Document Source: After Battle Report, Headquarters 30th Infantry Division
G-3 Section, Period December 1 1944 – December 31 1944

The 30th Infantry Division, during the period December 1, 1944, to December 12, 1944, continued to actively defend and patrol Division zone, rehabilitated and rotated troops, conducted small unit training, care, cleaning and maintenance of equipment and maintained contact with adjacent units. At 0001, December 1, 1944, the Division’s troops were disposed as shown on the map and changes by date was as follows:

December 01, 1944 The 1/120-IR was relieved by Troops C, 17-CRS (Mez) at 0042 and moved to an assembly area in the vicinity of Erberich (K986538). Troop C, 17-CRS (Mez), relieved the 1/120-IR at 0042 and the squadron assumed defense of the entire division zone.

December 02, 1944 The 2/119-IR moved from the division rest area and closed in an assembly area in the vicinity of Kohlscheid (K845490) at 0900.
The 3/120-IR moved from the vicinity of Broich (K903490) and closed into the division rest area in the vicinity of Kerkrade (K836534) at 1100. The 2/120-IR moved and closed into an assembly area in the vicinity of Broich at 1457.

December 03, 1944 The 1/119-IR was relieved of attachment to the 2-AD at 1900 and moved to an assembly area in the vicinity of Kohlscheid at 1436.

December 04, 1944 The 1/120-IR moved and closed into an assembly area in the vicinity of Broichweiden (K903498) at 1250. The 2/120-IR moved and closed in the division rest area in the vicinity Kerkrade at 1150. The 3/120-IR moved from the division rest area and closed into an assembly area in the vicinity Erberich (K986538). The 2nd Platoon, Able Co, 823-TDB was released from attachment to the 30-ID Artillery at 1000 and reverted to battalion control. The 3rd Platoon, Charlie Co was attached to the 30-ID Artillery at that time for secondary.

December 05, 1944 There was no change in the dispositions of the division this date.

December 06, 1944 The 1/120-IR moved and closed into the division rest area in the vicinity Kerkrade at 1050. The 2/120-IR moved from the division rest area and closed into an assembly area in the vicinity Broichweiden at 1050.

December 07, 1944 There was no change in the dispositions of the Division this date.

December 08, 1944 The 1/120-IR moved from the division rest area and closed in to an assembly area located at (K900495) at 1030.

December 09, 1944 There was no change in the dispositions of the Division this date.

December 10, 1944 The 1/119-IR moved and closed into the division rest area at 1035. The 120-IR supported the attack of the 414-IR by fire on Shophoven (F058540) and Pier (F058523).

December 11, 1944 The 120-IR supported the attack of the 104-ID on its right.

December 12, 1944 The 3/117-IR moved and closed into the division rest area in the vicinity Kerkrade at 1030. the 1/119-IR moved from the division rest area and closed into a new assembly area located at (K834490) at 0930.

December 13, 1944 The 30-ID attacked to the east at 1800, seized Viehhoven (F045552) and cleared enemy from a large portion of the division zone between the Inde River and the Roer River. The 120-IR attached Charlie Co 743-TB and the 17-CRS (Mez), continued to maintain defensive positions and conducted small unit training. At 0240, Love Co moved from the vicinity Erberich and took up defensive position extending from (F040540) to (F045536), from where it protected the left flank of the 3/414-IR in its attack to the northeast against Schophoven. At 1800, Love Co attacked to the north, captured Viehhoven and at 2200 had cleared the enemy from a large portion of the division zone between the Inde and the Roer Rivers. There were no other change in the dispositions of the division.

December 14, 1944 The 30-ID continued to maintain its defensive positions and carried on rehabilitation of troops, training in weapons and tactics, and cleared the division’s zone of enemy between the Inde and the Roer Rivers. The division troops were disposed at 2400 as shown on overlay number 2. The 2/117-IR moved from Kinzweiler (K988356), and closed into the division rest area in the vicinity Kerkrade at 0930. the 3/117-IR, in division reserve, moved from the division rest area and closed into new assembly area in vicinity (K923517). The 120-IR, attached Charlie Co 743-TB and the 17-CRS (Mez), and maintained defensive positions and continued small unit training. Item Co relieved Love Co in the vicinity of Viehhoven at 1230 and completed clearing enemy from the division’s zone between the Inde and Roer Rivers.

December 15-16, 1944 The 30-ID, during the period of December 15-16, continued to maintain an active defense patrolling of its sector, conducted rehabilitation of troops and small unit training.


Map Scaled GSGS June 1944 - Stavelot-Parfondruy-Ster

An M8 recon armored car of the 30th Infantry Division (9-AD) moves through the streets of Kinzweiler, Germany, past an abandoned German StuG, Nov 21, 1944The only changes in the dispositions during the period are as follows: King Co 120-IR relieved Item Co 120-IR in the vicinity of Viehhoven at (15)-2010 and assumed responsibility for the defense of the division’s zone between the Inde and the Roer Rivers. The 2/117-IR moved from the division rest area and closed into an assembly area in the vicinity of (K935505) at (16)-1025. The 105-ECB moved from the vicinity of (K923533) and closed into the division rest area at (16)-1100.

The 30-ID Artillery, reinforced during the period December 1-16 supported the division in its defense and attack firing close support, interdiction, harassing and counter-battery missions, and rotated its troops to a rest area in the vicinity of St Trond, Belgium (K2747). The 30-ID Artillery at (01)-0001, in addition ot ,its organic battalions, had the 203-FAB and the 70-FAB which had been attached to it previous to (01)-0001.

The 203-FAB was released from attachment to the 30-ID at (14)-0800. The 531-AAA-AW during the period Dec 01-16 gave AAA protection to the Division Artillery and incidental protection to the entire 30-ID’s zone.

The 105-ECB during the period Dec 01-16 continued to give normal engineer support to the 30-ID in its defense and attack. During the period the Engr Battalion maintained supply routes, water points, marked and cleared enemy mine fields, conducted training on mines and demolitions, and rehabilitation of troops.

