Monthly Archives: January 2017

F Company, 229th IR HQ Positions During Normandy Campaign

It’s been a very long time since I posted; I know; been moving around a lot and there was no really good place to work.  I’ve also been playing with what to do next after finishing the overlays I have permission to publish.  I finally decided to take the Morning Reports and using them to mark Company Headquarter positions.  It seems logical to begin by doing a map for each company and then see what kind of combinations would be interesting after that.  I decided to start with F Co; and ran into problems with the data.  In the first days, at least, the 1st Sargent, or whoever was recording the morning reports, was not using standard 6 digit map coordinates, if they even had them.  They were using a 4 digit coordinate reference and I assumed it was 2 digits east and 2 digits north. But that put the HQs way behind German lines. It took me a good while to realize that often the 4 digits were 3 digits east and 1 digit north; they were simply coping down the first 4 digits of what should have been the 6 digit reference. This allowed me to at least get very close for those dates. Things got better after 4 July, but of course there was the Island Battle on 4 July and that is one of the estimated positions.

Remember: the date of a Morning Report is midnight of the day being reported.  I get the feeling this wasn’t always necessarily true; and at least in one case the reporter openly admits that he is appending next day info as well.  So you can imagine the confusion and doubts at times. Still, usually I think we can count on the reported geographical location being where the Company HQ spent the night. Of course that only gives us a general idea of where the actual platoons are.  I assume they are some 50 to 100 meters in the direction of the enemy in most cases; but again, not always.  F Co HQ on 26 & 27 July stayed right in the same place according to the Morning Reports, but obviously the platoons were way out front and going as fast as they could.

When there are comments on situation and events included in a Morning Report, I included them on the map; I’ve also included what references there might be in Battalion and Regimental reports.  These situational reports are very nice to have; unfortunately they tend to be the exception, at least for the Morning Reports I’ve looked at.

Finally, I wanted to put up the whole F Co. Normandy campaign on one map.  I thought it would be interesting to be able to see the whole picture of movement and position.  I now suspect what we are going to have is a big map with tiny bits of info that are hard to read.  I’m going t try it and see how it works.  Maybe I’ll end up cutting the map up so we can get in closer. Remember, you should be able to click on the map and it will enlarge to full size; then you can scroll through it pretty well.

July 1944: F Co, 229 IR, Normandy Campaign HQ Positions

July 1944: F Co, 229 IR, Normandy Campaign HQ Positions