.
The .0" &lld liD- platoons with the Barrou Group, and under 'the
OOPDerui of capt. ])1 Crix, worked with the infantry in the Tiainit,. ot Q80S280.
Last evening they were rltlxlrawn and at DOOn 1iociq bad not been used.
The tlIO .C" QoI'p&IV platoons w1t.h the Barrou. .,'f8d forward with the
1nf'antry along Ho. 2 as tar as Staala (Q718300). rm ene.r;y bald the
high ground on both a1dN of the road and i.nteD8iw artillery tift stopped our
.,t8ii8Ilt8 In the aftemoOil ot the 6th JUl7 44, atrong intant17 action lu our
intant17 cl.ear.U1ed the situation weat ot .,. 2.
BeC8l188 of the situation on the right tlaDk this DJ.'f1aion JIade DO strong
etfortB t.odq, 7 44.
Daring the Idpt tbe French mls of the 8th Bel were re1:1ewd b;y one
00Ipa1V of tbe 894th 't.D. Battalion_(AaarioaD) .
'the iJSsaul.t. QuDIS tired MD7 m1aa10De ill support; ot the Ban"GU Qroap.
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The Cub Observation Plane was wsy locating gun batteries which were
causing us trouble. . .
8 July 44 - The Barrou Group, with tllO platoons of "C" ruaained
:in vicinity Staggia (Q718JOO) afternoon ot 7 July. A.t daylight 8 July they
started a JDOftID8m. }t)rth on Htgblray }t). 2 am the adjacent roads to the }t)rth,
and at noon bad reached a point just South ot pOggibonae (Q725304).
One platoon of "D" gompan-Y and one platoon ot "C" with Capt. Du
Cru1x rema1ned at Q819258 the a.tternoon and night ot 7 JulJr 44. larly the
8 JUly the light platoon of "D" Coq>8II;Y Ibrth to v.1.cinity of Q819258.
The t;M> platoons with the De Geloes Group, on the right f'lank/ were inactiw.
At lOOOB, 8 J\ll.y 44, a balf-trac1c from 2nd A.rmored. Group joined our for
ward CF for the ;>.urpose of maint&i.ning radio contact with the 2nd ArmOred Group
Headquarters, 75,th Tank Battalion, and the 894th T. D. Battalion (other elements
of t his group).
The Assault (}un Platoon moved to a position at Q769260 and tired
missions in support 0 t tbl Barrou Group.
The CUb Observation plane continued. to observe and locate targets tor
our leading elementa, and located gun batteries which were causing us trouble.
9 July 44 - One" platoon of Compan,y "A" relieved a platoon of Company
"B" with the De Qeloes Group at 20l0B lx>urs last night. 'l'h1s group remained
in the same location &li remained inactive during the period.
one platoon ot "D" Oomp&n;f, with Capt. Do. CNU, rejoined a platoon of
11 Gil and a platoon of "c" Company 894th T. D. Battalion at Q805283. These
platoons were inactive during the period.
The Barrou Group, with two platoons of "Cd CoDI>aIij'", pulled back last
evening from the vicinity ot pogg1.bonse to positions in the vicinity of
staggia. There has been little change in their ,ituation.
The Assault CluD platoon remained in pOSition at Q72530J and f1red
missions in suwort of the Barrou Group.
1)1e to weather conditions our Cub Observation Plane had difficulties in
gi v1ng accurate observation.
10 July 44 - the Barrou G::"01.t!', with tlro platoons of "C" Company. moved
N:>rth from Staggia (Q719JOJ) to vicinity of Leechi (Q7223l6) they met
extremely heavy artillery and mortar ire from both fianks ani the front. Later
the infantry secured tm high ground in the vicinity of San pietro (Q70lU30).
The activity of jibe other tlfO groups amounted to patrols. The evening of
the 9th July, the platoon of "C" am. "DII Companies which bad been working
N:>rth along the road leading to CSst.allina (Q806.347) were witbirawn to Q187248.
Today they were inactive.
11. July 44 - ruring the evening 10 July orders were received relieving
all of the French armor" ani replacing the 5th R1'Illlith the 4th R'Dl. The
armored elements were re-grouped. and placed un:ier command of the Infantry
Commander" Col. Bridot. One platoon of "cn CompaI\Y and one platoon of IIDII,
and one Tn platoon were placed under the comman:i of Capt. Spires of. "CIl
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Company to operate along Higblray No. 2 axis. The other group under J4ajor
De Geloes was inact1w on the right tlank.
D:l.vision order was to hold rather than t.ry any progress.
one "C" Company tadc was hit by AT Gun at Leochi (Q7233l6) and tltO men
were wounded.
1.2 .July 44 - The three tank platoons in the vio1nity of S. Pietro
(Q707329) remained :in position with the infantry, holding high ground.
None of the other platoons were committed during the day.
The "",sault 0Un Platoon oontimed to tire missions with the French .Artillery.
13 JulJr 44 - The Assault Oun Platoor. contimed to t'ire missions with
the French Artillery.
The ArmOr of the Brldot Group not used during the day.
The medium platoon with the group on the right flank waa mowd the night
of 12 - 13 .July to a pOSition vioinity of Q620313.
TI{o "C" CoDpaDy men were wounded by shell fire arxl had to be evaouated.
14 July 44 - In an early morning attack by the Bridot Group one light
tank platoon supported the in1antry advance Northeast along bighlray from vic
inity S. Pietro and by noon had reached Q743347. The medium platoons remained in
position ready to give supporting fire .tram their positiona
I).U1.ng the night 13 - 14 July the light platoon with the De Berchaux Group
was D>wd to the loaation at Q780310 to be in position to support an infantry
attack in that sector. The med.:illln platoon remained in reserve at Q819389.
The Msault Guns moW<! from vioinity Jt>nterigg1oni to vicinity Staggia
Q713279.
1.5 July 44 - The advance of the 4th D]J.{ is torward of our line. The
right flank rsains eJIPOsed.
A medium platoon as part of the De Berohaux Groupement ocoupied the town
of Qastellina at 0900B.
16 July 44 - H>ne of the &l"'D)r with the Bridot Group was used during the
period.
The medium tank. platoon of "AU Company operating with the De Berchaux
Group reoeived a severe shelling after entering the city ot Caste1lina. There
were several casualties and, during the night, the platoon was replaoed by
another platoon of nAil Al'lOther medium platoon .tram "B" Company was
ordered into position just South of Castellina during the night.
The Aasault ().m Platoon fired missions during the night in support ot the
Bridot Group.
Lt. JlUstead and four enlisted men were wounded by shall tire.
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17 Jul.1" 44 - During the night 16 - 17 Jaly Itc" Compan;y was relieved
by two platoons of CcmpaJV' "B"I and the "C" Coq>aD1" positions were taken over.
The "B CoDJ>&ny platoon which bad been ordered to vicinity Ga8tellina
night of 15 - 16 44, was witbirawn and replaced by a platoon or Compal\Y'
"Ali, making two platoons of "An CoJIp8D1' on the right 1I1.th the Levigne lOree,
and two pl.atoans of aecliums on the left with the Moot Grcup. The light
tank platoons remained in position witmut change.
One .C Coq:>any tank caught fire -hUe moving back to the battalion bi-v
OII&C area after being relieved the morning of 17 July 44. The tank burned and
is a cc.plete loe8. Blplacaaant was not available.
1.8 Jul7 44 - our two light; tank platoons, as part of the Lavigne and
Bretagne forces mowd. }forth in pursuit of the
1.9 44 - 'I'm parsuit of the 18th continued and by evening the
reserve platoons of each of the forces }:ad been mved up to Q746274. Two med
ium tanks ot the Le.s.p force were used during tbe atterDoon of the 18th
against a small OOVnterattack just south ot S. Donato (Qrr042O).
Intonation race!wd that 118 would not be rel1eftd 1d.th the French D1
iaion blt, along with .-.r1can j,rtillel'7, would rr a
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:in position with the
British untU such tiM as a like aount of amor and art.:Ul8l'7 could be mowd
into our positions.
Flana are being made for the relief of our oan platoon.
20 44 - All 01" our tank platocma r-ajneci 1nact1... during the
dq. Tbe ASsaul.t Clan Platoon as rltlxirawn ani returned to Battalion
area at O4JOB.
21. 44 - rm.3rd BSII as relieved daring the night 20-21. JaJ.y 44
and the armor f with the Bretagne Group 1188 placed UDder the com-net
or capt. D. S. 1ICJ&1J1an. 'lbe &1'IIOr of the De cra1x Oroup ... placed UDier the
OC"Mrd ot Lt. a>dgers.
Dlr1ng the nigbt; of 20 - 21 one resene platoon of meciiua tanka as
IIOwd lip to support the 5th BDl.
All of the floont llDe el.anente bel.d their poait.10DS awaiting the reaet
01" tbB rr-ch IDtant17.
J)&r!Ul1 10be D1.pt 21 - 22 'UIe T.D. Coepe'V' was relieved and witbirawn fraD
the sector.
22 1a4 - oa. .."ilI. platoon with the Group on the right .. used
nth an 1Dfta.Dt;r;y action the .om1D& of 22 -Jal.7 44.
!be li&ht aDd. wc'li_ platooDS on the left ui8 ..... reliewd b:r the Britisb
&1'a)r at 1200B 22 JUlJ 44.
ODe light platoon 8Di bID aed1wn platoons operat1.ng on tba rigbt tlank in
tbe 'V1alltU;7 of S. Dozato are being rel1ewd at 2lJOB, 22 July 44.
1IpOIl relief all. 1Dd.ta 1Iill retarD to a re-aroap1ng &rea in
the -d.a1D1t;r 01" POglboDlJi (Q69l&321).
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23 JUly 44 - one medium tank platoon which had been held .i.n reserve
at Q170378 was reliewd at 1530B hour. 22 .JulJr 44.
one light pl.atoon and two medium platoons operating on the right in
the vicinity of S. Donato were relieved at 2130B hours 22 JulJr 44.
J)IImediately UpCIID rel.1et" all units returned to a re-pouping area :in
the vicinity at poggiboDSi (Q694327) and closed in battalion biwuac area in
the vic1n:Lty at" CAsteJ.lD d1 (Q3WA76) at ll50B hours 23 44.
24 - 31 44 - Maintenance aDd tra
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Castello di Querceto (Q34ll76).
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OPBRATIOIi
By Serpant ..,111_ D. J'orbea, "An
On the IIOming ot 16 .July 1,944 the tirst platoon of CoIIp8ll7 "A", 7.57th
tank Battalion had orders to 110ft out and destro1 a ..chine gun nest, which
was hol..c:ling up the of the infantry on hill fnJ aDd &180 if p08sible
to take the tom ot 0Utell1na. The eleaents ued in this operation were
S tanks wh:1oh three ot them _re used sa advanc...t patrol am two held in re
sene. also with these fiw tanks were twenty tilft 1ntantryMn. At 0.500
hours, Lt IlUstead and a J'reDoh iDtelpretor went out in a --peep on reconnaissance.
After looking owr the terrain he "tumed to the OP at 054.5 hours. At 0600
hours, Lt Wstead 8Di the .first section started on their mission, holding the
second section in reserw. Upon advanoing to h1l1 6(1J they enoountered 8QID8
rough terrain. am from there on advanced by leaps and bounds untu they aecOlD
pliabed the first part of the aiasion. At one of the houses on the bill a
oiT.Uian told Lt JtUstead the Gel'1IaD8 had pulled otf the hUl and went into
the tollD of caste] 11 na. Upon this intol'llat1on Lt Kllsteai JIOved h18 tank up
80 he could tire into the town of Castell1n&. He tiwn put the other two
tanks in position and had the crews obeerv.lng into the town for aff sign of
IlOWMut. .1t1ier sitting in this position for thirty or mimltes aDi not
seeing 8J13 lIOw.ent Lt IIUstead asked hi8 tank crew what they thought about
ttJdng the town. Tbey agreed. it could be done so Lt lIilatead went on foot
recoDD&18sance to t1nd the best possible way of advance. Upon fjnd1ng a way
be motioned for his tank to tollow b1a. .l1"ter doing scae engI neer work they
advanced into the ou.t8ld.rts of CaBtell1na, which was approx:l.aately 0900 hours.
Lt IlUstead then put his tank in good firing position ani called for the second.
section to co.e up to h1a position. When the first section reached his posi
tion they moved out in colUlUl up the street approximately three l:mxired yards.
Fro. that position they ran into a road block which was illpaasable. At the
time Lt IdJ.stead aDi Pvt Qaable went to the left of the road to 11m a by-1>ass
and Ftc ling, and pvt wagner went to the right. While out on this recen they
were troubled with snipers. Af't,er the recon they' decided by breaking down a
brick wall they could by-paa. the road block. .If'ter SOl18 difficulty they
reached the main street of tolm, which was about the only route of advance,
as there were 10t8 of bends am the streets so narrow. They then advanced to
the R>rth end of town. At this point they did 001; drawalch fire. Lt 1111
stead am Opl Dixon then advanced on foot to a position where they could ob
serve on the ridge in bont of tbaa. A.f't,er observing a few minutes, they
spotted a maoh1ne gun nest approxbaatel;y six bLmdred yards to their direct
1'ront. They pulled the tank into firing position and went to work on the
machine gun nest. In a few Jdnutes they had destroyed the position. Lt
KUstead then moW<i h:U tank fro. position to another position to his
left to cover the left flank. He then had 8Vt King put his tadc in the posi
tion he had just lef"t. pvt ling was to observe and lay fire on the ridge
directly in front of him. Lt K1lstead then put Opl SWiderski's tank to the
lef"t of h:U so be would have a good tiel.d of fire. He then gaw Opl SWiderski
orders to destroy a bauy, w)1ch they were certain was being used for an OP.
