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looping in front of the Dragoon's front, headed to the southeast. The division assigned the
cavalry the mission of clearing the pocket of Germans between the 2nd MCG (and the Sauer
River) and the south flank of the 76th ID. The troopers accomplished this mission with
enthusiasm after the nearly two months of limited activity along the Moselle River. The two
squadrons quickly cleared the pocket of disorganized German forces who had been dislocated
and cut off by the thrust of the XII Corps to Bitburg as well as the more localized manoeuvre sur
les derrieres of the 76th ID. By the third of March, the group established a screen along the
Moselle and Kyll Rivers in order to protect the 76th Infantry Division as it cleared the remaining
German forces in zone.121
The attack soon resumed as part of the general drive of the 76th ID and XII Corps to the
east. The 76th ID gave the Dragoons the mission of covering the southern flank of the division
(and thus the Corps) as the attack progressed. The group also had to maintain the connection
with the 10th AD of XX Corps to the south. The offensive began to gather momentum and soon
the cavalry were making dramatic advances alongside the rest of the Corps. The German
defenses crumbled, although some units still fought hard as was the case at the town of Zemmer
(approximately two miles to the east of the Kyll River) on 7 March. There the Germans
defended the town with approximately an under-strength battalion backed by rocket and tube
artillery. The 42nd Squadron attacked with dismounted elements of A Troop supported by a
platoon of light tanks (from F Company), a platoon of attached tank destroyers, and a platoon of
assault guns. The heavy firepower of the supporting elements as well as the rapid assault of the
cavalrymen broke the German defenders. The squadron killed ten and captured 61 Germans for
121 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron After Action Report, March 1945" record CAVS2, entry 427,
RG 407, National Archives II, 2.
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