379th Infantry Signal Corps Movement Message Book Dated July 1943

379th Infantry Signal Corps Movement Message Book Dated July 1943


Orignal Signal Corps Book Detailing troop movements. 

There are about 4 to 5 pages filled out with details of the 3rd Battalion and 379th INF. moments and locations prior to the D-Day landings. Events occur in the book around July 30, 1943. all of the other pages are intact and flawless conation with the original bleed paper for the original and copies for the runners.  

The 95th Infantry Division was assigned to XIII Corps of the Ninth United States Army, Twelfth United States Army Group.[9] The division sailed for Europe on 10 August 1944.[10] The 95th Infantry Division arrived in England on 17 August. After receiving additional training, it moved to France one month later on 15 September. During this time it was reassigned to III Corps.[9] The division bivouacked near Norroy-le-Sec, from 1 to 14 October.[10] It was then assigned to XX Corps of the Third United States Army.[9] The division was sent into combat on 19 October in the Moselle bridgehead sector east of Moselle and South of Metz and patrolled the Seille near Cheminot, capturing the forts surrounding Metz and repulsing enemy attempts to cross the river.[10] It was during the defense of this town from repeated German attacks that the division received its nickname, "The Iron Men of Metz."[1] On 1 November, elements went over to the offensive, reducing an enemy pocket east of Maizières-lès-Metz. On the 8 November, these units crossed the Moselle River and advanced to Bertrange. Against heavy resistance, the 95th captured the forts surrounding Metz and captured the city by 22 November.[10]

The division pushed toward the Saar on 25 November and entered Germany on the 28th. The 95th seized a Saar River bridge on 3 December and engaged in bitter house-to-house fighting for Saarlautern.[10] Suburbs of the city fell and, although the enemy resisted fiercely, the Saar bridgehead was firmly established by 19 December. While some units went to an assembly area, others held the area against strong German attacks.[10] On 2 February 1945, the division began moving to the Maastricht area in the Netherlands, and by 14 February, elements were in the line near Meerselo in relief of British units.[10] During this time the division returned to the Ninth Army under XIX Corps, though saw temporary assignments to several other corps through the spring.[9]

On 23 February, the division was relieved, and the 95th assembled near Jülich, Germany, on 1 March. It forced the enemy into a pocket near the Hitler Bridge at Uerdingen and cleared the pocket on 5 March, while elements advanced to the Rhine.[10] From 12 March, the 95th established defenses in the vicinity of Neuss. Assembling east of the Rhine at Beckum on 3 April, it launched an attack across the Lippe River the next day and captured Hamm and Kamen on the 6th.[10] After clearing the enemy pocket north of the Ruhr and the MöhneRivers, the division took Werl and Unna on 9/10 April, Dortmund on 13 April and maintained positions on the north bank of the Ruhr.[10] It held this position until the end of the war.

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