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A.f't.er firing a few rowxis into the tw.lding a German tank came !roll behind
the house am retreat.ed over the bill, aDd while firing at the tank Ffc Lock
lear aashed hia bani. j,lao while firing on the tank t.hey were dra1lIling
plenty of mortar fire. A.t;er firing a wbile they pulled back unier cover and
waited to see what would happen. Lt IliJ.stead then called for the second. sec
tion to come into to1lll. Sgt Forbes and Sgt Olsen then started up the road until.
tMY cae to a road block which was iDpassable at tM time and the road was
under continuous !ire. Sgt Ibrbes then called Lt K1lstead and told him about
the road block. Lt Kilstead then gave him. orders to take cover and sit tight.
lhe tillo then was 1100 hours. Around 1330 hours a lrench sergeant Major want
ed Lt Milstead to take three tanks &Dd five infantrymen and advance to the
next town. Lt KUst.ead then went into tbe tower where he could observe the
1I'bJle vall.ey, after observing very carefully he decided he could not advance
1\1rtber in daylight. Lt Milst.ead then told the sergeant )lajor he 'WOuld
support tbe advance of the patrol in which the 8eri9ant Kajor agreed upon.
Af'ter pulling back into position they fired a fn rOUDdB. Upon firing these
rounds, the Germans answered with ewrytbing they bad. pvt Xing took his tank
thru the arcblraY &IXl was firing on the hill wben they began to get direct fire.
At this point pn. King was seriously wounded in the head ani face fran sbel.l
trapent8 0pJ. Ringbott and pvt, Wagner carried ha into a 'building and pro
ceeded to gift h1lIl 11rst aid. At the same t:ille Lt Kilst.eai was observing the
fire rro. behind Opl tank. While firing Cpl SWiderski was hit in
the shoulder by sbell tra@ll8llts. In the matter of seconds, shells came in
am Lt Mllstead was seriously woUDded. '1W:> rrench soldiers carried hill in a
blUd1D& for COftr. Opl SWiderski then backed his tank under cover aDd went
over to aP-w Lt Milstead first aid. Cpl Dixon called the Mdics to appron
.ately 1515 hours am t.hen called Sgt Jbrbes to stand by a.td bring the aedics
to their position. .ApprOXi.mately 1615 hours Sgt Forbes arrived with the
medics. L1; Kil8tead told Jbrbes to get in touch with Capt B;>sen and to
tell h:ia 1;0 seDd SOID8 replac..n'tis or anothBr pl.at.oon or relieft the first
platoon. Aft.er contacting Capt ft;Jsen we sat tight unt.il reliewd by the
secom pl.atoon ot CoIIpaQT A. at 2300 hours.
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8. ti0u to t:H) ;i;;ht of w!1!T0 tx,ks were (werlC'o:...-inc:;
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.h: vCl.:'.:los et r'C'ssii'1.e POS::'tiC':lS :"or e:1er.,:--" i:'..:'an.r:'
:"'3 ;:,.'.':1 I was t!lrU !'irin:; I i:-:<3-:iately backed o"t of position and
l,::' a:l rlternate positionJ I had not been fir ed on. I the:1 put the
ta:lks in-w a pOSl ti c::. tl1 ti&-"' ....-e:" facing C'T unit's
:'lc..::k w::ich was C'oustantly 'tie Wflre then :'irE":! by ';a-:-,y
a!"tillery W:-.iCll lasted u:l1:il dark. The ene:1\Y artillery concentra.tion
'i'."nS e::c:e-;:tit".lallv heavy ,',:t I :::re.'vu t!L,ks betwee:1 hea.rily cons:'!"ucted
no'ta:lks were :lit. We held th;,s positioil all nisht and t41e
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". Jurin6 dayli.;ht !'.U$::; v1X position was constantly tL.'1der
IU"tillcry :'i:-e. : h:d. all cot'.:::unders have the men in their sections
cO:1ti..:.ally b'..lt no t!lI'gets were seen. At 0700 hoc:rs
t.:1C second ':)latovn olus t1:ree :,5-10's a:1d t::'e reco"l::9.issan:e ele':le;lt
?ul!od '.lI' road to tfu.;:e up defe:lsive ?Ositi0n ap:::-rcxir.mtely 500 j"ards
;)f l.(e,;ognfL'1o. A't 09(X) hO:.lrs started heavy
.:-1 fire. Soon after I was t:'ld b
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t;:16 was cO:i.'1terattnckin( E'_'1C: cO bO i:;.to !'i ring; posi 1:.: on 8.!ld wait
:'.)r infantry, so I be..e ::>rJers to start firing. :he fric:1dly in
fs.:n:ry kept retreating to ta.1ce posi Hon behi!ld tanks. I learned
froll'. retreating infantr: t:lere were !'our Tiger Ta.nks in the counter
attack fL'1':' l:l8.ny It" t::is time 3.L:lost all of our id'an:ry had
retreated behh,J t....e ta.'lks. I the:l asked the A-et:ch inffL'1trymen to
::1ount eacn ta!lk and to point out ::os.:.tions infantry, and Mlere they
had seen tbe tanks. of the t:u-gets pointed out were large houses
ra::Gin; 800 to 1500 yards awa:.;. As we kept on firing W3 could see
nany inffL'1t ry run.'1i!:g out 0: t21.e houses and the e neroy then s'tarteJ
retreating inme<iiately. iie ke=--t ,:-:-. l.lntil we se.,., no nore movement
or tar cets. All t'::e !1o'..!ses WP fired UpO!1 were well sl10t up, because of
close ra!'l6e '\'lIB had fi red from. :;0 enemy tanks were seen. '!be co'..lt1ter
attack lookod well broken up so : ordered tanks tx> cease firing, to
hold anr:nm1tion tor any further COtmterattact, or '!or po.sible ap
proach of enemy tanks. J'..-st at t ..... at tino O:1e of my tanks was hi t by an
eight- on first round and the tank w:as unable to back down out ot
view a.'1d the orew then ebe.njoned it. '!he ener..y fired tour mare rouno.s
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f:"re \\ns CO:.i:lt,. f'l"o!';l and t:le ceased firing. No other eneuy fire
\Vas tile.'1 received a:ld O'lT went forward to again hold th.:: Ground
they r.ad retreated from. 'n"Q onljr enemy nction f.oT the reTTle.i::der of the
d:t:,' W'lS from artillery. next day we went forward to t!"::(3 '.lp pOSl tioIl
!":oer: t:.c :10: ';C3 we had fired at and fOilnd out from the Italia:1s that we
ki :-:la.tly tlle e:lo.ilY ?tlO ',J'3re and around the and that
tl.t: 0:.0!!lY s..u'f('!!"od "lany casunlties which they carried to the rear
r:,V:':le". t:t..:.
Jurin.:., counterattack I hac asked :or but
,rt: ller:! Cl'li t3 us to o';:;erye for tfof\!n anci to make defini te speci
':1 0:' W!l::: Im;..'ossible bece.u!:e I had to hanalc my own
!'iri:.llo It t:la+ of co:nplete IJ.ck of artilloI1'
artll1..::r:: wlits diu :;ave 8"lJ' t;round observation. No cub was
5("1:1 :;':is nrea. ! did !:!\ve a.ssault platoon fire indirect
1'i1 3 on er.T:lY ol3ervation Their fire was effective and it
t."t artillery fire "'.:.:\e:-. let up quite a. bit. I believe
of wus tv :ut c!'f the rood at Lecchi so ";':.hat
T
ree 0'1 S-1' .a'drc:1, 2nd p 1'( t"-':l, tank riestro:;ers would be unable to retw-n
,:0',,"1 tl'is t..l::s b.:inG off '!his was tbe only road
t"r:tlt c::> ... l: :19.ye re+"!'C'd ,Yi of "the terr&in in this vicinity.
U:11y "'."l(' ta:lk of t:le sS>C o:ll: pla.to(ln was e 'Jlc to do any f' iri.ng and
tl,, red at r:u.,os 01' or :.....'!"e Y3:-ds by wa.tc'1ing our bursts.
ie:3t:-o:/er.l;ii :..:0 into !'cs:.t.i.\..'!1"S they were pretecting the unit's
I',,,,rtl were !10 i'urtJler i:1 our vicinity.
':':113 cOIT:and('.:t stated that OClT platoo:'l done a.
vel":! (,.V':',: t"u,t t:.e c;- '8.S V'3l'". Juic:d',' broker. up once
we 'irin..,;, s"ici pIs;) t:,'l't: t,,:!(S would l1ot over the
!":'J,:e ,'r;: .:;: ":as 0:1 O',lT ri,.,;i1t :"la.:-.!: 'Iilile t!1ey heard our tanks firing.
t:,is o?or'ltlcn loru"!1od t:H... t artillery fire has ,c-ry li ttle
t:.!.'fect Oll tu,::1' C'!' :' ,:ircct ;:i t. .Ul t.'1is fire
.::1 ;,;i\'u t.t' ':10:: ,:ore in thoi!" ta.l.ks.
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Alfred 1::. Piwinski
Robert :i. :ales
'.1illiam E. nola
Fred J. Smith
Andrew J. rupps
Claude Mi.lstead
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Arthur E. Koch
Bert E.
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Lewie E. Jackson
Richard E. '.vi s smueller
Gerald A. j.:ri 11er
::elph
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Louis s. Swiderski
Tracy A. l'r.Druliel
Fredolir.e J.
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Eo(;er J. Seyfried
':illia':! D. Co::>k
.?r:.tncis A. Boyd
lfi. 11 i am .::.. Jr
::eal T. 7ilkerson Jr
AlexA.nder .T. ,';t:cille.
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AWARDS
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George T. Rodger s Lt 01C11802 \::0
"A."
Willian. B. Isbell S Sgt 31052097 Co "D"
Cal E. stewart S Sgt 39155621 Co
"A"
Rex (IOO) Rucker S Sgt 39230970 Co
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Bert E. hoodard T
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i\11liam D. Forbes Sgt 35021695 Co "A"
Lene E. Jackson Sgt 38063747 Co
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Albert F. Teo 4 39078059 Co "c"
Ch&rles L. Hyde Tee 4 34170313 Co "A
August Ora) 'Whi te Opl 16230877 Co ",.. "
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Louis S. Swiderski Cp1 36335503 Co "A..
Harvey A. Le"tis Pfc 37509571 Co
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George P. King
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Colin A.. Langille
Sbt 39076069 Co
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Charles L. Hyde Teo 4 34170317 "A
Hugh J. O'Neill Jr
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From. TIle Genoral Comrno.wli tiC L::o
To The Lt. Colonol Co::t:J.andi!1c -tho 157.... ;;: Lattalio'l.
1. SenditiC you ... of
unito &.ttachod to t:-iO ::1": YOfitf:;,"luj LuLore C4.JTALLTI1Jh
2. Request you send ma as S00'1 as p03!:lihlf) or' c.i +-,r. \ir")r!:': {'or
officer (s). G. and E. H. of ullit who }lallt) di:-:;t.i.n(;uGi:c.
.par ticu.larl:r durinc thi s t,.
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2.... July 44 and
During the mom - ,
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and received verb
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ftI.e 'pl.&u tor the :.,. be actlve along the IV Corps
front 1.ttiDg th. enellJ mo'"' .. .... there and to select firing c('
,poaltlona aoroa. ... wh1ch w. could move at night, _
, 4ell.... r .....ral rounds or tlre and then move to another
poaitlon. Moat ot the was being given a rest at
tbe t1ae aDd there was operation in mind. We were used
Ii
I to create the lapre.alon ot armor in the sector and
a quant1t1 ot art1l1ery 'crose the tront.
. !he wa, moyed on 2 August 1944, the last march unit
olos1Dg in blv . at 1255B hours. During the afternoon arrangements
were mad. to "B" and "C" to a forward locat1on trom
which th., to move forward at nite and deliver 1ndirect
to one company of either flank, in case of an
the enemy (see overlay #1). The assault gun
guns was detached trom the battalion and moved
taw' the . Yic1n1ty Pisa and attached to the 894th TD
Ba being used as art11lery. These three movement
dark the night of 2 August 44. .
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'\." Officers and non-coms of "B" and "C" Companies' spent the day
f 3 August 44, reconnoitering gun positions and routes. Targets
were selected for them and at 1900B hours one tank from each comp
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any ran forward and registered. At 2100B each company moved a
platoon forward to the positions and at 2230B hours each tank
fired 50 rounds at their targets. The inactive of the
battalion spent these days dOing maintenance and training.
Activity on 4 August 44, was of the same, caliber as the prev
ious day. A gun from each "B" and "C" companies went forward dur
ing daylight hours to a new position and made a registration.
During that night'two platoons from each company moved up and del
ivered fire on selected targets. Results of the night firing could
not be determined.
