The 1/92nd Field
"Brave Cannons" in Germany, June 1945
1 October the 92d A.F.A, was in position in the Young Forest, 1500
yards due west of Grotenrath, Germany awaiting H-hour for the attack
on the Siegfried Line south of Geilenkirchen. The Battalion was
in direct support of Task Force #2 of CC "B", 2 A.D. This Task Force,
commanded by Colonel S. R. Hinds, 41 AlR was to follow combat elements
of 30 Div across the bridge at Marienberg and take the Siegfried
defense from the flank by attacking north. 1 October was originally
designated as D-Day, but due to ground haze and rain which precluded
the proposed air strike, D-Day was postponed until 2 October.
Force #2, CC "B" was committed 3 October at 1200 hours and crossed Marienberg
Bridge at that time. By nightfall it had fought its' way into Ubach.
The 92nd remained in position and fired in support of this attack. Enemy
artillery was the most active the 92d had encountered yet in Europe.
Also, for the first time the enemy showed evidences of massing his artillery
and fired tremendous concentrations on the bridge site and arterial
roads within the Siegfried Line. There was evidence of the massing of
as many as three battalions, apparently using several different caliber
weapons. There was, however, no evidence of the use of Time-on-Target
by the enemy. Task Force #2 continued the attack on the 4th, progressing
activity was generally greatest from dusk to 2300 hours when supplies
were brought up. Only six days during the month of October were clear
enough for excellent air observation. Visibility during the rest of
the time varied from poor to no visibility.
Battalion was alerted to move to an assembly area in the vicinity of
Huy, Belgium to support the Division in the counter-drive to stop the
enemy drive to the Meuse River. The Battalion moved out closing into
the new area north of Pair, Belgium. On 23 December the Battalion moved
to position just east of Havelange, Belgiurn in support of road-blocks
established by the 32nd Reconnaissance Battalion. The Battalion was
placed in direct support of CC "A" 24 December 1944 and moved into position
in the vicinity of Corbion, Belgium, later displacing to Haid, Belgium.
One mission was fired by Air OP on an enemy column south of Navrenne,
Belgium knocking out and burning three vehicles. Observers were assigned
to CC "B" of CC "A" on 24 December as well as CC "A" and 4th Cavalry
Squadron. Targets were generally enemy vehicles with a total of thirteen
trucks being set on fire and three Mark V tanks.
The Battalion crossed the Rhine with the 9th Army on 28 March 1945 and the final push had begun. The Lippe River and the Dortnund-Ems Canal were quickly crossed and the 92d reached the Elbe on 12 April 1945. The reduction of Magdeburg on the Elbe was completed on 20 April 1945. The men got their first glimpse of Russian troops after the 9th Army link-up with the 113th Cavalry Group. The Battalion's combat mission was soon over and it started occupation duty in Berlin on 4 July 1945.