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This Day in Norwood History-October 18, 1942-Stae Guard From Norwood Take Part In War Games

Power Plant “Destroyed” By “Regulars” in Walpole

Guardsmen Protect Supply

No paratroops “landed” in yesterday during the big in the and the nearest scene of “combat” was Walpole where of the Black or Regular destroyed a power plant and caused other damage.

State guardsmen from L Company, in Norwood, spread out over the embattled areas here to protect water supply lines and communication key points in and , while the major portion of the local company deployed In the vicinity of Bridgewater and Wareham to repel the invaders.

POLICE AID

cruising cars, and cruisers from other departments in the area were pressed into service for use in communications between units.

While the town was stripped of guardsmen occupied in distant places around the upper Cape section, police called out a special detail of auxiliary police to guard the light stations, waterworks, and telephone exchange.

Norwoodites on their way to early yesterday were startled to see auxiliary police, with armbands, clubs and badges spotted in different sections of the town. First inquirers wondered if’ an air had been sounded, but they were assured It was no air raid, but one of the town’s precautionary measures during the -long war games.

The war games got underway early Sunday morning. According to the plan paratroops landed under cover of darkness and the State Guard scouts were sent out to locate them.

PARATROOPS IN WALPOLE

Guardsmen were quickly thrown across a number of main highways. Paratroops were reported In Walpole almost at once, and hours later another group of military saboteurs were discovered In the vicinity of the bridge at Route 128 In Westwood. Guardsmen also stood as barricades across the main south from , Into Dedham and the Providence superhighway.

Shortly before noon, a busload of guardsmen, in full field equipment, left the armory here and headed for the Cape where a large concentration of regular army men were detected heading east.
At Bridgewater the guardsmen did not make contact with the “enemy” and continued on to Wareham, where the games were called off at 4 In the afternoon.

The Norwood mobile canteen was pressed into service to feed the tired guardsmen when they returned to the armory just before dusk.

(Originally published in , October 18, )

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