I previously transcribed part of the 3rd Bn Journal, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in this thread: http://www.ww2f.com/new-member-forum/51841-looking-make-sense-nara-information-my-grandfather-can-you-help-me.html At the Battle of Reipertswiller, the 157th Infantry Regiment sustained the most casualties it had seen since Anzio: The Battle of Reipertswiller I spent most of today transcribing the 1st Battalion Journal of 16 January thru 31 January 1945 into a Word Document. I had copied the Journal in August during my last visit to the NARA. In the last hour, I spoke by phone to two members of C Company, 157th, who were captured on 20 January 1945. I shall be providing to both of these gentlemen copies of the transcribed Journal. It is fascinating reading, so I'm sharing it with this Forum. First Battalion Journal 157th Infantry Regiment January 1945 345-INF(157)7-0.7 NARA II College Park, MD January 16, 1945 0200 A, B, and C Co’s report all quiet. 0400 Co’s report all quiet. 0600 Co’s report all quiet. 0610 B Co. reports a few rockets fell in front of them. 0645 CO calls Regt’l S-3 and asks if 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Bn is going to move all their troops off of the hill, F Co will stay in position. 0800 A Co. reports 88mm firing down in front of their positions. C Co. reports they are receiving some mortar fire on their positions. B Reports mort. and arty down below their positions in the valley. 0815 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Bn. reports they had an Ey patrol in front of L Co. They fire on patrol SIA’s and patrol dispersed. 0830 S-3 calls C Co and asks if they are ready to go. They are waiting for wire as soon as they get there the Co will move. 0900 C Co checked out to move. 1000 Bn S-3 leaves to check on B Co. 1005 Bn Ex. and S-2 leave to check on C Co. 1015 Bn CO tells Regt’l CO that B Co is now tied in with 36 Engrs. Also tells him that C Co is on the move. 1020 Bn CO tells A Co CO to leave his radio on and try and keep contact with C Co. 1035 Bn CO tells Lt Briggs he is now D Co CO. 1045 Bn CO tells Col. James that if C Co gets on ridge vic 8239, he will send B Co by the same route to mop up behind C Co. 1110 Bn CO calls A Co. to see if they can contact C Co. by radio. They can’t. 1115 Bn CO tries to contact C Co by radio. 1120 Bn CO calls Capt. Shy to see if L Co has seen anything of C Co. They haven’t but they heard some MG. firing to L Co’s right rear 1125 Bn CO tells Regt’l S-2 C Co. is 200 yds. short of hill 818393. Also notifies 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Bn S-3. 1140 Bn CO tells 1[SUP]st[/SUP] Bn 36 Engrs. that B Co. will soon be moving out. Password: Palace-Farce. 1150 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Bn S-3 informs Bn CO that C Co. is on hill with L, and L Co. is helping C Co get into position. Notified Regt’l S-3 and says he will move B Co out right away. First to hill 403 (838380) and then up with C Co. Bn CO notified 36E. 1155 Bn CO tells B Co to move back to hill 403 get rationed and then move off. 1200 Bn CO tells Regt’l S-3 that B Co will move up behind C Co and clean up behind C. Then they will extend C Co’s right flank. 1215 C Co CO calls and gives the info on his Co to Bn CO. 1230 E -805385 G- 809386 1240 Bn Exec. and S-2 return to CP. 1305 LO says 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Bn is preparing for a C/A as they are firing a lot of arty. Line is out to 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Bn. 1310 S-3 returns to CP. 1315 CO tells D Co CO to plan on counter mortar measures. 1355 CO goes fwd on a recon. 1405 Maj. Kessler arrives. Says 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Bn received a stiff C/A (L and K Co.) Is still going on. 1420 K Co is getting another C/A. 1430 A Co CO says there seems to be a C/A in 36E sector. 1432 Bn Exec. calls CO 1[SUP]st[/SUP] Bn 36 Engrs. He says his raiding party into Rehbach got into a firefight but that is all. 1444 B Co. checked out. 1505 Bn Exec. gives Regt’l S-2 latest info. Says Krauts are behind I Co. 1637 At (843391) two Ey MG’s fired on raiding party 36 Engrs. Bn Ex. notified Regt’l S-3. 1640 B Co. line in. B CO is hit. B Co. is moving to 818388. Still Krauts behind 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Bn. Bn Ex. tells CO 1[SUP]st[/SUP] Bn Engrs. to put an outpost out at 842391 as a warning in case any Ey try to infiltrate. 1710 Bn Ex. tells Regt’l S-3 that B Co. is moving to OBJ. Still Krauts behind 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Bn. Bn Exec. says B Co. will move E from OBJ and clean out Ey 822392. Then B Co. will extend his CO SE. 1715 Bn Exec. informs CO that this plan will be okay. 36 Engrs will have (1) plt. to keep contact with A Co. 1720 Bn Ex. notified A Co CO. 1724 Bn S-4 says 2 supply trucks and one wire truck were ambushed. 1727 CO, 36 E. says he will dig a plt in at 838385 and keep contact with A Co. 1800 S-2, and S-3 return. Say A-T plt 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Bn has made contact with B Co. 1805 CO returns , say C Co. is all together. 1810 Bn Ex. tells Regt’l S-3 the latest info. incl. B Co. being in a fight now 818388. G Co. is tied in with K Co. rt. flank. Regt. wants this Bn to clean up Krauts behind our position 1830 A Co. Co says a tk is firing from vic 834384 to his rt front. 1840 S-3 tells D Co. mortars to double their guard. 1915 Msgr. from B Co. They are on northern slope of hill at 823387. 1940 825389-Approx. position of B Co thru arty radio. 1945 Bn CO talks over situation of trucks with wireman. Wireman thinks we can get to trucks. Thru his info. Bn CO figures “B” Co. is at (817387). 1950 Bn CO sends a msg. by radio to B Co. asking if they passed the 3 Vehs. that were ambushed and gives them the pos. he thinks they are at. 2005 Bn CO gives Reg’tl S-3 B Co. pos (817387) says he will have more info. later. 2020 In with all Cos. by (300) Radio. 2025 B Co. sends word that their ps. is at (817385) 2030 Bn. CO says we will attack again tom. Tells S-3 B will cont. to attack to the E., C Co move dir. E. and clear up hill, A Co will attack at daylight. A will attack on order. 2035 Msg. came thru by radio that a patrol went tow. peeps but drew hvy. fire. 2045 Bn S-3 tells A Co. CO to tell B Co. CO to tie in his plts. and sit tight. A Co. CO says he got a Roger on his msg. 2045 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Bn. S-3 says are not in by wire to L Co. Says Lt. Tks are within 150 yds of I Co. 2050 Plans for Tom morning: 1. B Co attack N. contact C Co. move E to secure ground between Obj A (822392) and Q (823387) Attack at daylight 2. C Co. attack E seize obj. A (822392) maintain contact L Co. Plaster Obj. A ½ Hr. arty. Prep. 3. A Co. move around N. Edge of hill 415 to Q use smoke on arty prep. Use exery. 2220 Reg’t informs Bn. S-3 that F Co. will leave the first thing in the morning to suppose and 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Bn. 2240 Regt. informs Bn. S-3 that F Co. will leave the first thing in the morning to support 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Bn. 2240 Bn S-3 encodes a msg. and sends attack plan to C Co thru A. Also gives A Co. CO his plans.