The War Department re-designated the Field Artillery School as The Artillery School with the Antiaircraft Artillery School at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Sea Coast Artillery School, at Fort Winfield Scott, California, as branches of The Artillery School.
The commander of the 547th Antiaircraft Automatic Weapons Battalion was ordered to provide a platoon of automatic weapons in support of the 379th Infantry Regiment of the 95th Infantry Division. The orders were to deploy four 40mm Bofors guns and 4 towed Quad .50 machineguns to fire on Fort Jeanne d’Arc of the Metz fortress group. This fort was in reasonably good repair with 12 large guns capable of hitting anything. The antiaircraft guns were to support an attack by the 2nd Battalion, 379th Infantry to capture the approaches south of the fort and open the way for the reduction of the fort’s positions. After several days of fierce fighting, 2nd Battalion, 379th Infantry destroyed the tunnels around the fort, clearing the way for the Allies to turn the northern flank of the German bridgehead west of the Moselle River.
A Nike Ajax became the first guided missile to intercept and destroy an airplane in flight. Under the threat of Soviet developments, the Army rushed Nike Ajax into production and between 1954 and 1958 deployed the missile system around key urban, military, and industrial locations, the world’s first operational surface-to-air missile system. In April 1958, production of the Nike Ajax system ended and the last missile was delivered to the Army.
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