HEADQUARTERS 70th INFANTRY DIVISION
APO 461, U. S. ARMY
AG 314.7 (ADC)
4 FEBRUARY 1945
Subject: Report on Task Force Herren
To: Commanding General, 70th Infantry Division.
1. Task Force Herren was created 6 November 1944
and was dissolved 3 February 1945. During this period, the three
infantry regiments and the small headquarters detachment moved from
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, to the Theater of Operations and
participated in defensive and offensive action.
2. From 26 December 1944 to 3 February 1945, this
Task Force was in daily contact with the enemy. In a defensive
position along the Rhine River, it prevented enemy crossings and
prepared a sector of the Maginot Line for defense. Later in
offensive action at Philippsbourg, Wingen, and in the Baerenthal
area, it inflicted heavy losses on the enemy. Finally, in defensive
positions south of the Sarre River, it held a front approximately
seventeen kilometers long.
3. Situations which required rapid movements of
units from one sector of the front to another and at times hasty
employments were dictated by necessity and enemy action. Troop
movements were made in good order and completed on time.
4. Conduct of troops during the entire period has
been commendable. Both in offensive and defensive action, courage
and fighting ability of officers and men have been demonstrated 5.
The staff, both officers and enlisted men, has performed creditably
all the duties required of a complete division staff. Long hours and
hard work have been the rule.
6. It has been a privilege to command this force.
I appreciate the whole-hearted cooperation and support of officers
and men who, in combat for the first time, displayed soldierly
qualities of a high order, and met and defeated the best troops of
the German Army.
Thomas W. Herren
Brigadier General, USA
Assistant Division Commander
HEADQUARTERS 70th Infantry Division
APO 461, U. S. ARMY
10 February 1945
To: Officers and Men of Task Force Herren.
It gives me great pleasure to pass the above
message to you. The difficulties under which you have operated have
been many and are well known to me. Your accomplishments are
definitely a credit to the Division, yourselves, and the cause we
serve. Well done!
A. J. Barnett,
Major General, United States Army