action Report 813 Tank
22 Februari 1945: The Battalion departed Kerniel on 06.30hrs, by
the following route: Tongeren, Maastrich and closed in and around Houtem,
Holland at approcimately 08.00hrs, distance travelled 30 miles.
period 22-28 February 1945, the battalion was engaged in training with the M36s
(a up-gunned M10 tank destroyer replacing the 76.2mm gun with a powerful 90mm
gun.) which they had drawn, and some range practice was had and the only
important move took place on 27 February at 22.00hrs when 12 guns from the
Battalion formed a provisional company in support of the 79 th
Division Artillery and moved to Blateren.
February the commanding general of 79 th Infantry Division,
Major-General I.T. Tyche visited the Battalion Command Post and discussed plans
for future operations with Major McCotch and Staff. On the 2th February,
Major-General Wyche witnessed the practice firing of the 90mm guns of the
Battalions new M36s and expressed his approval at the performance and results.
The Battalion continued training on
the M36s at every opportunity and on several occasions worked with the 79 th
Infantry putting on very successful demonstrations.
close of the period, the Battalion was still in the Houtem area close of the period, the Battalion was still
in the Houtem area and momentarily
expecting the return of the provisional company sent to Dieteren.
1 March 1945: At
the beginning of this period the 813 Tank Destroyer Battalion (SP) was still
attached to the 79 th Infantry Division (XVI Corps) and was located
at Houtem, Holland.
Battalion was also the 12 Tank Destroyer Group at the opening of this period,
but was subsequently detached from its control.
first day of March, this battalion had received all but one of its thirty six
2 March 1945: The Battalion received the last M36 and during
the day some practice firing was done with excellent results being obtained.
The Commanding General of the 79 th Infantry Division observed the
firing and expressed his satisfaction over the performance of our gunners of
the 90mm guns.
3 March 1945: At approximately 14.30hrs, the Battalion
departed Houtem, Holland and traveled 43 miles toward Golkrath area, Germany.
8 March 1945: The battalion moved from Golkrath to the
vicinity of Trebeek, Holland. The battalion Command Post closed in new area
Trebeek at approximately 22.45hrs, distance travelled 35miles
9 March 1945: In the period between 9-17 March, the Battalion
remained in the Trebeek area and during that time entered into a period of
training and reconditioning.
10 March 1945: An
Ordnance welding team reported to the battalion and commenced to construct taps
for the M36s and to weld others accessories onto the destroyers. Inspections
were held throughout the various companies.
14 March 1945: Elements of the battalion engaged in rover
crossing practices near Linne. A movie, training film “pickup” was also shown
to the Battalion in connection with the efforts of the Battalion surgeon
towards eliminating venereal disease and its occasions. Practice firing
continued with good results being obtained. A limited recreation program was
instituted, taking effect after each day’s training activities had been
18 March 1945: The battalion was ordered to turn in twenty of
its halftracks and this was done. The battalion received an equal number of
M20s in return.
19 March 1945: The battalion prepared to move.
20 March 1945: The various elements moved at slightly
different times, during the day to the vicinity of Neukrichen, Germany.