What follows is a basic time line of
the Division's action in Europe.
28 Dec. 1944 - 2 Feb. 1945
The three infantry regiments (274th,
275th, 276th) of the 70th Division, without full strength, and
designated as Task Force Herren, took up defensive positions along
the west bank of the Rhine River, in the vicinity of Bischweiller,
south of Haguenau Forest. When the enemy struck to the west, Task
Force Herren units were rushed to help blunt the attack and
participated in bitter actions in Northeastern France at the height
of the German Winter offensive (Operation Nordwind: the enemy was
attempting to drive south from the Bitche sector and north from the
Colmar pocket with the objective of cutting off the entire Seventh
Army west of Saverne Pass). Elements (some were attached to other
HQs during this period) struck the enemy at Phillipsbourg and at
Wingen. In mid-January the division moved to an area directly south
of the German border bastion of Saarbrucken and carried out
reconnaissance and combat patrols and improved defensive positions.
3 Feb. 1945 - 10 Feb. 1945
Task Force Herren was dissolved upon
arrival of the remainder of the division. The division continued
consolidating and improving defensive positions, patrolling, and
conducted combat raids.
17 Feb. 1945 - 21 Mar. 1945
Offensive operations in the Saar
region: the 70th began its first offensive action as a division in
the area just below the Saar River. The division drove onto high
ground overlooking Saarbrucken, smashed into Forbach and took
Stiring-Wendel. In early March, the division drove to the south bank
of the Saar River; crossed the Saar and took Sarrbrucken (20 March,
1945), swarmed through the Siegfried Line defenses along the north
bank of the Saar River and drove into important cities of the Saar.
On 21 March, 1945 the 70th linked up with Third Army units.
22 Mar. 1945 - 8 May, 1945
Mopping up operations began and the
division also performed occupational duties in the Saar Basin area.
The division was in the vicinity of Frankfurt when hostilities
The division is inactivated at Camp
Kilmer, New Jersey.
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