The 823-TDB during the period Dec 01-16 conducted maintenance and repairs of equipment, schools, tactics, training with M-10 Tank Destroyer, rotated troop to the division rest area, and assisted the division in defense of its zone. Charlie Co 823-TDB, during the period Dec 01-11 provided AT protection for the entire division zone. The 2nd Platoon, Able Co 823-TDB was released from attachment to the 30-ID Artillery at (04)-1000 and the 3rd Platoon Charlie Co 823-TDB attached at that time for secondary mission. The 3rd Platoon, Able 823-TDB relieved the 2nd Platoon Charlie Co 823-TDB at (11)-1130 and with the 1st Platoon Charlie Co 823-TDB assumed responsibility for the AT protection of the division zone. The 2nd Platoon Charlie Co 823-TDB, upon relief, moved to an assembly area in the vicinity of (K928532). The battalion was relieved of the responsibility for providing AT protection for the division zone PFC Victor Henry, Pontotoc, Miss., fires his machine gun through a hole in a wall, at Germans in a barn 300 yards away, beyond Kohlscheid, Germany 16 October, 1944 (King Co, 3/119-30-IDat (15)-1700, and at (15)-1710, the 3rd Platoon Able Co 823-TDB and the 1st Platoon Charlie CO 823-TDB moved from direct fire positions to their company assembly area at (K907503) and (K928532) respectively. During the period Dec 01-16, the battalion received twelve (12) M-10 Tank Destroyers and by order from US 9-A the battalion was changed to 823rd Tank Destroyer Battalion (Self-Propelled on Dec 15).

The 743-TB, during the period Dec 01-16, assisted the division in defense of its sector, conducted maintenance and repairs of equipment, training and rehabilitation of personnel, and in conjunction with the 7th Armored Group, conducted training with the 4.5′ Rocket, using the T-34 Launcher, and successfully test-fired this weapon on Dec 9 from a medium tank, and on Dec 15 from a captured German halftrack. Baker Co 743-TB, during the period Dec 01-04, remained attached to the 120-IR and supported that unit in defense of its zone. The company was released from attachment to the 120-IR at (04)-1500, and reverted to battalion control. Charlie Co 743-TDB was attached to the 120-IR at (10)-1400 and released from attachment to that unit at (16)-1430 and reverted to battalion control. During the period Dec 1-16, Charlie Co 743-TB supported the 120-IR in the defense of its sector.

The 7th Armored Group, during the period Dec 01-17, in conjunction with the 743-TB, conducted training with the 4.5′ Rocket using the T-34 Launcher. This weapon was successfully test-fired on Dec 9 from a medium tank, and on Dec 15 from a captured German halftrack. The Group was detached from the 30-ID at (17)-2050.

The 17-CRS remained attached to the 120-IR during the period Dec 01-17. During the period Dec 01-13, the squadron maintained active defense and patrolling of the division entire zone. C Troop relieved the 1/120-IR, at (01)-0042 and assumed responsibility for the defense of the entire division zone. During the period Dec 13-17, the squadron maintained its defensive positions and assisted the attack of the 120-IR, by fire, when that unit cleared the division zone of enemy between the Inde and the Roer Rivers. At (17)-2030, the squadron relieved the elements of the 120-IR in the division zone between the Inde and the Roer Rivers and was attached to the 29th Infantry Division, who assumed responsibility for the defense of that sector.

The 30th Cavalry Recon Troop (Mez), during the period Dec 01-16, remained a division reserve in the vicinity of Kohlscheid and conducted training, care, cleaning and maintenance of equipment.

December 17, 1944 The division was alerted for movement South into the V Corps (17)-1115, and was released from attachment to the US XIX Corps, US 9-A, and attached to the US V Corps, US 1-A. The division was Pfc Edmund Dill (Cumberland Md) opens the Christmas package received from his wife. His buddies share the treat. Nov 18 1944 (left) Pfc Carl Anker (Brooklyn NY) (Right) Sgt Ted Bailey, (Isaban W.Va) 30th Infantry Divisionrelieved of responsibility for defense of its zone at 2030 by the 29-ID. Leading elements of the division began movement by motor to the South at 1625 top an assembly area in the vicinity of Hauset, Belgium (K826355) and at 2400, the 30-CRS (Mez), 119-IR, and 823-TDB had closed into their assembly area. The remainder of the division was enroute or prepared to move to the South. During the entire move the German Luftwaffe was extremely active bombing and strafing our convoys, causing little damage but with good harassing effect

The 117-RCT began movement by motor to the South and to an assembly area in the vicinity of Hauset, Belgium, at 2200, but the Regiment’s orders were changed enroute and it was ordered to continue movement farther South to secure the town of Malmedy, Belgium (K787044). At 2400, the Regiment was enroute to Malmedy. The Regiment’s orders were further changed enroute and one Battalion was ordered to seize and hold Stavelot, Belgium (K716010).

The 119-RCT began movement for the vicinity of Kohlscheid, Germany, to an assembly area in the vicinity of Eynatten, Belgium (K833338) at 1630. The 1/119-IR led the Regiment’s move with the mission to cover the Division’s movement into its assembly area. The 119-RCT closed into Eynatten at 2200.

The 120-RCT continued to maintain defense of the Division’s zone and was relieved of that responsibility at 2030, when elements of the 17-CRS (Mez) relieved King Co in area in Division’s zone between the Inde and Roer Rivers. When relief was accomplished, the 17-CRS (Mez), was released from attachment to the 120-IR and 30-ID and attached to the 29-ID. The 120-RCT began movement to the South by motor at 2300 from Langweiler, Germany (K947350), and at 2400, was enroute.

December 18, 1944 The 30-ID, less the 117-RCT, 743-TB and the 3rd Platoon of the 30-CRS (Mez) closed into its assembly area in the vicinity of Hauset at 0605. At this time, the 117-RCT, the 743-TB and the 3rd Platoon of the 30-CRS (Mez) with the mission of securing Malmedy and attacking Southwest to seize Stavelot were enroute.

