LongLeftFlank Posted January 8, 2012 Share Posted January 8, 2012 As part of my research into my le Carillon opus, I was digging backwards into the chronology of 175th Infantry, 29th ID (the first US outfit to capture, then lose, La Meauffe in June). And I ran across the following gem, proving that history can provide dramas equal to the imagination of any modern day gamer. This story has it all: ill-conceived and botched plan resulting in small bands of hard-fighting GIs cut off behind enemy lines, counterattacked by panzer forces and calling in battleship guns, dense bocage, cigar-chomping general with tommy gun, desperate relief action personally led by regimental commander (who then went MIA). Actually, screw CMBN, somebody call Hollywood. My dance card is full right now with the oh-so-conventional Le Carillon sequence, but someone really should do this one. Here's the dry high level day by day, from the XIX Corps Chronology June 7, 1944, D plus 1, the 175th Infantry landed on Omaha Beach 8 June. Fierce fight for Isigny 9 June. Capture of Lison 1800 10 June.Consolidate defensive positions around Lison 11 June. Active patrolling by all units 12 June. At 0645 a task force under Major Miller, 1st Bn XO, crossed the Vire River with their mission of securing crossing of the Vire et Taute canal against use by panzer units moving against our right. Company “E” after suffering heaving casualties, withdrew across the river. Company “C” with Major Miller and Brigadier General Cota (asst div commander), pushed through the village and occupied the high ground south of Montmartin en Graignes. At 2200 Colonel Goode, the Regimental Commander, assumed command of Company “G” and crossed the Vire. 13 June. At 1205, 13 June, Company “G” recrossed the River Vire, having run into stiff enemy opposition. Colonel Goode was missing, having been wounded or killed in this action. Rations and ammunition were dropped to the task force from the air. An enemy Panzer Division was reported to be approaching. The battleship Texas shelled the town with its 16-inch batteries, without hitting the task force. The morning of 14 June, the Division Commander ordered the task force to with-draw across the River Vire and rejoins the regiment. They fought their way back to the river and returned late that night. 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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