Fighting in Vielsalm on 10 May 1940


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The position in Vielsalm was occupied by the 8th Company.  The command post was located in the barracks.  - The 1st Platoon occupied the right of the position, and midway down the Bonalfa, it was reinforced by a military section of the 4th Platoon. - The 2nd Platoon occupied the left of the position in Rencheux either side of the level-crossing on the railway line. It was supported by the 2nd Military Section of the 4th Platoon and a T13 tank. - The 3rd Platoon occupied the central position near the dairy, on the railway embankment.
The battle: between 00.30 and 11.30: the Platoons were deployed.  Around noon: the 1st enemy infiltration from Neuville heading for the station. Firing began.  In the afternoon: several enemy attacks mainly on 2 and 3rd Platoon were repulsed by mortar fire.  In the evening: fighting continued until early evening. The CHA held their positions and the enemy retreated to the hills east of Vielsalm.  Around 20.30: The 3 Platoons receive the order to fall back.
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