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Record of casualties reported in the Blanc Mont Operation
Period: October 2 to October 10


Civilian Casualty: Birchby, James A.

September 15 - Oct. 9, 1918.
 
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Sept. 15-Oct. 9, 1918.
OPERATION REPORT SECOND DIVISION (REGULAR) Period: September 15 to October 9
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October 8.
1. At 5:15 hours, October 8th, in compliance with "General Operations Order for the day of October 8th, 21st Corps (French)." #3.770/8, and according to F.O. #40, 2nd Division, both orders dated October 7 1918, the 71st Brigade attacked to the front with its flank protected by combat groups from the 2nd Division, and supported by the 2nd and 3rd Battalions tanks (French). The 2nd F.A. Brigade supported the attack. The artillery action consisted of five (5) minutes prepa-: ration, and a creeping barrage preceding the front lines, and moving at the rate of 100 meters in 4 minutes.
2. The 2nd Division remained in position prepared to follow and support any advance made by the 71st Brigade.
3. The line was advanced from one half to one kilometer. On the left, a battalion of the 4th Brigade, which was used for combat liaison between the 71st Brigade and the 7th French Division, took and organized for defense ST. ETIENNE-a-ARNES, which had previously been partially occupied by the French.
4. In the afternoon, a battalion of the 2nd Engineers was sent to reinforce each flank, and a battalion of infantry from each of the brigades of the 2nd Division, was placed in close support of the regiments of the 71st Brigade in the front line. About 6:00 p.m. a determined German counter-attack, preceded by a very heavy barrage, forced part of the front line to fall back on the support battalions. It however was again pushed forward. The 71st Brigade suffered severely from this barrage and counter-attack.
 
 
October 9.

1. October 9th was spent in organizing and consolidating the line of resistance.

During the night of October 9-10, the remainder of the 36th Division relieved the 2nd Division (except machine gun battalions and artillery and engineers), which was withdrawn on the morning of the 10th, marching to billets in the SUIPPES-SOMME-SUIPPES area. The machine gun units were relieved on Oct. 10th. They withdrew and joined the 2nd Division. The Commanding General and A. C. of S., G-3, 2nd Division, remained with the Commanding General of the 36th Division for 24 hours after the relief was completed, when they rejoined their division at its new P. C., CAMP MONTPELLIER, near SOMME-SUIPPES.

The 2nd F.A.Brigade and the 2nd Engineers, in compliance with orders of the IVth Army (French) were detached from the 2nd Division and attached to, and remained with, the 36th Division.

 
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The Commanding General of the IVth French Army, General Gouraud and the Commanding General of the 21st French Corps, General Naulin, informed the Division Commander of the 2nd Division on several occasions that the seizure of BLANC MONT RIDGE by the 2nd Division, and its advance beyond that ridge, had broken the main German line and caused the retreat of the German Army east of RHEIMS, on the front of the IVth French Army to the line of the AISNE. The Commanding General of the IVth French Army so reported officially to the Commander-in-Chief General PETAIN.

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September 15 - Oct. 9, 1918.
OPERATION REPORT SECOND DIVISION (REGULAR)
Period: September 15 to October 9
(Cont'd from last page)
 
There is appended to this report, the following:
 
1. List of Casualties in the 2nd Division during the operation on BLANC MONT RIDGE.
This operation was continuous from October 2 to October 10, both days inclusive. The troops were continually under fire and most of the time hotly engaged.
Therefore, the report of casualties is not given by days but of the operation as a whole.
   
2. List of prisoners, arms and stores captured during the operation.
   
3. Copies of all operations Orders issued by the 2nd Division during the period covered by the report.
   
4. Order from C.G., 2nd Division, dated Oct. 1, 1918.
5. Order from C.G., 2nd Division, dated Oct. 5, 1918.
6. Memorandum for officers and men of 2nd Division dated October 11, 1918.
7. Extract from Bulletin #13 IVth French Army, General Gouraud dated October 7, 1918 and from Intelligence Report of the 21st French Army Corps, General Naulin.
   
8. Map covering operations
John A. Lejeune,
Major General, U.S.M.C.
Commanding
H B Myers, Col.
   A.C. of S., G-3
 
7. Extract from Bulletin #13, IV French Army, General Gouraud, dated October 7, 1918, and from Intelligence Reports of the 21st French Army Corps, General NAULIN.
   
8. Copies of all messages sent and received during the operation at BLANC MONT.
 
John A. Lejeune,
Major General, U.S.M.C.
Commanding
OFFICIAL:

HU B. MYERS, Colonel,
   A.C. of S., G-3
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October 3-10, 1918.
 
RECORD OF CASUALTIES REPORTED
Appendix No. 1
Date: Octoter 2 to 10 (inclusive).
1918
Organization Killed & Died Wounds Missing Severely Wounded Slightly Wounded Gassed Totals
  Off Men Off Men Off Men Off Men Off Men Off Men
9th Infantry 10 144 2 154 10 246 18 414   44 40 1002
23rd Infantry 10 152 4 163 10 94 27 686 5 33 56 1130
5th M.G. Bn. 3 20   27 2 50 2 37   10 7 144
5th Marines 10 135   142 15 233 27 184 4 25 56 1029
6th Marines 4 157   52 7 190 18 414 2 73 31 916
6th M.G. Bn.   33   8 4 29 3 127   8 7 204
12th F. A. 1 3       7 1 5     2 15
15th F. A.   9       29   20       58
17th F. A. 1 5   3   6 3 19     4 33
2nd T.M. Btry.   1           2       3
2nd Engineers 2 15   24   16 3 57   4 5 116
4th M.G. Bn.   6   4   8   14       32
1st F.S. Bn.   1   5   9   17 1 2 1 34
2nd M. P.   1       3   4       8
Amb. Sec.   1   3   4   21   6   34
2nd Amm. Train   1           2       3
2nd SupplyTr.   2           3       5
Hq. Tr.           2   1   2   5
TOTALS 41 685 6 579 48 926 102 2367 12 287 209 4771
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