I recently had a very nice note from someone whose father was in E Co 330 IR during July and August, 1944. So I thought, I don’t necessarily have to go from A to M, 329 to 331. So here is E Co. 330 IR, July, 1944.
I had an pleasantly different problem here with E Co. 330 IR. Whoever was doing the Morning Reports took full and ample advantage of the Record of Events. I had trouble making it all fit without cluttering up the map. Not sure I succeeded, but you have to appreciate the recorder’s willingness to take the time to do good Records of Events.
I only have doubts about a couple of entries. 14 July says they “marched 2 miles toward the front-line”, but then the night’s position is neither 2 miles away nor necessarily toward the front, at least not what we might think of as the front with our vision of the operation. But doesn’t mean they didn’t move toward the fighting. Later with all the companies mapped out, maybe it will make more sense.
Then for 19 July, the report says “moved back one (1) mile”, and while it really was an actual good mile, it wasn’t “back” by our perspective, but forward; which might explain why they were disappointed to be receiving more artillery fire instead of less.
By the way, anyone can feel free to point out typos, misspellings, etc. Such thing’s never have been a strong point.
E Co, 330 IR HQ positions during the Normandy campaign; Normandy, France; July 1944
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
This overlay obviously has more to do with the 331st IR than the 330th IR. It shows a bit of all three 83rd ID regiments. The 329th IR is shown being just about 1000 m south of where its 2 Bn. got badly handled on 04 July.
I, personally, can’t make much sense of what is written in the lower left corner, try as I might. Actually, there’s lot on this overlay not making sense to me right now. We’ll see if it gets any better once I’ve read the reports and compare it to the 08 July Morning Reports.
To help orient yourself: Tribehou is still in the lower right corner, but Sainteny is now in the middle of the map.
08 July 1944 – 83 ID Approaching Sainteny