During daylight hours of 5 August 44, Companies "A" and "n"
made a move over roads in the vicinity, exposing their vehicles
several times to enemy observation and then returned to bivouac by
a covered route. Between 2200B and 2400B hours, "B" and
"e" moved to new firing positions and delivered fire
on several road junctions

At lOCOB hours 6 August. 44, three platoons of tIC" company
moved into a position in the vicinity of Q315571 in view of the
enemy and fired for approximately three hours at buildings across
the Arno River. One platoon fired into an enemy position at 294606
and black smoke appeared for tcirty minutes. One of the platoons
drew fire from a direct fire weapon, while the other two platoons
were fired on by artillery of large caliber. There were no
casualties nor vehicles lost. At the same time "B" company moved
into a position in their sector and delivered fire of the same
nature. This company did not draw return fire. A total of 764
rounds of ammunition were expended between the two,companies.
At 2l45B hours 7 August 44, two platoons of "0" company went
into a firing position at 302552 and fired twenty (20) rounds per
gun at targets across the Arno River. At the same time four (4)
tanks of "C" company were moved to vicinity Pontedera (286583)
to be used later in an infantry operation. One section of the
tanks returned to the "C" company bivouac before daylight. At
21009 hours "B" company moved twelve tanks into a firing position
and delivered fire at targets across the Arno River. The same
night one section ot three (3) light tanks ot "D" oompany
bivouac tor Cascina (217612) to support a platoon ot infantry ot .
the 14th Armored Infantry Battalion in that c1ty. It was learned
the next morning that this section had been held overnight at the
Service Oompany of the 14th Armored Infantry because of
an infantry plan in the vicinity of the river whlcti the mo.ement
might interfere with. The other sectlon ot this platoon ot "D" .
company departed bivouac tor La Rotta (320517) to support a platoon'
of intantry ot the 6th Armored Infantry Battal10n 1n that c1ty. .
At Forcoll this section was also held up for the nite by the int
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'antry. They were to proceed to Casto del Bosco the night ot 8-9
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mission of the light tanks is to be in those positions in case
of a counter-attack with a secondary mission of destroying targets
which the infantry may point out to them during the day.
8 August 44, "B" company moved. to a firing position and dur
ing the hours of darkness delivered fire across the Arno River.
The of light tanks held-over in Forcoli (340519) moved
during the night to vicinity La Rotta (320577) after another change
of orders.
A plan involving our "en company the nite of 8-9 August 44
was as follows: The section of "0" company tanks in vicinity
Pontedera was to move, at a des'ignated time, directly north froIT!
that city to the river banks and fire across the river into arAas
which the infantry would designate as targets and to fire at any
gun flashes which could be located. The movement forward was to
be oovered by a 30 minute artillery barrage, which it was believ
ed would cover the sound of the tanks. At the conclusion of the
artillery fire, the remainder of "0" company was to take up the
fire and covering suspected areas for the next 30 minutes,
thus giving the tanks time to get back to their startin6 pOint.
The artillery barrage did not materialize. The section of tanks
did move forward from Pontedera to the river bank and remain their
the time arranged. They were protected by infantry, but drew very
heavy enemy fire in the form of mortars and artillery. The remaind
er of "C" company began their fire at the designated time, but it
was ineffectiy,e since the artillery had not fired before them.
'While withdrawing from the river bank one tank, which was having
to back down a one-way road, off the bank and turned over on
its turret. The crew removed the radio, disabled the guns etc.,
but did not destroy the tank hoping to recover it later. This
poeit10n was ahead of the infantry patroll1ne and recovery was ir::
poss1ble at the time. The enemy shelled the tank all day the fol
lowing day hoping to burn it. The remaining tank returned to the
"C" company b1vouac during the night.
The evening of 9 August 44, two platoons of "A" company moved
from battalion bivouao to a firing position at 313556 with the
miss10n ot interd1cting a road and roatl junction across the Arno
River. The f1ring was spread over a two hour period and at the
oompletion the platoons returned to the company bivouac. This was
the first time Company "Aft had delivered indirect fire against t.he
It was planned that "E" company would fire from the left
flank of the sector at the same time, but we were requested to
postpone th1s action as the infantry 1n that sector was making plans
for the n1ght wh10h might be disrupted by our tank movement in that
vic1nity
,mes8age was rece1ve4 at l030B 9 August 44, adVising that we
had been rel1eved of attachment to the IV Corps and were being
attached to the 34th Infantry Div1s1on as of August 44. Shortly
thereafter the Battalion Commander and 5-3 reported to the OG,
.,,4th Division to discuss movelJlent to the new area, plens and trEtlr:
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'!'he next few days were -used to make arrangements for the
re11ef of our organization 1n the IV Corps sector. Arrangements
were made and the re11ef completed the n1ght of 11-12 August.
The was,re-grouped 1n v1c1n1ty Q284481.
At 2300B 12 August 44, the b&ttaliotl

llOye4 trom the IV Corp.
Sector to a blTOuac in area a tew mile. north of Oecclna.
Thls battallon was to train with the 34th D1Tia10D lntantrr for
a future operation. One medlum coapADl was assigned to each ot
the infantry reglments ; -A coinpany to the 133rd -B
company to the l35th Infantry, and company to the 168th Inf
antry. It was planned to also have each ot the compan1es do some
work with the -442nd Infantry, which at tlae wa. part of the
div1sion, but betore the tra1n1ng got underway, the -"2nd Infantry
was relleved from the 34th Divlsion. OUr ott1.cers made the -con
tacts w1th the var10Us commanders w1th whom we would work.
Training got under way the following day and lasted until late
the 17th of August at which time word was received that we, as
part of the 34th D1v1s10n, had been attached to II Corps, and a
movement could be expected soon. OUr assault gun platoon waa
detached from IV Corps and returned to the battallon.
On August 19th Company "B- participated in a review for Pr1me
Min1ster Churchill. The company commander vas presented to Mr.
Churchill by General Clark was complimented on the appearance
of his vehicles and personnel.
Orders were rece1ved at 2330B 21 August 44, the batta110n
moved 1nto the II Corps sector to a bivouac v1cin1ty MOnta10ne
(525455). It was learned at th1s t1me that the operatlon for
which we had been train1ng was to force a crossing of the Arno
R1ver. Plans were made toward that end, ma1ntenance be1ng given
priority. Air and .ground reconnaissances were made by officers.
The morning of the 24th 1t was learned that the operat10n
might not come off as soon as expected and tank-1nfantry training
began again.
At ogOOB 25 August 44, Company "B- was detached from the
battalion and attached to the 9lst Reconnaissance Squadron and
moved as part of that unit to an area southwest of
Dur1ng the day one platoon of rocket tanks from the 760th Tank
Batta110n was attached to and joined the batta110n for use in the
river crossing

The period August 26-31 was spent-tra1n1ng with the various
infantry units of the D1vis10n. During this period the batta110n
was alerted for movement and a forward CP was moved to an ea
just south of Florence to make last minute ar a
naissances across the r1ver.
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Incl #2 Casualty List
Incl #3 Awards & Commendations
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DIED OF WOUNDS
J.... A. Pollard Pvt 37505971
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Edward c. BeDdoDs 1st Lt 01012241
Pranlt L. La Scala Cp1 32239566 "B"
B.r4on c. Burat Sgt 39004701 "B"
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Walter C. Dickey
Edward C. Bendokas
Jerome M. Myers
Glenn F. Beinhorn
Vernon (NMI) Locklear
Rodger J. Seyfried
Francis A. Boyd
Stephen G. Kurchey
Neal T. Wilkerson Jr
William D. Cook
Floyd E. Gale
August C. Yungworth
Milton M. Nuss
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LEGION OF MERIT
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Lt Col
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1st Lt
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Cpl
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Cpl
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CROIX de GUERRE
With Silver Gilt Star (Order 0:
757th Tank Battalion, unit award
Walter C. Dickey Lt Col
Thomas D. Sollom 1st Lt
With Silver Star (Order or
Archie L. Cochran Maj
Robert C. Erickson Maj
Nicholas C. Biersteker Capt
Bernard E. Bergmann 1st Lt
Thomas H. Reynolds
1st Lt .
With Bronze star (Order or
Victor C. Anderson Capt
Geoffrey S. Gough Capt
Orv111e C. Monroe Capt
Joseph N. Plumer Capt
Robert D. Vernon Capt
Ted Rosen Capt
Raymond R. Cra1d'ord 1st Lt
Andrew J. Foppe 1st Lt
Paul J. Zachmann 1st
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Williard D. Rogers S sst 6843817
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U11sse R. Pelletier S Sst 31051479 "C"
Alan C. Bard Cpl 13084552 ~ C "
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Colin A. Langille Sst 39078039 "AU
Charles L. Hyde Tee 4 34170317 "Aft
WIm THE'IFTH AmIr, I'tALyTtle ot tile 1I1oet battalion"
of tank men who waited 19 months to get into action and then mad6 800d with a
vengeartce in one drive, can now be told. This unit of GeMNl..Clark'. fifth
Armj has tout,bt principaJ.11 with the PriACh BI:J*tltiOMrT Corps in Italr in
its brier but colorful military career.
For a year and a halt, the officers men ot the 757th Tank Battalion
tlDugtd; they were doomed.to spend the rest ot the war sw..tins out "alel"ta'll.
Alerted five times in the States for overseas duty, the)" t1na1q mAde it in
the spr1n8 ot 1943, only to be kept out of action on imlerous occasiOne 'in
Kediterranean thoater by their old jinx--last minute change8 in plana.
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Arriving in Italy last fall, they had to be content with training pr0
grams until February of this year, when, at last, they started into the lines
before to be relieved before the Whole battalion coUld be
committed.
But in early Yay the 757th found itself with 'tour divisions ot French
troops who were talking of running the Germans out ot Italy by themselVes.
The Amerioan tank boys went along to help--and finally got their action.
Beginning at dawn, Kay 11th, the unit smashed through the Gustav line
with the French, overran the vaunted Hitler line, and. never stopped until it
was pulled out recently south of Florence.' While French divisions took
turns at the front, men of the 757th stayed up there, 8upporting both of them
without relief for 73 consocutive days and nights.
In the course of this great drive, the battalion, san:iwiched between the
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British 8th Army on their right flank al)d Aroorican elements of Clark's
figJ1ting Fifth on, their left, working always in difficult mountainous
helped take many small towns, hundreds of and large
quantities of Gennan equipment. Above Rome, they drove up Highway 2 to
take part in the capture of Viterbo, and ,a tough siege before Siena,
blew up German road blocks at the main gate,and were among the first Allied
clements to enter and liberate that medieval walled city.
'The brief ,business at "Radio City" \,a8 typical of the 757th battalion in
action through those 73 days. This "Radio City" was, unfortunately, not part
of Ilr. development, but the tank ments nome for the hilltop
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Italian town of Radicofan1, between Viterbo and Siena. Commanding ground for
20 miles in nll directions, the town was strongly fortified by the Germans, who,
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it, was 'learned later, had been ordered to hold it at alr costs for three days.
A baby task force of the 757th, consisting of D and a platoon of
A, cQmnallded by Captain Ralph W. Graham of Lowell, Arkansas, captured the town
in exactly three hours without a single casualty. Two surprises caught the
'Germans flatfooted: 'an artillery observation plane which spott-ed enemy gun
positions for the tank men, and daring flanking maneuvers over terrain the
Jerries; had considered impossible for tanks.
In these 10 weeks between the Garigliano and the Arno, the 757th battalion
vividl1 how the Allies are teaming up in this war. "In every
."ay, With'the was just like working with one ot our own units,"
says Captain Nicholas C. Biersteker, 700 Main street, Little Chute, Wisconsin,
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battalion "There was never a moment ot triction or m1s
'W'1dmtand1ng.u rOrh1s partin helping effect such cOOPeration. Captain
Biorsteker was awarded the Croix de Guerre, with sUver star.
Two underlay successful partnership. ,first, the
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including their colonials, Goumiers a.rrl Senegalese, came to like and
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each other as soldiers, a feeling that was increased as th0y fought
by side "p Italy and saw each other at work. Seoondly, the French
daveloped an unt1suBlly efficient system or English-speaking liaison officers
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and non-cOlDS trom the battalion cOfllIland post down througJl all units.
battle, Preneh of'ticera frequently' climbed right into American tanks with our
"The French are real fighters," says the 757thIS commander, lleutenant
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Colonel/Walter C. 4430 Trowbridge Avenue" E1 Paso, Texas. "We're glad
,_ 'got to know them am we Ire proud we could fight with them." Colonel Dickey
was awarded the Legion of Merit for his work with the French Corps, and a Croix
de Guerre with silver star.
The French, equally enthusiastic about their American comrades in arms,
have decorated the officers and men of the battalion with numerous decorations
and commendations.
Like other outstanding outfits, the 757th is a well bala.rx:ed unit. Every
and man pitches in and is in part responsible for the unit's success.
In one 24-hour period during tho push at the Gustav line, the recov.ery crew of
Company A, working almost constantly under enemy fire, salvaged nine. tanks and
vehicles and sent them back into the lines. Members of the ,crews were Sergeant
Otto J. Becker, of Escondido, California; Corporal Donald L. Odland of Kenosha,
Wisconsin; and Corporal. James E. Hunt of Wetumka, Oklahoma. The commander, of
Company A is Captain Ted Rosen of Fayetteville, Arkansns.
It takes good first aid lOOn as well as good gunners' tG make a good tank
outfit, and the 757th medics turned in a superior job. Twb of the medical. en
listed men, starr Sergeant Philip Nabhan of Rio Vi'Sta, California,' and Corporal
JOIneS Carrel, 193 12th Avenue, Newark, New were made second lieutenants
in special battlefield promotions. The battnlion surgeon, Captain Joseph N.
