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A Company, 229th IR HQ Positions During Normandy Campaign

I finally got another company campaign map done.  I decided to go back to A Co, 329 IR and should follow along in order.  A Co, unfortunately doesn’t have much in the way of action reports, but we do get a good picture of their positions and moments. I have serious doubts about days 17 and 18 because the given coordinates puts A Co on the other side of highway 3, as it was called then, which I thought was in the 4 ID area by those dates.  But if the coordinates given were wrong, the author was insistent; using the coordinate for each day twice in the report. So I quite trying to figure out what might have happened and placed the points as given.

A Co, 320 IR HQ positions during the Normandy campaign; Normandy, France; July 1945

A Co, 320 IR HQ positions during the Normandy campaign; Normandy, France; July 1945

330th IR, 83 ID, 06 July

We have here the first overlay for the 330th IR, 83 ID, for 06 July, but with no time stamp. The overlay is marked #02 (surely can’t be 32), so one suspects it is from early in the day?  Which seems more logical once you see the other overlays for 06 July. There are 329th IR companies on this overlay as well, which must mean the two regiments were working closely on this day. The 3/329th (Co. I & Co. K) are back a good 1000 m from the position they are given on the previous overlay from 05 July, 2112 hr.  There is a lot of confusion in the material for 05 July. There are at least two reported German counter attacks in the evening of the of 05 July. The later one is said to have been “contained” so the first one must have been responsible for pushing 3/329th back that 1000 m to what seems to have been the starting point for 05 July essentially.  This would also explain the reports of  2/330th (Co. E & Co. G) having become isolated.

All of which is why I see I really need to go back and incorporate material from the reports that don’t directly relate to coordinate points on the map if I’m going to succeed in telling a coherent story.  Things are going to be a lot slower than I had thought if I do this, but the story will be better told.  I think I will still go ahead and put up the several overlays we have for 06 July since they are basically ready.  Then I guess I’ll go back to 04 July and see what I can do with the information in the reports, which do not include any overlays and very few direct references to coordinates.

 

Overlay fro 330th IR, 83rd ID, 06 July 1944, no time stamp, 330 IR, 83 IR

330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division, 06 July situation with no time stamp

Adding data points to combined 83 ID & 330 IR for 5 July 1944

I became intrigued with the combined 83 ID / 330 IR overlays and decided to add the data points from the After Action Reports, Unit Journals and Morning Reports. It turned out to be a bit of a rabbit hole.

The blue items come from the overlays;  the brownish points, if you can see them, are geographic locations reported in the various reports, while the dark blue / purplish items are labels explaining the geographic location data points. The Green items are German locations or German related information, again, from the various reports. You will notice, maybe, there are more points than labels; for this map I wanted to only identify what related to the end-of-day situation since that was what both overlays were all about The unidentified points refer to either earlier in the day, or have no time information, though I did include a few of these latter if there was room.  All Company related information refers to 330 IR Companies; neither the 329th IR nor the 331 IR had map coordinates on the Morning reports for 5 July.

I’ve decided I will come back to incorporating geographic data points later. 5 July 1944 is very confused; a lot was going on, and I have realized there are a lot of discrepancies among the reports–especially the Morning Reports–and I really need to incorporate all the information from the After Action Reports and Unit Journals and collate it with what information can be gleaned from the morning reports.  I see a time-based spread sheet being necessary.  What I think I’ll do is go ahead from here and prepare and put up the overlays I have and then go back and figure out how to best incorporate the information from the reports.

A last note. You notice the German line bent back at a 90º angle (left-middle)?  Since there are no map overlays for 4 July, that I’ve seen anyway, I would just take advantage of this map to point out that is the location of the “Island” where the 2 Bn, 329 IR, got very roughly handled on 4 July. Dave Curry has a report about this engagement here, if you are interested.

Map of July 2400 83 Infantry Division

5 July 2400 83 Infantry Division