7-11 August. Discussions with the Maquis, preparation for operations, and reconnaissance.
12 Aug. Section and Maquis ambushed a German command car near Rialet. Later four motorcycles approached with arms which included a machine gun. In the exchange of fire S/Sgt. Gautier and T/5 Spaur were mortally wounded. The remaining seven OGs withdrew as a column of German vehicles started through. All the German motorcycle troops were reported killed.
of 14-15 Aug. With bridge at Mazamet selected for destruction, bus carrying
the Section and explosives (C2) stopped a quarter of a mile from the
target. Two old Frenchmen guarding the bridge were blindfolded and put
in the bus. Charges were applied to the bridge, Lt. LaGueux pulled the
30-minute time pencil, bus was reloaded and at a safe distance the blast
was heard. The two guards were released.
Aug. Maquis under Commandant Hughes moved to a cut 7 K west of Mazamet
to ambush a train carrying German troops. Lt. LaGueux and demolition
team set charges on the railroad. The train arrived at midnight, was
stopped, and the Germans fired four 20mm. guns throughout the night.
In the morning of the 20th the Maquis fired five mortar rounds and the
enemy, an antiaircraft unit of a captain and 60 men, surrendered. Lt.
LaGueux and Lt. DeMarco interrogated the prisoners and took military
documents, some of them secret, which were turned in to the C.P. at
Grenoble. The train carried much military equipment and plunder which
was taken for use by the Maquis. The demolitions which had been placed
were set off with derailing of engine and cars and cutting of tracks.
23 Aug. With entire Tarn region liberated, operations in the Carcassonne area were considered. Though Germans were reported in that area, reconnaissance there and in other areas revealed none. No further combat opportunities materialized and the Section, with Lt. Frizzell's Section reported to Grenoble on September 13.
compiled by John Hamblet.