G2 Periodic Report Number 11
 

G-2 PERIODIC REPORT

Hq. 70th Inf Div
APO 461, US Army
132000A Feb 45

No. 11

Maps: Eastern France 1:50,000, Sheets 35/12, 35/13, 36/12, 36/13

1. ENEMY SITUATION AT END OF PERIOD
a. Enemy Front Lines: Q500572-Q492615-Q450620-Q440624-Q430624-Q420630-
Q417634, Q400636, Q390640, Q387645, Q374650, Q365655.
b.
Units in Contact:

UNIT LOCATION LAST IDENTIFICATION
(1) 70TH INF DIV

347th Inf Div:
II Bn, 860 Regt
I Bn, 880 Regt
II Bn, 880 Regt
19 VGD:
19 Fus Co
I Bn, 59 VGR
BG Klein




Vic Q3665
Vic Q3965-Q4063
Vic Q4063-4363

Vic Q4463-4662
Vic Q4662-4862
Vic Q4962-Q5058




13 Feb 45
9 Feb 45
8 Feb 45

13 Feb 45
6 Feb 45
29 Jan 45

(2) 101ST CAV GP
No change. See G-2 Periodic Report No. 10, 12 Feb 45.
 
(3) 63D INF DIV
No change. See G-2 Periodic Report No. 10, 12 Feb 45.
 

c. Notes on Units in Contact:
(1) PW of 19 Fus Co has made unconfirmed report that BG Klein was relieved 3 Feb 45.
(2) 19 Fus Co mayhave taken over 3d and 4th Co, I Bn, 880 Regt sectors.
(3) II Bn, 860 Regt is new identification in 70th Div sector. Has been identified previously in immediately adjacent sector by 106 Cav Group.

2. ENEMY OPERATIONS DURING PERIOD
a. General Summary: Enemy continued to defend, but was more aggressive than in the preceeding period. An increase in artillery and mortar fire, and rear area movement in the 276th Inf sector was noted.
b. Operations of Component Elements:
(1) Artillery: Bulk of artillery fire was received in EMMERSWEILER Q3665-MORSBACH Q3763 area. Total number of known rounds: 49. Majority estimated 88-mm although 5 rounds unverified 8" was received.
(2) Infantry: Increased activity. Enemy patrol operated during night S of GROSBLIEDERSTROFF Q4862; estimated 60 enemy observed moving into LIXING Q4662 from E in small groups; 14 enemy observed moving towards ETZLING Q4364; scattered small arms fire along front; increase in mortar fire in 276th Inf sector; increase in MG fire in 275th Inf sector; continued improvement of defensive positions vicinity FORBACH Q3965.
(3) Other: Estimated 100 civilians observed moving out of GROSBLIEDERSTROFF Q4862 to N during the day; sharp increase in vehicular movement vicinity FORBACH Q3965 noted by air OP.

3. MISCELLANEOUS:
a. PW's captured:
by 274 Infantry: 1
by 275 Infantry: 1
by 276 Infantry: 1
Total PW's captured by regiments of 70th Inf Div to date (includeds T F Herren to 2 Feb 45): 1009
b. Weather Forecast:
14 Feb 45: Light rain in morning, ceasing by noon, clouds breaking up to .5 - .7 sky coverage at 2500 feet in afternoon. Visibilty 2-3 miles in morning, 5-7 miles in afternoon. There will be no rain tomorrow night. Maximum temperature 47; minimum temperature 42.
15 Feb 45: Fog in morning. No rain expected.
c.

  Sunrise Sunset Moonrise Moonset Moon Phase
15 Feb 45 0744 1750 0928 2132 New Moon
16 Feb 45 0742 1751 0953 2254 "
17 Feb 45 0740 1753 1017 ----- "

4. ENEMY CAPABILITIES.
a. To maintain a strong defense of present line from deliberately fortified positions with estimated 1000 troops supported by estimated 800 troops from vicinity FORBACH-STIRING WENDEL.
b. To attack along axis FORBACH-MORSBACH.
c. To attack along axis GROSBLIEDERSTROFF-WELFERDING.
d. To attack S from Le BRANDENBUSCH RIDGE.
e. To attack S or SW from Le KREUTZBERG RIDGE.

Present indications favor capability "a". However, in view of reported increase in number of troops in SARREBRUCK-STIRING WENDEL-FORBACH area, increased vehicular activity in FORBACH; and the fact that SARRE RIVER bridges at SARREBRUCK are open to traffic, the capability of an attack along the favorable STIRING WENDEL-FORBACH-MORSBACH corridor supported by armor brought from N of the river cannot be overlooked.

(Signature)
Seely
Acting G-2

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