Report of Engagement, Company I, 339th Infantry

On Monday, 04 NOV 1918, Company I, along with a unit of French Artillery, were manning the front lines along a three mile stretch of the Archangel-Vologda Railroad, between Verst markers 448 and 443.5. The Bolsheviks forces were known to be occupying positions along the railroad near Verst 443.5 and points further south near the village of Emtsa. At 1:45 P.M., enemy artillery opened fire on their rear positions and then the Allied troops were subjected to a Bolshevik infantry assault comprised of an estimated 800 to 1000 men.

During "sharp action" over the next three hours, the 140 Allied soldiers successfully repulsed the attack, inflicting heavy losses on the enemy. Allied causalties included one killed, one missing and two wounded (one severely), while known enemy dead totaled thirty-four, with fourteen prisoners and an estimated 100 to 150 wounded. 1

The Allies' forward position blockhouse at Verst 444 (310th Engineers Photo)
The Allies' forward position blockhouse at Verst 444, which was the location of the Bolshevik infantry assault of 04 NOV 1918.
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310th Engineers Photo , click on photo to enlarge)

Below is a copy of the "Report of Engagement" covering activities for the period 03 NOV to 06 NOV 1918, which was filed on 07 NOV 1918 by Capt. H. G. Winslow, who was commanding Co. I, 339th Infantry. This report was extracted from the Company I diary, therefore the dates in the left column indicate when the information was entered regarding the previous days action.

1 National Archives and Records Administration, College Park; Microfilm M924, Roll 2, section 23-33.2 "Report of Operations".

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD, Record Group 120, 85th Division records, Stack Area 290, Row 1, Compartment 27, Shelf 3, Boxes 2 and 3, Folder marked "Co. I Reports". This document is also contained in NARA Microfilm M924, Roll 2, section 23-33.2 "Report of Operations, Part 11A"

Below is the report submitted to HQ in Archangel by Major J. Brooks Nichols that describes the 04 NOV 1918 attack in somewhat greater detail, but it was obviously based on Capt. Winslow's report.

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD, Record Group 120, 85th Division records, Stack Area 290, Row 1, Compartment 27, Shelf 3, Boxes 2 and 3, Folder marked "Co. I Reports". The two pages in this document are also contained in NARA Microfilm M924, Roll 2, section 23-33.2 "Report of Operations, Part 11B"


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