134th Infantry Regiment – August 1944
After Action Reports
35th (US) Infantry Division – Battle of Normandy
Headquarters 134th Infantry Regiment APO #35, New York, N Y 1 Sept 44
Subject: Report of Action Against the Enemy
To: The Adjutant General, Washington, D. C.
Thru: The Commanding General, 35th Infantry Division, APO #35, C/O Postmaster, New York, N. Y.
1. In compliance with C-3, Par 10, AR 345-105, the following report of action against the enemy by the 134th Infantry Regiment during the period 1 August 1944 to 31 August 1944 is submitted.
2. On the morning of 1 August 1944 the Regiment was in position in the vicinity of Torigni Sur Vire facing south and in contact with the enemy. An advance southward was begun at 0830 and continued throughout the day. The Regimental objective was the Vire River. On 2 August 1944 the Vire River was crossed but heavy opposition was met just south of the river and the advance was continued after being temporarily halted. On August 3d and 4th the advance was continued until the afternoon of the 4th when the Regiment was pinched out in the vicinity of La Metairie.
The Regiment remained in the vicinity of La Metairie until 2000 on 6 August 1944 when the Regiment was moved by motor to Louvigne where it went into an assembly area and was attached to the XX Corps.
On August 7th the Regiment moved by motor to Les Logis Marchis and late in the afternoon was ordered to advance east to the vicinity of Mortain. Enemy resistance was encountered at 2200 on August 7th. From 8 August 1944 to 12 August 1944, the front line of the Regiment was 5,000 yards east of La Ga Hamel. On the morning of 13 August 1944 the Regiment was relieved by the elements of the 8th Infantry Regiment and was then assembled near Notre Dame de Touchet. At 0420 the Regiment began a motor movement to Le Mans, France and closed in the assembly area near Le Mans at 2200. The Regiment remained in bivouac near Le Mans until 16 August 1944 when it was moved by motor to Lierville where it remained in assembly until August 19th.
On August 19th the Regiment again moved by motor to Janville and remained in that vicinity until 21 August 1944. On 21 August 1944 the Regiment moved by marching to Bouilly en Gratinais. On 22 August 1944 the Regiment moved by motor to the vicinity of Montargis and launched an attack on the city in the afternoon. By 1500 on 23 August 1944 the Regiment had driven the enemy from Montargis and advanced several kilometers east of the city. The 134th Infantry remained in the vicinity of Montargis until August 25th when it moved by motor to Joigny, seized and held the city and patrolled to the south and east of it.
A large number of enemy prisoners were taken by the Regiment in this vicinity. On August 29th the Regiment continued its advance by motor to Aix en Othe where it remained in 35th Division reserve until 2400, 31 August 1944.
Morale during the entire period was superior. Casualties incurred during the period were as follows:
Killed in Action – 87 Wounded in Action – 401 Missing in Action – 67
1896 enemy prisoners were captured during the period.
3. Copy of the unit journal is attached.
<Signed> BUTLER B. MILTONBERGER Colonel, 134th Infantry Commanding
Incls: Journal for month of August, 1944
319.1, 1st Ind, RGC/mla (1 Sept 44) HQ 35th INF DIV, APO 35, U S Army, 20 Sep 44
TO: Commanding General, XII Corps, APO 312, U S Army
Forwarded in compliance with paragraph 2, Memo 2, Headquarters, XII Corps, 2 August 1944.
For the Commanding General:
RICHARD G. CHADWICK Lt. Col., A. G. D. Adjutant General