At 1000, the Division, less the 117-RCT, the 743-TB and the 3rd Platoon of the 30-CRS (Mez), continued movement to the South and at 2400, the Division had closed into its news assembly area in the vicinity of Francorchamps, Belgium, (K738075), established defense of Malmedy, seized the Northwest portion of Stavelot, attacked to the East and seized Stoumont (K630027) and Habiémont (K569985) and stopped the enemy’s advance to the West and Northwest at Stavelot, Stoumont and Habiémont.

The 117-RCT attached the 3rd Platoon of the 30-CRS (Mez), Charlie Co 823-TDB, closed into its assembly area Northwest of Malmedy at 0800.
A .50 caliber machine gun and crew are set to repel attack by advancing Germans near Malmédy, Dec 22 1944 (Prob. 99th Infantry Battalion)The 1/117-RCT continued movement via Francorchamps at 0830 to an assembly area North of Stavelot and attacked South to seize Stavelot. The battalion encountered stiff North of Stavelot, but continued to advance and at 1600 had seized two thirds of the town Northwest of the Amblève River and occupied defensive positions extending from (K714014) to (717010) and (K720011). At 0830, the 2/117-RCT and the 3/117-RCT began movement from their assembly area and at 1100, the 2/117-RCT had occupied defensive positions along the commanding ground between Malmedy and Stavelot and the 3/117-RCT had established and organized the defense of Malmedy by occupying defensive positions and reinforcing several roadblocks (South and Southeast) established during the night of Dec 16/17 by elements of the 291-ECB, elements of the Norwegian 99-IB-(S) and from the 526-AIB. Able and Baker Cos assault gun and mortar platoons, 743-TB attached at (18)-0900.

The 119-RCT attached Able Co 823-TDB and began movement to the Southwest from the vicinity of Eynatten, Belgium, by motor at 1311, via Eupen (K800273), Dolhain-Limbourg (K730260), Verviers (K680233), Theux (K636167), Louveigné (K572164) to Remouchamps (K565110), at which point the regiment split and attacked to the Southeast to seize Trois-Ponts (P675988) and block the enemy’s drive to the West vicinity of Stoumont. The regiment reached Remouchamps at approximately 1800 where it split in two columns. One column composed of the 1/119-IR and the 3/119-IR, 3/119-IR leading, drove South and Southeast to Stoumont extending from (K634023) to (K636032). The 1/119-IR reached Targnon (K613033) at 2022 and assumed strong defensive position extending from (K610032) to (K61543). The 2/119-IR moved from Remouchamps eastward to Aywaille (K838103) then South to Werbomont (K540000) then East to Habiémont (P569984), reaching Habiémont at approximately 2200 where it encountered resistance East of the town and established a strong defensive position extending from (P568982) to (P569990).

The 120-RCT closed into an assembly area in the vicinity of Hauset, Belgium, at 0430. The regiment again began movement by motor to the South at 1026 and closed into an assembly area in the vicinity of Malmedy at 2030 and assumed defensive positions as follows: 1/120-IR (less Baker Co) (K803052) to (K818057); 2/120-IR (less George Co) (K792059) to (K801064); 3/120-IR (attached Baker Co) (K760030) to (K790043). George Co was placed in Division Reserve at 1900, then George Co with Dog Co 743-TB, established roadblocks at (K717089), (K714070), and (K724064).

December 19, 1944 The 30-ID continued to maintain defensive positions in the vicinity of Malmédy, cleared the enemy from Stavelot, and held that town against repeated strong enemy attacks from the West, Southwest and East. The division received a strong enemy attack on infantry and armor at Stoumont and was forced to withdraw to the West but stopped the enemy attack in the vicinity on the Stoumont Station (K620050), inflicting heavy losses upon the enemy. The division attacked to the Southwest from the vicinity of Francorchamps to seize La Gleize. All enemy attempts by armor and infantry to drive to the West, Northwest and North in the division’s sector were stopped.

The 117-RCT, attached Charlie Co, Able and Baker Cos of the 823-TDB Stavelot, l'Amblève River and the Bridge(SP), assault gun and mortar platoon of the 743-TB, continued to maintain defensive positions at Malmédy, and on the commanding ground Northeast of Stavelot. The regiment launched an attack to the South at (19)-0830, with 1/117-IR to capture and clean out the Southwest portion of Stavelot, and the portion of the town South of the Amblève River. The 1/117-IR’s attack made slow progress initially and at (19)-0850, a strong enemy counter-attack by armor and infantry was repulsed. Advancing slowly, the battalion reduced all enemy resistance in Stavelot (North of the Amblève River) and assumed defensive positions. Repeated strong enemy counter-attacks from the West and Southwest were repulsed through the remainder of the day. At 1930, a squad of men from Able Co, 105-ECB, led by Capt Rice, blew the bridge over the Amblève in Stavelot. The 2/117-IR continued to maintain defensive positions on the commanding ground Northeast of Stavelot. The regiment was relieved of its mission from the defense of Malmédy at (19)-0830, when the 3/120-IR, relieved the 3/117-IR. The battalion, upon being relieved, entrucked and moved to the vicinity of Francorchamps from where it attacked to the Southwest at (19)-1100 to seize La Gleize. The battalion stopped and repulsed a strong enemy attack to the North, continued its attack, and at (19)-1600, had seized Roanne (K677036), Cour (K674056) and Ruy (K674058) and established strong defensive positions.

