After Action Report: 634th TD Battalion - October 1944 (Map-enabled, v1.0)

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HEADQUARTERS

634th TANK DESTROYER BATTALION

APO 230, US Army

1 November 1944

SUBJECT: Action against Enemy, Reports after/after Action Reports.

TO: The Adjutant General, War Department, Washington, D.C.

1. Following report for the 634th Tank Destroyer Battalion for the month of October 1944 is submitted:

a. Original unit: no change.

b. Changes in organization: no change.

c. Strength:

0001, 1 Oct 44:32 Officers1 WO601 EM
2400, 31 Oct 44:34 Officers2 WO581 EM
Net Gains and Losses:2 Gains1 Gain20 Losses

d. Stations:CoordinatesDate of ArrivalDate of Departure
Hauset, Bel (K8336) 15 Sept 44None.

e. Marches: Not applicable -- See Appendix No. 1.

f. Campaign:

(1) Name - Western Europe.

(2) Duration - Began 6 Jun 44 and continues this date.

(3) Purpose: Destruction of German Armies.

(4) Authority - Par. 2, General Orders 49, 1944, War Dept., Washington, D.C.

g. Battles: See Appendix No. 1.

h. Commanding Officers in important engagements: Not applicable.

i. Losses in action:

Grade or RankNameASNType of CasualtyDate in Oct/44
Tec 5Walter R. Bierkamp36803661SWA4
PfcVictor C. Godbey5673943LIA8
Tec 4Walter H. Samuel36230640SWA8
CplLloyd D. Franch20714722SWA8
PvtBrenilans J. Koziel36533017LIA8
Pvtilliam G. Shimkus33716160SWA8
CplLawrence E. Weinzerl371843987SWA8
SgtProsper M. Barbe38223078LWA9
Tec 5Donald G. Hepker20715910LWA9
PvtGeorge F. Cummings20706751LWA9
PvtFrank Oldorff36319288LWA9
CplAlvin A. Bowman38134733LWA9
CplTony H. Dillinger36267095LWA9
PfcJulian J. Trala36347792LWA9
PfcJerry R. Zbranek38157932LWA9
PvtMile C. Upah37043643KIA9
1st LtFREDERICK E. BARRETT Jr.0182260LWA13
PvtMeldon C. Livingston42022205KIA9
PvtMortie Q. Dickens34738466LWA14
PvtAlbert H. Reed38175443LIA14
PfcJames K. Bowser38107654SWA15
SgtAlbert Walloch36608728LWA16
CplVernon C. O’Malley37125812LWA16
PvtJoseph Stiloski36243673LWA16
SgtManual M. Gelao37026099KIA16
CplRobert O. Emmons36266380LWA16
SgtGeorge M. Johanson37043138KIA16
CplLara D. Langdon37123701LWA16
Tec 5James M. Lewis Jr.19082874LWA16
SgtThomas O. Romsey20716687KIA16
SgtLeRoy C. Bussa36244463KIA16
SgtHarris Quanrud37043723LWA16
PfcThomas G. Tompkins32315071KIA16
SgtEarl W. Miller39681585KIA16
PvtEdgar H. Jarvis31381087LWA17
PfcOtto Kelly6277675KIA17
PvtFrank J. Kretkowski42010310LWA18
PvtRaymond F. Wisinski36347702LWA18
PvtJohn R. Funderburk7007789SWA18
SgtAnton S. Jozefowicz32236172DOW21
Tec 5Desmond P. Hilton38128715KIA29
SgtDonald W. Bateman37043350LWA29
SgtClarence G. Winbeg37026558LWA29
PvtRaymond G. Young36268196LWA29

j. Former members who have distinguished themselves in action: None.

Present members: none.

k. Photographs: None

l. Inclosures: Battalion Journal from 1 Oct to 31 Oct 44 incl. and the complete file in support thereof.

[SIGNED]
HENRY L. DAVISSON,
Lt. Col., FA,
Comdg.


Appendix No. 1, Action against Enemy Reports After/After Action Reports for Period 1 Oct 44 to 31 Oct 44.

Company “A”

1 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons remained in direct fire positions as of 31 Sep 44. Co CP at (877373) .

2 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons remained in positions as of previous day. Co CP at (877373) .

3 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons remained in AT firing positions as of 2 Oct 44. Co CP at (877373) .

4 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A, 2A & 3A remained in positions as of previous day. One (1) EM LWA in left wrist by shell fragment at 040600A. Co CP (877373) .

