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ID as it prepared to continue its offensive to the north east. The group relieved the 137th Infantry
Regiment from its position holding the western edge of the division line, allowing the 35th ID to
mass combat power along its desired axis of attack. They maintained that position for a week
allowing the 35th ID to continue its assault against the leading edges of the Seigfried Line.102 On
22 December the Dragoons were relieved by elements of the 44th ID, and moved to join the XII
Corps as it participated in the counterattack into the southern flank of the Germans then
XII Corps assigned the 2nd Cavalry Group the important mission of maintaining the
eastern flank of the of the corps along the Moselle River as it assaulted to the north. However, as
the corps realized that the cavalry did not have enough organic combat power to fully hold the
flank against a determined assault, the group was heavily reinforced. Task Force (TF) Reed, as
the Dragoons came to be called during this time, consisted of the 2nd and 42nd Squadrons, the
808th TD Battalion (-), the 372nd and 398th Engineer Regiments (GS), and the 276th Armored
Artillery Battalion (105mm).104 Furthermore, two additional battalions of artillery were in direct
support of the Task Force.105 On 23 December, the Dragoons relieved a regimental-sized
formation of the 4th ID and assumed its positions along the Moselle, a frontage that would
eventually stretch over 25 miles from Grevenmacher in the north to Thionville in the South.
This area of responsibility was over four times the size of any of the infantry divisions (4th, 5th
102 "XII Corps Report of Operations 1 December 1944 - 31 December 1944," record 212, entry 427, RG
407, Nation Archives II, 19-21.
103 ,,2nd Cavalry Group After Action Report, December 1944," 22 December.
104 The 808th TD Battalion was short one company, assigned elsewhere. General Support (GS) Engineer
Regiments were generally expected to perform construction as well as build obstacles, in essence non-specialized
engineers. 2nd Cavalry Association, The Ghosts of Patton's Third Army- A History of the Second U.S. Cavalry,
Jos Direct support differs from assignment in that the group has priority access to the fires of that unit, but
does not dictate their positioning, and fires from that unit can be pulled to other units if the DS unit does not have a
competing demand. 2nd Cavalry Association, The Ghosts of Patton's Third Army- A History of the Second U.S.
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