Re: Co.F, 85th Cav. Rnc.Sq Mecz., 5TH A/D.
After crossing Utah Beach, France, 25 Jul 44 (D-Day + 55), the division blocked German movement toward Avranches, 1 Aug 44;
captured Le Mans, 8 Aug 44;
advanced toward Argentan, 12 Aug 44;
relieved in position by the 90th ID on the edge of Argenten.
Reached the Eure River, taking Dreux, 16 Aug 44;
reached the Seine River at Mantes-Gassicourt, 18 Aug 44;
moved along the west bank of the Seine, to block a German retreat,
19 Aug 44;
encoutered strong resistance between the Euer and Seine, 20Aug44;
captured Houdebouville, 24 Aug 44;
moved through Paris, 30 Aug 44;
reached the Belgian border at Conde, 2 Sep 44;
Sedan captured, 6 Sep 44.
The 85th CRS entered Germany near Stalzenburg, 11 Sep 44.
(NOTE: This was the first allied unit to penetrate the Third Reich from the west.)
Division held Wallendorff salient against counterattacks until
20 Sep 44;
moved to defensive positions in Monschau-Hofen area.
Reinforsed the 4th ID in Huertgen Forrest, 16 Nov 44;
captured Kleinhau, 29 Nov 44;
closed on Eupen, 24 Dec 44;
went into reserve.
Seized Eicherscheid, 30 Jan 45;
captured Colmar, 2 Feb 45;
crossed the Roer River, 25Feb 45;
crossed Niers Canal, 1 Mar 45;
captured Anrath and Fischeln, 2 Mar 45.
Battle of Repelen, 1/7 Mar 45;
Division remained in Kempen-Repelen area until 11 Mar 45;
relieved by 75th ID;
crossed the Rhine River at Wassell, 30/31 Mar 45.
Division went back on the attack, 1 Apr 45;
crossed the Leine River south of Hannover, 9 Apr 45;
captured a key bridge on the Oker River in the Ahnsen area, 10 Apr 45;
reached the Elba River,12 Apr 45;
relieved, 16 Apr 45.
It attacked against strong opposition, 21 Apr 45;
captured Dannenberg, 23 Apr 45;
relieved at Elba River by 29th ID;
performed occupation duty until war ended, 7 May 45.
This narrative only mentions the 85th CRS one time specifically, but where it mentions Fifth Armored Division, the 85th was usuallyincluded, just not credited.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
With best regards,
Louie Franklin Turner
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