As good a drop as the division has ever had. Our thanks to the IX Transport
Command for the determination with which they flew us to our LZ's and
The drop was marred only by the non-arrival of the third wave consisted
of the serials allocated to our
initial supply drop.
The plan was executed to near perfection by all involved regiments.
At the end of the day the division held a bridged road-corridor from BEST
to VEGHEL open for the advancing GARDEN forces. Sadly no contact had been
The remainder of the division was scheduled to arrive this day. Two serials
failed to arrive. The 321st FA Bn and the divisional dump were both lost
Resupply fortuately occurred though no fuel was recovered. The Divison
finished the day with supplies
on the ground but with all regiments except the 327 GIR with little or
no supply on hand. An urgent request was made to XXX Corps for the release
of Div. Tail to restore the position, unfortunately it only arrived in
the Div. Area on 23rd Sept
With the supply situation restored but still lacking any fuel reserve
and unable to further re-site the remaining artillery, Div. HQ moved to
the SDP site to take over control of distribution.
From this point forward until the arrival of Div. Tail the main supply
of the division was in the hands of five service companies.
Whenever weather allowed IX TC did a grand job of keeping the supplies
rolling and they were always ready to accomodate the constantly changing
supply requests we were making, by D+4 the division had supply on the
ground for the forseeable future and was building a forward fuel/ammo
dump for XXX Corps units passing up the highway.
G4 - 101st US Abn Div (Andy Geliher)