Hellcat News, (Tennessee.), Vol. 1, No. 2, Ed. 1, September 24, 1943 Page: 4 of 4
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Me Ileal flews
Volume 1, Number 2
For Fine Job
By Maj. Gen. Carlos Brewer
Congratulations to the Officers
and men of the Hellcat Division
on their performance in the first
maneuver. Our anniversary found
us heartily en-
gaged in combat
with the Reds.
passed our bap-
tism of maneu-
wet, you went
ing stuff real soldiers are made of.
We made mistakes which we
will not repeat. That is why we
are maneuvering—to learn to do
better the job that's ahead of us.
I am sure we will show much im-
provement in succeeding exercises.
Pleased with Spirit
I was especially impressed and
pleased with the fine spirit and
high standard of discipline as ex-
emplified by the wearing of the
prescribed uniform, the excellent
driving and road discipline, and
by our camouflage.
By a successful night march and
daylight attack on Wednesday the
Division struck at the hostile rear,
and almost succeeded in captur-
ing the headquarters of the Red
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Urge Mailing Overseas
Packages in September
GI's who have buddies overseas
are urged to mail early and follow
the rules set down by the Army
Packages can be mailed overseas
without the usual request from
the overseas soldier himself if
mailed BEFORE October 15. It is
desired that all overseas packages
be sent before the end of Septem-
ber if possible.
Packages cannot weigh more
than 5 pounds when wrapped.
They must be less than 15 inches
long and less than 36 inches
Wrap securely, use the full
name, serial number and address,
and mark it "Christmas Gift
Mail early, address clearly, wrap
Southern Italy—The battle for
Salerno is over. Furious Nazi
counterattacks last week failed
to drive the American Fifth Army
to the sea. Instead, the Fifth,
joined by the English Eighth
Army, has driven past Salerno
and north to Naples. Naples has
been burned and sacked by re-
treating Nazi forces.
# London — Prime Minister
Churchill, in a long address to
the House of Commons, tells of
Allied power ready to strike fatal
blows at the Nazis. He warns it
will not be easy because Ger-
many still has plenty of power.
# Corsica—Gen. Giraud's French
Commandos are fighting in Cor-
sica, highly significant because
France is once again in the fight
on the Allied side.
# Russia—xiit; r?azis have con-
tinued their drive, now nearing
Smolensk, once Hitler's head-
quarters. Kiev has been evacu-
ated by the Nazis, who have lost
their vital Dnieper River bases.
# Japan—Japanese radio broad-
casts announce plans for evac-
uation of Tokyo in preparation
for events to come.
# Yugoslavia—Nazis admit up-
risings in the Balkans, and pa-
triots actually control more than
half the country.
Things are tough all over for
Hitler this week!
Rumor Gen. Marshall
Supreme Allied Head
Gen. George C. Marshall, U. S.
Army Chief of Staff, may become
Supreme Commander of all Anglo-
This would place Gen. Marshall
over Gen. Eisenhower, Gen. Mac-
Arthur, and Gen. Mountbatten.
The rumored assignment caused
raging debates in Washington.
Some insist that Gen. Marshall is
being "kicked upstairs" for overly-
staunch U. S. views.
However, the British are expect-
ed to approve Gen. Marshall for
the new post. This bears out the
view that Gen. Marshall is being
honored with the most important
military post in history.
24 September 1943
Story of First Maneuver
Problem Shows Hellcats
SOMEWHERE IN TENNESSEE—When the first problem of the cur-
rent phase of Second Army Maneuvers started 13 September 1943, the
Blue Armored Division was held in readiness in the vicinity of Horn
Springs to move on orders from Corps.
In the late morning of 14 September orders from Corps were ref
ceived. asking for a task force which was to go into position near Shop
Springs. An Armored Infantry battalion and Col. Frederick Warren's
battalion of light tanks passed the I. P. at 1300 on this mission.
This was the first commitment of any of the Blue Armor, but our
Reconnaissance Battalion had patrols on the roads, while Col. Graham's
Engineers had been busy with
Win Free Smokes
For Funny Story
Maneuvers ain't funny, McGee!
But some of the things that hap-
pen to you (or the other guy) are
funny, and worth a laugh, despite
rain and mud.
HELLCAT JMJiiWfcj wants to near
these stories. And to make it
worth while for you to write them
down and send them in, HELL-
CAT NEWS offers a carton of your
favorite cigarettes to the G. I. who
sends us the most humorous ma-
neuvers story each week.
To every other G. I. sending us
a story printed, HELLCAT NEWS
offers three packages of smokes.
If your story is not printed, it
may still be worth one package of
cigarettes if held for future use.
Here is your chance to make
maneuvers pay out! Write your
story, using names of the men,
your company, battalion, or regi-
ment. If you don't want your
name used, we'll send your ciga-
rettes anyway, but don't forget to
write your name so we'll know
where the smokes go if you win.
All prizes will be delivered the
same rest period as the stories are
So let's have your stories! Don't
worry about the length. Any sheet
of paper will do. Send your story
by mail or use Message Center.
Mail address is HELLCAT NEWS,
Div. Hq, SSO (plus APO, etc.).
Late News Flash
Dick Tracy is about to catch
Mrs. Pruneface, and Cadet Terry
Lee is chasing a Jap bomber in
his unarmed trainer. Lt. Taffy
Tucker has been reunited with Lt.
Col. Flip Corkin, with kisses.
bridge reconnaissance since Mon-
Move at Night
On orders from Corps our Divi-
sion started moving during the
night of 14th-15th. The initial
objective was for CC B to movfe
toward Sharpsville, while CC A
was to take the high ground near
Milton. These Combat Commands
were attacking abreast.
The G-3 periodic report which
was sent back to Corps, covering
the period from 0001 to 1200, '15
September 1943, stated that CC A
crossed the line of departure at
0730, meeting light resistance south
of Silver Hill, but left of our lines
was held up by tank destroyers
and infantry in the vicinity of Sil-
ver Hill. CC B's First Echelon
of Infantry crossed the line of de-
parture at 0730. Tank elements of
the Combat Command were held
up by poor stream crossings and
enemy action. The Division troops
reported that one company of In-
fantry west of Silver Hill was in
contact with Red Forces and with-
drawing slowly to the west. The
result of the operation so far re-
lieved pressure somewhat from an
attached unit, but progress was
not sufficient to allow that unit to
become Division reserve.
CC A Stopped
CC A made greatest progress,
but was practically stopped with
an active force on its left flank at
For the period from 1200 to
2400, 15 September 1943, G-3 re-
ported CC A advancing slowly
with considerable losses to posi-
tions. CC B advanced across High-
way 10 and continued toward ob-
jective. At 1742 CC B was or-
dered to attack with a light tank
battalion to cut off exits to Mur-
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