Plumer, 3431 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania". reports that his men
found the French exceptionall.y eff'icientand. cooperative. Both Americ;an' and
Frcmch aid men treated soldiers of each force without discrimination.
Throughout the .SWDner the totled at their thankless
job, and did it so well that they nearly doubled the normal ille of their tank
motors, raising it in ma.ny instances to over 400 hours.
No lon,ger a "lost battalion" in staging ,the 757th rank-Battalion,
has established itself as a top notch combat unit in .1'iBbt11l&
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Firth Army. Recently it has been attached to tJ:le ve.\eran. te)ed.\:.
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H1.\or1oal Records and Histor1es ot OrsaD1zatlona.
TO O_nains General, Fifth Anrt. b.?v U. S. ArIDJ.
1. Ja GCPUIPl1ance \1ith lettftt, adquarters Flfth ArmY 22
Janual'J,l9441 eubJect I ":Uetol'iou. "oords and Histor1es OJ. Organ
lzations", t18 AG 314-A';;, the toUNbg roport is 8"baltted', .
lap neterenoo I \.i-SC:S No Ital, 1/50,000. Sheet.
98 I. II. 'III, IV. 106 I.u.r;. .

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The first teur of September tound th1s battalIon 'Working <
traininG problema with the var10us lnfantr,y battalions of the 34th
In.:fnntry Div1sion \0 which WEt were attaohed. trainin.g took
place. in the v1G1B1tl of Caateltl.rentina, south ot the Ar.bO River.
On the fitth of Septamb0r the -.\tallon was ordered to an
:lfl3ecbly area v101nitJ zaS2644. Juat,outh ot }4'lorenoe, preparatory
tc crossinG th. Arno R1var ,"ith t._ )4th Division and re11avi ns
tllc :3r'ltlsh 66th l:lrlgado in the ZODe 'BOrth ot It'lorence. At this
tln.:6- "AU was to tbe lJ,rd Intantry. "a" Oompany
previously been attachad to tba ,lat Reconnai8sance Iquadron.
111" battalion loa8 theso t',iO !',:ad1wn GO.ames "raa plaoed in' direct
support of' tho 168th Inta.ntr;y whlch waato be the assault regiment.
'1'h18 relief no'b completed a. loon aa expeoted and tbft nite
of 8-9 a""ptel!lber 1944, the battalion wa. again moved to tho vicinity
Fonteseoca. (1324700).. 'fhat same morl1ins' telephone oalla. were recelv
od f'r'om the Divis10tl 1-3 and the 6-3 168th Infant"r adv1s1ng that
tho batta.lion lass three (3) platoons was being placed 1n 1)1'91810n .
H(H.IOl"'VO. One llIGcllull1 platoon of Oompany waa attaohed to the
one mediuf.'l plat.oon of Oompe.ny "cIt and 0118 11Sbt
plf?t.oo'l.'} of .)o61pany ",:11 ,,,ero attaohed to the 168th Intantrr. !'he
Division wag to operat:'!' 1n extromely roUGh terraL"l w1th a 'Yerr poor
l"oau t f.;'';'''; nOf':!cl for 1:\0:C3 than a platoon w1th eaoh regiment
could not be we moved, with lnstr'uctions '\0 cl.ear
Hlgh\"ay 65 b;r noon. to vicinity Limite ('6715103). l'hls movement
va. oompleted at noon. The detached platoone remained with
moved with the infantry res1ments to which they wore attD.ched. to
vioin1ty ot Barbarino 'Q18191tOl.
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At 06308 Septeaber 12, 1944, the. 1;5th Intantry pa.ssed throubh
the 168th ancl the medium platoon of "e" Compan,y" and the
platoon of .J.t went to the l35th InfantlT. 1M 11lT
1810n was attacking with the l33rd Infantry and the l'5th Infantry
abrelbt. Irhe 133rd on the loti had aa 1ts left boundary the hl::.;h\fuy
runn1nC north trom l;rato generally betl'1een the 67 and 13
vertical to Oastig1ione (Q730101). The boundar7 between the
two regiment. va. generally along the 76 vertical grid. Tbe right
bOl:ln4aZ7 of t.be l'5th 'Has general17 along the 79 vertioal grid. 'the
91.t Dirt.loD wae on the r1t:ht and the 6th South D1vision
on tbe l.tt ot the Division.
JIoT1Dg torward on Jeptomber 13, 1944 "'l1th the 135th Infantry,
"he_dium platoon of He" Oompa1'J1 .aa called upon to fire several
round. in" buildings 8,t Lurgnano (QT83981) from a position
Grlpa.no hlT799(4). l!he enemy was kDown to have maohine gun and
sniPer position. in the buildings. "Artillery had been unable to
knock down the bul1dlll6s. 0\11' fire v roported to be v.ery effeot
lye. the light platoon of ,j,J
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OOlDJ)aar was used dur1ng the day to
keep tire on & machine gun position oould not be 4&flu1tely
looated but was to be causing tl'Ouble to patrols. These
mi.sloDS were glven in support of the 3rd Battalion, 135th lnfun'try.
The nite of the 13th, "the battalj.on loss the three platoons.
moved trom violn1t, Limite (Q7157(3) to a bivouao vicinity 0ar:tog
[Siano (Q77OS30) " One man from "A" Oo.pany was k1lled in tho move.
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During the day of l4\h, the Oompan,y medium
with the 135th IoTaS moved to a ridge v1cinity 768980 and
1600B hours Gup{)orted an attaok 'bJ' the 1st and 2nd Battalions.
'l'hree hundred (300) rounds wero firM at machine guns pos1t1ona,
pill bOX9S, r.nd OPs. "lot 20)+5;3 hour. t.he e"f'ening of September 11}th
the ie1011 G-3 callaO. ordering all tanks of the battal10n which
Horo not .in direct support of the intaDt17 to be 1n posit1on by
no,.:.'n 15th Japtouoer to delivor Ind1reo\ fire as artillery.
The morning positions were pioked vicinlty Grlgnano
( ".7'7Y964) t arru(J[j61I1Ollts made ,,[1th the art1llery, and Oompa.nies't.c"
Ii ,.11 , 1(3sS one platoon, moved 1nto position. The Assault Gun
.PI::: toon of 6-105/"i' '::;P guns (",-'7 I B) was 4etached from the battalion
nnd [),tt;.::.. ohod to the 151st F. A. Jattallon. An advanoe CP was moved
to the salr:e vlcinity. \11th the e,su1stanoe of a Cub Observation Plano
[;uniJ of tIl" Oor..-,pany "'ere dur1ne the day and during
the hour'S of d<:;Lrkness nine hundred i,mti fifty rounds of f"::;
amLiuni tion iLre expcnded on forty (40) targets.
Cn3eptcTdbor 16, the 11;.;11 O"ompany pJ.atoon wh1ch bad boen
on the 10ft f1nn}: of the 135th zone was moved to the l'L "tt
flank of' to Bupport the 2nd Batta.11on. ilt the BIl;ns
another platoon of "U
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GOi::!>any \','as attached to the l35th Intantl'j_
Durlng the night both platoons with the light platoon ot UJII QCllipany
moved to the v1clnity l1lgn9to (Q772008). Durin,S this n1te move a
br1dge gave way th e. medium tank. None of the tank crew were
injured. The officer in oharge of tho movei.>lent innnedlately got tho
battalion lnto actlGn and built u by-pass around the
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1T' settuas two lll&dluUl and two l1gb.t. tanka on & lUU
top froID lfl\1oh the1 oeU1(\ f ire on cl1SJl1 .trong po1n\. Whloh we",
holdllll) t.i,pthe lntafttr-J. During the hours of darlme.. Coapa.a,y A,
1...... fired 1000 rounds ot harassing Oft
the tU't111ery.
11, 1944. 4lurbas \)18 day the tanks on tbe hlgh ground
.rth of' Mlpeto were worked alODg the ridge l1ne to violn1ty 718022
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'.fJ'ea lIhloh the1 are further able \0:. 'asslst the 1nfantry. These ta:
nks
. w.rkec1 11a i.1... aupport of the 1!It&1it1'7 for the following tew days.
la ... pur\leular 'm1s::l1on, s. aeotlo. of med1wa tanka was moved up
to tire late a '\urmel whioh was OcOllpJ.ad by the Germans. a.veral
rounds of HI wre put into the of the tunnel and then it was
sealed -l. by HI. The light tank. oaile 1n tor so_ shoot1ng when
the platooa le.48r notioed sevel'al of the eneJD1 expo.1ng themeelveB
Oll a hilltop. !t, broutsht his 37M!! pu to bear on the target and
was later lntol1Sie4 by tIn 1nfantr1 ... he had killed .everal of the
onamj . _ 0% KWIlber 88, 34th D1Y1.108 Headquarter!!, dated 11 Sopt
ember 1944, oft&platoon of Comp..,vas attached to the Reo
onnaissanoe SquadMn, '.>lh1ch was Bore_ing tho'rlght tlank of the
Dlvisloth 00.,..,. -H" f lred 1000 rouat. harasalng tire during the

Tho COlDPant plat.o<m '\'lorlt1l'l8 with tho 13:;rd Infantry on the
lr",i't d&111 1n supporting 1Il1'..,1'1 action., and were f1rlng
e,n of 300 rounds per day. I1i6ht of the 18t,h "A" Oompany
1000 l'C'unds haI'asain{S fire. 00...." "3" fired 1000 rounds the
OJ. tk:! 19th.
Cn ""eptoi.iOer 20th orders wore relved attaoh1D8 0l'18 platoon of
r1 1:.0 tha ;,4th Rsoormaiarlan<M Squadron, Three tass of the
platoon ncv,)<..t to a pos-':-tlon on the rlp' flank after dark the same
n.lzb:t. 1'.b.a .c&h,ain1flg .... platoon \'11th on8 lta" platoon tired 1000
roun<.l;c\ b:::.l'ailolng i'ire dur1ng tt.e
T{le '1;';.11 pla.toon w1th the l33:rd l1It-WI aupport.ed an attack
dur the day emfl fired 400 rounds ot _.!nlt1oD at lI&ohlne gun
:positlo.1e nnd 02::1. The t[:nlcs ,'rere subjeoted to &. terr1fio shelling.
but th'S c.;reWD "buttoTled up" !'.nd continued the1r tire t'brouehout the
da.y. ,... track l'UUl blo\111 off one to.nl,,_ a.nC!. the ___nnae Weh knooked
of:' four oth0l"S. ',Htil 0;'1('; exception no one "-Tas '!.nJ\Arect nor were any
of th.:1 oOl'ioualy Tht;) platoon leader d14 reoelve a
foot :....nd rJ.:1.J. to bo OV3cu2.ted. Dur'lIl(; the n1ght the dloobled
t$Llk "<las iJulle.i )?ck ;;latTltGnanco and ro?a.1red dur1DS the t'ollo'tl1.ng
(lal.
(.:n (,he alat ,jsptembel' 1944 the OospaDy platoon w1th toe
1,,1'4 supported the 1nfantry again in an attack and expended 400 rounds
dur1!l8 the afternoon. 007 {L748013) and 810 (L746010) -"we
'both ocoup1ed by the l33rd ae a result 01' the action. Tli18 ft1Sbt
-aft Corupany was callod upon 1;.0 fire 1500 rOllnde of ht\1"assltig 1'1re, a .
1t was believed the enemy 4l18ht be wlthdra1flD6.
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aotlon, aa4 whon In,.rroGated stated that their QnlJ pe.eOD tor
\f. MOo.l.1 ot the unbearable dlreot tire trom our
tankll. .
':b.e 21iitt ot September finds 0\11' un1ts IIpl1t up into mant parts.
a.. t>la'l;,oon ot "0" Company atta.ched to the l68th Intantry.
On. putoon ot "A" Oompany attaohed to the 133rd Infantry.
a.. ot -D" attached to the 135th.lnfantry
. twO pla\OOJle of C
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Oompany a.ttached to the 135t,h Infantrr.
,,_ p),atoqn ot -0" Company attached to the 34th Reoonnaissanoe Squad
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OM plawen ot itA" COr.ItJany '0 the 34th .Reoonna1ssanoe &quad
ro!l, .
Aesault Gt.l.n Platoon attached to the 1,lst F. A. Batta11on.
less the a.bove 1n support of the Jl1v11110Tl Artillery.
At 1245& hours', 3er>tomber ).944 ll1vislon Artillery oalled,
us to lay down 500 of fire on a road north of
Monteplano where a troop movement h&4 been observed. It appeared
that the enemy l'las 'beginning to ..w., Our platoons work1ng with
the 1nfant!'1 oontlnucd to suppor' units a. best they could.
The tanke, t11'1ne indiroct were rap1411 gettins.out of range.
It WEl,S nec.e.ary to move torya:tt. to vio1n1ty jlliArgher1ta l '6753
).;)6) on the 2,ra September where \laeeompan1es agalD took up fir1ng
posi tiona. !hat, !lite II Jit !Jompaay tirK 1500 rounde.
