After action Report 813 Tank Destroyer Battalion



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.

During the 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.

On 24 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.

At the 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.

The Battalion was also the 12 Tank Destroyer Group at the opening of this period, but was subsequently detached from its control.

On the first day of March, this battalion had received all but one of its thirty six M36s.


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 completed.


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.