The 119-RCT, attached Charlie Co 743-TB and Able Co 823-TDB, was Mark VI-2 King Tiger #222 destroyed in Stavelotattacked at 0645 by a strong enemy force of tanks and infantry against the 3/119-IR East of Stoumont. The battalion, after hard fighting during which it suffered heavy losses and the loss of all tank destroyer weapons, withdrew through the 1/119-IF, reorganized, and established a strong roadblock Northwest of Stoumont. By 1500, the 1/119-RCT had stropped the enemy about 200 yards East of Stoumont Station. 14 enemy tanks and 4 half tracks were destroyed in this action. The 2/119-RCT, maintaining defensive positions in the vicinity of Habiémont (P569984), was relieved at 1520 by elements of the 82-A/B and moved to Targnon where it established strong roadblock and assumed defensive positions. The 740-TB was attached to the 119-RCT at 1200. The regiment with attachments was attached to the XVIII Corps A/B at 1530. Charlie Co 743-TB was relieved from attachment at 2100.

The 120-RCT (less 2/120 in Division Reserve), attached the 30-CRS (Mez), Baker 823-TDB, maintained active defense of its sector. The 3/120-IR relieved the 3/117-IR of its defensive positions South and Southeast of Malmédy. The Regiment actively patrolled its sector and maintained contact with the 1-ID.

December 20, 1944 Throughout the day, the 30-ID, reinforced, maintained and improved defensive positions in the Malmédy – Stavelot area, while to the West, an attack was launched to take Stoumont and La Gleize. The 117-RCT attacked Stavelot from the Northeast and the 119-RCT attacked Stoumont from the West under the XVIII Corps (Airborne) control. The 119-RCT with attachments, reverted to Division control at 1500. Combat Command B 3-AD (Hqs & Hqs Detachment CCB-3-AD; 2/36-AIR; Hqs 33-AR; Hqs & Hqs Co 1/33-AR; Hqs & Hqs 2/33-AR; Able, Baker, Dog, Easy, Fox and Item Cos 33-AR; 1st Platoon Recon Co 33-AR; 1st and 2nd Platoons Dog Co 23-AECB) assisted the 119-RCT and elements of the 117-RCT in their attack on La Gleize and Stoumont and at 1700 was attached the Division. 30-ID with attachments detached from the V Corps and attached to the XVIII Corps (Airborne) at 1300.

The 117-RCT, attached Able and Baker Cos, Assault Gun and Mortar Platoons, 743-TB; Charlie Co 823-TDB; Easy and Fox Cos 120-RCT, maintained its defense of Stavelot and the high ground Northeast thereof, and attached Southwest with the 3rd Battalion at 0800 to seize La Gleize and cut the Stavelot – La Gleize road at the Halte de Roanne-Coo (K671020). At 1212, King Co had entered the Northern portion of the town and was held up by strong resistance from armored infantry. Task Force M, CCB-3-AD assisted King Co in its attack and at 1800 Task Force M and King Co renewed the attack which was repulsed by strong enemy resistance and they were forced to withdraw to defensive positions North of the town. The 3/117-RCT les King Co, remained in defensive North of the town. The 3/117-RCT less King Co remained in defensive positions in the vicinity of Roanne (K676036) and Moulin (K687045), and Task Force L, CCB-3-AD attacked South through their positions. Fox Co 120-RCT was attached to the 117-RCT at 0700 and further attached to the 1/117-RCT.

Map Scaled GSGS June 1944 - Stoumont La Gleize

Fallschirmjaeger tend to one of Prahm's wounded crewmen as Prahm's Panther burns in the backgroundFox Co moved into defensive positions on the Northeast flank of the 1/117-RCT and assisted that unit in its defense of Stavelot. During the day, repeated attacks by enemy armor and infantry from the Southwest and West were repulsed and several enemy attempts to establish a bridgehead at (K718007) over the Amblève River were stopped, and a small enemy bridgehead in the vicinity of Challes (K730010) was driven back across the river. The 2/117-RCT continued to maintain defensive positions and established an outpost line from (K730011) to (K743008) to (K747010) to (K753012). Task Force L CCB-3-AD and Easy Co 120-RCT were attached to the 117-RCT at 2100 and plans were made to attack East from Petit-Coo to join up with the forces at Stavelot.

The 119-RCT, attached Able Co 823-TDB; the 740-TB; Baker Co (less one Platoon) 105-AECB; the 197-FAB; the 400-AFAB, remained attached to the XVIII Corps (Airborne) until 1500 at which time it reverted to Division Control. The Regiment launched an attack at 1600 to the East with the 1/119 and the 3/119 in conjunction with Task Force J (CCB-3-AD), to seize Stoumont. Stiff resistance was encountered but at 1800, the Regiment had advanced to within 500 yards of the town where it was stopped by heavy resistance from infantry, tanks, and direct fore weapons. At 2100, the 119-RCT, with attachments, was attached to Task Force Harrison, 30-ID.

The 120-RCT, less the 2/120, attached Baker Co 740-TB; Baker Co 823-TDB, and the 30-CRS (Mez) (less 3rd Platoon), continued to occupy defensive positions and roadblocks in the vicinity of Malmédy and actively patrolled to the South.

Stavelot, Destroyed Mark V Panther and abandoned 75-MM Pak 40The 1/120-RCT began movement at 1330 and occupied strong defensive positions along the commanding ground extending (K801030) to (K810034) to (K820030) to (K830025) and maintained contact with the 1-ID. The 2/120-RCT in Division Reserve, continued to maintain roadblocks at (K726028) and (718089). Fox Co attached to the 117-RCT at 0700 and assumed defensive positions in the vicinity of (K714023). The 2/120-RCT (less), remained in an assembly area in the vicinity of Francorchamps (K733077). Easy Co attached to the 117-RCT at 2100. The 3rd Platoon of the 30-CRS (Mez), attached to the 120-RCT at 2100, making the entire Troop attached.

CCB-3-AD, attached the 30-ID at 1700. Task Force J assisted the 119-RCT in its attack to seize Stoumont. Task Force M, assisted the 117-RCT in its attempt to seize La Gleize, and Task Force L, attacked and established roadblocks at (K681992), (K682027), and (K678992). The leading elements of Task Force L reached (K681992). CCB-3-AD, less Task Force L, was attached to Task Force Harrison at 2100. Task Force L was attached to the 117-RCT at 2100. King Co, 177-RCT was attached to Task Force M at 2145.

