Orders To Move

From:
ONE HUNDRED YEARS WITH THE SECOND CAVALRY
By Joseph I. Lambert, Major, Second Cavalry
Copyright 1939 Commanding Officer, Second Cavalry, Fort Riley, Kansas
Capper Printing Company, Inc.

WWIVictorySECRET
G-3 939
Headquarters First Division,
American Expeditionary Forces,
France, September 9, 1918.
MEMORANDUM.
Subject: Move into Division Area of Attached Units.

2. Troops D, F, and H, 2nd Cavalry, will move night of September 10th-11th from barracks near TOUL to bivouac in woods one kilometer Northeast of RANGEVAL. From arrival at destination these organizations will maintain liaison with Division P. C.

By command of Major General Summerall:
CAMPBELL KING,
Chief of Staff


VERY SECRET
G-3 940
Headquarters First Division,
American Expeditionary Forces,
France, September 9, 1918.
FIELD ORDERS No. 36
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(H) CAVALRY
Troops D, F and H, 2nd Cavalry, are attached to the division for the operation. This detachment will be held subject to division orders. It rests with its head in rear of the battalion 26th Infantry in Division reserves west of MANDRES, at H minus 1 hour. A liaison officer will be at Division from H minus 1 hour.

By command of Major General Summerall:
CAMPBELL KING,
Chief of Staff.


G-3 959
Headquarters First Division,
American Expeditionary Forces,
France, September 12, 1918.
MEMORANDUM.
Subject: Orders for Division Reserve elements.

3. The detachment 2nd Cavalry will proceed immediately to reserve position north of SEICHEPREY. The Commanding officer will cause reconnaissance to be made for proper position for this element as well as reconnaissance north, with the object of moving immediately on receipt of further orders through NONSARD, to exploit in the direction of VIGNEULLES. Liaison officer will obtain from detachment commander map location only for proposed P.C. and then return to Division P.C.

By command of Major General Summerall:
SIGNED. CAMPBELL KING,
Chief of Staff


G-3 961
Headquarters First Division,
American Expeditionary Forces,
France, September 12, 1918.
1:45 p.m.
MEMORANDUM.
Subject: Advance and reconnaissance of Cavalry detachment.

1. Our infantry holds the line NONSARD-LAMARCHE.

2. Detachment, 2nd Cavalry, will advance immediately to NONSARD, debouch from NONSARD and reconnoiter towards VIGNEULLES, keeping west of the road NONSARD-VIGNEULLES. The railroad line and communications between HEUDICOURT and VIGNEULLES will be interrupted.

3. Speed is the first urgency. The infantry will make independent advance to occupy the northern edge of the BOIS de VIGNEULLES, with its left resting on the VIGNEULLES-NONSARD road. The Cavalry detachment will have right of way on all roads. This order will constitute the authority.

By command of Major General Summerall:
CAMPBELL KING,
Chief of Staff


SECRET
G-3 962
Headquarters First Division,
American Expeditionary Forces,
France, September 12, 1918.
MEMORANDUM.
Subject: Further advance of the Division.

6. A squadron of attached cavalry has already been dispatched to exploit the district west of NONSARD and south of the NONSARD-VIGNEULLES road.

By command of Major General Summerall:
CAMPBELL KING,
Chief of Staff.


SECRET
G-3 966
Headquarters First Division,
American Expeditionary Forces,
France, September 12, 1918.
MEMORANDUM.
Subject: Advance on VIGNEULLES and HATTONCHATEL night September 12-13.

5. The detachment 2nd Cavalry now operating northwest of NONSARD will block all roads leading into VIGNEULLES from the south by cutting down trees, construction of wire entanglements, chevaux de frise, etc.

By command of Major General SUMMERALL:
CAMPBELL KING,
Chief of Staff.


G-3
Headquarters First Division,
American Expeditionary Forces,
France, September 13, 1918.
MEMORANDUM.
Subject: Situation report.

Cavalry – Detachment 2nd Cavalry, based on VIGNEULLES, reconnoitering northeast in the vicinity of WOEVRES and southeast in the vicinity of CREUE.

2. The division has lost contact with the enemy except through the detachment 2nd Cavalry (3 troops). Prisoners taken by a cavalry detachment stated that the enemy is forming on a new line approximately marked by CHAMPLON-ST. HILAIRE-JONVILLE.

By command of Major General SUMMERALL:
(SGD.) CAMPBELL KING,
Chief of Staff.


G-3
FIELD ORDERS No. 37
Headquarters First Division,
American Expeditionary Forces,
France, September 13, 1918.

2. The provisional squadron, 2nd Cavalry, attached to this division, is released at 5:00 h. September 14th and will report to the Commanding General, 4th Corps, for duty.

By command of Major General SUMMERALL:
CAMPBELL KING,
Chief of Staff.


G-3 980.1
Hqrs. 1st Div. A.E.F.,
France, Sept. 16, 1918.
Memorandum for the Chief of Staff.

The provisional squadron 2nd Cavalry encountered strong machine gun position half-way between NONSARD and VIGNEULLES at 4:30 p.m. September 12th. Authority: Message from Col. Hazzard, 2nd Cavalry.

The provisional squadron 2nd Cavalry reached VIGNEULLES at 9:30 a.m. September 13th. Authority: Colonel Hazzard.

B. F. CAFFEY, JR.,
Captain, Infantry,
Ass’t G-3.


Field Order No. 46, Thirty-fifth Division, dated September 25, directed the Provisional Squadron, consisting of Troops B, D, F, and H, Second Cavalry, to assemble at Aubreville, near Vauquois, at 6:00 a.m. September 26. After the attack began, it was to follow the Seventieth Brigade of the Thirty-fifth Division upon missions of reconnaissance and exploitation.

The squadron moved out at 2:00 a.m. September 26, 1918, with twelve officers and 302 enlisted men. It was necessary to leave some men behind as there were not enough horses to mount everyone. The troops followed the infantry to Aubreville where they came under artillery fire and two men of Troop B, commanded by Captain Clifford W. Sands, were wounded. The enemy artillery fire was very heavy all during the day and it was miraculous that more men were not hit. There was great difficulty in getting the horses across the wire entanglements and trenches. Late in the afternoon they witnessed the destruction of three of the American captive balloons by a daring German aviator. As no further orders came to move forward, the squadron spent the night at Cote 290.

Early on the morning of the 27th the squadron moved forward to Cheppy through trenches and wire. The men saw the effects of the enemy artillery and machine gun fire in the numerous bodies of American soldiers lying about the town. Late in the afternoon two patrols were sent to the right of the division and two to the left. Their mission was to locate the units in the front line of the division and to identify them. These patrols were sent out for the next three days, mostly commanded by officers, as the information desired was technical.

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