BATTLE HISTORY OF
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391ST. ARMORED FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION

BY H. GLEN JENKINS

THIRD ARMORED (SPEARHEAD) DIVISION

FIRST UNITED STATES ARMY

24TH. JUNE 1944 TO 24 APRIL 1945


We moved east on the 11th and went into position near Eupen. There were burning German vehicles all around so the boys weren't able to get much loot out of them or from a house across the road. We saw a good dog fight here, with a P-47 discarding his belly tank and nailing an Me 109 to the cross. We moved on at 17:00 and went around the edge of a mountain. The Germans had trees sawed nearly in half all along the road with dynamite all placed and wired to blow up. The speed of our advance and the P-47's droning overhead made them change their mind before using them, however, and we went on. Going through Eupen we saw for the first time what we were going to see plenty of in the future. Sullen German civilians who sneered at us from half closed doors and windows. S4 re put on a display of force for them that clearly showed them they were conquered. One instance stands out. A column of tanks were stopped in town and we passed them. While we were passing them a couple of self-propelled 155`s from the 991st F.A. came roaring past. That was three columns all on one street. We passed through Eupen and went into position on the eastern side. We were now in range of German soil and Lt. Plummer had Sgt. Tormola elevate his gun to extreme range and put a round on German soil at 1300 hours. We were in direct support of Task Force I of CCB. and the forward elements were bucking the first defence of the Siegfried Line.

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