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division's penetration. Two days later, that regiment would participate in a renewed divisional
level assault.99 Unbeknownst to the group, they were aided in their efforts to guard the corps'
flank by the general lack of large German mechanized formations in the region as the
Wehrmacht massed these formations to the north in preparation for their December counter-
On 22 November, XII Corps split the Dragoons, sending the 42nd Squadron and group
headquarters to the north to work with the 80th ID and to maintain contact with the XX Corps.
The 2nd Squadron remained in the south to maintain liaison between XII Corps and the XV
Corps of the Seventh Army.loo Although no record seems to remain for the reason behind this
shift, it is reasonable to assume that the recent offensives undertaken by the entire Third Army
had shaken loose the connections between the various corps, and great care had to be taken in
order to ensure that gaps which the Germans could exploit in a counterattack did not develop.
The lightly armed but highly mobile Dragoons were perfect for such a mission. Although they
were never tested beyond minor enemy patrolling, one wonders what the result would have been
if a major German offensive had struck the cavalrymen patrolling these weak links in the army's
line. The 14th MCG in the First Army would soon test that theory.
By the beginning of December, as more forces entered the line, first the 2nd Squadron (by
now returned to the group), then the 42nd Squadron were pulled from the line for rest and
recuperation. From 8 to 14 December the troopers recovered from the previous campaign and
prepared for the next.101 At the end of this period, the group moved to the town of
Sarraguemines, seven miles to the south-southeast of Saarbrticken. There, they joined the 35th
99 "XII Corps Report of Operations 1 November 1944 - 30 November 1944," record 212, entry 427, RG
407, National Archives II, 14-16.
100 ",2nd Cavalry Group After Action Report, November 1944," 22 November.
101 ",2nd Cavalry Group After Action Report, December 1944" record CAVG2, entry 427, RG 407, National
Archives II, 8-14 December.
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