Grosshau Vicinity After Action Report (Part III)

November 19th

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191600 Arrived at battalion area

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191800 Positions set and reconded

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192200 Column of 1/18 Infantry arrived, proceeded with location guidance and setup assistance

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November 20th

02

200645 No action at night 

04

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200930 Reinforced by 3rd squad

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201105 Established defensive position @ Hill 152

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201400 3rd squad accompanied by 1/18 & 2/506 ambushed enemy mixed armor column. Enemy armor half-track destroyed by PFC Upham with hand grenades. US KIA SGT Herdsman, SGT Freimann, SGT Tuskulito, PFC McHay, PVT Ricarelli, PVT Caddilac. German KIA & WIA over 30 troops.

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201500 Patrol to recon enemy artillery position sent to 141 133. Another armor column spotted, consisting of armored cars, artillery trucks & motorcycles.

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201600 Patrol returned suffering no casualties.

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201730 Platoon ordered to attack enemy artillery position.

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201745 Armor spotted on the main road. Platoon pinned down on both sides of the road. Elements of 1st and 3rd squad performed right flanking maneuver, 1st squad provided suppressive fire on enemy outpost and 88 artillery piece.

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201800 Suffering heavy casualties, 1st squad is forced to withdraw from it’s position, while the rest of the platoon, led by SGT Shepherd’s attacks the enemy’s main forces and destroys the main objective. US KIA 1LT Finnegan, SGT Borsak, PFC Kulikowski, PFC McPay, PVT Dodge, PVT Garand, T5 Olson WIA.

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201900 Proceeded with shift guard defensive position @ Hill 152

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202230 Enemy troops spotted at battalion area, strength unknown, possible got lost in the moonless night

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November 21st

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21030 Shift led by SGT Peppherd is ambushed and KIA on the approach to defensive positions. US KIA SGT Peppherd, PFC Kukharski, PVT Enfield, PVT Tanders. German KIA unknown, but is estimated at 10-15 troops.

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21200 Various artillery bombardment of platoon’s AO. No US KIA

05

210700 Ressuply and reinforcement of defensive position @ Hill 152.

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210900 Civilian refugees passed thru platoons positions, indicated massive enemy force attempting to storm Hill 152

03

211030 Enemy artillery barrage. No US KIA

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211040 Forward posts spotted enemy armor and troops forming the attack formation.

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211100 Platoon holds its position.

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211130 Platoon ordered to withdraw from Hill 152 and secure position to the rear at Hill 143.

 

 

SIGNED

1LT B.C. O’Flannigan

Commanding

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