By Bruce E. Egger
This special account of wrestle in international battle II offers parallel daily files of an identical occasions as obvious by means of males within the similar corporation, one an enlisted guy, one an officer.
G Company's War is the tale of an international battle II rifle corporation in Patton's 3rd military as particular within the journals of S/Sgt. Bruce Egger and Lt. Lee M. Otts, either one of G corporation, 328th Regiment, twenty sixth infantry Division.
Bruce Egger arrived in France in October 1944, and Lee Otts arrived in November. either fought for G corporation throughout the rest of the warfare. Otts used to be wounded heavily in March 1945 and skilled a longer hospitalization in England and the USA. either males saved diaries throughout the time they have been within the carrier, and either extended the diaries into full-fledged journals presently after the war.
These are the voices of standard soldiers--the males who did the fighting--not the generals and statesmen who considered occasions from a distance. such a lot awesome is how the 2 incredibly diverse personalities recorded the wrestle adventure. For the serious-minded Egger, the struggle was once a grim ordeal; for Otts, together with his sunny disposition, the battle was once a once-in-a-lifetime event, occasionally even enjoyable. each one account is exact in its personal correct, however the mixture of the 2 right into a unmarried, interwoven tale presents a broader knowing of warfare and the boys stuck up in it.
Historian Paul Roley has interspersed through the textual content priceless overviews and summaries that position G Company's actions within the higher context of total army operations in Europe. furthermore, Roley notes what occurred to every soldier pointed out as wounded in motion or another way faraway from the corporate and offers an appendix summarizing the losses suffered by way of G corporation. the full effect of the paintings is to explain the truth of warfare in a frontline infantry company.
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The fighting had moved on and the rumble of artillery was in the distance. We knew that the graves registration unit was probably gathering the dead at yesterday's two battle sites. After we finished collecting the equipment we joined G Company at Arracourt. Kearny, Kuchyt, Viscio, and Treff were the only men left in the 3rd FIRST BLOOD • Platoon that I knew. During the action at Moncourt the company lost sixty men from all causes, twenty-two of them killed, which is an extremely high ratio of killed to wounded.
6, 1944. Orders came down this morning that the 2nd Battalion was to relieve the 3rd Battalion on line in the late afternoon. I was assigned to the 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon. Cullison was sent to the 1st Platoon and Davidson went to a machine gun section of the 4th Platoon. The supply sergeant gave me a duffel bag and I turned in my extra clothes, a blanket, gas mask, razor, notebook, and some other personal gear. Gas masks were not carried in the field; the high command evidently thought there was not much risk of the Germans using poison gas.
Prior to the general attack, two men were assigned to take the pillbox out, and a squad from the 2nd Platoon was to destroy the machine gun emplacement on our left flank. . I saw the two men make their way up to the pillbox, throw a couple of grenades in, and destroy it. We moved forward on command and were immediately pinned down by machine gun fire from our left flank. Two of our squad leaders were killed and other members of the 3rd Platoon, including myself, were wounded. I sent Sgt. Sullivan back to Co.