3aptember 24th and were..,..' v1e1n1ty whero
our tanks flr.4 ... art1llery u.nt11 0,,' of range. The road north on
that Aida of t.he l)!.,lsion seator ... 110" been made paable DO the
BattHllon, les8 -Ou, ":;", and ?latoon, 'MS. be1ns a..t
tuoheQ to other unit. in tho mo'fed to the e&et aide
of the Div1sion seotor and into at L195065 .,101n1ty S. G1a
camo ea.st of Bighway6S. Tho taDke whloJl had been w1th
the 133rd Infantry had been relie.e4 itth. that regiment on the 25th
$optem'ber ;';:,nd moved w1th the dattall...
til.is area, vicinity J. 'J.la.oamo (L195065) two rounds ot
.ne., tire l;;.ndad near the CP of .!tC;" Comp..,. The 1st Sgt. was
.'. wounded and dlc(l. beforo . reach1ng the hos:v1tal. The Corn
", ....,. euppl, tent was 30 t. :.:.f'll'e ana '!.:any of tho i:1Sn 'barraoks bags
" as well as othor
.nlte of 30th Jepteruber one platoon 01' C9Uf. was
-_\&0-.' \0 and moved from b1vouao to join the 133rd lDtantr.r T10
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4-Incla: Lt. Col.! 157th. Tank Ba.ttalion.
Iaol k1 .. everl8.1 or Operat1ons OOJDJDandlng.
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Paul J. 7.flCh."1lttM let Lt 01014539
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Bill h. Slinkard J'Tt Co " 13
1f1edean F. Bender.on Opl
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Jo.eph J. lfIcJtenna Sgt Co
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Roy o. Y11hol bnd S Sgt eD31S2C Co "B"
Rex Rueker S Sgt 39210970 Co
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Delhert J. i'eo 4 37111343
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Melvin Ghields fe-c 5
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Adrian A. Ingbam ht 1114.5899 Hq Co
Alexander J. Pvt 36&15133
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Louie S. Swidera:n Cpl
Fred i"... Rl nghott Cpl
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......... Von.:1T'e 'n'Uii eeOll:red, a prevlouely plan
... _ late .,.,ratlon. IIJ" ,.;011'4'&111' of this 8att,allon, mount1ng a.
......, ot lJrtu\l7, f'X'OIU the 3rd Ba\'kl.1Qn, l'3rd Infantry pa8sed
r.:et'.......' w1th thoplr:m of Oll"ll\s \.be road v1cinity }lOnauno
'). .. o__Jtlv<,;' t-!ae reached lat.. at night, bl tl'IO te.nke.
1urt.1II ...,taek, Ofte va2 krH!cked out bJ' at bazooka, D.nd the othe:r'a
wr. .t1'elm alona 111M sVtf) or mountain 'With thrown or 1n
IUd oyer the ,,,&Ok_.
When tid. taM "a5 hi t by v. bAzooka, .Pvt. uha\terton of *,1."
OoJQP&llY, ,_ aaa1atant dl'lYsr, ,.. 80_ hand grenade. and hls
"Tofi'll\Y' Gull- a1l4 ".., attt'!H' 5uftlr. After t1rlne into
tbe 'ark, he filsa.l.nt the rest of the crew In ZJuttini.\
out t,be tift 1a the tank. tnJc1ng the oryatv.ls out or the
and ---'SoDS other aqulpilJent, the CQ"eW, leas the driver who
had been lnatant]ltl1led, w1thdrtH' to the 1rJtal1try p-oaltlone.
On the a&I:8 operation, pln.tocoa or l1t'!,ht tanka w.>ved
the sal.\.i8 route wlth tJw reSti1"vn il,fantry to CTtarCome any
toot .ra1ght bu.ve boey;) bY-j,K\,SBGd b, the r.d1uma.
i\.aln ;:.nd mud bad mads the ...bl. to truok., 80 ciurlnS
t.ho Cli' the 7th u c... O{)voy of eight Utttv.llcn peepe,
by th" BQtt.u.llol1 ,lUpPll" . l}oush, and loaded ",1th gaG
oline t;ladllf thr-;> trip to U"X'u raIn to supply our tanks 1n
thnt tOl;n.
w.t1ng the following d:>r,Y, f.i of 113ht tanka and tour
tanku roecc';,r,,?Yi,d i),I ,:GI'V 1 malntenanoe, an4 had
m'"'oc O'dod to ..onzuno. ,.h');" .rlof!ltlonG vJ.ol::-Jlty Lc4DSUllO, two of these
\.(.1:11 uJppc)rt.(1Cl tt";(jJ l-et Unttallon. und the other two
ed the 1n tr'.olr l.i.tt",.cLa t'o the nor'Ul..
While on foot routcs ,rot' hie' tanka to IlOva over.
Capt.. Ted Hosen, "';viD,)any of I,." was killed by
flro .frtlm an enelt.;/ J.lZ' 'jun.
C1'l the 1t't', vctO;;.KJl' 0..;.'",") tI '>,Ol0 l'ocelve4 att.ach1.n6 0nG
JJ.P.' platoon and "J ,I ;"Oil19nny (fIlQ.ll:t4ros) to the IntuU7. whiuh
.... __sing to the 1'1Eht oL' the 1,,%(\ Intantl"J. Oor.qpany was at t J *l
the ss-me tliitf} plaG.d in support or the 'I'd Battalion. 133rd infal1try.
By t.he 8th OotOber. all of the tanks ha.dbeen l""tlooVerod trc:..lil
h. VeneN. One plat.oon of tl COIDtjany J which bas beon suppor-tillS
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moYe t.o LT9ut4 -' .. walt"'. .
ola t_ ........... Its" OOIIIPII*V' repor\e(\ 1ft "a1tJ.oo at.
05301\ ...;,.. ... w.ralil ...,ct ....... tos 414 QO t ......., U4 ..
talllte C,"'.,...,.U4 not ohAnSe poalUoae during U. 4&7. .
on .' ' .. .- ..,...I '.' ..... .. 12.uJ1O (L84024S) ..... ....... the fiattu.11oD OrnoYed to Jt..o
in the .... wlt,h t.ho lDt..w, hesJ,..nt. Delfts tbe
dar Of-"''''' and llt.b. one platoon of ..c.. O.....",&D4 t.wo
tank_ of J)- UU at.lPpoJ"tod lntllnU7 in their ......nt.ltOr.. h on
t.he J"Oaa, ... ., their poelt1oas golD6 a8 tar ..the a6
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On tM,lIa. (I " ,.rt._<1 baq t.c kttallon
oontrol:me' ". '.......16<1 one kilo_toe.. troll i<lOnauBO alones the road
sout.h of ' ..."' .... '. .. tlli" ... \UJ4er Bat\&llon 00DtN1 ad
a.aembl...... '" ' . L$182'45. u\3' a......, va. from the 91at
and IJIOve4 '- ....mblJ a.t"fI& lUt4er CNr control
ce.l.leu on the 14t Ootobel' \0 &len "h" OOqlanJ

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for to support t,be 168t.h lJrt...., 1ll an
the v101nltl Mt. '-.lobe (l.918
tbe Sattallon ,;.}-3 a.nd Compa,ftJ Coaaander of etA"
of thls area an4 J"OUtAta of apPl'Oaoh.
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.. , ", ..'Vr.ano (U371.2'5), ttl)" COlD,parq a' L899226, and
.-'I,;'!= . . .,.... poaltion at 1...92125'. That, ral6h' em. platoon
., ..".' ;=:':! ...........lnt.o po.1t.lon a.t 1815Q85 t.o aupport the lntant.rr
....... _--A.... tor O5OQA hours th& 16th Ootober. rua was to.1 a
II .1.......... fly. dlvi.1oua abroAst, tha D1yla1on ma1r1"8
... ... ..,....... ' .
... .f the 16tb October, tb8 at.. puabN ." M4 wa.
a1owE'4 40wn ", mortar and ..u arma tire. 1!'.be lirat tank of
the lat natoon ot ;/. Compa", puah1rc toJ'1WaJ.'4 \0 t1re .. '.... poe
1tiona waa knocked out Of an aIle., AT Gws, Nftlt1n& 1n. \we Jllan be1ng
killed and injured. Va., 11ttl. were the
4&7. T-.nk:a ad fired a.ll 4q troJl 8&1'11 d&1t'ft WJt;U law at
.igh' at. house. anti ellelIl1 lntantrr. '
"0" COIIP&nr was attaobtt4 t4t ,be 1,,... Wantl'f, Vld.eh va.
cold'll! in ora the lett, ot U. Intaa." the n18ht. of 16-11t,h
Ootober. A LlalaoD ott1 ,... -lJ
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......, report.ttc1 to t.M .133r4
Infantry' \0 .t.
. 1M -." 00kDJ)8.n.f oU})pll problem waa bart4led by tin of our 11gb'
taJdt. wb10h w.... loa4ed wlth a t.otal of SDO l"o\1D4a ot 15J1m
50,000 rou:ft4e of ..30 call.. ammtlzalt,1011.
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,leruent,s of the 13,rd. lofo,ntry which \'IOre rGportad on l-!t. Bel
monte (L905328) early the mol'ning 01' the 11th Ootober Wei,.. pus.4 .
orf later day bl an .oem, lDtantrr and armor oountera\taok.
l!'hls WS.3 the first lndloetlon that. t.b8 enemy was brlnq1n& 1n armoNA
units to our1Jmnedlate front. llegularly everl dAy to,. tm. noxt \en
aAys German tanka und 51: I B trom the 14th Panzer 4)lvlalon were ...-n
and to thef'ront of the 34th D1vision seotor.
Tanka from 'A" l.iO/.i\t">9..::Jy ,itoyed int. (913306) and were
roqu&ot.ed to .,.e turther on up to tM sl"8at of ObJ')ctivo (il (917
'307). The 0JtlI' poaillble I'oute to the ObJeotive waa a. narrOli ":;ont,ft
trail, and aa 8DSi.Beft'. Hera not available, the men ot It!'." COw"'Pa.n.y
work.d t,hI'OUi'b.olQ 'benlght \lith piaka &ad shovels to make the trail
paaaab1e. Nina, !I.'lOrt.ar, anti. _.11 arms f.1re made t.he taol\:
more d,1ttlM4'. '*' by hours tM 18th Ootober, hail tI ..
worked ti.... ,. t. and tliO Tt.}' s to tb'1aI po,,1tloll8 at l..917308. From
there tNt .... t!red or. hOUSG$ o.nd ..., 1utant.ry posit1Qns through
out the aar. .. lay was punotuated by a cUve 'bombing at1.&4k on our
t&nka ...... _ fr1endly olalms. ,
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0 we Pelleved i'rOllj t:',a 135th tho morning
fd JI'Uk. .... Nvorto(i to contl"Ol vlo1n1t1
V._.:. . sed 8- drJ.ya tor rest r..\nd motor maJ.n
u .......'.... <. hours,. ",,:' l'f4d1oed for two l1ght tEmka to
..,.... _.'::.':":/.... C (1.916::,03) to fJUPPo:M. the medium tanlta. Tbese
two lliiIatI with ",.\,1 tbe Nlr.ainder of the oonth, and
&1_ ... 1IIDel "POD to .f1N, t-iAl'\:1 useful aa supply veh101eB.
O
. __.. a18bt of t,b:) l)th ;,.-otober. twoplatoone ot n j "
500 rounda 'i'1'OL! lndlroot fU'lng poe1tlo118. 'lbe
t ...... ___--- fd "B" c.c;:ZJany UnU3l" .Lt. nel'Qlti6UJn was helplng the
.np.a... tar... a route up to . t.Jelllio,n1:.e( '-'90..33) t 4r17 _tern 1n
-lP'. .
_ .. lie .,.tobeJ', 't... ":"o':llpany flred, on 'tNers ol'tb.e
111faa"f_ "aa.' lDOO rou'ode (i 11"',+\;'i.. fl:&"e at. house O" a, draws.
,.. Iil ... at fUl,y Object. 'that eV_Jllng we r&
..t . . .....".. .,.1810n of a. short-ag_ of aawaAnltlon. OUr aUocat
1011 t ........,,,4Ire.t and indlroc:t firing, trom 19th Ootober to 24tb
00..' ...... rounds 00 the rood1wa' compan1es were 111iori'
... .. .... all laIlreot f J,r.Lf'l:., .. ;'hi. t.o oonaorve. wmmm1t,lon
... rain i'rom Cctober 21st to 2,r4 11mlt&d. move
__ ., -...r .... ooaaaqu8nt.ly delayed thB advance of our tanks
an4 111fU\17 4Vba 'hl.
0. tM Mth Oot,ober ..... 111T1alon i.sued. 5. ",,'pal'CLtlonal
lnatruutlon Wbioh put all oruaa1ounl\. an4 attachod un1t. Oft t,be
4etonelve. so the .t the maDth were spent laprov1ng
def'<uls1ve pos1tioD aD acti"e defenso 01' thAt., ancl
prepared to ran. ,,., ettetll1ve on order ot IX Oorp.........
quartors. Th1B stabl11.zatlon of deren W&s t,o peruJ.t a wl\b4rawl
ot wa.xlmum troops tor X'9st. l'6hab111tat,10ft. and traln1n 10 [H'(tpara...
tio" for ......wa1 ot't.ha offensive, or .r i'i'" and ets OOl!.pany
remained 111 po.1tlGrl \,r1th th8 lnta.ntl7.
