Diary 10th Armored Infantry Battalion

4 APRIL 1945 (WEDNESDAY)

The battalion arose to first call at 07:00 hours, still in CCR. One enemy plane flew over the battalion area but no damage was done.

The battalion received notice at 11:00 hours that we are on a 30 minute alert for movement. Two enemy planes flew over the battalion area but did not attack.

The battalion received the order at 14:00 hours to be ready to move by 14:45 hours. Company "C", this unit, leading our column, crossed the IP, which was at the town of Friedrichswerth, at 15:00 hours.

After passing through the towns of Weingarten, Teutleben and Truegleben, the column reached the town of Gotha, Germany at 17:30 hours. The only enemy activity encountered during the march was a few planes flying over the column.

By 18:00 hours all companies were in position, cutting the main roads of the town of Gotha. The battalion is setting its CP up in the edge of the town.

Our battalion S-2 half-track returned to the battalion. They hadnít been able to contact Task Force Baum and all personnel on this task force are being reported as missing in action.

One enemy plane flew over the area at 20:30 hours and Company "C" captured an enemy truck and 3 prisoners. This was at 22:00 hours. Other than this, the night had passed quietly by 24:00 hours. All the units were maintaining strong security.

The rations, with clean socks, gas and ammunition were delivered to all units.

The weather for the day was cloudy with intermittent showers. The morale remained at its high level.

Casualties for this day were:

18 MIA

3 NB

 

Other changes in effective strength were:

1 reinforcement

Copy from the US National Archives Washington DC,

Corrections of German place-names and

geographical names by Peter Domes
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