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313th Infantry Regiment - 79th Division

Started by Jeeper704 , Jun 20 2007 12:20 PM

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#1 Jeeper704

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Posted 20 June 2007 - 12:20 PM

Hello,

Can anyone tell me where this unit was around July 12, 1944?
I tried to find out, but have no luck.

I adopted the grave of a TD soldier whose brother was KIA on July 12, 1944.
He was with 313th.

Thanks for any information you can provide.

Erwin

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Posted 20 June 2007 - 01:45 PM

Quoting from Order of Battle US Army WW2 by Shelby Stanton, combat narrative of the 79th Infantry Division:

"The division left Cherbourg and moved south to hold defensive lines along the Ollonde River until 2 July 1944. The Division then pushed down the west coast of the Cotentin Peninsula in driving rain and took La Haye-du-Puits after repelling German counter attacks on 8 July 1944. It crossed the Ay River behind the 8th Division on 26 July 44..."

This would seem to establish they were in the area of La Haye-du-Puits on 12 July 44. Hope this gets you started on your search.

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Posted 20 June 2007 - 02:00 PM

Erwin---

He was likely killed in the fight to take "Hill 84" located west of the town of La Haye-du-Puits. It was part of the Allied breakthrough of the Bocage. German forces in the area include remnants of the 243rd Infantry Division and elements of the 2nd SS Panzer Division 'Das Reich'.

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Posted 20 June 2007 - 08:10 PM

Siege & Bayonetman, thanks very much for the information. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

I did find out that the 314th took La Haye-du-Puits on July 9, 1944.
But he - Samuel Banaka - was in 313th.

With Hill 84 I have a new ground to explore. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

So, the German opposition was the "Das Reich" Division, not the "Götz von Berlichingen"? (Just getting my facts straight here.)

Erwin

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 02:42 AM

I am not certain about the 314th taking the town on July 9. As I read it, this is when the 79th Division began the attack on Hill 84, which had to be taken before the town could be entered. I want to think I read the battle for the area took a number of days and units came in to relieve others. Where "exactly" the 313th was on July 12, I cannot say.

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 10:07 PM

Does anyone know which unit of the "Das Reich" opposed the 313th at the time of Saumel Banaka's death?
Thanks again,

Erwin

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 06:22 AM

Does anyone know which unit of the "Das Reich" opposed the 313th at the time of Saumel Banaka's death?
Thanks again,

Erwin



Erwin

Contact " Saint Clair" on Militaria collect II ( french forum)
He lives right on Hill 84 and is the very specialist of the combats in this area.

Question; are talking about one soldier in the 813 TD which was also at the same time in the area with the 313rd Inf reg 79th USID

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Extract of a discussion about La Haye Du Puits events in this forum

10 juillet 1944, La Haye du Puits, Place Ducloux

La Haye du Puits est libérée depuis la veille, les civils commençent à rentrer alors que le bourg fourmille de fantassins de la 8th USID, s'affairant notamment à ramasser des prisonniers allemands, et pour ce Medic aux soins des quelques civils victimes "de dommages colatéraux" (dans le vocabulaire moderne...).
... et les équipages de M-10 du 813 Tank Destroyer qui traversent également la bourgade cotoient les hommes de la "Golden Arrow"!

(Source film d'archives Signal Corps)


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Posted 19 July 2007 - 11:13 AM

Thanks for the tip! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif
I'll do just that.

Erwin


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