On October 25th. COI4P&1l1 exohanged flft.en lM medium tanka
for the .w MA, (76- Gun) taus. ,ij.rtll1ery and motor mechan10.
from Or4nlDoe BattAlion of tho 1st Araorea Division were uttaohe4
to the Bat..u.a to lnotrut;t 0\11' men in the use or these new weapons
&D4. tarJIIa. OIl 'lie 28th October the piocas ot theme Jlfti lA,;.} tenkl
wer4t t1re4 to neoassu.l'Y oleka emd gun shield adJu8tfilento
.... OeM__ 24th and oon'I.nulng da.l11 until the and of the
IIODth..........., det6tche(i 45 mea to the l09th Enslneer Battallon to
help ...._ 1nt-he DIvis10n ctor. Ino.aaant, ra1n. and h16h
wlD4a ...... 1I8Itt d1fficult o.nd lIl..nble. The ahort roa.d into
OUt' . .. tro.III H1ChMly rIo. 65 bd. beoome lnpaleabl. on the
25th....4I&l,....1A.1e hr"nds from 50"10., "C", and
"0" Co............ '",",8d .out eaoh dJq to keep 1 t open. Ul1der the
able .u:pau,&....'.t Capt. Dloroteker, Battal10n Oommissioner of i',-oads,
Bupp11...... 1IIl4t,'h 00,]0 r.;,nd
... ,:i\.aa8.ult (}UlJ Platoon ot s1x \lnder Lt.
.,. Initially attaohed, on the 15th Oct.ober, to the .
l15tb ... EattHlion, the, were f'1r1n8 a daily aver'GS8?f
500 ...... \be lust 1>reek of Ootobe.. however, t.heir allot
ment. 41':== ..:.... ,10 about 250 to 300 ro\mda of l.05mm 4&111. 'l"helr
batt-IT 1924273 was l'opaatedlJ barra.sed by .:u..t
111-%7 casualties.
n. ...., h16h winds, poor roads, terrain, and the ex
tremelJ . "..1.tnno0 cf tnt} oneillY made October a tl7iTJfS month.
The e&4.. .. Cotober 1s unusuo.l.l1 bigh. For un c1o.y8 our
a:t!' to transport all ltema to ff5" Company 'by' mule
t , \hru the oonstant efforts R.nd d.l11senoe 01'
tho.. 111 , supply, a.nd traneportutloll thE:4t
our UDly t,e rnove p.nd function,
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On Noveillbe:c.l.
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our elements were Usped as follO)ls: "R
Company with Infantry Reglm.nt 1n right half of the Divis1on'
Sector; "B" Company with the 13'rd In:rantry Regiment in the left half k
of the Divi810n Sector; A.8au1t Gun PlatQon attached to Division
and"the rema1Dder of the battalion 1n d1vision reserve
v1cin1ty Loiano (87,2'7')., ',.
Early in the month, p1ans.were made for the division to develop
de:ren81ve positions, and re11ers were arranged as to
give the ent1re divis10n a few days rest. For this purpose Fifth \
Arlly' Rest C.-nter was established at Montecatini,' Italy. . .. \
NQvember 5. one platoon of Company was attached
to the 1.'V1Aien Art1.1lery for the purpose of firing harassing missions
D1.ghtly. . -,
On Nev.aber 11, 1944, several reliefs were oomp1eted within the
.. ,dl",,1.1en. '!he l.6Bth. was relieved and" departed for 1wionte
t1Dl'ae.t Center. Our "A- Oompany remaine4 in place and was attach
ed to the 351st Infantry of_the D1vis1on, who the
The, relieved the 133rd Infantry in the Belmonte sector.
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by' the Comme.ndinc General, 34t': e.t 2'20600:. :':2verr':lor '.c;tJ.
Terre.in, "reat.'her, C''!'lrl 't.re defens1're attttudc cf
pre",ented. any larr-e tank o'Oeratic'1s 'i.... t'hP. :-:,,:)!'It::..
itA" and "B" Companies, workl!1e- in cl:)9'3 su-cnort' trc r""':'eY'lt:,:"r, ',.'0":'0.
active to the extent of in11vldual ta'!1ks or sec.... iQ'!':s of" tr:,:,
to positions from which they hit targets
infantry. This required e. good a!I!ount of pic}': e.rd '0:
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the individ",al crew members as it was inpossible to set.
. to such loca.tions, in many cases. The rraj or1ty 0:'" t'!:'3 ':re!'E:'
expenq,ed in knocking dO"vm occupied b1T the
Supply and maintenance "rere the rr:e.; or problo!!:s oi' t.'h.e :.:C'n+'h.
Two (2) light tanks were attached to "A" CO!:lPE'.ny and '..'ere '..'f'.n.c.
to deliver and gasoline 1:(' t':1.ose tanks ,-rh1c': ::C't
otherwise be reached. "E" IS su!'ply proble:: ,:""!"P8 t.er
. because of the fact that they cO'.'ld be reached only b:r r.;u:.e tP.H!:.
The "mule team" r.lade availe.ble to "'Oil :lsteo. of
two (2) mules. Often it ,-ras necesSB.ry to' hr:-.ul 1aso111,9 for several
tanks, as well as rations t".!ld ,rater. Too, trips couldor.ly be "':Fde
at night. In spite of the diffict1lties encountered, ac.equate 8'...lrr':!.es
were delivered to keep the COIrJ!)P.t1:r o-pp.rattonall,.r fit e.t f'll 't.:!.mee.
Because of crc1ers frolTl h1c:;-her authori t.., Qr"
defensive vehicles t'he fr;nt dancer 0f
the roads, nei tr.er of t!-'ese comp'a--:ies could be re:.:l..eved,
proper maintenance b'3 given vehicles. were
successful 'in recover1np:: most of those t,B.nks "T!-'ich r.Hd. been stuck i'1
the' mud. By the end of 8.11 but t ....,O (?) of tee ha
talion were fit.
One "3" Co!'"'OanY tank vlas kncd:ed out h" E'."'1tl-tank fir,... ('Y'P. _.? ':'
was killed one wounded. .\.nothe!" tt".:k of t:""is RP.r.'8 "'rs +()
1;e evacue.ted after gettinr bo:--sert dC'.m ,,'1t",in small e.rr::s re.'Y)'e of
enemy. All machine '!uns, radios, End ,:>ther ve luable s Hero.
as well as thA brp.ech hleck. is no
enemy capturin:?: tp.T'k, ps i t be It is n,:,1')"".c:;
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been hit several but not .. AstrO'T!?c1 e.s :ret.
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Arthur W. Paulk
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"A" and "B" Companies were to open fire with the advance ot
Infantry and continue tire until initial objective. bad been
gained.. Tanks were to move forward as soon as the obJeot1yes
were taken. "B" Company had a dual mission, one supporting
infantl"'1 advance and the other to attack northwest so as t.o place
tire along Highway #65 trom the tlank, thus assisting Company "C"
in its advance along Highway #65. Enemy Armor was known to
the vicinity.
COllij)any ..c.. was to move up Highway #65 north to Zula atter
Divlsion Engineers cleared the road, and -reach the town of Zula
by daylight to defend it against a possible German counterattack.
It was known that the enemy had heavy armor Just north ot the town.
For reasons unknown this attack was postponed several times
and did not materiall.e during December.
On the 6th December. "D" Companypersonnel took over tanka
and dutles of the "C" platoon wh1ch had been tlring indirect
tire wlth the Artillery. "D Company, being a light tank company,
galned a considerable amount ot training ln prinoiple. of indirect
fire. Platoons were alternated 80 that all benet1t by this
new exper1ence. On 15th December, a platoon ot "c" moved
into the SaM pealtlon, with tiD" Company, and registered the1r guns.
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B7 20th leoe.ber four of the Assault Guns M-7's were exchanged
tor ... w/105mm guns and moved into t1ring
oa 'M 21n December the Battalion COlIIIII&Dder, Lt. Col., Walter
C. Dloke7, been commanding this Batta110n for two and one
balt 7eara. two ot these being overseas, received orders to
report ....totlUt states for reassignment. At the same tlme Major
Arohie OoobraD, Battalion Executive Ofticer, received orders
send1ng h1a \e tha S\atea on rotation, thuB leaving Major R. C.
Erick.OIl 1D .0-.114. aDd Capt. N. C. Biersteker temporarl17 appoint
ed beoutin -ottloer and 8-3. 1st Lt. L. R. Carrier was made .
temporar, ..... 1-2.
!be Ba'taliOD's second Christmas in Italy was a white one.
mverr maD .f tha Bat\alion enjoyed a turkey dinner. In a rew isolat
ed caae. 1\ ... Deoe.aary the men to prepare their own m8al,
but t,bIt.t.... wa. furnished them in goodly quantities. We pece1ved
'the heayte., .... tire to elate in the CP area Christmas da7. It
started abOut, 1200A hours, and continued nearly all afternoon,
"otmcU.llS t,bre. _D and destroying one vehicle.
DurtDg the laat t .. days of the month the 34th DiYia10n vaa
relieved by the 91at D1Tilion and thll Batt.alion, less Company "A",
waa attaohed to the 91st D1viaioD. OOUP&Q1 "A" remained with tba.
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TO Fifth Army, APO,r64, U. S. Army.
1. In comnlia"lce 'lQ th lettc.:r, -;eudqllcrters Fifth Army, 22 J<.J.nuliry 1944,
subject a;:; aove, file AG 314-A;{, -the i'ollov.-.ing report is suhnitted:
Hi") e renG (.;: G3GS ;!o 4229, Italy, 1/50,000; Sheets 98 I and 87 II
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covered ApP0!1ines iii th elements attached to the 34th, 91st and 88th Infantry
Di vi s i on s
The Battalion CP, l-ieadquarters, Service and D Companies were located
at 869237 in vicini ty of' LOIAlTO.
Company A was located on SAVlGiIAlTA l'tIDGE and attached to the 88th
Infa.l1try Divisi.on during the early part of the period. The relief of the
company vras to take place at 2200 hours, 12 January 1945 but could not be made
until fire plans for defense ',V"ere estatlished. The company was relieved final
lyon 20 lTan uary 1945 after an exchange of eight tanks wi tb 752d Tank
Eattalion, due to tactical si t,... ution and condi tion of roads. The company
closed in battalion bivouac area at 0330 hours on 22 after being
in active operations since 2 Gctobe!" 1944.
B was relieveci or. 2 Jamw.ry 1945 after being; in posi tion
around EOIiI']!; D.a.J110HTS northwest of CAST r 0 Z:WA since 16 Oc tober 1944 and
a tr,echcd to tile .Ath Infantry iJivi sion. The company closed in oi vouac at 1600
hours, 2 January lS45.
At 0700 hours on 24 January 1945 the battalion was relieved from the
9lst Infantry Division and attached to tl1e 83th Infantry vision. Company B
relieved COffi?Sny C, 755th Battalion. One platoon took up direct firing
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jl.<.st .:1orth of SAl',LI'FI (873258). 'c'he coq:>8..'1Y VIas a"':;tached to ;)Sbt L1.fBlltry
O.f' me E8th In.fMtry Jivision.
Company C was located just south of 1,:Ol':ZUlJO at (821207). ..','-ere
placed there 0.3 a mobile reserve to meet ony enemy cour:tE;r-uttaci:s frorr. the
north. On 27 Junua.ry 1945 one platoon took "Up direct fire Dosi ti'2l:s along
the highway north of another platooe .lp posi tions on the hiGhway
west of Two tanks WAre placed Ll indirect fire posi tions ,iust south
of the CPo
The Assault Gun Plotoon (six 105's) was attach8d to division artillery
fired daily harassing missions ags.:i.nst enemy posi tions. On:3 JanU>.U"y 1945
t,.'{o ::7's of tne platoon were exchanGed for two hl4A3's. The platoon !"Jaw has
six s.
lhree rocket tll...,ks from the 760th l'a.nk Battalion were attached to the
battalion and closed in bivouac area at 1400 hours, 11 JWluary 1945. These
tanks had the new type rocket with l"ift-.f-:four tubes. The tubes and rockets
are the same ns those mounted used by our aircrai't. 'ilie r:;o',lrl.tinS and
are similar to the older
A class Has conducted for four days traininc h',ni-: CreY1S of tnis bat
taliol:l. After the traL.ir:g was cOiFilcted, crews from theSE; l''Jc:cet tanLs V;er&
r<3Ueved on 21 Junuary 1945 and returned to the 760t.'1. Tank Eattc.lion.
A der.lonstration 0.:' tIle rocket R.na VT Fuse was conducted by II Corps
on 25 January 1945. One officer one noncomnissioned officer of this bat
talion attended. A fifteen tube l'oc:';ct, r:lounted on a 37rrun Gun, was used for
this demonstration. Our people gained valuable infonlation from this demon
stration as to capabili ties and limitations. Heactions are expressed
in Inclosure 7r3
Colonel Calais, of the Amy Ground Forces, c8.11eci at the battalion
in 'che early part of the month to eli scuss problems of' DOth tactical and ad
'r.,inistrati ve nature.
Brigadi<3r General Lewis, of tile 88m Infantry Artillery,
called at the battalion CP on 26 1945 to di scuss location and. posi tion
of battalion armor.
Although our elements in the line and also 'units at the battalion CP
received enemy fire quite frequently during the month, no casualties, were re
ported the month. This was the first month since the May 1944 offensive
wi thout casual ties.
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Battalion maintenance was busy during the month chane;ing tar.lk motor::!
for A and B ContpMiefl, but at the etld of the period they had Dearly 8.12. tanks
operations.lly fi t.