Task Force L: Hqs & Hqs Co, 2/33-AR; Baker Co, 33-AR; Dog and Easy Cos, 33-AR; Easy Co, 36-AIR; 1st Platoon, Recon Co, Armored Regiment; 1st Platoon, Dog Co, 23-AECB (3-AD).
Task Force M: Hqs & Hqs Co, 1/33-AR; 2/36-AIR (less Easy & Fox Cos); Item Co, 33-AR; 2nd Platoon, Dog Co, 23-AECB (3-AD).
Task Force J: Hqs 33-AR; Able and Fox Cos, 33-AR; Fox Co, 36-AIR; Hqs & Hqs Detachment, CCB-3-AD.
Task Force Harrison, constituted at 2100, this Task Force was composed of the 119-RCT; Able Co, 823-TDB; 740-TB; Baker Co (less one Platoon) 105-ECB; 197-FAB; 400-AFAB; and CCB-3-AD (less Task Force L), was given the mission of seizing Stoumont and continuing West to take La Gleize, then make contact with the 117-RCT.

December 21, 1944 The 30-ID, reinforced, continued to maintain and improve defensive positions at Stavelot on the commanding ground Northeast of the town and at Malmédy and attacked to the Southeast at 0830 to clear the Division zone North of the Amblève River ans Southwest of Stavelot of Enemy. Ster (K696008), Renardmont (K704010), and Parfondruy were captured. At 1040, the Division attacked South and West of La Gleize, advanced approximately 1000 yards against heavy resistance but was unable to seize the town. The Division repulsed strong enemy attacks of infantry and armo West of Stoumont and attacked to the East to seize Stoumont at 1245, but the attack was unsuccessful due to stiff enemy resistance.

Panther #225, the lead tank on the attack at Stoumont. Upon entering the town US defenders, to the left of the road, opened fire on the Panther, the 1st shot hit the turret & prevented it from traversing. Another shot started a fire & the German crew was forced to abandon the tankThe 117-RCT, with attachments, attacked to the Southeast at 0830 with the 3/117 (less King Co), advanced approximately 3000 yards against light to heavy resistance and captured Ster and Renardmont. Task Force L, attached Easy Co 120-RCT, continued to maintain roadblocks and attacked to the East against heavy resistance and at 1038, captured Parfondruy. The 117-RCT continued to maintain defensive positions at Stavelot and Northeast of Stavelot, repulsing repeated enemy attempts to cross the Amblève River.

Task Force Harrison repulsed strong attacks West of Stoumont and attacked to the East and Southeast at 1245 to seize the town, but the attack was unsuccessful due to heavy resistance from enemy infantry, tanks, and direct fire weapons. Task Force M, CCB-3-AD attached King Co of the 117-RCT in Borgoumont, attacked to the South and West to seize La Gleize, advanced approximately 1000 yards against stiff resistance, but was unable to seize the town. Baker Co, 740-TB was attached to the 120-RCT at 0001 and moved during the night to the vicinity of Malmédy.

The 120-RCT (less 2/120-RCT) attached Baker Co 740-TB; Baker Co 823-TDB; 30-CRS (Mez); 291-ECB, continued to maintain defensive positions and roadblocks in the vicinity of Malmédy, and defensive positions along the commanding ground extending from (K801030) to (K810034) to (K820030) to (K830025) and maintained contact with the 1-ID. The 120-RCT repulsed repeated enemy attacks by armor and infantry, destroying seven (7) enemy tanks3 Easy and Fox Cos attached Panther #211 knocked out near Stoumont Station & pushed off the road after being destroyed by elements of the 743-TB, and 110-AAABto the 117-RCT. The 2/120-RCT less those companies in Division Reserve, maintained roadblocks in the vicinity of Francorchamps.

The 1/551-PIB, reinforced, attached to the 30-ID at 0900 and closed into an assembly area in the vicinity of Ster at 2015.

CCB-3-AD (less Task Force L) attached to Task Force Harrison. Task Force L attached to the 117-RCT.

December 22, 1944 The 30-ID, reinforced, continued to maintain defensive positions at Malmédy (K788045) and improved its positions in the Stavelot area. The Division attacked to the East and advanced against strong enemy resistance seizing Rouat (K632030), and Stoumont (K630027), and advanced approximately 800 yards against heavy resistance in its attack to the West to seize La Gleize (K657032), but was unable to seize the town.

The 117-RCT (less King Co) with attachments, continued to maintain defensive positions at Stavelot (K717010) along the commanding ground Northeast of Stavelot, at Ster and Renardmont. Task Force L, attached Easy Co 120-RCT, continued to maintain roadblocks and attacked to the Southeast at (22)-0800 to clear enemy from area Southwest of Stavelot, but due to unfavorable terrain and stiff resistance was unable to advance. One Platoon of Able Co 117-RCT, attacked to the Southeast at 0830 and by 1100 had advanced approximately 400 yards against heavy resistance and assumed defensive positions, improving the 1/117-RCT’s defensive positions at Stavelot. Fox Co 120-RCT, detached at 1200 and reattached at 1930 occupied the West at 1300 and occupied roadblocks at (K682007) at 160.

Task Force Harrison, attacked to the Southeast at 1300 with the 3/119-RCT, and Task Force, CCB-3-AD, advanced against heavy resistance from infantry and tanks, and at 1430, captured and cleaned Rouat. At 1430, the 1/119-RCT attacked to seize Stoumont, and advanced against stiff resistance, and by 1515 the Battalion had seized its objective.

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US troops inspecting two knocked out Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwinds during the Battle of the BulgeTask Force M, CCB-3-AD, attacked to the West at 1430 to seize La Gleize (K657032), advanced approximately 800 yards against stiff resistance from infantry and tanks, but was unable to seize objective.

