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November 8 - 11, 1918.

WAR DIARY, 4th Machine Gun Bn., November 8, 1918
130,000 rds. 8mm., 20,000 rds. 45 cal. in supply train.
No rations. Rainy weather.
16 officers, 330 Enlisted men available for all duty. Bad roads.
1 Major, 2 Captains, 6 1st. Lt., 1 1st Lt. Med. Fair health.
1 1st Lt. MTC., 5 2nd. Lts.  
(Sgd) W.Westover
W. WESTOVER
Capt. 4th M. G. Bn.,
Base Commander
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WAR DIARY, 4th Machine Gun Bn., November 9, 1918
130,000 rds 8mm., 20,000 rds 45 Cal amm in supply train.
No rations. Rainy weather.
16 officers, 325 Enlisted men available for all duty. Bad roads.
1 Major, 2 Captains, 6 1st. Lt., 1 1st Lt. Med. Fair health.
1 1st Lt. MTC., 5 2nd. Lts.  
(Sgd) W.Westover
W. WESTOVER
Capt. 4th M. G. Bn.,
Base Commander
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WAR DIARY, 4th Machine Gun Bn., November 10, 1918
130,000 rds 8mm., 20,000 rds 45 Cal Amm. in supply train.
No rations on hand. Good weather.
16 officers, 325 Enlisted men available for all duty. Bad roads.
1 Major, 2 Captains, 6 1st. Lt., 1 1st Lt. Med. Fair health.
1 1st Lt. MTC., 5 2nd. Lts.  
(Sgd) W.Westover
W. WESTOVER
Capt. 4th M. G. Bn.,
Base Commander
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OPERATION REPORT FOURTH MACHINE GUN BATTALION
October 31, 1918 - November 11, 1918.
 
October 31, 1918.

The battalion took up prepared positions for indirect fire at 18:00 hours; Company "A" in woods in vicinity of point 300.4285.3 and Company "B" at 399.9 - 265.1. Map Reference BUZANCY 1/20000. Continual shelling of positions during the night.

 
November 1, 1918.

At 3:00 hours (H-2 hours) harassing fire on enemy positions, roads, woods etc., was fired by the battalion and continued until 5:00 hours (H-0 hour) when a barrage was fired over the heads of attacking troops of the 2nd Division. Targets were selected and fire so timed that the cone of machine gun bullets fell between the fire of .75 shrapnel and 155 high explosive. Barrage fire ceased at 6:45 hours. Ammunition expended 93,000 rounds.

At 9:30 hours the battalion was formed in combat formation and followed the rear battalion of the 9th Infantry as Division Reserve. At 17:00 hours battalion took covered division reserve position 100 meters north of Landreville with battalion P. C. at Bayonville et Chennery. Position shelled during night.

 
November 2, 1918.

The battalion remained in place. Motor machine gun trucks were brought up during the night from Rear Echelon to Landreville for emergency work as enemy was reported to be in full retreat.

 
November 3, 1918.

At 7:30 Hours the battalion proceeded from Landreville to Bayonville et Chennery in motor machine gun trucks. It then proceded [sic] on foot and connected up with rear battalion 6th Marines advancing to a covered position 300 meters south of Fosse. The battalion remained in place during the night. During the day the Motor Machine Gun Trucks hauled Small Arms Ammunition from Landreville and established dumps at Nouart and Fosse. During the night the trucks were brought to Fosse.

 
November 4, 1918.

The battalion was placed under orders of 3rd Brigade, the attacking Brigade. At 7:00 hours the battalion proceded [sic] by Motor Machine Gun Truck from Fosse to reserve position in Bois du Four at point 304.1-304.5 - Map Stenay 1/20000.

The Motor Machine Gun Trucks were used to evacuate wounded for the 3rd Brigade and haul Small Arms Ammunition to the front.

At 8:20 hours the battalion was placed under orders of the 23rd Infantry. Company "A" joined the 3rd Battalion 23rd Infantry and Company "B" the 2nd Battalion 23rd Infantry and attacked the enemy during the night toward the general line Beamont-Bois de la Vache. No machine guns fired by the battalion.

 
November 5, 1918.

The Battalion arrived on the general line Beamont-Bois de la Vache about 3:30 hours, the attack having been successful. Company "A" captured 3 prisoners. Company "A" took up positions near points 308.4-306.8 and 308.5-307.1 to fire across the River Meuse and cover bridge-head. Company "B" took up positions in woods near point 307.4-307.7 with targets across the river Meuse to cover LETONNE [sic]. Captured enemy machine guns and ammunition were used for harassing fire on targets across the river.

The Motor Machine Gun Trucks were used in establishing a Small Arms Ammunition dump at la Tuilerie Farm and in hauling rations.

 
November 6, 1918.
The battalion remained in place. Harrassing [sic] fire employed. Positions reconnoitered in Letanne.
 
November 7, 1918.

At 10 hours orders received from F. O. #58 2nd Division to assemble battalion near Beaumont preparatory to moving to Flaba. Company "A" and “B” were withdrawn from positions and assembled in Beaumont.

About 13:00 hours verbal orders received from C. O. 3rd Brigade to hold battalion as orders had been changed. The motor machine gun trucks were brought up to a position just outside of Beaumont. The battalion and cars were held in readiness to move up or down the river line for emergency work.

 
November 8, 1918.

The battalion remained in place.

 
November 9, 1918.

The battalion remained in place. Positions near Letanne and in Bois Failly near point 307.8-309.3 were reconnoitered for covering fire in ravines de Moulin and de St Remy in case of a Bridge crossing near Letanne.

 
November 10, 1918.

Orders received from Division Machine Gun Officer to place battalion in positions to fire harrassing [sic] and barrage fire for bridge crossing at 16:30 Hours. Targets selected for Company "A" was enfilading fire south of Aurblemont to cut of flank attacks. Targets for Company "8" was harrassing [sic] fire on road running north and south just east of Mauzon. "A" Company proceded [sic] 11 kilometers by motor machine gun trucks north of Beaumont to a position near point 304.4-315.4. "B" Company proceded [sic] 8 kilometers by motor machine gun trucks to a position near point 307.05-313.05. "A" Company was in position at 19:30 hours and "B" Company at 19:00 hours. Orders from C. O. 6th Marines were not to fire during night.

 
November 11, 1918.

As no crossing was made at upper bridge-head, fire was not delivered during the morining [sic]. Orders came of the Armistice and by order of 4th Brigade, battalion was relieved at 11:00 hours and brought back to reserve position in Beaumont.

 
A.C. of S-G-3
2nd Division
(Sgd) A. D. Bruce,
A. D. Bruce,
Major, 4th M. G. Battalion,
Commanding.
 
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Records Of The Second Division (Regular) Volume 8; Operation Reports — War Diaries
Second Division Historical Section, The Army War College, Washington, D. C.
 
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