Moselle Crossing: Preparing to Cross
The Division CP had moved to Bad Bertrich to prepare for the river crossing. The swift advance of the first few days had stretched supply lines, necessitating a long haul for vehicles until supply units moved up; ammunition requirements were being filled at battered Bitburg or Mamer, far to the rear. The 5th Division, on the 89th's left, had established a bridgehead near Tries on March 14, while on the right the76th Division was protecting the Corps right flank. The 89th was ordered to establish a bridgehead across the Moselle, continue the attack southeast parallel to that of the 5th, and protect the Corps' right flank south of the river as well as maintain contact with XX Corps. The order called for crossings at three points by each Combat Team.