5 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons remained in AT firing positions as of previous day. Co CP at (877373) .

6 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons remained in firing positions as of previous day. Continued moderate enemy mortar and artillery falling on gun positions. Co CP at (877373) .

7 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A, 2A & 3A remained in AT firing positions as of 6 Oct 44. Co CP at (877373) .

8 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A, 2A & 3A remained in positions as of 7 Oct 44 and gave direct fire support to those companies of 26th Inf staging a diversionary attack to assist 18th Inf Regt gain their objective. Co CP at (877373) .

9 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A & 3A remained in positions as of previous day. 2A moved fwd with attacking Inf, giving close assault type fire support. Mission to clear all enemy from Southeastern section of Aachen. 2A expended 16 rds APC and 42 rds HE at approximately 15 strong-points. One (1) M10 destroyed by fire, caused by enemy grenade lobbed through open turret at (86004245) on 091330A. Co CP at (877373) . Five (5) EM SWA (evac), one (1) EM KIA, and one (1) EM SIA.

10 Oct 44

Attachments: Changed as follows: 2A & 3 TD’s of 1A remained in position in Southeastern Aachen; 3A plus 1 TD of 1A moved to right of 2nd Bn with 3rd Bn, 26th Inf Regt into Northeastern portion of Aachen. Co CP at (877373) .

11 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A & 2A remained in fwd positions as of previous day. 3A plus 1 TD of 1A moved fwd from (863443) to fwd positions at (852442) . Co CP at (877373) .

12 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons moved fwd with attacking Battalions and gained objectives in Grid square (850440) . Co CP at (877373) .

13 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons moved fwd in close support of attacking Inf. 3A expended 40 rds HE on enemy strong-points located in houses and buildings. One (1) Officer LWA (evac). Co CP at (877373) .

14 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A, 2A & 3A moved fwd with slowly advancing Inf units, last reported positions at; 1A (852425) ; 2A (851430) ; 3A (852448) . Large ammunition expenditures. Co CP located at (877373) . No ammunition report received.

15 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons moved fwd to these positions: 1A, (847424) ; 2A, (849430) ; 3A (851446) . Ammunition expenditures by platoons covers period of 140800A to 151600A; 1A, 214 rds HE and 36 rds APC; 2A 53 rds HE and 30 rds APC; 3A, 42 rds HE and 18 rds APC. All the ammunition was expended on enemy strong-points in the houses and buildings of Aachen, which the Germans used for their fanatical defense of the city. 18 rds APC were expended by 3A at an enemy tank in woods (843441) later confirmed as Mark VI. The rds were fired at the muzzle flash and blast of the enemy tank’s gun. One (1) EM LIA. Co CP at (877373) .

16 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A & 2A steadily pushing fwd in close support of attacking Inf. 3A remained in position at (851446) . 46 rds APC and 78 rds HE expended at enemy strong-points and bunkers during the day. Two (2) EM KIA, two (2) EM LWA and one (1) EM SWA, and one (1) combat fatigue (evac). Two (2) M10’s hit and evacuated. Two replacements received 17 Oct 44. Co CP at (877373) .

17 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A & 2A steadily pushing forward in close support of 26th Inf Regt. in their seizure of Aachen. 1A expended 46 rds APC and 36 rds HE expended at enemy strong-points in buildings and houses of Aachen. 1 EM KIA, one (1) EM SWA, and two (2) EM combat fatigue (evac). Co CP at (877373) .

18 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A, 2A & 3A continued forward in close support of attacking Battalions. Enemy opposition is disintegrating in Aachen. 3A expended 81 rds HE and 16 rds APC at enemy strong-points during the period. Co CP at (877373) .

19 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A, 2A & 3A pushing forward in close support of 26th Inf in their assault on Aachen. 2A destroyed one (1) AT Gun and 3A destroyed one (1) armored half-track and one (1) AT Gun. 1A expended 16 rds APC and 3A expended 62 rds HE & 20 rds APC and 2 rds H.V.A.P. t-4 ammo were expended. The T-4 ammunition has a decidedly decreased flack and much less muzzle blast. Co CP at (877373) .

