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Much of the fighting was confused as we did not know where other units were located or where the enemy would appear from next. From our right came troops of the 90th Division. From the West came armored units from the Sixth Armored Division helping to break the siege and moving into Bastogne and soon to continue in a counter-offensive to the East and Northeast out of Bastogne.

Americans meet the British

Our casualties had rapidly mounted. For example, the bitter combat in and around the little village of Lutrebois, just four miles from Bastogne, cost the Third Battalion of the 134th Infantry Regiment 400 casualties alone, with 32 of these K.I.A.s. Grave registration teams reported a ratio of eight German dead for each American killed. Most rifle companies were reduced to one third normal strength. Our 100,000 artillery shells were fired into the woods just East of Lutrebois, only one small area of many similar sectors.

While the main part of the division remained locked with the Germans, trading blows South of Bastogne, the 320th Regiment was pulled out and sent into Bastogne and attached to the 6th Armored Division who needed additional infantry to start the new offensive out of Bastogne, moving to the East toward Bourcy where the Germans had occupied excellent defensive positions for more than three weeks. The 320th attacked and broke through the German perimeter across snowy fields on January 15th, being relieved by the 134th Infantry three days later alongside the 6th Armored which continued the offensive eastward for several days longer, pursuing the now retreating Germans. The remainder of the division was pulled out of the line and entrucked to Metz. For rest? No. Because they were needed to help stop another German offensive in the Seventh Army sector.

A German prisoner helps American GI's carry another wounded German prisoner of war to a jeep ambulance near Harlange, Luxembourg. Both of the German prisoners were in their teens.

The Ardennes campaign ended on January 25th. During the Battle of the Bulge ( as history will know it) over a half million American troops suffered more than 10 percent casualties. German losses exceeded 220,000, of whom one half were killed or wounded. History will record this as the largest land battle ever fought by American troops. It was a victory as the result of a tremendous team effort and the sacrifices by an uncounted number of units and individuals. It is one of the great achievements of American history and a matter of pride of American fighting men. In our somewhat more than three weeks of fighting at Bastogne, the 35th Division counted 1,034 German prisoners and many more Germans killed and wounded. No G.I. could ever doubt the commitment, the courage, and the determination of the German soldier whom we met in the Ardennes. He had lost the war but he was not yet a beaten man. By all logic the war should have ended now and an armistice sought as Germany had done in November of 1918. But Germany was under the grip of a madman who would destroy his own country. The great Russian offensive in the East ground steadily closer to Berlin, yet Germany fought on.

Moonlight and cold - Luxembourg, Belgium border.

For the 35th Division, there was to be no rest. When we had pulled out of the Saarland shortly before Christmas, we had been followed on the line along the Blies River by the 44th and 87th Divisions from the Seventh Army. On January 1, 1945, the Germans from behind the Siegfried Line and in the Colmar pocket launched a surprise major offensive across and through that line now defended by Gen. Dever’s Seventh U.S. Army which included the French Divisions. Both the 44th and 87th Divisions were driven back across the Blies River for several miles and the Seventh Army forced back into the Vosge Mountains.

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By Maj. Norman C. Carey, Company A-320th Inf. Regt.

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