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December 20, 1944...

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INFANTRY AGAINST TANKS Ben Nason Center for Military History Collection
An excerpt from the Official History - The Ardennes: Battle of the Bulge, by Hugh Cole

A second try came just before dawn, this time straight down the road from B�llingen. Ten German tanks in single file were sighted as they came over a slight ridge to the front of Company F. Two tank destroyers and three antitank guns drove the tanks off or at least caused them to turn west in search of a weaker spot in the 2d Battalion defenses. In the next thrust a platoon of Company G was badly cut up before friendly artillery finally checked the attack. Fifteen minutes later, apparently still seeking a hole, the Germans hit Company E, next in line to the west. The 60-mm. mortars illuminated the ground in front of the company at just the right moment and two of three tanks heading the assault were knocked out by bazooka and 57-mm. fire from the flank. The third tank commander stuck his head out of the escape hatch to take a look around and was promptly pistoled by an American corporal.10 By this time shellfire had scattered the German infantry. Nor did the enemy make another try until dusk, and then only with combat patrols.
Relatively quiet in this sector - unless this was the day you died.

Via Joe in N Calif: The US Army tribute to the GIs of the Battle of the Bulge.

8 Comments

Thanks for the nod to me, but really, any notice should go to the men who were there.

Amazing what a little determination, stuborness, and unit pride can accomplish.
 
" ... Amazing what a little determination, stuborness, and unit pride can accomplish. "

Indeed. One man can make all the difference.
 
The infantry and the combat engineers slowed the Germans long enough for the Allies to properly react.  Battles are won or lost at the squad and platoon level.
 
Yep, casualties can be light, unless you are one of them; in which case casualties are 100% of you.

However: I've been getting old lately, and think I've read enough to realize that  lots of "natural" deaths can be at least as ickily painfully Godawful as getting killed in action. They might even be worse for giving you enough time to contemplate the outcome, between pain spasms.
 
P.s.  Our Bill seems to have a plan, which looks like getting killed in action (or a revolting hellaflopper crash)  just before he gets the bad news from the physician.
 
 To: Joe in N Calif, I disagree with you. Please tell me, how do we learn from history, if we forget the history?  Each person plays a role in the  "Big View” of "The  Battle of the Bulge".  Even if that role, is remembering the lessons learned and helping Auld Pharts, like me, to remember.

Thank  You, Sir,

 
Grumpy, all I did was pass on something that I saw.  Seeing it posted here would have been reward enough, no need to mention me.

Take a gander at the photos here:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2075565/Vivid-new-Battle-Bulge-photos-offer-seen-look-war-weary-soldiers-braving-frigid-weather-fight-Nazi-Germanys-major-offensive-World-War-II.html
 
Yep, one would think that lessons written in blood would be remembered. That does not seem to be the case among the vast majority of the human doodahs.

Ah, well, the way the economy in particular, and Western Civilization in general seem to be going, I betcha a whole new generation is going to get to understand the real meaning behind that Internet phrase,  Serious Business.