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November After Action Report

November 1, 1944

"A" company in direct support 319th Infantry. Supported attack of 319th to clear our area made by hook in La Seille River (S and W of river) by delivering both direct and indirect fires. First and third platoons moved to positions and delivered direct fire on MAILLY, LETRICOURT, AULNOIS, CRAINCOURT, PHLIN, and the area of NOMENY, expending 145 rnds HE and 28 rnds APC. Second Plat delivered 161 rnds HE indirect preparatory6 fires and 117 rnds HE on 9 missions throughout day and night. Results of operation: 319th accomplished mission, "A" company captured 5 prisoners. "B" and "C" Companies continued to provide AT defense for 318th and 317th Infantry Regiments respectively, with two platoons each, one platoon from each company firing indirect harassing and interdictory fires; expended 262 rnds HE on 23 missions.

November 2 - 23

During this period 80th Division attacked to N and E, crossing LA SEILLE River and pushing to the Maginot Line vicinity REDLACH and the MINE at CITE CHARBONNAGES, a distance of about 35 kilometers. Battalion was employed with one company attached to each CT: "A"  Co to 319th, "B" Co to 3185th, and "C" Co to 317th. Mert Rogers and companyOne section of each Rcn Plat attached to each line company, 2nd section, 2nd plat in reserve. Initially "A" and "C" companies under regimental control, "B" company under Battalion control, a Plat attached to each Infantry Bn. On the morning of the attack, November 8, "B" and "C" companies delivered direct supporting fires.. "C" company credited with knocking our four pill boxes and two mortars. "A" Co (1st and 2nd plats, attached to 905 FA Bn, D/S Bn) fired 192 rnds HE indirect fire as part of Arty preparation. "B" and "C" companies crossed the river the afternoon of the 8th.

On the 9th "A" Co supported the attack delivering both direct and indirect fires and knocked out enemy 88 mm gun at range of 2500 yards. Displaced across river with 319th. "B" Co's 1st Plat was caught by rising water of LA SEILLE RIVER  and half of its guns and vehicles were temporarily stranded. "C" Co moved with advance of 317th knocking out two 88 mm guns at ranges of 1,000 and 1,200 yds.

November 15, 1st and 2nd platoons "A" company relieved attachment to 905th FA Bn, one Plat attached to each Infantry Bn.

November 20, Rcn Plats placed in reserve.

November 22, 1st Rcn Plat assigned mission of road reconnaissance to N and E. During advance of Division companies provided AMczd defense, moving with advance and taking positions always well to the front. In one instance "A" Co carried infantry in half-tracks into town and provided covering fire with 50 Cal MG's. A total of 113 prisoners were captured during this operation. Plat assigned mission of road reconnaissance to N and E. During advance of Division companies provided AMczd defense, moving with advance and taking positions always well to the front. In one instance "a" Co carried infantry in half-tracks into town and provided covering fire with 50 Cal MG's. A total of 113 prisoners were captured during this operation.

November 24 - 30

During this operation Division breached the MAGINOT LINE vicinity FT BAMBIDERSTROF and REDLACH and pushed E to vicinity FAREBERSVILLE. On Divisions order Bn relieved of attachment to CT's and attached to 80th Division Arty, "prepared to Spt Atk of Forts of MAGINOT LINE by direct fire." Companies attached to D/s FA Bns: "A" Company and one section of 1st and 2nd platoons of "b" Co to 314th FA and "C" Co to 313th FA.

On the 24th Bn supported attack with 1st and 2nd Plats of "B" Co in direct fire positions; remaining guns of "A and "B" Companies and "C" Company occupied indirect positions. Direct fire was delivered on forts, pill boxes and targets of opportunity; 30 known enemy killed.

During remainder of period companies displaced with D/S battalions and delivered indirect reinforcing fires on 106 missions.

On November 29 a small tank threat developed and "C" company moved its 3rd platoon and two guns of 2nd platoon into direct fire positions.

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