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Casualties Admitted to 1st Infantry Division Clearing Station

Hard Fighting at the West Wall

Casualties Admitted to 1st Infantry Division Clearing Station

1 November-7 December 1944

Date

Disease

Injury

Wounds

Total

 

NP

Other

NBI

BI

 

 

Nov 1

3

30

3

2

5

43

2

6

31

3

3

13

56

3

4

31

5

0

7

47

4

0

36

6

5

2

49

5

1

33

11

3

9

57

6

1

47

8

3

20

79

7

3

32

4

5

9

53

8

5

75

1

5

2

88

9

6

52

8

3

3

72

10

5

57

6

3

11

82

11

7

71

6

1

6

91

12

2

61

8

0

9

80

13

6

97

6

2

2

113

14

6

91

4

0

6

107

15

3

99

4

2

11

119

16

6

75

8

13

131

233

17

29

53

5

41

191

319

18

48

74

6

37

178

343

19

46

71

1

53

225

396

20

56

81

4

29

232

402

21

78

107

6

63

266

520

22

81

105

4

29

201

420

23

75

156

5

43

205

484

24

40

110

11

25

168

356

25

34

85

16

14

167

316

26

20

100

9

6

107

242

27

21

63

17

19

185

305

28

9

69

9

15

91

193

29

23

82

8

16

169

298

30

29

72

9

17

75

202

Nov Total

650

2146

201

457

2707

6163

Dec 1

15

62

7

4

52

140

2

12

68

3

4

46

133

3

13

57

1

3

56

130

4

18

50

4

3

15

90

5

5

21

2

1

9

38

6

0

20

2

0

4

26

7

0

28

2

0

0

31

Dec Total

63

306

21

15

182

588

1 Nov- 7 Dec Totals

713

2452

222

472

2889

6751


Notes:  Casualty Reports, 1st Infantry Division, Hürtgen Forest

November 1944 - The number of casualties cleared through the the Clearing Station (Company D) of the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Medical Battalion was largest so far in the war at 6163. The highest number of casualties and sick for any single day in the war to date was registered on 21 November 1944 with 520.  At this time the divisional clearing company had only 3 Medical Corps officers per platoon due to illness, casualties, and transfers within the divisional medical service, so essentially only 6 Medical Corps officers were present for duty on a regular basis.

Companies A & B were at Zweifall , Germany , throughout the month. supporting the 16th and 18th Infantry Regiments, and Company D and HQ at Altenberg (la Calamine), Germany, in preparation for the upcoming First US Army offensive. Company C, in support of the 26th Infantry Regiment, remained in Vicht, Germany. On 10 November, 2d Platoon, Company D, moved to Ober Forstbach in preparation for the offensive and on 24 November the 1st Platoon moved to Stolberg, Germany.

December - 1st Infantry Division and its 1st Medical Battalion were withdrawn to bivouac areas. On 6 December Co B withdrew to Gemmenich and Co A moved to Rötgen, Germany, in support of the 16th Regimental Combat Team until 13 December. Company C at Vicht, Germany, moved to Aubel. Company D remained in split operations until 5 December when the Company reunited back in Altenberg. 

Source:   National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 407, Records of the US Army Adjutant General's Office, World War II Records, 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, European Campaigns, HQ, 1st Med Bn, "Historical Records and History of Organization (Month of November)," 30 Nov 1944, App B, and  "Historical Records and History of Organization (Month of December)," 31 December 1944, App, both in Box 5966.