20 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A, 2A & 3A moving fwd in final mopping-up operations in Aachen. Lt. Col. WILKS, CO of Aachen Garrison formally surrendered his garrison to Brig. Gen. Taylor, of 1st US Inf Div. at 211205A. 3A destroyed one (1) Mk IV Tank and 2A destroyed two (2) enemy bazooka crews. Ammunition expended by platoons: 1A 6 rds HE; 2A, 14 rds HE & 14 rds APC; 3A, 45 rds HE & 7 rds APC. Co CP at (877373) .

21 Oct 44

3A destroyed one (1) enemy OP at 210630A (833431) . 17 PW’s taken. All platoons released from their respective Battalions and assembled at Co area (846405) for maintenance care of materiel and rest. Co CP at (846405) .

22 Oct 44

2A & 3A continued maintenance and rest during period. 1A attached to 1st Battalion and moved forward to mobile reserve positions (889444) at 221700A. Co CP at (846405) .

23 Oct 44

2A & 3A remained in reserve at Co CP. 1A moved into firing position relieving 10, (892445) at 230530A. Co CP at (846405) .

24 Oct 44

1A remained in position (892445) . 3A remained in reserve. 2A re-assigned 2nd Battalion, 26th Inf Regt and moved into position (885454) at 240530A. Co CP at (846405) .

25 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons remained in positions as of previous day. 1A (892445; 2A (885454) ; 3A (846405) . Co CP at (846405) .

26 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A & 2A remained in positions as of previous day. 3A continued maintenance and gave instruction to all replacements on gunnery and M-10 driving. Co CP at (846405) .

27 Oct 44

Attachments: 1A relieved by 3A at 270630A. 2A remained in position as of 26 Oct 44. 1A returned to Co CP for maintenance and rest. Instructions also given to replacements on 3” gunnery and M-10 driving. Co CP at (846405) .

28 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons remained in positions as of 27 Oct 44. 1A in reserve, 2A (885454) , 3A (889444) . One (1) TD 3A ordered into position (895442) at 281000A to fire on a pillbox located at (898442) . The TD neutralized the pillbox with 8 rds APC and 40 rds HE. The pillbox was pierced completely in four places and the steel doors sprung, driving the enemy occupants into the open where they were taken under fire by Cal. .50 MG from the TD, expending 500 rds Cal. .50 MG ammunition. Co CP at (846405) .

29 Oct 44

Attachments: 1A relieved 3A at 291300A occupying AT positions (889444) . 3A assembled at Co CP. No direct contact with the enemy reported. Co CP located at (846405) .

30 Oct 44

Attachments: 3A relieved 2A at 300600A and occupied AT positions as (885454) . 2A assembled at Co CP at 300700A at (846405) . Co CP at (846405) .

31 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1A, 2A, & 3A remained in positions as of previous day. Co CP at (846405) .

Company “B”

1 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 2B and 3B remained in AT firing positions as of previous day. 1B remained in indirect firing position (845351) , expended 122 rds HE harassing fire on targets vicinity (870450) . Results unknown. Co CP at (835377) .

2 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 2B and 3B remained in AT firing positions as of 1 Oct 44. 2B expended 5 rds APC and 85 rds HE direct fire at two (2) pillboxes and neutralized them. 1B remained in indirect fire position at (845351) and continued harassing fire missions on road junctions betwen Haaren and Aachen. 104 rds HE expended. Co CP at (835377) .

3 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 2B & 3B remained in firing positions as of 2 Oct 44. 1B in indirect fire position at (845351) . Expended 80 rds HE on harassing fire missions on targets vicinity (870460) . Co CP at (835377) .

4 Oct 44

Attachments: 1B relieved of indirect fire mission and reverted to support of Bn. 1B, 2B & 3B in assembly areas with assigned Bn’s. Co & platoon commanders made reconnaissance for fwd firing positions in Eilendorf, to give direct fire support to 18th Inf Regt. Co CP at (835377) .

5 Oct 44

1B, 2B and 3B remained in assembly areas with their supported Bn’s. Rcn and preparation of fwd firing positions by section of pioneer platoon. Pioneer platoon to cut off trees in an apple orchard during artillery preparation, with prepared demolition charges. Co CP at (835377) .

6 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. All platoons remained static. Co CP at (835377) .

7 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. All platoons remained static. Co CP at (835377) .