The 120-RCT (less 2/120) with attachments, continued to maintain and improve its defensive positions in its sector and maintained contact with the 1-ID. The 1/120-RCT, repulsed an enemy attack by infantry at 1300. The 2/120-RCT, (less Easy and Fox Cos in Division Reserve), occupied defensive positions extending from (K742043) to (K757047). Easy and Fox Cos attached to the 117-RCT.

The 1/551-PIB, reinforced, in Division Reserve, prepared defensive positions extending from (K700055) to (K720042) to K741052).

CCB-3-AD (less Task Force L) attached to Task Force Harrison. Task Force L, attached to the 117-RCT.

December 23, 1944 The 30-ID, reinforced, continued to maintain defensive positions at Malmédy (K788045), improved its defense positions ion the Stavelot area (K717010); cleaned out large portion of the woods in the vicinity of Arret de Coo (K682003) North of the Amblève River, and attacked from the East and West to seize La Gleize (K657030), advancing approximately 1500 yards East of Stoumont against heavy resistance from Tanks, infantry, mines, and self-propelled guns, but was unable to seize La Gleize. At dark, the Division held positions North, East, and West of the town with the Amblève River on the South.

The 117-RCT (less King Co) with attachments, continued to maintain defensive positions at Stavelot (K717010) along the commanding ground US engineers about to blow Mark VI-2 King Tiger #312 in La Gleize BelgiumNortheast of Stavelot, at Ster (K696008), Renardmont (K704010), and Parfondruy (K705005). The Regiment attacked South at 0830 with Easy Co 120-RCT, and Love Co 117-RCT, encountering heavy resistance from small arms and automatic weapons, and cleaned out a large portion of the woods in the vicinity of Arret de Coo (K682003) North of the Amblève River. The 2/120-RCT was attached to the 117-RCT at 1830 and George Co 120-RCT further attached to the 2/117-RCT at 1830. Fox Co 120-RCT, moved at 1545 to defensive positions in the vicinity of Arret de Coo, reinforcing Easy Co 120-RCT and Love Co 177-RCT.

Task Force Harrison attacked to the East ands Northeast at 0830 with the 1/119-RCT and the 3/119-RCT, and Task Force M and King Co 117-RCT to seize la Gleize (K657030). the 1/119-RCT and the 3/119-RCT with Task Force J, advanced approximately 1500 yards against heavy resistance from enemy infantry, tanks, mines, and self-propelled weapons, but was unable to seize the objective due to the unfavorable terrain and heavy enemy resistance, and at 1700 the 1/119-RCT occupied defensive positions extending from (K652023) to (K651031), and the 3/119-RCT with Task Force J, CCB-3-AD, occupied positions extending from (K651031) to (K651036) to (657035). Task Force M, CCB-3-AD, and King Co 117-RCT, were unable to advance due to stiff enemy resistance and occupied defensive positions extending from (K662035) to (K661028). The 2/119-RCT in Task Force Reserve, moved to the East and assumed defensive positions extending from (K645029) to (K645033) at 1500.

IllustrationThe 120-RCT (less 2/120-RCT) with attachments continued to maintain active defense of Malmedy (K788045), patrolled in its sector, and maintained contact with the 1-ID. the 2/120-RCT (less Easy and Fox Co) relieved from Division Reserve at 1830 and the entire Battalion attached to the 117-RCT.

The 1/551-PIB, reinforced, in Division Reserve, continued to dig in defensive positions and prepared plans for the counter-attack in the Division sector.

The 517-PIR, less the 1/517-PIRCT, and one company attached to the 30-ID at 1000 and closed into an, assembly area in the vicinity of Xhoffraix (K822029) at 1700.

CCB-3-AD, less Task Force L, attached to Task Force Harrison and assisted that unit in its attack to seize La Gleize. Task Force L, attached to the 117-RCT and continued to maintain roadblocks and defensive positions in the vicinity of Parfondruy (K705005).

December 24, 1944 The 30-ID reinforced, continued to maintain and improve defensive positions in the Malmédy (K788045) Stavelot (717010) area, attacked and cleaned the enemy out of of a large portion of the woods in the vicinity of Arret de Coo (K682003) and captured La Gleize.

The 117-RCT (less King Co) attached the 2/120-RCT; Charlie Co 823-TDB; 743-TB; Task Force L, CCB-3-AD, continued to maintain defensive positions at Stavelot (K717010) and along the commanding ground Northeast of Stavelot. The Regiment attacked to the South at 0900 with the 2/120-RCT (less George Co), attached Dog Co 117-RCT, encountering heavy resistance from infantry and tanks, and cleaned up a large portion of the woods in the vicinity of Arret de Coo (KK682003) North of the Amblève River. The 2/120-RCT (less George Co) attached Love Co 117-RCT, attached to Task Force Harrison at 1745. King Co 117-RCT, released from attachment to Task Force Harrison reverted to Regimental control at 1200. Task Force L, CCB-3-AD, relieved from attachment at 1400. Charlie and Dog Cos 743-TB, attached to 117-RCT at 1605.

Task Force Harrison attacked to the Southeast at 0730 with the 2/119-US engineers about to blow another German TankRCT, and Task Force J CCB-3-AD, and captured the town of La Gleize at 1040. The The 2/119-RCT and Task Force J continued its attack to the South and Southeast and assisted the 2/120-RCT, in its attack in the vicinity of Arret de Coo North of the Amblève River. The 1/119-RCT attacked to the Northeast at 0745 and cleared that area South of La Gleize, and North of the Amblève River of enemy. the 3/119-RCT, attacked to the East at 0815 and assisted the 2/119-RCT and Task Force J in the capture of La Gleize. The Task Force captured 128 German prisoners and released 170 American officer and men who had been captured previously by the enemy. Task Force Harrison during the period, captured La Gleize, and cleared its zone North of the Amblève River of enemy. In cleaning the Stoumont La Gleize pocket, the Task Force captured or destroyed 39 tanks, 70 half-tracks, 33 large caliber guns and 30 other vehicles.

