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Entering Germany 1944

Article about: Thank you Paul, here we go. Why my first Stop in Vossenack????????? It was one of the most tortured villages in the Hürtgenwald, changed several times between germans and americans, even in

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    Entering Germany in 1944????????????

    Not yet!!

    Hey Guys,

    in my summer holidays, I took time to travel into a famous dark wood bordering

    If anyone can tell me his name, he can decide if he wants a report of
    this trip with a few pictures



    Ps.: By the way.... it is not the wood, where these things are made:

    and not Sherwood-Forest
    Last edited by WeyAx; 08-09-2011 at 12:02 PM.

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    Hi Alex,
    Is it the Hurtgen Forest?,
    even if it isn't Id love to see your report if anyone else guesses correctly.
    Best Wishes

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    It's the Scwarzwald. Richtig?

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    Mark: it is not richtig, even if you spell Schwarzwald in the right way,

    but Lucky????????? Yes you are right, it is the Hürtgen-Wald,

    ok here we go:

    I packed my command-car Moritz early in the morning and started up from
    the Mosel-River into the Eifel-Mountains.

    The route went over Wittlich-Bitburg to Prüm with its famous church:

    to LosheimerGraben where Peiper started his run in Dec. 1944 to Antwerpen

    take a look at the old man with his original forest-uniform of the fifties, I had a nice talk with him (later more)

    Then I drove to Büllingen in Belgium with its famous crossing:

    and over Bütgenbach and its impressive railrod-bridge

    Now I took the direction back to Germany and went over Camp Elsenborn

    to Kaltherberge

    and the so called Eifel-Pearl Monschau with his Wine-Cellars

    and bear browerys

    Monschau was not so badly damaged by the Americans and freed as the
    first town in Germany in Sept. 15th. 1944

    later more



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    I love to go there, but the wife doesn't....
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!

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    Looking at these photos, wow, beautiful scenery.
    I love germany.
    Thanks for showing your holiday trip.

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    Stuka, perhaps you have the wrong arguments???!!!

    The Eifel-Ardennes-Region is beautiful for holidays. Lovely villages, cottaches, little barns, fishing for trouts,
    walking, mountain-biking, swimming in the lakes, sentimental old restaurants and historic hotels.

    Try it without bunkers and the old bad germans in their graves.

    Nuno, I will go on, but I need some time.


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    Later I entered the destroyed village of Lammersdorf which was under pressure for five month and an early american
    target in Sept. 1944.
    4000-6000 grenades made it not pretty looking:

    Only a few old barns exist today.

    Entering Simmerath you are looking at the rebuild factory of Junkers which made many parts for the Wehrmacht

    Even few old farms exist there too:

    At 12:00 o'clock I reached the church of Vossenack in the mid of the Hürtgen-Forest, my first target
    for my excursions:


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    The Hürtgenwald-Region in an overview:

    on the right side above the green hell of Hürtgen with Vossenack, Hürtgen, Kommerscheid and
    And very right in the middle a blue pocket of the Rur-Stausee=reservoir.

    The battles:

    I. 6. Oct. 1944 -16. Oct. 44 9. US-Div.

    II. 2. Nov. 1944 - 8. Nov. 44 the so called famous Allerseelenschlacht, defeat of the 28. US-Div.

    III. 16. Nov. 1944 Operation Queen, 1. and 9. US-Div.

    IV. A bit of silence in Hürtgen because of the Dec. 1944 Ardennen-Battle

    V. Battle in the Hürtgen-Forest and the Rur-Stausee-reservoir until Febr. 1945

    German forces:

    12. Volksgrenadierdivision


    89. Infanteriedivision

    272. Volksgrenadierdivision

    275. Infanteriedivision

    344. Infanteriedivision

    353. Infanteriedivision

    3. Fallschirmjägerdivision

    116. Panzerdivision 'Windhund'

    And the results: The forest and the RurStausee conquered after 6 Month, roundabout 20-25000 americans and
    15-20000 germans dead, missed or wounded in this Forest called Hürtgen.

    His name is similar to the english word to hurt=verletzen

    Last edited by WeyAx; 08-10-2011 at 03:01 PM.

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    Excellent thread Alex i'm looking forward to more !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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