8 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1B moved into direct fire positions (881440) at 080330A during the one (1) hour artillery preparation, at which time the Pioneer Platoon cut fields of fire for the destroyers with demolition charges. Due to heavy ground fog, the TD’s did not open fire until 080830A. During the attack, 1B expended 130 rds APC and 140 HE and 630 rds Cal. .50 MG at pillboxes and bunkers, and MG emplacements on crucifix Hill. Effect not positive, but many casualties inflicted. One bunker later inspected, and nine (9) dead Germans remained. 2B & 3B moved fwd in close direct fire support of their attacking Battalions. 2B neutralized one (1) pillbox with 8 rds APC. 3B unable to fire due to smoke and dust. Co CP at (900400) .

9 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. All platoons moved fwd in support of attacking Battalions. Two (2) TD’s of 3B had both radiators punctured by shell fragments. Unable to evacuate until 101900A, due to heavy artillery, mortar and small arms fire. Co CP at (900400) .

10 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1B continued to support the advance of their Battalion and expended 15 rds HE at enemy strong-points in buildings and houses (897431) . 2B & 3B remained in positions.

11 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1B expended 20 rds HE into woods (881446) , occupied by enemy infantry. Also fired 25 rds HE at enemy strong-points in buildings on outskirts of Haaren. 1B also fired 200 rds Cal. .50 MG into dug-outs occupied by enemy Infantry causing one (1) officer and twenty-one (21) EM’s to surrender. 2B & 3B remained in their same positions. Both 2B & 3B were under very heavy artillery and mortar fire. One (1) EM KIA, four (4) EM SWA (evac), three (3) EM LWA, remained on duty. Co CP at (900400) .

12 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 2B & 4B moved fwd with their supported Battalions and continued to mop up in their sectors. 1B moved forward with 3rd Battalion, 18th Inf Regt, and fired 9 rds APC and 14 rds HE direct fire into enemy strong-points in buildings in vicinity Haaren. 82 PW’s taken prisoner. Co CP at (900400) .

13 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 2B remained in position and had no direct contact with the enemy. Platoon locations as follows. 2B (855455) . 3B (886454) . 1B continued forward with their Battalion and fired 42 rds APC on pillboxes (3), at (871462) , (868461) , (871461) , and destroyed same. 1B also fired 15 rds HE direct fire and 300 rds Cal. .50 MG ammunition at enemy Infantry. Untold casualties inflicted. 3B destroyed 1 pillbox, 1 mortar, & 1 MG. 8 rds APC and 20 rds HE expended. Co CP at (884434) .

14 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 2B & 3B remained in position as of 13 Oct 44. 1B moved forward with 3rd Bn, 18th Inf Regt into Haaren. One (1) M-10 of 1B was set on fire by a shell which was an air-burst over the turret of the M-10. S/Sgt Lebin extinguished the fire before the vehicle was completely destroyed by climbing into the turret of the vehicle and manning the fire extinguisher. While S/Sgt Lobin was working on the fire, another HE round hit the final drive on the front of the vehicle. Three (3) EM LWA, remained on duty. Co CP at (884434) .

15 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1B, 2B & 3B remained in positions at: 1B (865453) ; 2B (873455) ; 3B (885455) . One (1) officer and one (1) EM LWA, remained on duty. Co CP at (884434) .

16 Oct 44 Attachments: No change. 1B, 2B & 3B remained in position as of 14 Oct 44. 3B destroyed two (2) Mk VI tanks. Co CP at (884434) .

17 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1B, 2B & 3B remained in positions as of 16 Oct 44. 2B destroyed three (3) Mk V’s at a range of 300 yards with 6 rds APC and 4 rds HE. In this action one (1) TD was hit and destroyed by enemy fire. 3B in Verlautenheide destroyed one (1) Mk V tank with flanking fire at 400 yards. Four (4) rds APC and 3 rds HE expended. Two (2) EM KIA, four (4) EM SWA, three (3) EM LWA, remained on duty. Co CP at (884434) .

18 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1B, 2B & 3B remained in position as of 17 Oct 44. 1B supported a counter-attack by Co B, 18th Regt, and expended 30 rds APC and 20 rds HE on 7 pillboxes, vicinity (864483) , and (862464) . All seven (7) pillboxes were neutralized and our troops recaptured them. 3B destroyed one (1) Mk IV tank when enemy counter-attacked their positions. 1B had one (1) M10 damaged by friendly mine at 181830A, at (856461) . Co CP located at (884434) .

19 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1B, 2B & 3B remained in positions as of previous day. One (1) M10 damaged by fire started by enemy air burst over turret. One (1) EM SWA, one (1) EM combat fatigue (evac). Co CP at (884434) .

