2nd DIVISION (REGULAR) AEF:
SUMMARY OF INTELLIGENCE

November 19, 1918 to November 20, 1918






CONFIDENTIAL
Not to be taken into front line trenches.

2nd DIVISION (REGULAR) AEF.
Second Section, G. S.
No. 124

SUMMARY OF INTELLIGENCE
November 19, 1918 to November 20, 1918.
10 h. to 10 h.


I. GENERAL IMPRESSION OF THE DAY:

This division remained at the halt until 7 h. 30 this morning when it continued the march. The inhabitants continue the manifestations of welcome towards our troops.

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II. ENEMY ORDER OF BATTLE:

Identifications: 353rd REGT. 88th DIV.
Tis regiment was billeted in belle FONTAINE from 13th to 16th November.

40th PONTOONIERS
This is probably a pioneer battalion equipped for pontoon bridge construction (although the organization of the German Army does not show such a pioneer battalion). This battalion spent the night of the 15th- 16th in Belle FONTAINE.

21st PRUSSIAN DIVISION; ALSO A DIVISION COMMANDED BY GENERAL von REEDER.
Since the general withdrawal began there has passed through VIRTON a divison commanded by General von Reeder and the 21st Prussian Division.

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III. ENEMY MOVEMENTS:

The general direction of the enemy retreat has been VIRTON-ARLON Highway. German officers are reported as saying the rate of retreat would be about 17 kilometers per day.

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IV. MORALE OF ENEMY TROOPS:

Reports confirm the previously reported disorganization of the enemy's troops and their bad discipline.

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V. PHYSICAL CONDITION OF THE ENEMY TROOPS:

Nothing to report.

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VI. CONDUCT OF THE ENEMY TROOPS:

There is no evidence of recent misconduct towards the civil population. There are, however, reports of atrocities committed and violations of international law for the conduct of war commetted in the early period of the war.

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VII. OBSERVATION OF THE ARMISTICE:

Information from reliable sources is to the fact that since the signing of the armistice considerabe German material was distributed by the Germans among the civil population of the surrounding neighborhood of VIRTON. Picks, shovels, nails and other railroad supplies from the supply depot at VIRTON. Lumber to the estimated value of 250,000 francs from the depots in the vicinity of VIRTON and approximately 1,000,000 francs worth of material at, and in the vicinity of, MOUSSON. No legal evidence has been taken of this act as it is not believed it is a violation of Clause A, Article VI of the Armistice.


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




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