First in Belgium ! – The story of the very first GIs who entered Belgium on 2 Sept. 1944

On 2 September 1944, orders are issued to the different regimental command posts. 60th R.C.T. is composed of 60th Infantry Regiment, 60th Field Artillery Battalion, Baker Co. 746th Tank Battalion and Baker Co. 899th Tank Destroyer Battalion (less 2nd Platoon attached to 47th R.C.T. but reinforced by the Reconnaissance Platoon from the HQ Company). These units spent the night in various locations on a line coming from Rozoy-sur-Serre to Aubenton. At 0600hrs, the three R.C.T. […]

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“The Killers”: The Intelligence Section of the 1st Bn, 39th Infantry

Mission The Intelligence Section – also called the Battalion Reconnaissance Platoon – when operating in the field was to perform the job of any reconnaissance unit. Reconnaissance capabilities were available at each tactical level, from the squad to the army corps. The general job is the same. Its main mission is to serve as a special intelligence agency to the battalion commander, under the supervision of the battalion intelligence officer (S-2). The section is also […]

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