20 Oct 44 to 21 Oct 44 Incl.

Attachments: No change. 1B, 2B & 3B remained in positions as of 19 Oct 44. No direct contact with enemy reported. Co CP at (884434) .

22 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1B & 2B remained in positions as of previous day. 3B relieved by 2A and moved into reserve area (884434) for maintenance and rest (884434) .

24 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 2B fired 46 rds HE and 2 rds APC at one (1) pillbox and hasty dug-in emplacements and houses containing enemy Inf (873465) . 2B also destroyed one (1) OP at (877466) . 2B moved one (1) section into covered firing positions in Verlauntenheide (885456) supporting 1st Bn, 18th Inf Regt. Co CP at (884434) .

25 Oct 44 to 26 Oct 44 Incl.

Attachments: No change. 1B, 2B & 3B remained in positions as of 24 Oct 44. No direct contact with the enemy reported. Co CP at (884434) .

27 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1B relieved by 3B at 270630A (863462) . 2B remained in position as of 26 Oct 44. 1B assembled at Co rear echelon for maintenance and rest. Co CP at (884434) .

28 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1B, 2B & 3B remained in positions as follows: 1B in reserve (884434) , 2B (875456) , 3B (863462) . No direct contact with the enemy reported. Co CP at (884434) .

29 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. Platoons remained in positions as of 28 Oct 44. 1st section of 2B neutralized two (2) pillboxes (873461) and (874462) with 44 rds APC and 13 rds HE. Large holes were blown in the pillbox walls with APc then HE used to drive the enemy out. Co CP at (884434) .

30 Oct 44

Attachments: 1B relieved 2B at 300630A occupying gun positions at (875456) . 1B had two (2) TD’s hit by enemy artillery at 291530A, destroying, by fire, one (1) M-10 and one (1) 1 ½ ton 6x6 and damaging one (1) M-10. One (1) EM KIA, four (4) EM LWA, three (3) of which were evacuated. No direct contact with the enemy reported. Co CP at (884434) .

31 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1B, 2B & 3B remained in positions as of previous day. No direct contact with enemy reported. Co CP at (884434) .

Company “C”

1 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of previous day. One (1) Section of TD’s at Co CP fired seven (7) harassing missions, expending 70 rds HE during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

2 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of previous day. One (1) section of TD’s at Co CP fired ten (10) harassing missions, expending 130 rds HE during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

3 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C & 2C remained in AT positions as of 2 Oct 44. 3C alerted and moved from reserve position at 030300A to positions in rear of Co K, 16th Inf Regt to provide depth to AT positions. 3C returned to mobile reserve position 030730A. One (1) section of TD’s at Co CP fired 72 rds HE on harassing fire missions during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

4 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of 3 Oct 44. One (1) section TD’s at Co CP expended 60 rds HE on harassing fire missions during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

5 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of 4 Oct 44. One (1) section of TD’s at Co CP expended 60 rds HE on harassing fire missions during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

6 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of previous day. 1C reports increased enemy mortar fire. One (1) section TD’s at Co CP fired 72 rds HE harassing fire during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

7 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of previous day. One (1) section of TD’s at Co CP expended 48 rds HE harassing fire during the period. The firing position received 8 rds counter-battery, 6 of which were duds; estimated 170 MM caliber. Co CP at (881388) .

8 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. All platoons remained in position as of previous day. One (1) M-10 of 1C received a direct hit by enemy artillery and burned at 081700A. Four (4) EM LWA (evac). One (1) section of TD’s at Co CP expended 48 rds HE harassing fire during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

9 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of 8 Oct 44. One (1) section of TD’s at Co CP expended 72 rds HE harassing fire during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

10 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of previous day and no activities reported. One (1) section TD’s at Co CP fired 72 rds HE harassing fire during the period. No counter-battery received. Co CP at (900400) .

11 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of previous day. No contact with enemy reported. One (1) section of TD’s at Co CP expended 72 harassing rds HE. Co CP at (881388) .

12 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of 11 Oct 44. One (1) section of TD’s at Co CP expended 96 rds HE harassing fire during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

13 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in position as of 12 Oct 44. 2C in Stolberg, escaped an enemy low level bombing attack by 250 yards. They report the bulk of the enemy bombs fell behind the enemy lines during 132300 & 132400A. One (1) section of TD’s at Co CP expended 96 rds HE harassing fire during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

14 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in position as of 13 Oct 44. All platoons reported enemy air bombing at regular two hour intervals from 141800A to 150600A. One (1) section of TD’s at Co CP expended 96 rds HE harassing fire during period. Co CP at (881388) .