The 120-RCT (less the 2/120-RCT), with attachments, continued to maintain an active defense of Malmédy (K788045), defense, patrolling in its sector, and maintained contact with the 1-ID.
The 1/551-PIB, reinforced, assembled in Division Reserve in the vicinity of Ster (K747084). The 517-PIRCT (less the 1/517) prepared and occupied defensive positions in the vicinity of Gdoumont (K815055) to add depth to the defense of that sector and prepared plans for counter-attack in the Division sector.

CCB-3-AD (less Task Force L) attached Task Force Harrison and assisted that unit in its attack ti seize La Gleize. Task Force L attached to the 117-In Parfondruy, at the junction of the roads leading to Coo and Ster, is the small Sainte Lucie chapel. Surrounded by two centuries-old oaks, it is painted white and dates from the 17th centuryRCT, continued to maintain roadblocks and defensive positions in the vicinity of Parfondruy. CCB relieved of attachment to the 30-ID at 1400.

December 25, 1944 The 30-ID, reinforced, continued to maintain and improve defensive positions in the Malmedy (K788046), Stavelot (K71740) area, and maintained defense of the river line North of the Amblève River from Targnon (K608034), through Stoumont (K630028), La Gleize (K657030), to Arret de Coo (K682004), and reduced all enemy resistance ?orth of the Amblève River between Stavelot (K717010) and Trois-Ponts (P6774987). The Division maintained blocks at bridges across the Amblève at (K640016), (K663019), (K679010), and (P677990), and maintained contact with the 82-A/B at (K678010) and (P677990). The Division’s troops were bombed in the Malmédy – Stavelot area by friendly aircraft for the past three (3) days causing considerable loss of personnel and Government property. B-26s bombed on December 23, B-17s on December 24, and A-20s on December 25.

The 117-RCT, attached the 743-TB; Charlie Co 823-TDB, continued to maintain defensive positions at Stavelot and along the commanding ground Northeast of Stavelot. At 1450, Task Force Harrison was dissolved and the 2/120-RCT (less George Co) attached Love Co 117-RCT, and the 2/119-RCT, were attached to the 117-RCT, and the Regiment, with those units and King Co, continued the attack and reduced all enemy resistance North of the Amblève River between Stavelot and Trois-Ponts.

Task Force Harrison (consisting of the 119-RCT; Able Co 823-TDB; the 740-TB (less Baker Co); the 2/120-RCT (less George Co); attached Love Co of the 117-RCT and continued to maintain defense of the river line North of the Amblève River from Targnon through Stoumont, La Gleize, to Arret de Coo and attacked to the South at 1040 with the 2/120-RCT l(less George Co) attached Love Co 117-RCT, and the 2/119-RCT, to reduce enemy resistance North od the Amblève River between Stavelot and Trois-Ponts. progress of the attack was slow due to thick woods and rough terrain, but by 1450 the Task Force had cleared a large portion of its zone of enemy and was continuing to advance. The Task Force was dissolved at 1450 and the 119-RCT (less the 2/119-RCT) reverted to Stavelot, the bridge over the Amblève River and the Mark VI-2 King Tiger #222Regimental control; the 2/119-RCT and the 2/120-RCT (less George Co) were attached to the 117-RCT; Love Co 117-RCT reverted to Regimental control; and the 740-TB (less Baker Co) and Able Co 823-TDB were attached to the 119-RCT.

The 119-RCT (less the 2/119) with attachments continued to maintain defense of the river line North of the Amblève River from Targnon, through Stoumont, La Gleize, to Arret de Coo. The Regiment holds blocks at the following bridge across the Amblève: (K640016), (K663019), (K679010), and (P677990), and contact is maintained with the 82-A/B at the bridges at (K679010) and (P677990).

The 120-RCT (less the 2/120), attached Baker K 823-TDB; Baker Co 740-TB; the 30-CRS (Mez), the 291-ECB, continued to maintain defense of its sector and contact with the 1-ID.

The 1/551-PIB, reinforced, relieved from attachment to the 30-IDS at 093. The 517-PIRCT (less the 1/517 and one company) relieved from attachment to the 30-ID at 0800. Sufficient trucks to move the Parachute Regimental Combat Team were furnished by the 30-ID and the 30-ID Military Police were used to control traffic and mark the route of the 517-RCT to Aywaille (K535102).

December 26, 1944 The 30-ID, reinforced, continued to maintain defensive positions in the Malmedy – Stavelot area, and the vicinity of Trois-Ponts, and maintained contact with the 1-ID and the 82-A/B.

The 117-RCT, attached the 2/120-RCT; the 2/119-RCT; the 743-TB; Charlie Co 823-TDB and continued to maintain defensive positions of Stavelot along the commanding ground Northeast of Stavelot and North of the Amblève River between Stavelot and Trois-Ponts. The 2/119-RCT, relieved the 2/120-RCT, at 1400 and relieved from attachment tp the 117-RCT.

The 119-RCT, attached the 740-TB (less Baker Co); Able Co 823-TDB, and maintained an active defense if its sector and contact with adjacent units and maintained blocks at the following bridges across the Amblève River, (K640016), (K663019), (K679010), and (P677990). The 2/119-RCT released from attachment to the 117-RCT and placed in Division Reserve at 1400, moved and closed into an assembly area in the vicinity of Ster at 1530.

The 120-RCT (less the 2/120-RCT), attached Baker Co 823-TDB; Baker Co 740-TB, the 30-CRS (Mez); the 291-ECB, and continued to maitain the defense of Malmedy (K788045), defense and patrolling of its sector, and contact with the 1-ID.

December 27, 1944 The 30-ID continued to maintain defensive positions in its zone and reajusted units within its zone.

The 117-RCT, attached the 2/120-RCT; the 743-TB; Charlie Co 823-TDB, and continued to mùaintain defensive positions of Stavelot (K717010) along the commanding ground Northeast of Stavelot and Nrth of the Amblève River between STazvelot and Trois-Ponts (K674987) the 2/117-RCT relieved the 1/119-RCT at 2056 and the Battalion moved to an assembly area in the vicinity of (K745027). The 743-TB (less Dog Co) (less one Platoon) and Assoult Gun Platoon, relieved from attachment at 1500.

