XIX CORPS ENGINEERS

 
 
 

STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF CORPS ENGINEERS FROM D-DAY TO VE-DAY

   
1. Bridging and major river crossed.
  a.
 

During the period, the Corps engineers built two hundred and sixty-four (264) bridges of all types totaling twenty-three thousand eight hundred and six ( 23.806 ) feet

   
  b.
 

There were assault or tactical crossings of the following major rivers: VIRE, SEINE, MEUSE, GULP, WURM, ROER, RHINE, LIPPE, WESER, DORTMUND - EMS CANAL, SALLE and ELBE

   
  c.





 
Six type of bridges were constructed that breakdown as follows:
(1)  68 Bailey Bridges 5850 feet. Of this total 846 feet was floating
(2)  88 treadway bridges 10.285 feet. Of this total 37 were dry or fixed treadway.
(3)  6 heavy ponton bridges 2.402 feet.
(4)  2 infantry support bridges 216 feet.
(5)  9 foot bridges 1.292 feet.
(6)  91 fixed timber, culvert or fill bridges 3.763 feet.
     
2. Mines
  a. Enemy mines lifted from D-Day to VE-Day were:
    (1)  Enemy fields cleared or gapped: 720
(2)  Total number of mines cleared: 74.410
  b. Friendly mines laid during period:
    (1)  Number of fields laid: 1.700
(2)  Total number of mines laid: 340.000 
     
3. Barrier Eire, concertina and double apron fence prepared during period amounted to: 34.100 feet
     
4. Total casualties for Corps engineers during period were:
  a. Killed in Action:              102
  b. Wounded in Action:        419
  c. Missing in Action:            18
  d. Breakdown: KIA WIA MIA  
    1104th Engineer Combat Group Headquarters 1 7 0  
        246th Engineer Combat Battalion  21 120 0  
        247th Engineer Combat Battalion   18 69 0  
        503rd Engineer Light Ponton Bridge Company 0 8 0  
        611th Engineer Maintenance Company    0 10 0  
        978th Engineer Maintenance Company      0 2 0  
    1115th Engineer Combat Group Headquarters  1 7 0  
        82nd  Engineer Combat Battalion    70 14 5  
        234th Engineer Combat Battalion 76 13 10  
        295th Engineer Combat Battalion       40 33 3  
        992nd Engineer Treadway Bridge Company        1 12 0  
        512th Engineer Light Ponton Company 0 0 0  
     
5. 12.370 miles of road were repaired and maintained by Corps engineers durinf period of which 67 miles of new road were constructed.
     
6. 21.234.000 gallons of purified drinking water was supplied to Corps troops by Corps engineers during period.
     
7. Although not their primary mission, the Corps engineer fought as infantry with result as shown by following figures:
  a. Corps Engineer battalions were committed twelve separate times for a total of 130 battalion days of combat.
  b.
 

During time engaged as combat there were an estimated 1.765 casualties inflicted on the enemy, 2.669 German prisoners of war were taken by both engineer groups. We suffered some 300 casualties of all categories during combat period.

  c. Over 736 enemy pillboxes were destroyed, 30 of which were taken by assault.
     
8. From D-Day to VE-Day, the Corps engineers received the following awards and decorations:
 
  Unit: Bronze Star Silver Star Soldiers Medals DSC
  82nd Engineer Combat Battalion 53 10 0 0
  234th Engineer Combat Battalion 48 5 0 0
  246th Engineer Combat Battalion 56 8 3 1
  247th Engineer Combat Battalion 64 7 1 0
  295th Engineer Combat Battalion 72 6 0 0
  208th Engineer Combat Battalion 10 0 0 0
  503rd Engineer Light Ponton Company 6 0 0 0
  512th Engineer Light Ponton Company 10 2 0 0
  554th Engineer Heavy Ponton Battalion 8 0 0 0
  611th Engineer Light Equipment Company 11 0 0 0
  978th Engineer Maintenance Company 2 0 0 0
  992nd Engineer Treadway Bridge Company 13 3 0 0
  1104th Engineer Combat Group 25 7 3 0
  1115th Engineer Combat Group 7 8 3 0
     
9. Although the Corps engineers were not equipped to distribute maps actually from D+4 they have acted as a distributing agency.
  a.
 

During period, the Corps engineer section and Corps Map Depot have picked up, transported, and distributed to using troops 6.794.000 maps of all scales.

  b. Some 150 enemy maps have been captured and used by Corps Headquarters for planning purposes.
     
10.
 

The Corps Topographical Company from D+12 to VE Day completed 438 reproduction jobs of all types. This entailed 8.357,588 impressions and expenditure of 8.285 reams of paper.

     
     
 
 

 

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