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F II c. The enemy appeared to have have entered the village of Apremont. Enemy skirmishers advancing from Besombois Woods against Le Mont were quickly forced to retire by well directed machine-gun fire. The Combres Group had sent in no new report up until 9.30 a.m. At 9.37 a.m. the 5th Ldw. Divison was able to report that the attack against Apremont had been repulsed. In Sector F I also the enemy artillery fire had again diminished. Quiet reigned in the sector of the 192d Infantry Divison. At 9.45 a.m. the Gorz Group reported, in reply to an inquiry, that the enemy had penetrated the Sonnard Woods at 8.30 a.m. Near Viéville the situation was not clear. Thiaucourt, Pannes and Xammes were under heavy hostile artillery fire. Towards 10.40 a.m. heavy enemy artillery fire was directed upon Sector E. Deep-flying enemy aviators circled over the position. A hostile attack against Sector F I was broken up by machine-gun fire. The enemy began to confine his efforts to heavy, flat trajectory fire upon the road from St. Benoit to the railway station at Benoit. At 11.15 a.m. the Gorz Group reported that the enemy had advanced to the line just south of Thiaucourt - 1 1/2 kilometers north of Viéville-Soulevre Farm. A counter-attack by the 123d and 31st Divisions had been ordered, but at that time had not yet gotten under way. The situation around Essey and Pannes was not clear. [[centered]] ESTIMATE OF THE SITUATION BY CORPS HEADQUARTERS AT 11.15 A.M. [[/centered]] The events of the forenoon had shown that the enemy did not intend a serious attack on the front of the Mihiel Group. On the front of the Combres Group also no strong hostile attack had been reported up to this time. On the other hand, the enemy's attack against the Gorz Group had led a deep penetration in the center of the Group sector, which, in case it was not checked and confined to the west, would have very serious consequences for the Mihiel Group still fighting in the salient. At present, to be sure, it was still expected that the counter-attack of the 123d and 31st Infantry Divisions would restore the situation in the center of the Gorz Group and prevent a further penetration there by the enemy. It was of vital importance for the Mihiel Group that the 10th Infantry Division hold the heights south of Pannes and northeast of Essey and thereby check the enemy's break-through on the west. Whether the 10th Infantry Division would be able to accomplish this had not been ascertained at this time because the situation near Pannes and Essey was not clear, according to the report of the Gorz Group. The 5th Ldw. Division therefore received orders at 10.40 a.m. to send up the resting battalion of the 65th Ldw. Infantry Regiment which was lying southeast of Heudicourt, along with accompanying batteries, into the region Nonsard-Lamarch with orders to assure the left flank of the Group there and, if necessary, attack and occupy Nonsard. Also along the St. Benoit-Beney road a local protection, at first immediately subordinate to Corps Headquarters, seemed imperative in order to prevent the enemy by increasing his success against the Gorz Group from passing through Thiaucourt or Pannes without hindrance and gaining the possession of the crossroad at St. Benoit, which was vitally important for the Mihiel Group. For this purpose the Group at first had available only three companies of the 5th Ldw. Division which had been sent off in the morning to construct trenches in the Michel Zone I. One of these companies had already reached Dampvitoux. The company was alerted by telephone, sent towards Benoit and its commanding officer ordered to report to Corps Headquarters. The other two companies, as soon as they reached Hassavant Farm and Dampvitoux, were to be ordered by the town majors of these places to proceed immediately to Corps Headquarters. The Army Commander and the commanders of the neighboring groups were advised of the situation. [[centered]] EVENTS UP TO 11.45 A.M. [[/centered]] The 5th Landwehr Division reported that the enemy had penetrated the outpost zone of Sector F II. Friendly artillery was bombarding with annihilating fire the outpost zone of the sector under attack. Shortly before 11.45 a.m. the Combres Group reported that the situation on the Combres Heights had not been clear since 11.30 a.m. Heavy fighting was in progress there; it was doubtful whether the Heights were still in our possession. St. Remy had been taken by the enemy. Furthermore, the enemy had reached the large Tranchée and had penetrated to a depth of about 1 1/2 kilometers the sector of the 35th Austro-Hungarian Division. At 11.45 a.m. the Gorz Group reported that the enemy had apparently broken completely through the 77th Reserve Division. The enemy was also making progress in the sector of the 10th Infantry Division and was now occupying the heights south of Pannes, south of Bouillonville and near Thiaucourt. A regiment of the 31st Division was sent towards Pannes, but it was too early to expect that it had counter-attacked. The right wing of the 10th Division apparently still rested on Montsec. [[centered]] -6- [[/centered]]
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