After Action Report 4th Armored Division
27 March 1945 (Tuesday)
The following troop list went into effect at 19:00 h.
CC “A” CC “B” Reserve Command
53 51 10 (-A, AG, Rcn)
8 35 37 (-C, Plat D)
A/25 C/25 D/489
B/704 C/704 24 (-A & B)
B/24 A/24 A/704
Division Troops Supporting Troops
25 (-A & C) 177th FA Group
D/704 276th FA Bn
A/10 179th FA Bn
Rcn & AG Platoon 10th 191st FA Bn
C/37, Plat D/37
The 328th Inf Regt of the 26th Inf Div was attached to CC “A” for the purpose of clearing GROSSAUHEIM and HANAU while the 101st Inf Regt took over the bridgehead positions of CC “A” so the units could prepare for an attack toward GIESSEN the following day. At 08:00 h, an enemy counterattack with infantry supported by artillery fire drove elements of the 26th Inf Div back to the MAIN River but by 09:15 h the situation was under control and the counterattack had been repulsed. The engineers completed the treadway bridge over the river at 15:00 h after several interruptions due to counterattacks and artillery fired. Elements of the 35th Tank Bn and 51st Armd Inf Bn, which had supported CC “A” in bridgehead operations, reverted to battalion control.
Early in the morning, elements of the 26th Inf Div began relieving CC “B” at the bridgehead south of ASCHAFFENBURG. At 18:00 h, the units of CC “B” moved from positions along the MAIN River south of ASCHAFFENBURG to an assembly area in the vicinity of WEISKIRCHEN. They followed a route through SCHAAFHEIM, BABENHAUSEN, DUDENHOFEN, and JUEGESHEIM. The CP also moved to WEISKIRCHEN. The 51st Armd Inf Bn, now in CC “B”, moved from ZELLHAUSEN at 10:47 h and closed in HAUSEN at 11:50 h.
The 37th Tank Bn and 10th Armd Inf Bn, which were now attached to Reserve Command, moved from the bridgehead south of ASCHAFFENBURG at 18:00 h via GROSSOSTHEIM, SCHAAFHEIM, and closed in BABENHAUSEN at 20:00 h.
Forward Echelon moved from ROSSDORF at 09:00 h and closed in JUEGESHEIM at 11:00 h.
Enemy losses for the day were 648 prisoners.
4th Armd Div casualties were:
Killed Wounded Missing
Officers 0 1 10
Enlisted Men 10 20 290
Copy from the US National Archives
Corrections of German place-names and
geographical names by Peter
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