World War II: Timeline of 14th Infantry Regiment in Combat
History of the 14th Infantry Regiment
with the 71st Infantry Division
in World war II
Timeline of 71st Infantry Division and 14th Infantry Regiment Movements
from start of combat activities until the end of hostilities
Brief stop at Southampton, England
Sail on to Le Havre, France, disembark at 10 pm, move into Camp Old Gold, camp duties and training for the next month.
Board rail cars at Yerville, France for trip to front lines
Unloaded at Lenning and Kerviller
Took position on the front lines, relieving the 100th Division
71st Division - first artillery round fired into enemy lines
71st Division HQ set up at Ratzwiller in Alsace
14th Infantry moved from positions at Nebing to occupy defensive positions on right flank. 14th Infantry pushed its outposts 1,000 yards and captured 14 prisoners.
14th Infantry's 1st battalion made first contact with the enemy, at Bitche. Continued with mopping up operations until the night of the 20th.
14th Infantry in Liederschiedt, France.
14th Infantry crosses into Germany, advancing by foot and motor, moved through the Siegfried Line against light resistance - advance impeded by road obstacles, craters, blown bridges.
14th Infantry occupies Vinningen, moves to assembly area near Klein-Fischlingen
Div elements ready for attack on Germersheim to seize bridge across Rhine
14th Infantry 3rd Battalion sent to clear Rhine lagoon north of Mannheim
14th Infantry, near Speyer, feinted a crossing of the Rhine to cover actual crossing by the XV Corps.
71st Div covered 180 miles by foot and motor in first 20 days in action.
71st Div attached to General Patton's Third Army within XX Corps, went by motor to Rockenhausen, established Division command post at Heusenstamm, across the Rhine River, southeast of Frankfurt.
71st Div assigned to 3rd U.S. Army, moved 105 miles by motor.
71st Div crossed the Rhine on a treadway bridge (pontoon) at Oppenheim
Information received that 700 enemy troops entering Division's zone. 14th Infantry sent to intercept at Altenstadt - learn they're facing the 6th SS Mountain Division Nord.
14th Infantry launched coordinated attack; 2nd battalion encountered extremely strong opposition, 66th Inf called in to assist. House-to-house fighting.
6th SS Mountain Division Nord encircled, 2,700 taken prisoner, Division destroyed.
71st Div CP moves to Fulda, Division takes a two-day break.
71st Division begins move toward Meiningen. 14th Infantry 3rd Battalion left Breitenback and motored to Maberzell, Germany, 3 miles west of Fulda, swept the area, did a house-to-house search in the nearby towns, captured 70 POWs.
14th Infantry 3rd Battalion motors 25 miles to Kaltensundheim and stays for two days, patrolling.
71st Division occupies Meiningen.
Attack begins on Coburg, city surrenders.
14th Infantry, on south flank of Division. Division moving 10-15 miles a day. Large numbers of POWs taken.
71st Division ready to attack Kulmbach and Bayreuth.
14th Infantry launched attack on Bayreuth north of Main River, fiercely contested from strongly defended positions and smothering sniper fire from buildings. Mopping up continued for two more days.
Units of the Division reach Army Restraining Line (as far as they're supposed to go since it will be Russian territory)
Bayreuth secure, over 750 prisoners including a German Major-General.
14th Infantry makes contact with strong enemy outpost at Schonfeld, town destroyed, enemy captured.
Goering's castle captured by 71st Division.
Heading for Velden, 71st meets enemy armor and resistance
14th Infantry, encountering difficult terrain of swamps and lakes, engages Luftwaffe personnel along the Sulzback-Bayreuth highway, and captures fighter airplane factory and underground assembly plant. 14th Infantry meets further resistance, and continues on into Vilseck and captures town.
14th Infantry moves on Amberg, occupies city.
71st Division learns Germans plan to make determined stand on the Danube; Division accelerates its drive, bypassing small pockets of enemy, to stop this.
71st Division at Regenstauf, river crossing underway.
71st Division crosses Regen River at Regenstauf, heads south.
14th Infantry reaches north bank of the Danube, fights its way into Donaustauf and Walhalla, by midnight in position to begin assault.
14th Infantry crosses Danube between Sulzbach and Donaustauf in an attack two battalions abreast, and pushed inland. The rest of the Division crossed behind it as soon as a pontoon bridge could be assembled.
14th Infantry, 2nd Battalion receives major-general in charge of Regensburg, who surrenders the city. 2nd Battalion proceeds to Regensburg to effect capitulation of the city.
14th Infantry moves toward Isar River near Landau.
Isar crossing completed, occupies Zulling and Usterling; Landau is entered.
71st Division is first U.S. force to enter Austria
14th Infantry leapfrogs 18 miles against light resistance to reach positions near Walburgskirchen. Masses of Hungarian troops were encountered.
14th Infantry moves on Wels, runs into stiff opposition near Horbach. Overcomes enemy forces, moves toward Lambach. North of the city other 71st Division forces find a concentration camp with 15,000 men, women and children, mostly Hungarian Jews. Gunskirchen Lager
14th Infantry continues drive.
14th Infantry reaches the Enns River, captures two bridges in vicinity of Graben. 3rd Battalion attacked northeast to cut Wels-Kremsmuster highway, pushed east to Matzelsdors against sporadic resistance. 1st Battalion crossed the Traun at Wels, and attacked southeast towards Sipbachzell against determined enemy resistance from SS units.
14th Infantry sweeps and polices it area - captures 3,000 prisoners close to the Enns River.
71st Division captures German Army Group South Lt. Gen, and his army surrenders - 60,000 POWs.
Contact is established with Russian forces. 14th Regiment is officially notified that all hostilities against Germany would cease as of May 9th. The 14th was in the middle of the Danube plain at Droissendorf, Austria, where it remained for the rest of the month.
Hostilities cease - war in Germany is over.
14th Infantry moves to Gunzburg, Germany to take up occupational duty.
71st Division had advanced 775 miles since being committed to action 59 days earlier, taken 107,406 prisoners. Days in combat: 14th first encountered enemy forces on March 16, so 15 days in March, 30 days in April, 9 days in May, equals 54 days in combat.
World War II: Timeline of 14th Infantry Regiment in Combat
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Last modified: February 07, 2015