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,9W f(,r an an night, black-out march. The column moved north
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The unit closed in an assembly area in the vicinity of
HOFSCHEN, Germany at 0730. During this entire operation the
BffllHa nreanized into a Task Force consisting of A Co., C
rf fo Co Sv C^d c Co 23 Tk Bn. Co B, 17th Armored Infantry
BattaSon ^s attached to the 23rd Tank Battalion ana the Provi-
o«.r to W
Armored ^e city of WORMS. The direction of
advance was dS rot. The 17th Axmored Infantry Battalion, as part
Of M R wL to follow the 23rd Tank Battalion initially, and be.
to pass through the 23rd Tank Battalion or move out on a
separate route as ?^e^!ftbLCovered forty-eight kilometers against
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BAUMHOLDER (7113) - WIESELBACH (7618)
Battalion moved out of WEISELBACH at 0800. At 1017 first enemy
contact was made and an enemy armored car with four men was destroyed
bv our advance guard company. Throughout the remainder of the day
the route of advance was south-east but progress was slow due to bad
roads friendly troop columns, etc. Enemey resistance was spotty.
By miclnight the unit had travelled about thirty (oO) kilometers.
The unit moved all night but progress was very slow due to the
htd'1eacheddEISENBlGt(^6)dwhlfe the head of our column was stopped
ty 3 1“2lISrthe°adv^cf wL^medtSo^EBERTSHEIM (2607j) MERTE-
RffiCTM (2807) GRUNSTADT (3107) OBER SUIZEN (3407)DIRMSTeIN (3 kilo-
Hh’nrRH’hHSlM (40071 The column had travelled about forty-five kixo
B8BPME&M but again it was evident that men can he pushed
to a certain point after which there is a decided droj) in efficiency
and a general lack of alertness ty the entire command.
At 0130 the leading elements of the column were halted on the
. ym two and one half kilometers west of the Rhine River. The
AUtoba e platoon was sent forward to check the bridge at the
??ve™ fney returned at 0230 with a report that the bridge was out.
The combat command C.O., Colonel Gordon, arrived at the Battalior
. eet the situation. At 0600 the hattaiion was ordered.
I area east of GRUNSTADT (3107). All
companies^weregClosed^o unit was subjected to bombing and straf-
. attacks by enemy jet propelled aircraft. One man was killed,
f?!e“wounded Lid 2vehicies knocked out as a result of thes<| attacks.
Except for two mounted patrols along the. Autobahn, the remaind- ,
er of the unit worked on vehicle maintainence, care and cleaning of
At 0600 the Battalion Commander issued an order to Company
r>nni,ara ers based on 01 No. 21, Headquarters CC-R. The Division
objective was SPEYER on the west bank of the RHINE. In this opera-
tion CC-R was to attack abreast (south) of CC-B with an intermediate
°b^eCTheei7thHinitiLj.y was^in reserve and followed 23rd Tank Bn
and CC-R. The column moved out at 0715 and a short time later was
-strafed ana bombed by enemy air-craft.
By 1300 the town of BOHL had been cleared by the 2ord Tank
Battalion and the 17th was ordered to pass through the aord and
attack IGGELSKEIM and HAFSLOCH. The leading elements moved out at
1400 anu after receiving considerable Artillery and Mortar fire had
cleared the town of IGGELHEIM by 1710. FO No. 2, Headquarters CC-R
ordered ^coordinated attack on HAFSMCH at 0630 the
ing. A and C Companies set up an all around defense of IGGELHEIM
and plans were made for continuing the attack the next day.
The attack Jumped off at 0630, Company C leading. By 0740
the leading elements had reached HAFSLOCH against no opposition
and contacted elements of the 23rd Tan Battalion“r^into
the north A Co and Headquarters Co moved tneir vehicles up into
thl town andAACompLiy was ordered to take over the adv^e guard
for continuation of the attack to the south ano east. At 1015 the
leading elements moved out. At 1115 A Company reported they were
unable to advance farther due to small arms, artillery ana mortar
fire from HANHOFEN (440798). , ,. . . . .
The lead half-track in the advance guard received a direct hit
from a mortar shell, setting the vehicle on fire, killing one man
and wounded six. At 1400 the c.O. of CC-R arrived at the C.P. and
after getting the situation from the Battalion C*0r changed the axis
of advance to the west to by-pass the resistance to our iront.
The Battalion objective was ZEISKAM.
mained the same and "A" Company moved out of GOMmmRSHEIM at loWJ.
Ho resistance was encountered until 1727 when A Company repor e
heavy artillery, mortar and tank r£i£® t£ie towns 01 LUS1-
ADT (M3871) 7.RTRKAM (M3770) and HOCHSTADT (Mo57i).
Due to intense heavy shelling on GKMfiRSHEIM during the night
our assault companies were unable to get into the objective. The
battalion commander ordered them to pull back to the woods 1500
yards west of town and dig in for the night.