15 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of previous day. No activities reported. One (1) section of TD’s at Co CP expended 144 rds HE harassing fire during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

16 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C remained in position as of 15 Oct 44. The enemy launched five (5) attacks, consisting of approximately two (2) Battalions of Inf and one (1) Battalion of tanks against the positions of 2nd Bn’s of 16th & 18th Inf. The first four (4) attacks were dispersed by the supporting artillery. The fifth attack over-ran one (1) M-10 of 1C but was driven off by the other M-10 of the section which fired 26 rds APC at the three (3) enemy tanks and destroyed one (1) later identified as a new German assault Gun. The M-10 firing at the three (3) German tanks received a hit in the side but kept firing. One (1) section of TD’s at Co CP expended 102 rds harassing fire during the period. Casualties: 1 EM KIA, 1 EM SWA. Co CP at (881388) .

17 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 3C remained in mobile reserve at Freud. 2C remained in AT firing position in Stolberg. 1C (1 TD) moved fwd with one (1) platoon Co G, 16th Inf Regt in a counter-attack to recapture ground previously lost by enemy attack. Co CP at (881388) .

18 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C remains in position (897445) holding one (1) M-10 in mobile reserve in Eilendorf. 2C remains in position at (922428) . 3C remains in mobile reserve at (902404) . No direct contact with the enemy reported. One (1) M-10 at Co CP undergoing maintenance, fired 96 rds HE during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

19 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in position as of 18 Oct 44. One (1) M-10 at Co CP expended 96 rds HE harassing fire during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

20 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in same positions as of 19 Oct 44. One (1) TD at Co CP expended 96 rds HE harassing fire during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

21 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in position as of previous day. No activity reported with exception of moderate enemy artillery fire. One (1) TD at Co CP fired 96 rds HE on harassing missions during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

22 Oct 44

Attachments: As follows: 1C & 2C relieved of assignment and rejoined Company (881388) at 221500A for maintenance and rest. 1st section of 3C relieved 1C and 2nd section of 3C remains in mobile reserve at (902405) . One (1) TD at Co CP fired 96 rds HE harassing fire during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

23 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C & 2C remained in reserve at Co CP. 3C in position at (903406) . One (1) M-10 at Co CP fired 96 rds HE harassing fire during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

24 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C & 2C remained in reserve performing maintenance. 3C in AT position (928428) . One (1) M-10 at Co CP fired 96 rds HE harassing missions during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

25 Oct 44

Attachments: 1C at Co CP undergoing maintenance. 2C re-assigned and joined 1st Bn, 16th Inf Regt 251730A at (928428) relieving 2nd section of 3C. 3C assembled in mobile reserve (897435) . One (1) M-10 at Co CP fired 96 rds HE harassing fire during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

26 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of 25 Oct 44. One (1) M-10 at Co CP fired 96 rds HE on harassing missions during the period. One (1) enemy assault gun destroyed 16 Oct 44 at (895447) was confirmed by friendly Inf but at present date cannot positively identify it. The assault Gun resembles our M-4 Sherman in shape. Co CP at (881388) .

27 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 3C relieved by 1C at 271430A at (902432) . 2C in position (928428) . 3C in reserve at Co CP performed maintenance and rest. One (1) M-10 at Co CP fired 192 rds HE on harassing missions during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

28 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as at close of 27 Oct 44. One (1) M-10 at Co CP fired 192 rds HE on harassing missions during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

29 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C & 2C remained in positions. 3C remained in reserve at Co CP. 2C reported a near miss by an estimated 500lb enemy bomb. One (1) M-10 at Co CP fired 192 rds HE harassing fire during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

30 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C & 2C remained in positions as of 29 Oct 44, and 3C remained in reserve at Co CP. 3C has completed maintenance. One (1) M-10 at Co CP fired 192 rds 3” HE harassing fire missions.

31 Oct 44

Attachments: No change. 1C, 2C & 3C remained in positions as of 30 Oct 44. One (1) M-10 at Co CP fired 192 rds HE on harassing fire missions during the period. Co CP at (881388) .

Battalion

Battalion (- Co’s A, B, & C plus Atchd Rcn Platoons) remained in assembly area at (839361) vicinity of Hauset, Belgium from 1 Oct 44 to 31 Oct 44.