|1 October 1944
"C" Company prepared by-pass road, vicinity Arracourt
and continued operation of Rock Crusher. "B" Company maintained roads South
of N-74. "A" Company maintained roads North of N-74.
2 October 1944
"C" Company maintained roads and operated rock crusher.
Dozer ran over mine knocking off track. "A" and "B" Companies maintained
roads in assigned sector. Continuous rains necessitate continuous maintenance.
3 October 1944
"B" Company took over operation of rock Crusher at location
near Remereville. Continued road repair and maintenance by remainder of
Battalion. Roads being widened and stabilized by addition of rock.
4 October 1944
"A" Company replaced 48' Treadway bridge South of Bey
with 50' D/S Bailey. "C" Company maintained roads east of La Sielle River
under sporadic 88 fire. "B" Company operated rock crusher and maintained
5 October 1944
"C" Company drew fire while working on roads East of
La Sielle River of which 80% were duds. "B" Company operated rock crusher
and worked on roads, vicinity Arracourt under sporadic fire. "A" Company
worked on sector North of N-74.
6 October 1944
Battalion maintained and rebuilt roads in assigned sector.
Continuous Engineer reconnaissance.
7 October 1944
"A" Company filled in road crater in vicinity of Bures
opening another route for Justice. "C" Company moved to position, vicinity
of Ferange La Grande to relieve elements of 166th Engineers; disposed as
Infantry. "B" Company operated crusher and repaired roads. Continuous Engineer
8 October 1944
A and "B" Company worked in assigned sectors. "C" Company
in support of the 166th. Engineers removed debris and destroyed enemy explosives.
9 October 1944
"A" Company constructed 100 foot T/S Bailey at Einville
and repaired bridge in Valhey. "B" Company operated crusher and maintained
roads in assigned sector. "C" Company replaced Company of 166th on line
10 October 1944
A and B Companies worked roads in assigned sector. "C"
Company still on line and under sporadic F.A. fire. Continuous Engineer
reconnaissance in sector.
11 October 1944
A and B Companies worked roads in assigned sector. Elements
of "A" Company removed mines in the vicinity of Bures. Harassing fire in
"C" Company position resulted in one man killed, and one wounded.
12 October 1944
"C" Company relieved from support of 166th Engineers;
returned to base camp. "A" Company removed mines in the vicinity of Bures
and maintained roads in assigned sector. "B" Company operated crusher and
13 October 1944
"C" Company started construction of 120 foot T/S Bailey
with intermediate Bailey bent at Parroy &laqo; mile from enemy positions.
"A" Company cleared roads of mines and debris and filled shell-holes in
the vicinity of Bures, "B" Company operated crusher and maintained roads.
Continued rain and bad weather.
14 October 1944
"C" Company completed Bailey at Parroy and prepared for
demolition. Harassing enemy F.A. fire slowed construction; 88 shell very
nearly hit charge just after completion. One platoon "A" Company attached
to 2nd Cavalry, cleared mines in the vicinity of Colacourt. "B" Company
operated crusher and maintained roads.
15 October 1944
All companies worked on road maintenance. Platoon from
"A" Company worked with 2nd Cavalry.
16 October 1944
All companies on road maintenance. Platoon of "A" Company
relieved from attachment to 2nd Cavalry. "B" Company operated crusher.
Outpost suffered because of continual breakdown of machinery. "A" Company
continued the operations of mine removal and road blocks, vicinity of Bures.
Continuous rains kept "B" Company busy maintaining road net by relieving
muddy and slippery conditions. In addition to maintenance of roads, "C"
Company was called upon to send four men to remove demolition charges from
Bailey Bridge over Canal at Parroy due to enemy artillery shelling.
17 October 1944
The battalion prevailing assignment remaining unchanged
but was brightened by "A" Company's unawaited discovery of enemy abandoned
stock. this consisted of two barrels of wine and 800 lbs. of sugar found
in a Parroy building occupied as a CP by the 2nd Cavalry Group. Operation
of the rock crusher near Remereville was part of "B" Company's job plus
a new assignment of road between Parroy and Coincourt. Proper drainage
was a paramount problem along many roads at this time. "C" Company received
the major portion of battalion road net as its task to improve and maintain.
18 October 1944
It was a prosaic day throughout the battalion. All the
road net of battalion of 70 miles length was being maintained. The issue
of winter clothing was well advanced. The bivouac area was in deterioration
with the operations dug-out itself causing a troublesome drainage problem.
19 October 1944
A 60 foot Bailey Bridge erected by 60th Engineers at
Bey was dismantled by "A" Company, also "B" Company removed a second Bailey
50 feet long just North of Bioncourt which was "A" Companies construction.