At 0645 "C" Company was ordered to send a patrol of platoon
strength into GEMERSHEIM and contact the friendly force repotted in
there. At 0850 the patrol had reached the west edge of the town
without meeting any resistance and established contact with elements
of the 14th Armored Division which had been advancing from the south.
«C" Company then moved two more platoons into the city ana proceeded
to clear out the west edge of the town.
At 1055 orders were received from CC-R ordering tne movement
of the Battalion into an assembly area in the vicinity of MUSSBACH.
The Battalion C.O. ordered "C" Company to remain in GEMERSHEIM until,
relieved by the 36th Infantry D ivision.
Bn Hq, Hq Co, A Co., C/23 and Med Det moved out at .1300 for the
new area. "C" Company was relieved in GERMERSHEIM by the 141st Inf-
antry Regiment, 36th Division at 2015. The S-5 formed a march col-
umn of C Company, AG Platoon, Mortar Platoon and one platoon ol C/23
and moved out for the new assembly area at 2100. The entire unit was
closed in at MUSSBACH at J&5.
Most of the day devoted to penance and -^^fkstion
1fiitlSringea large wooded area east ff NEUSTADT. Company commanders
IM orders at 1800 and A and C Companies moved out to
cimpSiesPsenti“t H PM
Active catrolling continued throughout the morning and by 1000
both ——BJ they had move-
At 1500 the unit was placed on a 3 hour AJ-eru a
ment orders were, received from CC-R.
»+• m po the battalion moved out - desitnation - LORSCH, east of
■ the RHINE ™-FR^|^iCr°Thedlead
The Reconnaissance Platoon was sent out at 1 0
°n °UIta^Io°Oia£vH;adquarters CC-R was received with the route of
march for the following day.
At 0645 the company commanders, were assembled to bg®b^rCh
m 22 vicinity ^^hfl^h Wl
Th^leaSng^Siments^ved out at 0923 but due to bad roads, road
b^cks and6cross traffic of friendly Progress was m-de
At 0645 the advance guard Company moved out
m n At 14-so the leading elements came under observed artillery lire
Jd BK Jf
established a traffic control post js as fast as they could
travel?ntDespite^thesL1 precautions ^ ^^^ht^d^^
t?avelSdC<50 ^lome^r^ day. The advance was continued through-
out the night. _ _
I mhe leading elements were located at a road junction two
kilometers south-west of BUCHEN at 0015. The Ad&nc* was resumea
at 0220 with C Company as advance guara - direction of advance
dUe 6Att0750 the leading Company was engaged in a fire fight with
TAfXv in the town of ROSENBERG. The resistance was over-
en,?7anfthe Lto cleared11by 0820. The advance was continued to
come ana the town ciear^ ^ w&s otdered for parting.
the ettt1300ithe°h!ttalion moved out and passed through SCHILLING-
m wrAtormw«uHATiqRH and ALTHAUSEN where the leading company receiv-
STADT, SCHWABHAUSM ^ ^“^erfaust fire. C Company dismounted
ed heavy rifle, MG, AG and panzecia^^ || platoon of Medium
Tanks^n^irect^support^ The attack was progressing
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CO“ba!iA^W wjf a&d, ^ned^heir -hicle^ar^d^r-
23rfl^Su™ had^overcome the enemy’resistance and had
cleared the town. . - _ rr- r for continuation of
At 1930 orders were received°£r£0BattaUon leading.
the attack at 2o00 RIVER at KONIGSHOFEN and con-
Our mission was to cross tne lAunnn possible. The battalion
tinue the advance to tne east as fast as possioie.
moved out at 2300. HH .
prnt0i rf-i at-.unce travelled this day
_ 62 kilometers.
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It was decided to set up a defensive position for the night
at our present location (1000-2000 yards west of ZEISKAM) pre-
pare to resume the attack in the morning.
Orders were issued during the previous night for an attack
on LUSTADT. This required a shifting of all companies about one
mile to the north commencing at daylight.
Arrangements were made with CC-R to get an air strike on the
objective just prior to H hour. By 0800 "A" and "C" Companies were
in position ready to jump off. The Assault Guns, mortars and sup-
porting artillery had registered in.
At 0940 word was received from CC-R that the air mission on
the objective was cancelled. Plans were made for Battalion Volleys
(495 AFA) on the objective to he controlled by the artillery FO
with the two assault Companies. The attack jumped off at 1030
and the objective was taken by 1055 against light enemey resistance.
Vehicles were brought forward and "C" Company mounted up aim
moved out at 1210 with the mission of attacking GERMERSHEIM from
the west. At 1350 the leading company was in sight of the city and
throughout the remainder of the afternnon fired artillery, small
arsm and tank guns at large groups of enemy on both sides of the road
leading to GERMERSHEIM. At 1815 orders were received from CC—R
to "push the attack vigorously." A and C Companies were dismounted
and Jumped off at 1818 to clear the woods west of the city. Hundreds
of PWs were taken in this operation ranging from boys 16 years old
to men of 50 and 55.
CASUALTY REPORT - March 1945
Killed in Action - 7
Action - 4
Action - 48
casualties - 41
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