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Javier Tome

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There is a Signal Corps pic of a Königstiger wreck with this caption:.
“Before advancing across the Prüm River, medium tanks of the 6th Armored Division, U.S. Third Army, prepare for a rendezvous outside KOPSCHEID, Germany.” 28/02/45

On 24 Feb. the 90th ID was relieved in their sector on the Prüm river between WAXWEILER and PRONSFELD by the 6th Armored Division.

A few days earlier, on 22 Feb 45, the 357th IR of the 90th ID was fighting in this area. At 0700 the 1st Battalion attacked LICHTENBORN. Five enemy tanks (Tiger Royals) opposed this advance. One tank was knocked out by C/712th Tk Bn. The other four withdrew. Companies B and C then moved into the town occupying it by 0900.

After a few hours the 1/357th attacked towards KOPSCHEID. At 1550 company C was north of hill 554 receiving fire from "Tiger Royal" tanks shooting from hill 544. The enemy tanks moved in and out of the woods, so they were a difficult target for the artillery and the fire of the TDs. The 3rd platoon of A/773rd knocked out two enemy tanks at 98006845 at a range of 1500 yds. TDs also fired upon another tank, hitting it twice but it was not disabled and the tank withdrew. The firefight continued along the afternoon and the advance of the Battalion was stopped until darkness.

At 2000 the offensive was renewed just as enemy infantry counterattacked the 1st Battalion. Artillery fire dissipated the attack. The following day the Germans made a determined stand with tanks and infantry at KOPSCHEID as 1st Battalion 357th approached to the town and exhaustive fighting continued throughout the night. At daylight the Battalion gained a foothold in the town and finally cleared it by 0940.



Link: Near the Prüm river


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