Diary 10th Armored Infantry Battalion

5 APRIL 1945 (THURSDAY)

At first call at 07:00 hours, the battalion arose, still in CCR. The battalion CP is still in the town of Gotha, Germany and the companies are still cutting roads in the vicinity of this town. One enemy plane flew over but no attack was made.

At 11:30 hours three enemy planes strafed our positions but there was no damage to either personnel or equipment. A meeting of all staff officers and company commanders was held in the battalion CP. The troops spent the morning in the care and cleaning of clothing and equipment.

Six enemy planes flew over at 14:35 hours but they were soon driven away by the fire from .50 caliber machine guns. All units are still cutting the roads leading into the town. Other than the enemy aircraft, there was no other enemy activity during the day.

By 24:00 hours the night had passed quietly with all units maintaining the usual strong security.

The usual rations in addition to clean socks, gas and ammunition were delivered to all units.

The weather for the day was cloudy with intermittent showers. The morale of the troops is excellent.

No further word has been received from Task Force Baum, making it necessary to report the personnel of the force missing in action as of 26 March 1945, the date of departure. Reinforcements were received for the major portion of a new Company "A".

Casualties for this day were: 

208 MIA

4 NB

 

Other changes in effective strength were:

216 reinforcements

12 returnees

Copy from the US National Archives Washington DC,

Corrections of German place-names and

geographical names by Peter Domes
2002 Copyright Peter Domes -  Date of last change: 2005-03-17