2nd DIVISION (REGULAR) AEF:
SUMMARY OF INTELLIGENCE

November 22, 1918 to November 23, 1918






CONFIDENTIAL
Not to be taken into front line trenches.

2nd DIVISION (REGULAR) AEF.
Second Section, G. S.
No. 127

SUMMARY OF INTELLIGENCE
November 22, 1918 to November 23, 1918.
10 h. to 10 h.


I. GENERAL IMPRESSION OF THE DAY:

The division continued its march towards the enemy's country and halted for the night on the general line ETTELNRUCK - Chateau MEYSEMBOURG. March resumed at 7h.30, this morning. The inhabitants continue to show their pleasure at our arrival by many acts of kindness and in their utterances, express deep sympathy for the Allied cause. Their individual acts of hospitality express very plainly their friendship for the American Army.

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II. ENEMY ORDER OF BATTLE:

It is reported on good authority that the headquarters of the 21st Army Corps were located in MURSCH up to Nov. 15th. Evacuation of enemy troops through this area of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg began Nov. 10th, and continued until noon on the 21st. (a long list follows of German units which passed through this area November 15~21).

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III. ENEMY MOVEMENTS:

Approximately 4,000 of the enemy, mostly artillery, passed through SCHIEREN during the night of the 21st Nov. The general line of the enemy's retreat in this area seems to be COBLENZ.

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IV. ENEMY MORALE:

Reports from civilians continue to confirm the poor moral state of the enemy but this is partially contradicted by evidence from other sources. It is believed that his morale is constantly improving.

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V. STATE OF HORSES, MATERIAL, ETC:

Reports from civilians conflict as to the condition of the enemy's material and animals. Some report a sufficiency of animals and forage, whole on the other hand, others report men and horses receive 1 meal a day, and speak of his scarcity of animals to withdraw his artillery and transport. The absence of discarded arms, equipment and other material left behind in billets and on the roadside continue.

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VI. CONDUCT OF THE ENEMY:

There is evidence that the enemy is very careful as to his conduct towards the inhabitants during his retreat.

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VII. OBSERVATION OF THE ARMISTICE:

No violation of the armistice has been discovered.

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VIII. POPULATION OF THE NEWLY OCCUPIED TERRITORY:

In the town of MURSCH the people erected a welcoming Arch, which was highly decorated with evergreens and red, white and blue bunting and had inscribed over it in English "Welcome To Our Deliverers". A very significant [indication] of the warm regard for our Army is in many acts of individual hospitality extended to the officers and men during their stay in the towns and villages of this area. They have been welcomed into all homes, and in many cases, extended the hospitality of their table. By the insistant invitation of the Grand Dutchess, extended through her Chief of Staff, the Commander of the 4th Brigade (Marines) occupied rooms in the Royal Chateau at VERG.


R.S. KEYSER
Major, Marines
A. C. of S., G-2




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