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Diary Book 1: Sept 1944 - June 1945
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in attack - 5 light tanks under his command - placed them in positions to fire on hill - mg's opened up w. artillery 4th of July effect - rods of tracers formed plane of fire - noise was deafening. moved toward hill taking cover offered by house corners & trees - 1 man brought back wounded - hill encircled by several rows of trenches - crossed these & struggled up steep hill - top was like plateau - dug in under artillery fire - used shell hole full of water for start - shelled all night - long - 2 counter attacks, no sleep. Kept digging - side of fox hole caved in by dud - several prisoners rounded up in morning - one wounded - 27 taken from dug out - Acosta & Phelps found dead in morning ground pock-marked with shell holes - moved to buildings for slight rest. Thanksgiving dinner - letters & 1 & only package. guard duty 2 hrs before dawn - issued new clothes moved kitchen camp back from hospital moved out again cleared line of bldgs. no trouble - dug in at edge of group of bldgs. - small town in distance artillery time fire bursting ahead as we moved toward town
Page 11 Notes: Artillery timed fire -- set to detonate at a certain time.