Team Desobry of the 10th Armored Division was commanded by Major William R. Desobry. Team Desobry arrived in the town of Noville around midnight late in the evening of 18 December 1944. An advance party of the 2nd Panzer Division, commanded by Colonel Meinrad von Lauchert, attacked Noville and Team Desobry at about 0400 the morning of 19 December 1944.
General McAuliffe ordered the 1st Battalion, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne, commanded by Lt. Col. James L. LaPrade, to proceed immediately to NOVILLE to support the 20th Armored Infantry Battalion. LaPrade arrived at the CP of the 20th AlB at 1130, 19 December 1944. The remainder of the 1st Battalion marched into NOVILLE at 1330. The 3rd Battalion of the 506th was ordered to FOY on the afternoon of the 19th and the 2nd Battalion was held in reserve.
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- Text: Craig Charlton
- Photos: Jeroen Koppes (1), Marie-Christine Vinck (2, 3, 4, 5)