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The 808th Tank Destroyer Battalion

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Summary of Actions

This summary is taken from the May After Action Report Section 5 and reflects the 808th TD time in the ETO.

Comments, Observation and Recommendations

The battalion was in combat in the ETO for 225 consecutive days. (This is longer than any other unit during WWII.) The following is a summary of its action:

Vehicles Destroyed:

Mark V Tanks         5
Mark VI Tanks      14
M24 Tank (US)       1  (we have no After Action Report to explain this)
SP Gun                  13 (self-propelled)
Others                    32 (including 1 M8)
   
Total                       65

Other Equipment Destroyed:

Gun, AT (75 - 88)          39
Gun, 20mm AT - AA     15
Gun, 40mm AT - AA       3
Gun, Arty                         11
Machine Gun                  56
Mortar                             12
Nebelwerfer                     1
Pill Box                         157
OP                                  61 (observation post)
Bazooka                          6
Ammunition Dump          4
Radar Unit                       1
Radio Station                  1
Boats                              13

POW's Captured:

3,664

Enemy Killed:

   877

Ammunition Expended:

APC                                     
                          

3"                  587                     
90mm       1,539

HE (high explosive)
Direct        Indirect

3"              9,543            27,952
90 mm      3,849                 528

37 mm         342

Cal 50        76,090

Cal 30        54,340

Carbine     16,600

Cal 45        24,200

Gasoline Expended:

262,200

Average Operational Rations Consumed:

"B"        52%
10 in 1  43%
"C"          4%
"K"          1%

Vehicles Replaced:

Type Combat Loss Evacuated Total
1/4 ton, 4X4 3 4 7
1 1.2 ton, 6X6 1   1
2 1/2 ton, 6X6   2 2
Half Track 4 4 8
M-36 4 8 12
T-2 or M32   2 2
M5 Al*   1 1
M1 Wrecker   1 1
M10 Trailer 2   2
3" Gun   1 1
* light tank
   

Personnel:

Losses:

Killed in Action                                                       14
Died of Wounds                                                       5
Accidentally Killed                                                   4
Wounded in Action (hospitalized)                       48
Sick and Non-battle Injuries (hospitalized)      186
Transferred Out of Battalion                              107

Total                             364

Gains:

Reinforcements Received                                108
Wounded in Action Returned                             21
Sick and Non-battle Casualties Returned      123

Total                             257

Strength:

Beginning of Operations - 757
End of This Period           - 650

 

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