The 119-RCT (less the 2/119), attached the 1st Platoon Dog Co and Mortar latoon of the 743-TB, the 740-TB (less Baker Co), and continued to outpost the Amblève River and maintained Roadblock in its sector until 1500. At this time, the Regiment was assigned a new sector. The 1/119 relieved the 2/117 at 2056, and assumed resonsibility for the defense of its sector along the commanding ground Northeast of Stavelot, extending from (K734020) to (K75419) to K760026). The 3/119-RCT, placed in Division Reserve at 1500, closed in an Examining the Beast - 88-MM KVK Mark VI-2 King Tiger destroyed somewhere between Stavelot and La Gleizeassembly area in the vicinity of Ster (K753078). The 3/119-RCT was released from Division Reserve at 1500. The 740-TB (less Baker Co) released from attachment at 1500 and reverted to division reserve.

The 120-RCT (less the 2/120), attached the 99-IB-(S); the 526-AIB; the 30-CRS (Mez); Baker Co of the 743-TB; Baker Co of the 740-TB, and continued to maintain defense of Malmedy (K788045), defense and patrolling of its sector, contact with the 1-ID, and at 1600, Charlie Co 99-IB-(S), raided the town of Hédomont (K795022) to gain information and prisoners. At 1645, the raiders withdrew with 1 enemy prisoner, leaving 14 enemy dead. The 30-CRS (Mez), was released from attachment at 1500, and reverted to Division Reserve. Baker Co 740-TB reverted to battalion control at 1500. Baker Co 743-TDB, attached at 1500. Baker Co 823-TDB, released from attachment at 1500. The 291-ECB was released from attachment to the 120-RCT and the Division at (27)-1200 and reverted to US 1-A control.

December 28, 1944 The 30-ID continued to maintain and improve defensive positions and reajusted units within its zone.

The 117-RCT, attached the 2/120-RCT; Dog Co, less the 1st Platoon and Assault Gun Platoon, 743-TB, and continued to maintain defense of the vicinity of Stavelot and the area North of the Amblève River between Stavelot and Trois-Ponts. The 2/117-RCT relieved the 2/120-RCT, and King and Love Cos at (28)-1145. King and Love CVos moved to an assembly area in the vicinity of Roanne (K678036).

Armstrong's haltrack destroyed in StavelotThe 119-RCT (less the 3/119 in Division Reserve), attached 1 plaqtoon of Dog Co andthe Mortar Platoon of the 743-TB, and improved its defense positions along the commanding ground Northeast of Stavelot, and maintained active patrolling of its sector. The 2/119-RCT moved from the vicinity of Ster (755078) at (28)-0910, and occupied defensive positions in the regimental sector at (28)-1145, relieving elements of the 120-RCT in its zone. The 3/119-RCT (Division Reserve) moved by motor and closed into an assembly area in the vicinity of Ster at (28)-1655.

The 120-RCT (less 2/120), attached the 526-AIB; the 99-IB-(S); Baker Co 742-TB, and continuedto maintain the defense of Malmédy, defense and patrolling of its sector, and contact with the 1-ID. the 2/120-RCT (Division Reserve), was relieved by the 2/117-RCT at about (28)-1925, moved and closed into an assembly area in the vicinity of Xhoffraix (K818077) at (28)-1925, and at close of the period were preparing defensive positions and cxounter-attack plans.

December 29, 1944 The 30-ID continued to maintain and improve positions and conduted vigorous patrolling in its zone.

The 117-RCT, attached Dog Co (less 1 platoon) and Assault Gun PLatoon of the 743-TB, and maintained active defense in the regimental sector. The 3/117-RCT reorganized its defense in the Ster (k753078), Parfondruy (K705005) area. Agressive patrolling and recon was carried on during the period.

The 119-RCT (les the 3/119 in Division Reserve), attached 1 platoon of A wounded soldier is carried back to the aid post by his comrades (Unknown Location)Dog Co and the Mortar Platoon of the 743-TB, and continued to improve its defensive positions and maintained active patrolling of its sector. the 2/119-RCT preparing counter-attack plans with the CO of the 117-IR and the CO of the 117-IR, for counter-attack within regimental zone.

The 120-RCT (less 2/120 in Division Reserve), attached the 526-AIB; the 99-IB-(S); Baker Co 743-TB, and continued to hold defensive positions in its sector. At (29)1630, Baker Co 99-IB-(S), raided the town of Otaimont in the vicinity (K777022). The attack was supported by artillery fire, mortar and machine gun fire from the 1/120 and 3/120. Baker Co 99-IB-(S) entered the town against no opposition and returned to present location at (29)-1755. Active patrolling was constanty throughout the period.

December 30, 1944 The 30-ID continued to maintain and improve defensive positions and conducted vigourus patrolling in its zone.

December 31, 1944 The 30-ID continued to maintain defensive positions at Malmédy (K788045) and Stavelot (K717010), and maintain defense of its sector North of the Amblève River between Stavelot and Trois-Ponts (K674987). Agressive patrolling and reon was carried on throughout the period.

The 117-RCT, attached Dog Co (less 1 platoon) and the Assuault Gun Platoob of the 743-TB, improved its defensive positions and continued to aggressively patrol its sector. The 3/117 was in regimental reserve in the vicinity Moulin-du-Ruy (K684042).

The 119-RCT (less the 3/119 in Division Reserve), attached 1 platoon of Dog Co and the Mortar Platoon of the 743-TB, and continued to occupy and improve its defensive positions and maintained active patrolling of its sector throughout the period.

The 120-RCT (less the 2/130 in Division Reserve), attached the 526-AIB, the 99-IB-(S), and Baker Co 743-TB, improved its positions, maintained active defense od its sector and continued to actively patrol its zone.

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