These bridges were removed to forestall their inundation due to flood water
awaited in the Seill River. Road barriers at bridge approaches were erected
as no fixed bridges were substituted.
20 October 1944
The battalion roads were kept open for the smooth flow
of traffic by two platoons from each Company. One "B" Company platoon continued
rock quarry operation. A Class and demonstration in Infantry tactics is
scheduled for the next three successive days for the reserve platoons.
Lt. Capuano and a platoon from "B" Company is in charge.
21 October 1944
In our road work the battalion vehicles were averaging
ten tire punctures per Company per day. Lacking a magnet a squad from "C"
Company hand picked the hazards of parts and fragments of enemy vehicles
strewn over roadway between Serres and Valhey. The bivouac area was in
deterioration. However, Headquarters Company advantageously placed pierced
plank walks and cinders to combat miry conditions. Ample latrine boxes
were also built.
22 October 1944
The battalion was occupied on the road net including
intersection adjacent to Group. Lt. Villadsen reported mines mentioned
by 114th Med. Battalion proved to be mortar shells found between Valhey
and Buissoncourt near Chateau. They were promptly disposed of. The re-garnishing
of camouflage nets with Autumn colors neared completion.
23 October 1944
New areas of responsibility commenced today. Road area
now stretches from Bouxieres to Brin on the North, to canal on South. Easey
and Mazerulles bounded area on West and East respectively. Capt. Oberdorf,
S-4, did commendably in securing rubber footwear for all the men. Capt
Makholm spoke of his 1/4 ton being rendered inoperative wrecked by a field
artillery truck skidding into it.
24 October 1944
Gradually men and officers of the battalion were arranging
their quarters for colder weather. As the companies grew more acquainted
with the difficulties of the road work in their new areas, the tire problem
also diminished. Practice firing grenades and rockets was concluded today
on the 60th Engrs. course. Information reached us through Group of a Floating
Bailey Bridge demonstration commencing the 25th at Toul and ending 30 Oct.
25 October 1944
The experiment of using "TAR BABY" for shower water heating
at Champenoux proved very successful. The motor maintenance section also
set up shop in shower building in order to operate more efficiently. Two
days minus rain showed its drying effects on the roads.
26 October 1944
Road work continued to be the battalion's main effort.
Several headquarters men were attending the Toul Bailey Bridge demonstration.
Lt. Grey and Lt. Christiansen attended today. A be-weekly movie arranged
by Lt. Hubbard, our Special Service officer, was enjoyed by the battalion.
During the evening, an inspection of the Battalion kitchens show them to
be in commendable condition - according to Major Knight.
27 October 1944
Major Reagan's tour of battalion roads brought a commendation
to the companies. With two companies maintaining road net, each company
received a day for checking and cleaning equipment. Major Knight and Capt.
McCann were impressed by the number of men constructing floating Bailey
at Toul. The day's sidelights included Pvt. Beebe's 2 1/4 ton tipping over
suffering only two flat tires and the happy combination of good French
beer and T/Sgt Calve's 21st birthday at headquarters.
28 October 1944
With dryer weather maintaining the roads was improving
proportionately. Major Reagan received a visit by Col. Keller of Group
and Col. Lieber, Corps Deputy Chief of Staff. "C" Company reinforced bridge
near Agincourt which was sagging due to heavier traffic loads then bridge
was classified for. Lt. McGlinchey, "A" Company C.O., experimented building
roads of German pierced plank. Several officers with Group attended flame
thrower demonstration including Lt. Christiansen which General Patton also
29 October 1944
Each reserve company in turn have given first and second
echelon maintenance to all their vehicles. Usual road efforts continued.
Passes for EM to Nancy were enjoyed, though earlier darkness shortened
the daylight hours.
30 October 1944
Emphasis throughout the unit was being placed on maintenance
of equipment. A convenient portable dark room for the Bn. photographer,
Cpl. Pitts, was constructed in the 1-ton cargo trailer. A morale boost
was given the battalion, when 80 passes were issued to a show, featuring
Marlene Dietrich. Interest was shown in headquarters of a German rocket
firing weapon, discovered in newly captured areas.
31 October 1944
All Bn. vehicles were being checked for anti-freeze,
as freezing temperature showed its first signs. Companies were given additional
assault practice, using rockets and flamethrowers against concrete positions.
A guard was placed at Treadway Bridge dump near Pettoncourt by "C" Company.
Halloween was also noted by "C" Company with bridge near Agincourt and
Lt. Halstrom being the butt of a practical joke by Lt. Sparling.