got five of the seven tanks,
the conclusion of
mission, whichdidn* last long,the
column on a nearby road,which'was inmediately taken under fire.
got five tanke and
motor vehicles very quickly, which shows what an elwt
server can do in a cub planes'--Captain
Officer, 4th DivisionArtillery.
thie headquarters have been directed to transmit infor-mation regarding coordination of air, armored and other ground forces in fastmoving operatione in
much detail &nd ae rapidly a3 possiblee The informa-tion
the first report onthis subject.other
as promptly as possible after receipt.
recent mtorized advance, the 79th ~nfantryDivision used thefollowing methods
maintaining control and close air support.
front and right flank, and an ar&red division was-marchingon the left flank.
Communication. The 79th ~ivision oved in two columns with sections of thedivision reconnaissance group attacbed to the heads of each column and to the &loreddivision, so that contect could
maintained through the'sm
508 in the
set to the
of the artillery liaisonplanes which covered the columns. In some instances these planes determined the methodof advance to the columne.
comnanders were in direct contact
the division com-manders through the
Combat teams mved
point to point on order ofhieher authority, usually the division ccmmntler with one col~unn
the assistantdivision comnder with the other.
Infantry Movement. Truck co~znies
trucks from the divislon and attachedartillery were utilized to mve the infactry. In some inatences the motorized infantrymoved so rapidly that there was an intermingling of columns with theerroored divisionon the flank, and at other
they had to halt and wait for the cavalry to regain
&vision chief of staff recomraends that the covalry in sucha situation be given an awle head start,
cavalry sterting at daylight, infantry
support party usually remi-md
h division headqurters,althou&
unit wh=e the greatest difficulty
commanders or the recclnnaissat~ce roop
get air sup2ort almost irmedietely byradio request to the armed reconneissance flights which
covering the edvancicgcolumns. Requests often went from
oin reconneiseance troop to thedivision air support party to the planes. The armed reconnaissar.ce flights also cov-
areas as requested by corps and &vision air support perties.
missio~lsusuallywere flown by four or eightaircraft carrying 500 pound general purpose