January to March 1945  for Company "A" - Dillingen to the Autobahn

Follow the day by day actions of Company “A”, 60th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division from 16 December 1944 where they first encountered the German army at Dillingen, Luxembourg to their capture of the Autobahn on 16 March 1945.





Company “A”, 60th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division

 

Dillingen  to the Autobahn

 

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16 December 1944 – German army crosses into Luxembourg and begins the Battle of the Bulge (southern flank) with an attack on Dillingen, Luxembourg  (zoom)  (large).  Company “A” is in a defensive position on a hill overlooking the village.

 

18 December 1944 – The remnants of Company “A” begins a withdrawal from Beaufort, Luxembourg  (zoom)  (large).    

 

19 to 25 December 1944 – Fights a series of defensive actions falling back to Savelborn, Luxembourg  (zoom)  (large).

 

25 December 1944 – Sent to Sibret, Belgium  (zoom)  (large)   to keep road to Bastogne, Belgium open to relieve the 101st Airborne who have been surround at Bastogne, Belgium.  

 

03 January 1945 – Relieved at Sibret, Belgium.  Began marching to the rear.

 

14 February 1945 – Harold McCarn celebrates 22nd birthday in Distroff, France    (zoom)  (large)

 

Until 23 February 1945 – at Distroff, France resupplying and receiving replacements

 

23 February 1945 – Marched to Trooz, Belgium  (zoom)  (large)  to prepare for assault on the Rhine.

 

28 February 1945 – Travel through Hurtgen Forest (now under US Army control) to Drove, Germany    (zoom)  (large)

 

01 March 1945 – Attacked and captured Wollersheim, Germany.  (zoom)  (large)  This attacked was made possible by  the capture of the Schwammenavel Dam by units of the 78th Infantry Division.

 

04 March 1945 - Attacked and captured Euskirchen, Germany  (zoom)  (large)

 

07 March 1945 – Established defensive perimeter around Lantershofen, Germany  (zoom)  (large)

 

08 March 1945 – Defended Remagen Bridge while occupying high ground in Sinzig, Germany  (zoom)  (large)  This was to prevent a possible Geman counter attack on the bridgehead from the south.

 

12 March 1945 – Crossed Rhine River then through Erpel, Germany to occupy Unkel, Germany  (zoom)  (large)

 

13 & 14 March 1945 – Joined with 311th Infantry Regiment to secure Bad Honnef, Germany  (zoom)  (large)

 

15 March 1945 – Captured Magaretenhohe, Germany  (zoom)  (large)

 

16 March 1945 – Captured and secured autobahn between Ittenbach and Aegidienberg, Germany.  (zoom)  (large)  At 1900 hours the 60th Armored Infantry Battalion is relieved and marched to the rear to rest for four days.  PFC Harold B. McCarn was one of the men who were killed in action that day.