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  • The attack was launched at 200830. Very rapid progress was made by all three columns. Initial contact with the enemy was made by TF/JORDON when, at 1208 they ran into a lightly defended enemy minefield at 627041. The task force pushed on through after neutralizing the enemy infantry and were in good position to overwatch the valley to the west. Changes in objectives had been given at 1240 by 82nd Airborne Div and this force went into defensive positions, awaiting further orders.
         At 1240 a report from artillery channels stated that an column of enemy tanks was moving west out of LAGLEIZE towards STOUMONT. This column had evidently put out strong flank guards because at 1332, TF/M ran into small arms fire at 662040 and in pushing forward came upon a very strongly defended enemy roadblock at 660038. There were approximately two SP guns and one tank as well as infantry strong points. AT fire was coming in from both flanks. At 1548 the task force was still held up. Infantry was sent forward but the enemy staged a strong counter-attack. Ground fog was extremely heavy and observation for artillery fire was practically impossible. With the approach of darkness, the task force was withdrawn slightly into defensive positions for the night. TF/LOVELADY made excellent progress and at 1415, ran into SP guns, infantry mounted in halftracks, several medium artillery pieces, at 671022. This was evidently support elements of the advancing enemy spearhead towards STOUMONT. In the battle which took place, TF/L practically wiped out the entire column. The score was -- one 155m towed gun, one 155 SP gun, two 75 AT guns. A few moments later at 680010, five trucks and two volkswagons were destroyed. The task force was road bound on its route and orders were received to establish roadblocks and leaguer for the night. Orders were issued to launch an attack towards STAVOLOT at 210830 hours, there to contact the 1st Bn 117th Inf Regt which was to push down from the north. Strong roadblocks were to remain at 668027 and 683007.
         Late in the evening of 20 December word was received by Liaison Officer that Combat Command "B" was attached to 30th Inf Div. Contact was made immediately and instructions received.

    TF/LOVELADY was attached to 117th Inf Regt, 30th Inf Div
    K Company of 117th Inf Regt was attached to TF/MCGEORGE.
    Combat Command "B" (-TF/LOVELADY) was attached to;
    TF/HARRISON (119TH Inf Regt Reinforced).

        In general, the plan of attack was the 119th Inf Regt to seize and secure STOUMONT, 117th Inf Regt to seize and secure STAVOLOT. TF/MCGEORGE to seize and secure LAGLEIZE. It can be seen from the above that the Combat Command "B", as such, no longer existed. Instead, the Headquarters of Combat Command "B" acted in the capacity of coordinators between TF/HARRISON and the attached Combat Command "B" units, and, when necessary, facilitated radio communications between units. By order of the Commanding General of TF/HARRISON, Combat Command "B" was to be in command of TF/MCGEORGE.
         Detailed reports and orders were issued directly to TF/JORDAN and TF/LOVELADY. As a result, only a general summary of events can be given in this report. Details of action cleared through infantry channels back to 30th Inf Div.
         21 December, TF/JORDON was ordered to hold his present position and support by fire, the infantry attack on STOUMONT. By nightfall, he still occupied the same position.
         TV/LOVELADY launched an attack on the east and joined up with units of 117th Inf Regt pushing down from the north. The enemy was strongly defending the town of LAGLEIZE and throughout the day he stubbornly resisted all efforts of TF/MCGEORGE to seize the town. By nightfall little or no progress had been made.
         At 221320, TF/JORDON launched an attack on ROUAT (6303) and by 1509 the mission was accomplished. The bulk of the armor in this sector had withdrawn to the east but - here TF/MCGEORGE had cut the enemy's routes of escape. The infantry moved in to clean out STOUMONT and by 1609 the town was clear.
         In the meantime, TF/MCGEORGE launched an attack at 1430 hours to the west towards LAGLEIZE, after a very heavy artillery preparation. Enemy units occupied the high ground at 660036 and 664029 and by very accurate, direct, AT fire, stopped all attempts to advance. Throughout the day the enemy held his positions stubbornly.
         TF/LOVELADY also met heavy enemy resistance throughout his advance towards PARFENDRUY (705003). At 1500 hours, enemy infantry began crossing the river from south to north at 684993. The troops advanced to the north behind our road blocks and, turning to the west, captured a Combat Command "B" medical aid station at 682003. Other enemy elements cut roads at 686004, 682000, 686018. There were tanks operating in vicinity of 684993. Although the roadblocks established by TF/LOVELADY were cut off, they continued to hold their positions, made contact with the 82nd Airborne Div across the river, and aided materially in observing for our artillery.

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