Re: 5th Division, 11th Infantry, G compa
Greetings again, Bob !
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As promised, here is a briefing on the actions of 5th ID, including its 2nd Infantry Regiment, 10th IR and 11th IR.
The division was ashore at Utah Beach, France, 11 July 1944, about a month and a half before your grandfather's arrival in ETO combat area.
Disregarding divisional operations just before his arrival, we know that the division captured Rheims 30 Aug 44, and established a bridgehead across the Verdun River that or the following day.
The division started the drive for Metz
7 Sep 44, with the 2nd IR stopped in the
the 10th IR and the 11 IR regrouped outside Metz and defended against a strong German attack 17 Sep 44;
the 5th ID attacked Fort Fort Driant starting 27 Sep 44 (FD defended the northern approaches to Metz);
the 11th IR forced itself to the outer edges of the bastion 3 Oct 44, with the enemy attacking from tunnels throughout the structure, during the night;
this costly operation was called off
12 Oct 44.
By this time, your G/F had been captured, and as EW suggests, probably he was taken at Driant.
In his post to you, Eddie Webber named Col Chas. W. Yuill, as Regimental Commanding Officer. This would have been the 11th IR.
In CITIZEN SOLDIERS, Stephen E. Ambrose, author, devotes several pages to the attack on Fort Driant.
He goes a step beyond, and identifies the Company Commander, Co. H., as Captain Jack Gerrie, who proved to be a very gutsy kind of guy..
His description of the violent nature of this attack and the German defense is impressive, and well worth the price of the book.
You mention that G/F was liberated
28 Apr 45, which was less that 10 days before the war ended, 7 May 45. He would have been in a rest and recovery setup until his departure for home.
The 5th ID went into combat 16 Jul 44;
It participated in the following campaigns:
Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe.
(I imagine that he would have received credit for Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland.)
The division suffered 2,298 Killed in Action, 9,549 Wounded in Acton and 358 Died from Wounds.
Their casualty rate was approximately 166%.
During his tenure overseas his Commanding Generals were Major General Stafford L. Irwin,from Jun 43and M/G Albert L. Brown,
from Apr 45.
His assignments (attachments) were;
XX Corps, 4 Aug 44
XII Corps, 21 Dec 44
XX Corps, 28 Mar 45
Third Army, 7 Apr 45
XVI Corps, 22 Apr 45
III Corps, 25 Apr 45.
(I suppose the last five would have been moot, since he was in captivity during these time frames.)
That is about all I can add at this time. Sorry.
If you use GOOGLE, try
and you will be able to call up my inquiries concerning the Stalag camps
(14,17,28 Apr 01).
And let me know how you make out. OK ?
With best regards,
Louie Franklin Turner.