16 October 1944
The 3rd Armored Division continued to maintain defensive positions conducting routine patrols. Enemy activity consisted of mortar fire on the forward positions and artillery fire throughout the Division area. During the day the artillery increased in volume and caliber.
Heavy artillery fire fell about 150 yards from the battalion positions from o6oo to 0615 hours. None of the shells fell in the battalion positions and no casualties were suffered from this shellfire.
John H. Tullis (formerly WOJC-this battalion) was commissioned 2nd Lt. this date and assumed the duties as Personnel Officer.
Name of newspaper is to be Ovcrs 'n Shorts.
19, October 1944
The 3rd Armored Division continued to maintain defensive positions conducting only routine patrol activity. Enemy activity consisted of intermittent mortar and artillery fire.
The battalion firing elements remained in position south of Busbach to handle all firing missions for Div Arty. The rest of the battalion remained in position northwest of Zweifall. Service Battery displaced from bivouac 1/2 miles west of Breinig and closed in position northwest of Zweifall with the rest of the battalion at 1000 hours. Battalion personnel section still occupies a house on the western edge of Breinig (922382). 2nd Lt. Talmadge relieved 1st Lt. Smith at the center OP and 1st Lt. Peters relieved Capt. Hawley as Ln O at Task Force Headquarters.
The battalion fired 29 missions this date: 1 on infantry, 7 on assembly areas, 1 on mortars, 7 harassing missions, 2 registrations, 1 on enemy OP, 2 on enemy CP's, 3 on guns, 2 on machine guns, 1 on a convoy, 1 on a factory, and. 1 on a house. Total rounds fired this date- 1144.
25 October 1944
The 3rd Armored Division continued to maintain defensive positions throughout the day. CCB conducted patrol activities and rotated front line troops this date. Effective 25 1200 elements of the 9th Inf. Div. were attached to the 3rd Armd Div (47th Inf Regt; 84th FA Bn; Co B, 9th Med Bn; 1 plat Co B, 15 Engr Bn; Co C 899 TD Bn, Co A, 746 Tank Bn; Btry D, 376th AAA Bn and elements of the 294th Engr C Bn). Enemy activity consisted of intermittent artillery and mortar fire. In the evening considerable vehicular movement toward the Div front was noted.
Per Operations Memo 16, Hq 3rd Armd Div 25 October 1944, CCB was ordered to hold the right sector of the Div Zone maintaining contact with the 1st lnf. Div.
29 October 1944
The 3rd Armored Division continued to maintain defensive positions conducting routine patrols. Enemy activity consisted of intermittent artillery and mortar fire.
About 19oo hours about 15o rounds fell in the vicinity of the airport. Both of the liaison planes were damaged beyond repair. There were no casualties in battalion personnel as the result of this shelling.
Spearhead, eh? Yeah, that's what the brass picked out of the names we submitted. Come to think of it, I don't know any division that could lay better claim to the name. VIIth Corps and First U. S. Army have got more first than anybody. 'Course Patton got credit for every thing we did. I could think o f more appropriate words for my feelings, sir, but 1 know you understand. Well, we know what we did and the name "Spearhead" suits us fine. Bet, Patton will squirm because he didn't think of it first!
16 November 1944- Beginning at 1 145 hours huge bomber (heavies) formations bombed the enemy front lines directly in front of the 3rd Armd Div sector. At 1245 hours CCB advanced with the objectives the towns of Hasternath, Werth, and Kottenich. TF 1 secured its objective by 14oo hours. The left column of TF 2 advanced rapidly, but the right column was delayed by minefields and was forced to by-pass these to the east. CCB was prepared to continue the attack on 17 November 1944. The towns of Werth and Kottenich were secured and mopped up by CCB TF 1 this date.
The battalion remained in position northwest of Zweifall with the firing batteries in forward position ... A and C east of Breinigerberg, B east of Breinig. This battalion was to give direct support to CCB TF 1; this battalion did not fire in the morning. The 58th Armd FA Bn remained in position near Busbach to give direct support to CCB TF 2. Coincident with the bombing by the heavy bombers, the preparation fires for the attack began. These preparations had been so planed as to include all the known flak batteries in the area as well as troop concentrations and strong points. Captain Ham had put in surveys for the 2nd Bn, 33rd AR and Div Reserve positions. The fires of these organizations were controlled by Div Arty. These organizations fired in the general artillery preparations until H-3o using indirect firing methods.
The battalion fired 53 missions this date: 29 preparations (fired between 1145 and 1255 hours), 3 on anti-tank guns, 1 on tanks, 7 on guns, 1 on an enemy battery, 1 on mortars, 3 on strong points, 5 on enemy activity, 1 harassing mission, 1 on an assembly area, and 1 smoke concentration. Total rounds expended this date-1915. The battalion fired medium harassing fire during the night.
As the heavies roared over to the front, the bombers visible for only short seconds thru breaks in the clouds, almost the first bombs to fall fell in the battalion positions. The bombs were believed to have come from a bomber at the end of one formation and were believed to have been the result of faulty bomb release mechanism. Four bombs fell in a straight line, two burst in the trees about 20 feet from a SPAT gun section killing one man, wounding two others, one of whom was evacuated. These bombs fell within l00 yards of the battalion CP.