Hellcat News, (Tennessee.), Vol. 1, No. 2, Ed. 1, September 24, 1943 Page: 2 of 4
GI's In Overseas
Combat Zone Say,
SOMEWHERE IN TENNESSEE
—"Remember your ground force
training, take it seriously—it will
help keep your skin whole," is the
message that comes back to sol-
diers still in training in this coun-
try from their comrades who
fought in North Africa.
This message was one of the
high lights of a report to the War
Department by Lt. Col. Robert L.
Cook of Winston-Salem, North
Carolina, who returned recently
to headquarters of the Army
Ground Forces from overseas duty
with the Fifth Army.
Basic Found Valuable
Col. Cook reported that troops
of the Army Ground Forces in the
North African theatre discovered
in combat that their basic training
is one of their most valuable pos-
One soldier told of an incident
during the Tunisian campaign
when his training saved his life.
The soldier and two of his com-
rades were in a situation where
they had to cross 400 yards of open
ground swept by German machine
guns. The soldier stated that they
made it because the three of them
"had taken their primary ground
force training seriously and with
the realization that every phase of
it would some day be useful."
Completion of AGF training in
this country is a commencement
of higher training at overseas
bases for units arriving in combat
"An overseas training center
may be likened to a postgraduate
study of AGF training," Col. Cook
said. "It is an advanced school
of physical conditioning and prac-
tical use of battlefield tactics.
"At these bases we are success-
fully realizing the results of im-
pressing upon trainees the impor-
tance of pride and teamwork with-
in the unit."
Three Blue Drivers
Captured by Reds,
Then Turn Tables
SOMEWHERE IN TENNESSEE
—It sounds more like romantic
fiction than reality, but three Blue
Armored Division truck drivers
who fell into a Red trap turned the
tables on their captors and brought
them in as prisoners.
The trio of drivers, members of
Blue Armored Division Trains,
were taking three loads of gasoline
to a unit at the maneuver front.
Not far from their goal they met
a Red patrol and were captured.
Red Army Wonders
The Red infantrymen, however,
seemed to find three trucks loaded
with gas a problem. There was
some discussion among them while
the three Blue drivers waited. Fi-
nally three members of the Red
patrol were assigned to drive the
small convoy to the rear of the
The trucks moved along for half
an hour, an hour, and then an
hour and a half, taking numerous
right and left turns. Still their
destination seemed to be no nearer.
The captors stopped the trucks and
called a conference. They agreed
that they were lost.
The Blue prisoners spoke up
with an offer to show them where
they wanted to go. The Reds
agreed to follow their directions,
and again the convoy moved on.
About half an hour later the
trucks were stopped by M. P.'s
who looked inside the blue-paint-
ed vehicles and, finding men wear-
ing red shoulders ribbons behind
the wheels, captured them.
The Blue drivers triumphantly
repossessed their trucks. They had
directed their captors into the Blue
Armored Division Headquarters.
CAMP HALE, COL. (CNS)—An
Army carrier pigeon—wounded by
a hawk—was found trying to walk
home. Shortly after its rescue,
the bird laid an egg.
One U. S. Liberator
Routs Ten Nazi Planes
LONDON (CNS) — A lone
American Liberator bomber
routed ten German JU-88s pro-
tecting a pack of Nazi-U boats
in a forty-minute battle over
the Bay of Biscay according
to an announcement here.
Several crewmen of the
Liberator were wounded in the
action, but they shot down one
of the enemy planes, damaged
two others badly, scored hits on
a fourth, and the rest took it
on the lam.
First Problem . . .
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freesboro on Highways 70, 96, and
41. Remainder of the Combat
Command continued on its original
mission, with both attacks pro-
gressing satisfactorily. Highways
10 and 41 were cut off by 2020.
The Division troops attacked and
captured Walter Hill with First
Battalion Infantry and one com-
pany of light tanks. The Blue
Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
continued active reconnaissance
and counter reconnaissance on
In the final G-3 report CC A
was attacking from the vicinity
of Lascassas in the direction of
Lebanon. They captured Gaines-
ville about 1000 and the attack
continued. CC B cut exits to Mur-
freesboro on Highways 96, 70-S,
and 41 during the early morning.
