RichTO90 wrote: Gack! I think the cold is turning my brain to silly putty...
It was the 4th Cav Squadron at La Lorey not the 38th, nor was the 38th part of the 4th Cav Group. They have a number of mongraphs at MCOE, but all from earlier periods. The account I read of the La Lorey and Marigny action on 27 July is in the 1st Division monograph.
I'm afraid I don't have the 1st Division AAR for the period and little intention of treking north through the snowy wasteland anytime soon to pick it up. But I will eventually since I will need it for other work and also because rereading the monograph makes me fairly certain the action of the 3rd Battalion, 16th Infantry is most probably "Barkmann's Corner", but it was on the 28th, not the 27th, it was much further west near Cambernon (basically astride the D141 AFAICT) and nowhere near the N172, and he almost certainly wasn't alone. Aside from that it's exactly as he described it.
Okay, a little more digging into the 745th AAR for the 27th and 28th. Basically on the 27th Company B supported the 18th Infantry in clearing Marigny from 0700-0800 with one man LWIA and no vehicle losses. The Bn HQ and A and B Company remained with the 16th Infantry, and C Company with the 26th Infantry. At 1707 A Company with the I Company, 16th Infantry riding, left an assembly area off the D29 1,600 meters north of Marigny and headed for Coutances, skirting west of Marigny and being delayed by "many halts due to pockets of enemy resistance and heavy traffic" finally going into an assembly area between Camprond and Belval-Gare at 0030 28 July. At 0815 the 3rd Bn, 16th Infantry with the Bn HQ and A Company continued southwest towards Coutances. Just west of Cambernon they encountered elements of "2nd Panzer Division" (they don't say, but probably 2. SS-Panzerdivision) with 3 Mk 5 and 1 Mk 4 SP (possibly from 17. SS-Panzergrenadierdivision?). They were heavily engaged there until 1809 when they pulled back to let artillery and air pound them. The battalion losses were 4 M4 and 2 M5 (from D Company with the 1st Bn, 16th Infantry about a km south) knocked out, 1 KIA, 5 WIA, along with 2 M10 of the attached 634th TD Bn and 3 KIA, 2 WIA, and 1 MIA. They reported destroying two of the Panthers. Total 1st Division casualties for 27 July were reported as 13 KIA, 40 WIA, and 4 MIA and on 28 July they were 16 KIA, 186 WIA, and 6 MIA, with all three regiments engaged to one degree or another.
That also could be "Barkmann's Corner". In which case he knocked out four M4. Assuming the other two Panthers and StuG-IV weren't really there or didn't hit anything.
Not to worry about the brain putty problem. I am pretty sure I’ve cornered the market on that stuff, and there should be very little left floating around to trouble you.
As previously mentioned, Blumenson says in Breakout and Pursuit the 16th Infantry ran into heavy resistance, lost 15 tanks, 7 of which were mediums, and made no further advance during the afternoon. (Blumenson cites the 16th Infantry S-3 Journal as his source for this action.) This is supported by the 3rd Armored Division’s G-3 supplement, which states CCB was ordered by General Huebner to go to the aid of the 16th Infantry which was facing a strong enemy near Comprond. There is an accompanying map which shows the route of CCB, and its return to the area of Comprond. And Comprond is just a stone's throw from Le Lorey. (OK not a stone's throw, but 1 mile perhaps?)
Here is what appears to be going on. The 3d battalion of the 16th which you mentioned met strong resistance just west of Cambernon, was apparently advancing in close company with CCB to reinforce its armored infantry. The remaining two battalions were following along behind when they ran into a hastily formed German defense near Camprond.
According to Blumenson, the 26th Infantry was not committed until the morning of 28 July. Its initial objective, Cambernon, had already been taken by CCB, so the regiment was ordered to cover the 1st Infantry Division’s left flank in a mopping up operation. From this it appears only the 16th and 18th Infantry were in action on 27 July. The higher casualties you found on the 28th support the idea that someone got into a serious fight.
Somewhere in all is the 38th Cavalry Squadron since it was attached to the 1st Infantry Division from 12 June to 31 July 1944.
To further complicate the OOB, the 113th Cavalry Group was attached to the 3d Armored Division from 8 July - 10 August 1944. From this we might infer that CCB had a cavalry squadron attached from the 113th during the time in question.
Postscript: The ETO OOB gives the above information. Stanton says the 113th was with the 35th Infantry Division, and then with the 2nd AD. The ETO OOB says the 113th left the 35th ID prior to 8 July. Who do we believe?