It haa been found that te.l:.kS are ht:lpless on icy roads p;:).d frozen
ground wi thout grousers. During the r:unth we encountered Many icy condi tion:::
al'ld placed grousers on all track laying vehicles wi trJ.n the battelion. Steel
tracks are esp ecially hazardous on icy roads. Rubber chevron tracks are the
most ideal for any type of W6:lther or l,errain.
During the early part of the month a maintenance creN of Service
Company went forward and replaced rootors in tnree tanks of CO'qlany A that were
in forwar-l p05itions. Due to road condition, and -che tactical eituation, it
was inlpossi ble to return the -;ehic les to the ree.r as would normally be done.
I,t was necessary T.o bring the !!lotors up durb2 darkness as the roads
leading to tank pC3i tio11s were exposed to enemy observation. This work was
done behind a ridge at SAVIGNANA just a fe'll thousand yards from the front
line. The work was accomplished in three days under severe wea.ther handicap
and occassional enemy mortar and artillery fire.
After the ?Tork was t.he Plen v'erc all interviewed by a
reporteI' .f'ron the Stars arid Stripes a..."ld the story was published inLhe paper.
The article wa., also sent to local papers in States of the noncerned.
(t:opy of which is attached as Irdosure,(5)
Training was cO:1duc ted in the battalion e.::: far as cor:.cli r :lrmi tted
and special c'nphasis was pla.:ed on nair:tE'r'ance of vehicles <:l.no weanons. Com
pany :;), li'ht tank of t1.e battalio.l, ::-::nools on il"riirect fire
vilth pla.."!s to replace crews fror.: th: !!1edilUn :ompa..1ius ir. in6irect firing pod
tions 'lnd to bep-operly tra.inp.d U"')on l'EJceipt of ne','[ liGht tanks wllich rr:ount
75mrn guns.
At the close of tr.e mOl"'.-th, t,he 'L3.ttalion its t-i:I''l.ty-third
t.:, overseas.

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idea.l all purpose track ln any k1nd ot wea.ther or type
of terraln.
d. : In cold weB. ther and ano", water trom 11281ted anow
collectsn the turret rlng and frzes, thoreby mak1ng 1t lmpoa
e to the turret 81thor manually or electr1oall,_ It haa
':)i-.HD found that n small quantlty ot hot 011 poured into the turret
rln.: w1ll the dlfficulty.
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91tU:1tlon anel c.:mdl t10n of the roads \1111 not permit the eV6i.cuat1oD
of tanl'::8 t:) the1r normal c3cholon or malntenbnoe tor w.eka at a tl...
onll solut1on to thla beinG to take the ma1nt.nanoe to them
of rlsk, type, or amount ot work' ,to be done.
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derth .'1(1 yard. All lIrfH'-' fired .. 1th h:,oee ill th
me float tlon. ie .1. t;, :1(:J'If'c \.laQ E!.!'l,j .1..... tlOD.
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I 'j',. '1' 57:' " ;,'1' J 13 --The 1; f e f')f 8 tan\orlan i. Italy
ileiS beEn continuous battle"it}. terrai.. and wefltber 'l:"1ost as
.!cn an elen1Y the i,!,t steady lIoveMent hrouf!:ht
lonG :.ilL ,J ,: ''()lV,ler-dry rojn.fc.e dUlt tr.e engines
i" ';ouilitud more tGtu.i::s t,la!l t"" raut" could.
la no dust thLs 'Ri:lter but the narrow mOl..lnt.ein roads are
tile arldthe cold v,e'char a.n.d Icy roads bring their own
. 'lrticular headac 8s to the 'Uukers. l.18 steel trearlS on the new
,:' '" J Itlt ir..uddy we[ithor Ll,t ,,/, the slick sno'f. !.nd icy they
bod slide and tlre .<if"icult t.) cOl1t:-ol.
if;',i the 757th Tfhlk .. &tt8li'1rl is bQl.ind
L,Quutain ridges. ,i"h tile terrain and the eh&racter
.:", :'i"Llting the -Nlly t.heyare, it is :lot Ii ::juestion of
l'T, :lviJI':ci:,o. Olt u,. ,K &sslg;".cnts caYb fire
. .'he WOYf ;;.":;VtI C)C)t ut night, blast their taT -- usually
Lo,;se or stro.,t': poin". -- a.ld ove bade behind the ri(\:e a.gtAin.
':e'::tint'. to.a t{mks ber.Lnc (.;. at) riG, es was no cinch. Serr::e/lnt
T:1o:,as "c,':rlde of 'conee, GeorGia, like. to tell whtlt moTing down
an i '.el l.le at nig,ht did D) ;6 tank.
"Tt.vaS slip:1ery as glass around a bend ir, the rOAd.
t".,J, 81 id off the shoulder of tn. road, dropped abo'lt ei[ht feet onto
" LUlaide and started to roll." '
;,i6 next !Wrnitlb they COl, nt6d seven turret maries in tile snOVi -
O'lEJ for such tirJe the t<'.clk lia turned over. en the last turn, the
lock allowing the barrel to .wing around die into
the' hr.-)und. The nex t rlIorninr the} di scovel-ed that they had rolled into
::J', 1nfEtntry nuptent ares. The big steel rnonRter stoPf;ed about four
feet fr(}J"l one of the tentl"
"y()U sh(jul(i have sean the expression on the faoes of those boys
I',nen climbed out in the orning anc law' their visi tor," laid
"c:-'rlde, If'Zhe faces were w:,;lter tHan the snow."
';c:ride and Pfe I,lbert Poth of CincLmati were the only two men
will) climbed out of the tank Ilr,hurt. '!he others have been hos!"i tali led
altho none was seriously hurt. The tank itself W68 righted with a
r-2 and driven off pnder its own power.
Tt;e ordnance and repair :-lOY. have themselves 8 pretty problem, too.
Tt hal necessary to ohange tank engines and make major repairs
right where the tank lie -- Ie.. than two thou.and yards from the
i(rauts. '!he usual !"rooedure 11 to bring the tank. back for woh re
pairs to the battalion areu, but tf',nks with burned out engine. haTe to
bfl towed by and luch s prooedure is not feasible under
Corlditioru. You can't block traffic on an important but narrow
mountain road and the fact that the road is under eaeay ob..rTation
just about .ettlel the matter.
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So the .upodly rear echelon job of chane! ng engines
rest b. rOOf." at the "rO'1t. 'nie reo hr,1l1 the :iew en inc" :. i'",
tr-UOKS !It night. Then -tanle) of l.farrifetb, '7"or Ie.,
W'IN,ls up hi. ten ton wrecker '\ith the lig winoh f"or ()t1gine.
and U-.e rest of' the re'"')f.ir ere", rollow.:
Tn one .pot. t\.,. men had to '.;crk in e po.lti">n '0 f<i.1' forwar<:
tj,8i OGe of our 50 caliber ,ac1;ine guns 'N!H' set up the,;:..
'hen the enem:' :oY'lll 0 b!iT''"'<:':P (,['-!ir bursts a'ld "f)rtars. the
rernir crew to)!.:: cover in the t8..1' S u::tll t},lnes quieta" cown.
br-: 1';c:; in these t6lnKS bah L.d 'J--., r iclbe had r'm !'lore " four
\.:u:".rrec rour ..mtnh, as any V" v :""8n will tell you, ts w"y

.,!!Itween the t,}:clls ,,:.0 '.i,e S",-,'\'I it ta'<es I- lSix-r:Jetr.-(!',... a'out
U,H';e t:::> ehA'l,'" three eng,ln.:-. ::eslde ;e.ntt. tr.e re:'uir crt'W
ir.c 1ude"
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of lenO, \'evad8J T-4 ',fax Fost.er of 1.013 An eles, T-6'iU' lillY 'ell
of f'eeumont, raxa_. and T-'6 :-te-ve "da.!':1 of "'_
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Boundaries, province ________________ _____ { . .,. ...... +,,+--
Boundaries, district - - -. -. _______________________. - _t..
Boundaries, commune --- - - - -- -- - - - --l" ...... .............
Canal __ ________ __ _ ___ _
'ed, - = ---
Wells, perennial, non.perennial ----- .-..... 0.... -0--0--0
Marsh and Swamp ___ _ - -- - - ----- - 0 P 0
Church, Chapel, - - - - - - -
lighthouse -----------
Radio - - - --- - --- - ---
Mil l, Mine ---------------.
Factory __ ==== ====-:.....-_-_-_-_
Power Station
+
...
-,.
ElectriC Powe;L;;;------ ---- ---- -.
Trrgonometric-al POlnt-------------------
-=-_= __ -------. 2
Road Gradients -------- ' 12." 0,,'12';
Walls ==
Veget ation-:-- ----------------.
l
Vine
Woods
l
l
l l
Orchards
Scattered Trees_
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.
.:.
INDEX TO ADJOINING SHEETS
A"'D
Contour interval 50 meters
INCIOENCE OF GRID ,LETTERS
'v
"'
IV
'"
II'
07--+-
600,000
AR(A REVISED FROM AIR PHOTOS
OF THE FOLLOWING SORTIES:
58'145'1 (1943)

COMPARATIVE INDEX
G S G S 41&4 & G.S.6.S. 4228
1I \ __ NE
: ....._< SW: SE SW
i-N-W-: ..... N-E----l-N-W........-N-EJI
SE
ci ----111--- ---- 11----
( sw SE SW : SE
AUTHORIT ES
lIal\'. 1 '.f (;"0. "" il"
9B1 "IE., S\\ .1 0 34;
98' St., II Nfi. :(B2
Pr C"'''''l'' I C'1I cm,>
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from It.l'V R"1,' \1l"" ! ... Cu.IX'O, I!llill ....
T.1U- g": ub, (\."'1.$, Rt(:'lnl 19n)
I
LOIANO
N4410Ell121l0x15
( Greenwich)
,/
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.. _ ____ __
Date lnitiala
SUBJl';CTt Hlatorloal R.oordll and Hlat,Q,rt.e ., OrpIllsatl0.1.
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00lrdna or AprU 'brcN6bt. 11t t19 to
1t1011 of our tanka fro. !!t preoed1ng month. Alfplma\elT
tanka, lncludlnB tea of D OOlllP&D7'. new r:-24 t, taltk.......
lIllv.oed In d.J.Nct tire poa1tlcm8 with tid" and"O 0011I)&n1.. .
B.Ol"OSB a troll, trom Hlglnm.y 65 to t.he 5.'to R1Yer t1y.
1111.. to the weBt.. A" COU;>&ny meanl1bU. "_!ned 111 the Ylola
ity ot Barberlno (Q1659'.c3) to conduot t,ra.1:n1nS wlUt
the 88t.b. 91.t,. Md 34t.h lnfant.ry 1)ly18101\8. 1'b. Battalion 01'
was .tUl Ii'.t Lolano.
i.t thll time "D" OOJl'i)&ftJ. oOlll'1I'1ng with 6,12 order .
troJa Firth #.mY'. re\urned their reoen\lT aoqu1red 7
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aM. N-4I'W a eo...",. of M-I _ JI5A1 t.aMa troll \M .5 o.6a
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ma1at.a1:n eoJDIU'l1oatlOD and 11&18011 with the yarlou. t.DranVr
....'MUG...... reglmentl. LaM%' that night and dUr1Jta t.be
--11 ..-nln& hours ot the tollov1ng d.al the artl11eI'J batt
arie., by flVe17 available 41.Not tire 1nolM
_ "'*- ... 't. D.'.. op8Md tire on usore than 400 known
..........'loM lAunching the Jpr1ng ott.slve.
. How8ver. even with thla prepal'at.ory 'bombing, .trat
las and a.rUlleJ7 tire enGD\Y ...alstanco atrans cturlDg
,he ..,. of the att.aok. ftAft a,a81gned. t,o
w.rIl.1JI aPPOrt of the lnfant-IT Oft the ..a' .1de of H16hWa7 65
\0 Uk_ \&it" 11&11'1 object.lve of Amigo, a d1Nl4Nlt and
........ lIla.ton .e Amigo 'the dom1Da 1nS teat.ure to t.'be
a.rt.Il v1tu. Mount Adona and to the ....at am\ aoutb
wn reepelUn17 wero .t111 ..... held. "B" OOnrpa.DJ ..arJWh11e
to opeN. 1r:aed.1atll "".1, or ,be h1shwal 111 an ouVl.anJd.nS
....... A40ne - an hasardoua tau.
!be oompanleB in the 1hlt.1a1 dR.,.. ran into .-nr
41ttloul't.ea wlth mine-f1elda, basooka r1J'e q4 umaYlsable
road blt>-'. }!owver, thel t,baa. obat..aolea w1th ,be
aid or tlw ens1JMera and ware able to Nn40r t,ba 1n1"afttl'7 oleN
8lIPPOr\ Md ofttimes epearhoaded attaoka oa trhe Mount A4oDe
ANl80 h1U
"0" coqmny mee.nwhl1e aupport,1ng tt. 88th Dlvla10D
enoOUl'l'teNd abd.l.ar (11:rrlcult1&B 1n their attaolt on )I!('Interum1fll.
