Patrol To Steinheim

From:
SECOND UNITED STATES CAVALRY – A HISTORY
Compiled, edited and published by Historical Section, Second Cavalry Association
Maj. A. L. Lambert and Cpt. G. B. Layton, 2d Cavalry

WWII27 February 1945

Troop A, 2d Squadron

Lt. Brown and 8 men of A Troop left from the OP at 1900. They went across country to the edge of a woods on a hill. Here they left two men with the telephone. The remainder of the patrol went on down toward the river until they came to the railroad tracks. They turned northwest and followed the tracks toward Steinheim (map 34).

At varying intervals the patrol stopped and listened for enemy movements, but heard nothing. When they were about 300 yards from the town a mortar barrage of about ten rounds of 81mm landed just to the right of the patrol. About two minutes later the mortars started firing fairly steadily, and the shells kept moving a little closer to the patrol. In all there were about 25 rounds. The firing seemed to be coming from the vicinity of Edingen (map 34) across the river. Between the patrol and the town the ground was flat and open. It seemed like every time the patrol started to make a move toward the town, that mortar would fall all around them. Finally they decided not to try to enter the town. Observing from where they were, the reported visibility was fair and they could see the houses plainly, but did not see or hear any movements. The patrol started back and picked up the two men they had left behind. These men reported that about 2130 they received about 18 rounds of artillery, estimated as 75mm, which fell a little to their left rear. No one was injured but the shells did break the telephone line, which had to be repaired. The patrol returned at 2300. They did find a good place in the side of the cliff which they were going to use for an OP. The men will go in before daylight and stay till after dark. From here they can observe both Steinheim and Edingen and the surrounding ground.

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