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The Bitter Hurtgen Forest Battle

The Bitter Hurtgen Forest Battle

By Michael Haskew, Editor

For three months during the autumn and winter of 1944, the U.S. First Army was locked in a death grip with the tenacious German defenders of the Hurtgen Forest, an area of 54 square miles east of the Belgian frontier.  When the battle was over, First Army   More »

Bloodletting in the Hürtgen Forest

Bloodletting in the Hürtgen Forest

By Nathan N. Prefer
At first, no one cared much about the forest. The objective of the First U.S. Army was the Siegfried Line, the much vaunted defensive line that protected Germany from invasion from the west.
The Hürtgen Forest was just one of several forests that lined what military planners called   More »

Bloodbath in Aachen

Bloodbath in Aachen

With weapons at the ready, the American squad advanced cautiously on both sides of the tree-lined boulevard toward the German strongpoint in Aachen. Buildings pummeled by Allied shells had toppled to the ground, sending concrete and bricks spilling into the street. Hardly a structure remained intact as a result of   More »



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