Battle of the Bulge - The Ardennes Offensive
The bleeding giant was gasping, still the Nazi managed to mass a last adventurous surprise assault in Belgium. Generals Weather and Snow who played against the…
Sacrifice Forgotten, The 333rd Field Artillery at The Battle of the Bulge
"The Wereth 11 Massacre". The 333rd Field Artillery Battalion was a segregated African American unit. Firing in support of the retreating American infantry in Ardennes. The Germans broke into their positions, shattering the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, killing or capturing half of its men. On December 17, the SS men drove 11 POW into the forest. Savagely tortured them with rifle butts and bayonets before cutting off many of their fingers and running over them with vehicles.
Gen Maxwell D. Taylor CO 101st Division Back in Bastogne
General Troy H. Middleton, CO VIII Corps shakes the hand of General Maxwell D. Taylor CO 101st Division in Bastogne on January 18, 1945. They are in front of "The Bastion of the Battered Bastards of the 101st" sign.
King Tigers No.105, in Stavelot, Belgium
The first of Peiper’s King Tigers to be lost was this No.105, commanded by the SS-Obersturmführer Jürgen Wessel, which was abandoned after it got stuck in debris on Rue St. Emilion in Stavelot on 18 Dec, 1944. Belgian civilians examine the knocked out German VI King Tiger tank, destroyed by US, troops fighting in Stavelot (Belgium) during the Battle of the Bulge, January 1945
Air-Support Fighting General Weather !
Operating in blinding snow and freezing temperatures Douglas A-20 Havoc bombers of The US 9th Air Force taxi around the perimeter track of their snow-bound airfield towards the cleared runway at the start of a mission against German positions in the Ardennes. An American artillery observation plane under camouflage netting in a snow-bound field near Erezee. The Germans relied on bad weather to keep the Allied air forces grounded and for a short while their hope was fulfilled
The 10th Armored Division, Bastogne
Sergeant John Opanowski of the 10th Armored Division, emerges from a dug-out built under snow in the Bastogne area. The 10th Armored Division and the 101st Airborne Division were pinned down in the Bastogne area by General von Manteuffel's crack Panzer Divisions - the 2nd and the 116th Divisions
The Last Battle for Paratroopers of the 509th Regiment
Paratroopers of the 509th regiment walk past the M3 Stuart tank of the 7th Panzer Division in the vicinity of the Belgian city of St. Vith. 24,01,1945. The 509th Infantry Regiment's service during WW II concluded at the end of January 1945 near St. Vith, Belgium. Of the original 700 paratroopers who entered the battle, approximately ninety-three percent were injured. Effective 1 March 1945 it was disbanded, and the soldiers who remained were reassigned as replacements in the 82nd Airborne Div.
7th Armored Division in St. Vith, Belgium Jan 1945
Soldier watching the wreckage in St Vith, Belgium, after the units of the 7th Armored Division took the town during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, 1945. Snow-suited soldiers walk through the snow-covered streets of St. Vith, Belgium. These men are with Co. C, 48th Battalion, 7th Armored Division, 24 Jan. 1945.
Captured Sherman Tanks in the Bulge
Captured M4 Shermans used by the 1st Battalion, 10th SS Panzer Regiment, during the Battle of the Bulge. Scores of Shermans were captured during the initial stages of the battle, with 12 M4A3s used in this unit alone.
Happy to Surrender
A young German paratrooper of the 3rd Parachute Division (German 3th Fallschirmjäger Division) smiles as he surrenders to American troops of the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in Belgium. A large number of his division had surrendered during the later stage of the Battle of the Bulge. This particular youth seems happy that for him, at least, the risk of injury or death is now over. Weywertz, Liège, Wallonia, Belgium. 15 January 1945.
A young German Fallschirmjäger (paratrooper) of the 5th Parachute Division is photographed shortly after his surrender to Allied troops during the Siege of Bastogne. The Siege lasted from 20 to 27 December 1944 when the besieged American forces were relieved by elements of the U.S. Third Army. Near Bastogne, Province of Luxembourg, Wallonia, Belgium. December 1944.
The Link-Up Spot and Breaking The Siege of Bastogne [ 1 ]
On this spot from the road, Lt. Charles Boggess of the 4th Armored Division met up with engineers of the 326th, who were part of the 101st Airborne. Lt. Boggess led his tank, Cobra King, north of Assenois and he saw the engineers attacking Germans in this pillbox. Boggess put three rounds into the pillbox. Within 25 minutes, Lt. Boggess was shaking hands with General McAuliffe. Credit; Dalton on Flickr.
The Link-Up Spot and Breaking The Siege of Bastogne [ 2 ]
I called out to them, shouting to come out to us, indicating we were part of the 4th Armored Division. After several calls, an officer emerged with a smile, and said; “I’m Lt. Webster, 326th Airborne Engineers, glad to see you guys !” It was 1650, December 26, the 4th Armored Division, had broken thru enemy lines, and reached its objective - the siege of Bastogne was over …(Charles P. BOGGESS, 1st Lt, C Co, 37th Tk Bn, 4th Armd Div). Credit; Dalton on Flickr
The Statue of General McAuliffe in Bastogne
Place McAuliffe near the center of Bastogne, called after General Tony McAuliffe, the 101st's Artillery commander and acting Commander of the Division. The 101st wasn't going to deploy to Bastogne, The 82nd got on the road before the 101st did, and they were sent north. The 101st went on to Bastogne with General McAuliffe in command. When the Germans demanded surrender, he sent back his famous reply "NUTS." This is probably the most famous quote of World War II. Photo credit Dalton in Flickr
101st Airborne 326th Medical Company Monument, Bastogne
On the night of December 19, 1944, the Division Clearing Station of the 326th Airborne Medical Company was overrun by enemy forces. Enemy forces attacked with armored vehicles and infantry. The hospital was sprayed by machine-gun fire for a period of 15 minutes. Many soldiers were killed or wounded. Those who survived this attack became prisoners of war.
General Patton in Bastogne
On December 26, 1944, the first spearhead units of the Third Army's 4th Armored Division reached Bastogne, opening a corridor for relief and resupply of the besieged forces. Patton's ability to disengage six divisions from front line combat during the middle of winter, then wheel north to relieve Bastogne was one of his most remarkable achievements during the war. He later wrote that the relief of Bastogne was "the most brilliant operation we have thus far performed"
The 291st Engineer Combat Battalion in The Ardennes
The 291st Engineer Combat Battalion was one of the most decorated engineer combat battalions of the United States Army during World War II, playing notable roles both in the Battle of Bulge and the Rhine crossing at Remagen. Commanded by Colonel David E. Pergrin. It earned a Presidential Citation for its performance in the Ardennes, blowing up bridges and fighting as infantry in helping stunt the German advance
Low Flying C-47 Transport Planes, Bastogne
Low flying C-47 transport planes roar overhead as they carry supplies to the besieged American Forces battling the Germans at Bastogne, during the enemy breakthrough on January 6, 1945 in Belgium. In the distance, smoke rises from wrecked German equipments, while in the foreground, American tanks move up to support the infantry