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      Battalion activities during April 1945
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 AUTH: CG TUSA 
DATE:  1 May 45 
INIT  : ________ 

                                                 HEADQUARTERS                                             EAP/cp
736TH  FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION
APO 403 
1 May  45
SUBJECT:   After Action Report,
TO          :   Commanding General. XX Corps,   (Thru:  416 FA Group)
                    Attn:   Historical Officer.
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  1.  The after action report for this unit for the period 1 April - 30 April, 1945, is herewith submitted.
 .         (a)  Narrative:

          At the opening of the period covered herein, the Battalion was in an assembly area at Nordenstadt, Germany (435625),  just East of the Mainz bridgehead over the Rhine River.  At 0707,  1 April 1945, the unit commenced a 121 mile march to Neuenbrunslar (WH192870), closing at 0047,  2 April 1945. Firing positions were occupied 
at this last named place and 95 rounds were fired in support of the 80th Infantry Division.

At 1100,  3 April 1945,  the Battalion (less Battery "C") Displaced to Rengershausen (19729680)  closing at 1223.  110 rounds were fired from here. Battery "C" remained at Neuenbrunslar.

At 1227,  4 April 1945,  the unit including Battery "C", displaced to Kirch-Ditmold (192043).  The last battery  closing at 2000 hours, 4 April 1945. 411 rounds were fired from here.

At -637,  6 April 1945 the Battalion marched to and occupied positions at, Monchof (541908).  Unit is now in General Support of 76 Infantry Division.  187 rounds were fired from the Monchof positions.

At 1157,  9 April 1945,  the Battalion displaced to Nagelstadt, (Kreis-Lancensalza)  (083831).  124 rounds fired.  Unit was detached from 5th Field Artillery Group and attached to 416 Field Artillery Group on this date.

At 1300, 11 April 1945,  the Battalion moved to an assembly area at Andisleben, Kries-Gotha (235807)  closing at 1540 hours.  The following day at 1215 hours, the unit moved to another assembly area at Leutenthal, Kries-Weimar (550793),  and again at 1300 hours 13 April 1945 the unit marched to an assembly area at Grossgestewitz, Kries-Osterfeld, (888840), closing at 1900 hours, 13 April 1945.

At 1300 hours, 15 April 1945 the Battalion marched to Weissenborn, Kries-Weinbenfelt (985788)  where an assembly area was occupied.

At 0830,  16 A pril 1945,  the Battalion moved to Stein, Kries-Rochlitz, (560738),  where the howitzers were emplaced in firing position.  168 rounds were fired into Chemnitz from this position, 

At 0400,  19 April 1945,  the heavy vehicles (M-4 tractors and Howitzers) commence a march South,  followed by the remainder of the Battalion at 0700.  The unit closed into an assembly area at 2330 hours,  19 April 1945, at Watzendorf (W0249813), after completing a 174 mile march.  Mission of the organization is now General Support
of XX Corps in ZA of 71st and 65th Infantry Divisions.

On 21 April 1945,  the unit moved to Riegelstein (W0658215) into an assembly,  and on 22 April moved to another assembly area at Lieritzhofen (735986).

On 24 April 1945 the unit again moved up to Hohenburg, Kries-Hansburg (952851), into an assembly area.

At 0535, 25 April, the Battalion displaced to Schonhofen, Kries-Bamburg (086538),  closing at 1400 hours.  From this position, fire was placed on Regensburg thereby inducing that city to surrender. The Battalion stayed at Schonhofen until 1400,  30 April 1945,  when it marched across the Danube River,  through Regensburg  and went 
into an assembly area at Pfatter, Bez, Amt, Regensburg (397509)  where it was at the close of the period covered herein.

         (b)     Missions:
 
1  -  5   April 45 G/S  80th Inf Div
6  - 18  April 45 G/S  75th Inf Div
19 - 30  April 45 G/S   XX Corps
           (c)   Assignments:
 
The Battalion's primary assignment to Third United States Army  attached to XX Corps remained unchanged during the period.  Unit was attached to 5th FA Group from 1 April to 8 April. 1945 
and to 416  FA Group from 9 April 1945 to date.
          (d)  Miscellaneous:
 
Battle Casualties:    One.
Decorations:     (Awarded and presented)
 
Oak Leaf Cluster to Silver Star:   1
Silver Star:   1
Bronze Star: 8
Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal:  1
Croix de Guerre:  1
Rounds fired:   1325   (132 tons)
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                                                                                          ERIC A.PEACH
                                                                                           Lt. Col.,  FA,
                                                                                           Commanding


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