26th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop
26th RCN WWII History:
One hundred and forty-three Cavalrymen to an Infantry Division - that's the 26th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop.
It got its start on ETO duty on the French Coast, making sure the Channel islands of Guernsey and Jersey didn't
run away. From that a brief fling at the "Red Ball" and then on to Nancy where it took an infantry job of manning
fox-holes in the black, dirty and wet woods of France. Jeeps and M-8s were forgotten for a while, until the 8th
of November when the push got started. The troop started out taking towns along the division flank. Chateau
Salins and Ritche will always remain a memory of most vicious fighting. Metz for Xmas was the cry when
From Metz to Arlon, Belgium, it was a cold and foggy ride, but the troop wasn't riding for the beauty of the
weather; its mission was to locate and reconnoiter the penetration of enemy troops. Before the fog cleared, it
contacted the enemy - they were all over the place in superior number.
A handful of men fought enemy tanks and infantry until the YD's swiftly moving infantry moved up. Lt. Hatfield
was awarded the DSC and a Battle Commission for his superior skill and leadership in this conflict.
Another big push started on the 15th of March. To the Rhine took only a few days, but to the men in the point
bantams spearheading for the task forces it seemed weeks.
South to the Danube, and the race for bridges was on. For once the troop was functioning as a unit.
The troop adopted a platoon from the 818th TD and from "Dog" Company of the 778th Tank Bn.
A TD Sgt. gave the classic fire order, "Level her off at 300 and let her eat."
|Welcome to the 26th Cavalry Recon Troop, Historical Re-enactment Group webpage.
We are dedicated to the education and participation of the Infantry Divisions Reconnaisance Troop.
This unit closley follows the Cavalry Recon (Mech) TO&E, within reason.
Our unit is made up of individuals from VT,NY,NH,ME,MA,CT & R.I., who are dedicated to preserving the
history of these remarkable men. Collecting militaria, vehicles, period weaponry, uniforms and manuals as we
display them in living history static displays, authentic battle re-enactment's, parades and events for the Veterans.
we help to bring the story of the Yankee Division Soldier in WWII, to life.
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