Static Situation

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

WWII2-4 Dec 1944

Col. Benkosky, 42d Squadron

This was a nice sector. 42d Squadron all located in excellent billets in St. Avold (map 30), and taking things easy until they found a time bomb with 1100 pounds of dynamite merrily ticking away under their headquarters, with 72 hours of the full 120 hour time limit consumed.

We sure rested while looking for the remaining 14 time bombs which we knew the Jerries had left back in town.

During the night one of our adjacent units, an AAA outfit who failed to realize the danger of time bombs, suddenly was blown to bits, 57 out of 60 men becoming casualties. The three men who were not injured were not present when the bomb blew.

With 13 still unaccounted for, we were sure enjoying this rest.

Group received the mission to protect the left (north) flank of the 80th Division, which attacked on the 3rd to seize the high ground NE of Pfarrebersweiler (map 30). The 2d Squadron was shifted to the east to accomplish this.

By December 4th, 2d Squadron was screening the line Hombourg-Haut (map 30), Freyming (map 30), after Troops B and C attacked and seized the latter town.

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