One infantry company occupied
the objective at Sharpsville. In
the early morning of 16 September
1943 CC B's mission was changed
to attack from the vicinity of Vine
in the direction of Lebanon at
0900. The attack progressed with
the left flank on Highway 10.
Enemy supply routes were cut
at Murfreesboro, and both Com-
bat Commands were attacking the
enemy rear with success. Aerial
activity was extensive during most
of the problem, with our attached
aviation carrying out their bomb-
ing and observation missions sat-
General Has Troubles
Getting There In Peep
Generals have tough luck, too! j
Consider the difficulties that be-
set Maj. Gen. Carlos Brewer, Hell-
cat Commander, on the last night
of our first maneuver problem. j
About 1900, Gen. Brewer, his |
aid, Lt. Walker Paynter, and his '
driver hastily borrowed a peep to
drive to Corps Headquarters for
the next day's attack orders. Rain
had flooded the roads so the black-
out drive didn't promise to be fun.
Wait in Ditch
They got to Corps safely, but
late. En route a long supply col-
umn had forced the General's peep
to wait in the ditch of a narrow,
Trouble found the riders shortly
after the return trip started. A
tire blew out, and immediately
after, the rain came down in tor-
rents. With vital attack orders to
speed back to the Division CP, the
three occupants of the peep jumped
out and dug into equipment
packed in the peep, hunting for
tools to change the tire.
But the tool box in the borrowed
peep held only a jack, a crescent
wrench, and a screwdriver.
The thoroughly drenched trio
climbed back into the peep to wait
for help, which finally materialized
in the hefty shape of a 5-ton Sec-
ond Army truck. The truck had
a complete set of tools—but no
lug wrench. Another half-hour
passed before an amphibian came
along with the necessary lug
Hours late, the General finally
got under way, followed by the
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To Blue Battalion
SOMEWHERE IN TENNESSEE
—In the first of several such ex-
periments planned by the Blue
Forces, an isolated battalion of Col.
Carter's Blue Armored Regiment
received rations, gasoline, and wa-
ter from planes which dropped
the needed supplies by parachute.
For purposes of the experiment,
the battalion was assumed to be
completely cut off from all chan-
nels of supply. A request for 391
rations, 100 gallons of gasoline,
and 25 gallons of water was ra-
dioed to Division G-3 for Air,
which relayed the message through
channels to the Tennessee Air Sup-
Use Five Planes
Immediately the supplies were
made available at the railhead and
were loaded, with the necessary
chutes attached, onto five C-47
transport planes. The pilots were
given the location of the battalion
making the request and also in-
formed of the signals to be dis-
played by the Blue Armored group.
So successfully did the ground-
air coordination work out that the
signal panels had been out only
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Unit News . . .
Unit News is omitted from this
issue because no copy was re-
ceived by Div SSO prior to the
Monday, 0900, deadline this week.
Hamburger Joint Now
Set Up in South Seas
SOUTH PACIFIC (CNS)—Joe's
place, a quiet little hamburger
joint on a South Pacific Island,
gives the American touch to this
Joe is Joseph Maurice Hayden
of Middleboro, Mass., a commis-
sary steward in a Navy Seabee
outfit (construction battalion), who
persuaded his officers to buy a
herd of cattle he spotted on the
island. Joe then enlisted the aid
of Seabees in building his ham-
burger stand, which he operates
twenty-four hours daily. He now
serves 600 pounds of fresh beef
daily—all of it hamburger.
Save for Your Future
sounds as if your. \ oh, he wasn't
outfit will really \ kill ED, m155
m155 this s6t. hawk! lace... we went
when wa5 he killed?/ to q.C.5.1
TIAAE I SEE TW'
LITTLE CAME I THINK
OF SER6EANT HAWK
i was 6athekin up
some of his stuff only
today... his kid brother.
will want id keep his
old CORPORAL am pfc
HE COULD PLAY
THAT 6IT-TAR OF
HIS?... I'LL BET HE
KNEW A MILLION)
yeah, and eemember
how he could
swoop down on a
babe an' have her
dated up BEFORE
any of us euys had a
chance? eooo Of
* chicken" hawk.'
OOT A KICK OUT
OF WALKIN' IN
A BAR AN'HAVIN
him a warm
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