'rbe .,,111ase of Furca11 at the southeaat b&ae of the hll.1 tea\
UN __ tOlllft4 to be heavily mined and haneJ'ooJDbed wlt.h basooka
and e-plaeemente. At K-12 1ft satta N1ver bet
south or the towD ot Vauo, wost ot ;<'oJ!ter\lIdol, a aepa.raM
seotlon of the Jrd Platoon of '\;" COJIl>&1l1 mewe4 up the roa4
111 a ecre81l1D! ""'..Ullf.tnt but ws.a halted whtm t.Jw f1J'at ot .."
two \links Jaaooked out b;y Iii. baaooka. The ta'ftk burne4,
", "be crew were wounded, &n(l the renaln1ns t._ wre e&ptuJ'M
by the enetII'. Tbl. waa a n1ght opel"&tlon. u..splt.e the.. 41ft
lou1+,i the adYanoe oont.lnued 010"17 but s\8&4117 'hNUSh t.he
""D\ft. Min linft or realatanoe.
on tho 19th ot AprU t.here were -troIS
indioations that the GOrrMna had been 4rlyen from ,heir tenl
floatlona and were l'etrea.\ing northwr4a. Aa a "1\11, ., t.."
tank-1nrantl"1 aot:ton iiOunt Adonn. Hontenam101. ,he .,,111_ of
Zula. and P1aDOI'O. and the dom1natlDg tea... fit Al'Dlso
had be"'n taken {l.nd consolldated. Dur1ng tbe.. paat 96
the Battalion suffered 1t'o heaTie.t. 0&81.1&1 teu ira .
n81 &nd equipment that 1t .e to enoOWlt.8r ill \he "_lnIeJt ot
the of:renslve ao flU" nine tanka had been a._bled - .s.. bJ'
lJ11nee, two bJ bazooka. t1ref pe _ aa-t.U1err. O&ptAla
Georp 1'. Ro4sere, A and two ."
been killed, two .,re had been bell8Y8d oapture4. and. 16 ba4




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HEADQUARTERS 757th TANK BATTALION RCE/wdh
APe #464, u. S. ARllY
4 June 1945
Historical Records and Histories ot Organizat1ons.
TO : Oommand1ng General, Fifth Army, APO 464, U. S. Army.
1. In complianoe with letter, Headquarters Fifth Army,
22 January 1944, subject as above, file AD 314-AW, the follow
ing report is submitted:
ltap Reference: GSGS No 4164. Italy, Scale 1/100,000
Sheets 4, 4A,_4B, 12, 22, 23, 24, 25
26, 37. 38, 40, and 40A.
Strength I
Officers - 32
Warrant Officers - 3
Enlisted 11en - 644
The arrival of saw first the end of the war in
Italy and Austria and finally 'the complete and unconditional
surrender of all enemy troops throughout Europe to the Allied
Forces. As an anti-climax to the end of the war new problems
arose and by mid-month the battalion was moving to new tact1cal
positions to be ava1lable should the controversy over the bound- \
ary and occupational issue 1n Trieste between the Yugoslav1an
Partisan troops and the Al11es reach the crit1cal stage.
On the f1rst day of the month the four line compan1es,
the assault gun platoon, and the Forward Battal10n Command Post
assembled in the of Treviso (G586793) while the Rear
C.P. and Service Company were in the process of mOVing to that
area. Before this regrouping could be completed, however,
orders were received detaching the battalion from the 91st Inf
antry Division and putting it with the 85th Infantry Division
as the armored element of various task forces which were
'continuing the attack to the North and Northeast. For this
operat1on, "All Compa.ny was attached to the 3,9th InfantIt Regi
ment with one _platoon of light tanks from "D Company. B" Com
pany was designated to work with the 338th-Infantry and Com
pany with another l1ght tank platoon from "D" Company was sent
to the 337th Regiment. Company Commanders alerted their compan1es
and contacted the Regimental Commanders and 8-3 sect10ns to
make the necessary reconnaissances and work out plans for the
attack.
2nd found the attacking forces moving northward
through the pouring rain and against little if any resistance.
- 1
The situation remained as flu1d as it had been 1n the prev10us
days of the current offens1ve. Hundreds of pr1soners were
being taken da1ly w1thout fir1ng a round and along all routes
of advance thouaands of small arms of all types and calibre and
hundreds of knocked-out and 1mmob1lized vehicles and dead horses
were strewn along the roads -- silent testimony to the efficiency
of the artillery and air corps and the effectiveness of the pene
trating power, speed and encircling maneuvers of the armored
columns. Across the whole front ciDies, towns and v11lages were
falling momentarily to the assaulting columns as they raced
across the northern Po Valley and into the foothills of the Alps
cutt1ng otf any possible escape routes to the Naz1 "Inner Fortress"
in the Alps.
Early 1n the even1ng of May 2nd, Task Force commanders
were notif1ed by higher headquarters to halt the1r attacking
forces and await further orders. Shortly thereafter, word was
received that all e n e ~ troops 1n Italy and Austr1a had surrenM
dered uncond1t1onally to the Allied arm1es and that the war in
Italy was ended. Loca.l security was posted around the now stat
ionary columns and tired and wet tank and 1nfantry men found what
little shelter they could, cooked a hasty supper, and went to bed.
-There was 11ttle celebrating.
The following days were spent moving northward through
German occupied rear areas, marshall1ng points, and supply dumps
and securing the Austr1an border. On May 4th Companies "c" and
"D" with a Reg1mental Combat Team of the 339th Infantry moved
from the v1cinity ot Sesto (B630950) near the Austr1an border,
to Vlpetento, ten miles south of the Brenner Pass and made con
tact w1th elements of the American Seventh Arl!J'3. Company "A" was
employed as secur1ty in the mountain v1llage of San Cand1do
(B680950). "B" Company was used as an occupat1on force 1n the
area north of Verona. .
On May 9th and 10th the battaiion'less "A" C o ~ a ~
moved to the vicinity of Belluno, Italy (B56628l) wh1le B" Com
pany assembled about ten miles to the west in Feltre.
As an anti-cl1max to the' end of the war, trouble seemed
imminent in the Trieste sector. Marshall Tito and the Yugoslave
Partisan troops had without orders from the Allied Command occUw
pied the city and 1ts' surround1ng v1c1nity and 1ntimated that
he planned to hold th1s terr1tory. Prepar1ng tor any eventual
ity which may arise from the s1tuat10n the 91st Infantry D1v1s
10n was moved to Gorizla (0705065) and th1s battalion on orders
from II Corps was moved on May 18th to Manzano (0524115) and
attached to the 91st. "D" Company remained 1n Belluno with the
85th Division. For this movement "A" Oompany was brought trom
7
:: 4 52 !>P'
---
San Candido to the Battalion Assembly area where all full-tracked
vehicles were mnnted on tank transporters for the hundred mile
Journey.
-1
Upon arrival at Manzano Company "Au was attached to
the 363 Regiment, Company "B" to the 362, and Company "c" to the
361. All companies moved out and assumed tact10al positions in
support of the infantry.
On May 23rd, II Corps detached "B" Company from the
91st and sent them to the lOth Mounta1n D1v1sion which had taken
up positions North of Udine. One week later, on }fAY 30th, t'B"
Company was relieved by other armored elements and reverted to
batta110n control.
Although the war had been officially declared over
throughout Europe, this new situation in Tr1este required constant
attent10n and the utmost surveillance of troop conduct and be
hav10r as the slightest disturbance in the v1cinity of the Yugo
slavian troops may be the only spark neoessary to bring forth an
even more complicated situation than already exists.
Until the matter 1s settled by higher commands, however,
there is little the battalion has to do except wait and spend
free time on maintenance, training schedules, and sport and enter
tainment programs. Each individual was primarily concerned with
the recently announoed point sIstem for redeployment and how it
would affect him. Those with 85 or more points wondered when
they would be headed home while those w1th less than 85 points
were concerned w1th the possibility of remaining in the Army of
Occupation or returning "home before going to the Pacifio. At
months end all problems remained unsolved.
') """ -J

Lt Col, 757tb !ank Battalion
Commanding.
4 - Inols:
Inol 11 - Oasualty List
Inol #2 - Awards &
Incl 13 - 8-3 Journal
Incl 14 - Overprint Cr,,;..)
CASUALTY LIST FOR THE MONTH OF MAY
N.&MB RANK COMPANY
-
-'
WOUNDED IN ACTION
Robert D. Vernon Capt 010lOS43 C
Gray R. Linqulsh Pte 34543937 C
INCL. #1.
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NAME
Robert D. Vernon
Gerolcl L. Turner
Donald C. Palm
:t eino lli.aki
Gray R. LinquiSh
James 7l. Lunsford
Anthony P. Pica
Louis S. Swiderski
Clarence ,V. Pumphrey,
Edward A. Bugay
John S. i,!alinoVfski
Ropert D. Vernon
Charles R. Per-ceet
Cnesi:r.lir F. Brokl
.':oi;er J. Seyfried
. i3ert".ar d
George E. Spires, Jr.
AWARDS
BRONZE STAR MEDAL
Capt
Sgt
2d Lt
PURPLE HEART
Cpl
prc
Pfe
Tee 5
Sgt
Jr Tee 4
Pvt
pre
Capt
Pfe
1st Lt.
Sp1
Tee 4
Capt
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36335503
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Robert D. Vernon Capt 01010949 C
OAK LEAF CLUSTE:i,:
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TO PTlRPLE HEART
Domingo T. Rodriquez Cp1 39155575 C
.Arthur w. Paulk S;sc;t 34160157 C

INCL. /12.
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. 757th 'I' .1';1-.
APC ;';464,. u. s. b.HLY
7 i-.Ugu S t 1945
SLJbJEC'i': :-:listori cal Hecords t\ nd 1iistories of Orga.nizc. tlon.
TO Cor:iIuandine; Genera.l, Fifth Army, APU 454, U. s.
1. In \,li th letter, :-:ee.dquarters Fifth i..r,:;y,
26 1-';3.y 1945, subject as c.bove, file AG 3l4-hH, the
report is submitted:
lap Heference: I::anzano-39-A-l, Italy, SCCj.le 1/50,000
Zone "C".
Cecchignola-150, Italy, Scale l/lJO,OOO
Zone "F".
Strength Officers 41
Officer's
3
Enlisted !';en 866
July wus a month of bctivity a.nd the busiest th[;.t
had been encountered since the war ended. Preparation for
movement of vehicles to Leghorn <:1 :'":d tiJe perso:mel to Cecc
;110
0018.; dispos i tion of equipment; the arrival of the Dc:. t
talion at Cecchignola &nd the inaugurction of an intensive
tra.ining ::>rogrC'"ill 'Here tte main issues to be dealt with.
Following instructions received from Fifth Army
during June, the 3attalion \,1i. s busyin5 itself 'dith p!cklne;
alld turninr-; in excess equipJJent for ;-.::oveuent to its :lew des
ti:J0.tion. On July 3rd tlle ,j1;..ttc,lion Corrunc.nder a. stC'Sf
representative flew to r.or::e .': "'d to i[jc:..ke arrc.nce
me11ts for the 8.rrival of t:-:e unit [;. t mid-month o. nd to [e:ther
inforIIlb.tion 8.S to trc.. 1n1 ns, livi conditions, etc.
Cn July 11th <::11 tr,;ci-:ed vei)icles - tanks and )-;Cilf
trc.:cl:s - 'dere :::oved to Boloe;na .:y tr. 'lspo:!.'ters ti:en by redl
f 18 r to where were to be turned in to :"'l'd
nance. Jrivers <:>:Jd COL'lU,&.ndere c.cco!n.1c nied t:leir ve iclee c.
3C;l.t",:,ali0l1 c.nd comp&ny iilc:.inte{)c::nce officers supervised tl:e [:::nre.
Tl-'.c dc.:.y. the rest of Z,E.t-'.:.c.:.li:m boe.rded a troo,'J
train ;;.7. Udine '-'nd started their three day journey to Cecc
'nigl:ola. of the lontE dis to. be travelled 0. nd
tr.e ent2..iled in !;.ovi't: i... battalion of L:.rmored
,
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under tr,is the loss of this personnel has
boen felt oy 'Lee :3attb.llon, cOUlpeto-nt officers have taken over
t "0 C2.ip'--- '--"cy C:1Q plc:. toon CO,lLic.ncis Enlisted repl&ce
..le:lts, it is beli2ved "/ill be, Hi til proper tr<::.il1i ns, capable of
v>:; ur:it up to its orii.:inal coubat efficiency.
Jes]ite uncertainty of the situation and the con
ti.--,'.),- 1 discuss:!..O:iS of r8ueploYLent systera the Battalion
re:]c:ir;cd }:i;.:h. :9rov':"ded much in the Hay of
entertai'1::ent <,nd rclaxGtio;} for '::veryone. On the post there
1:J2S a t;:eatre ',;--:ich ni5:-1tly current feature Q,ttrc.:.ctions,
a well 90St exchdnGe &.nd a club for tne enlisted IJen
';[;:ich pr07 hieC:. unr.:;;, t ioned and un lif11i ted beer ar.d coca-cola.
Ro!.1? W2"S o')ly 20 L:i"'1utes 2.nd do"ily posses ,rere ;:n;:.cie 8vail
to th:o ::1en, while Special ;3erv:'c3 Sectio;} sponsored three,
five, 8nd seven tours of different citied in Italy.
;:lonth 0, total of 135 enlisted slten ind 19 officers were
.:iven five do.y r9st periods at tl1e l1Um8rOU3 camps in Itc.ly.
As "u:.;ust allproc:.ched the big question in everyone IS
vas goinS to happen to him as an individual,
to the ul1it as a whole durinc the coming month.
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Lt Col, 757th Tank Battalion
COIDL1anding
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Incl # 1 - Overprint
Incl # 2 - 3-3 Journal
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