Document source: After action report 38th Cavalry Recon Squadron (Mechanized), Aug 44 thru April 45, Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research, Digital Library. (Checked and Corrected while processing the file: Doc Snafu)

M-5A1 Stuart in Ballroy, France, June 1944

(1) In accordance with paragraph 10, AR 34:5-105, and letter Headquarters First United States Army, Subject: Action Against Enemy, Reports After/After Action Reports, file 319.1/401 (C), dated July 13, 1944, the following report is submitted:

(a) The 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mecz, spent June 1 to June 6, 1944, inc1usive, performing regular duties at Topsham Barracks, Exeter, Devon, England. Troop A, this organization, left Exeter, Devon, England, on June 6, 1944, and the rest of the Squadron left Exeter, Devon, England, on June 8, 1944. The entire Squadron embarked for Over Seas between June 9, and June 11, 1944. The Squadron disembarked in France between June 10, and June 12, 1944, and re­assembled 0.5 mile south of Balleroy, France, in the bivouac area June 13, and June 14, 1944.

(b) On June 14, 1944, Troop A, this Squadron was given a combat mission to reconnoiter about 4 miles south of Caumont, troop ran into roadblocks and infantry concentrations and was held up 1 mile from Caumont.

Mission accomplished:

On June 14, 1944 Troop C was given the mission of guarding the right flank of the US 1st Infantry Division, spearhead along the Drôme River line, Cormolain, La Londe, held position until June 19, 1944. (Mission accomplished)

On June 15, 1944 Troop A, was given the mission of bridging the gap between the UK 6th Queens Regiment and the 1/26-IR (US 1-ID); Troop held these positions until relieved at 1630, on June 11, 1944. (Mission accomplished)

On June 20, 1944 Troop C, was given the mission of bridging the gap between the 1/16-IR (US 1-ID) and the 1/18-IR (US 1-ID), relieved of the mission by Troop B on June 21, 1944. (Mission accompliqhed)

On June 20, 1944 Troop B, was given the mission of bridging the gap between the 1/16-IR (US 1-ID) and the 1/18-IR (US 1-ID), relieved of the mission by Troop A on June 23, 1944. (Mission accomplished)

On June 23, 1944 Troop A, was given the mission to relieve Troop B bridging the gap between the 1/16-IR and the 1/18-IR, relieved on June 30, 1944. (Mission accomplished)

On June 25, 1944 Troop B, relieved Troop A bridging the gap between the 1/16-IR and the 1/18-IR, relieved by Troop C on June 28, 1944. (Mission accomplished)

On June 28, 1944 Troop C, was given the mission to bridge the gap between 1/16-IR and 1/18-IR, June 30, 1944, continuing the mission successfully.

on June 30, 1944 Troop B, relieved Troop A, bringing the gap between the 1/16-IR and the 1/18-IR continuing the mission successfully.

Squadron CP stayed stationary 0.5 mile south of Bazllaroy, during this period. Troop E, Fox Co, Hqs & Hqs Co, and Service Troop were held in reserve.

M8 Greyhound Armored Car in Action Belgium Sept 1944
Patrols

(1) On June 24, 1944, cavalry personnel accompanied the 1/18-RCT on a recon mission, THE information obtained was Negative.

(2) On June 25, 1944, Troop A, sent out three patrols of three EM each, the information obtained, was negative.

(3) On June 27, 1944, Troop A, sent out two patrols, (patrol #1 – 1 officer and 5 EM-, (patrol #2 – 1 NCO and 5 EM). Both patrols were successful.

(4) On June 28, 1944, Troops A, sent out two security patrols of three EM each, the information obtained, was negative.

(5) On June 29, 1944, Troop C, sent out a patrol with an infantry patrol, on an ambush mission. Mission successful.

(6) On June 30, 1944, Troop C, sent out a patrol with infantry patrol, on an ambush mission. Mission successful.

US VII Corps Major General J. Lawton Collins in his M8 in Eupen Belgium 1944

Dolnald J. Weber
2/Lt, 38-CRS (Mecz)
Historical Officer

John C. Lee
2/Lt 38-CRS (Mecz)
Commanding.

US Troops in M8 stopped by hungry women in Periers 1944


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