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1. Planning and Mounting

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                         OPERATION - PISTOL
Planning and Mounting.
          This operation was planned with the intention of harassing the
enemy's road and rail communications running Eastwards from the front
time an advance by the American forces appeared probable.
          It was decided to drop four parties, each of which should divide
into two on landing.
          For party areas see map opposite, and table below.

A1  South-West of St. Avold.  B1  West of Ingwiller.    C1  Zabern Gap.
A2  Benestroff Area.          B2  Saargemuend area.     C2  South-West of
D1 and D2 were intended to work on the roads Gerardmer - Colmar and
Bussang - Thann respectively.

          Parties selected were as follows:-

           A1                                                A2
Lieut. G.N.M. Darwall (67113)            777958   Sjt. Williams E.
13301840 Cpl. Bovio C.                   13301482 Pct. Haeberle E.
13301332 Cpl. Fedosseff M.               5192023  Pct. Mace D.
161025   Cpl. Melvin T.                  319435   Pct. Sheville A.
3052952  Pct. Frost P.                   10560631 Pct. Williams W.
   --    Pct. Malicki S.                 14624570 Pct. Keeble J.

           B1                                                B2
Lieut. R.J. Birnie (237921)              Lieut. G.C. Castellain (77329)
5959049  L/Cpl. Davison W.               4644621  Cpl. Laybourne J.
5123699  L/Cpl. Birkenshaw D.            1799461  Pct. Arnold H.
41177    Cpl. Voisin G.                  4127874  Pct. Stainton J.
14296405 Pct. Clowes A.                  847426   Pct. Ashe C.
4983016  Pct. Goodfellow A.              13301930 Pct. Wrobel S.
2766481  Pct. Nicols A.
13809492 Pct. Wertheim J.

           C1                                                C2
Capt. M.W. Scott (98803)                 2657449  SQMS Alcock J.
Lieut. L. Grumbach (77)                  7904401  Cpl. Hannah W.
815148 Cpl. Hill G.                      1930804  L/Cpl. Holden D.
7883439 Pct. Cockburn J.                 1900376  Pct. Wheeler C.
4866586 Pct. Fawthorpe E.                1882792  Pct. Bancroft K.
200085  Pct. Edwards A.                  7421105  Pct. Marczak S.
                                         17435206 Pct. Lyczak J.
           D1                                                D2
Capt. R.J. Holland (47554)               Lieut. Denison
Lieut. F. Cooper                         872455  Sjt. Keyte
1524179  SMI Ellis W.                    838602   Pct. Campbell A.
1461384  Pct. Searle N.                  3187755  Pct. Frazer T.
13301363 Pct. Gustas J.                  42051352 Pct. Duncan D.
5338860  Pct. Hawe M.                    13809465 Pct. Pendli J.