LEARNING EVENT 5
PRACTICAL EXERCISE FEEDBACK
Answer b is correct.
Answer a is incorrect. General Priess was indeed organizing a new line of defense in the Foret de Chateau-
Salins and along the western slope of the draw running south toward Chambrey. However, fighter bombers
struck through the cloud banks and dispersed the Germans north of Chambrey while the 35th combed the forest.
Answer b is correct. American fighter bombers struck through the cloud cover to crush the newly organized
German defense in the Foret de Chateau-Salins.
Answer c is incorrect. There was nothing that was "easy" about this battle. On the outskirts of the Gremecey
forest, the Germans had no intention of being captured.
Answer d is incorrect. At the end of 1-2 October, both Americans and the Germans settled in for a long period of
watchful waiting that would last until November.
Answer d is correct.
Answer a is incorrect. The effectiveness of air support for ground forces was clearly demonstrated on 1 October.
Air support (fighter bombers) dispersed the Germans north of Chambrey and ground forces were able to deal
more easily with these scattered groups.
Answer b is incorrect. The importance of encouraging initiative is readily apparent in this particular combat
situation. Because of the density of the woods, both vocal and visual communication were nearly impossible.
Initiative on the part of individual soldiers was a necessity.
Answer c is incorrect. In the battle of Gremecey forest, better intelligence would have been a great asset.
American forces were at a distinct disadvantage because of their lack of knowledge of the trails. This is
especially apparent when compared with the superior intelligence of the German forces in this area.
Answer d is correct. The Battle of Foret de Gremecey did not employ the principle of concentrated thrust. In fact,
almost the direct opposite is true.