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Battle of the Bulge Trip

Post by housil » Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:57 pm

I did a three days trip into Belgium, visiting some certain "Battle of the Bulge" WWII places I read a lot about.

The very first thing you can see while approaching the former battle area are the Dragon teeths of the "Westwall"

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These were designed to stop tanks.

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The situation at Dec. 16th was, that the Germans did a main counter attack against the US lines in the Ardennes forest
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causing a bulge into the front line.

First place I want to see was the tiny village of Hürtgen where fierce fights of the Hürtgen forest took place in Dec 1944.
I got a great DVD about that, called "You Enter Germany" that I can highly recommand



That´s the aerial view of the area where the "Kall Trail" is:
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That´s a US map about that area.
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Read about the US Lt Raymond Fleig that tried to advance via the very (!) steep Kall Trail with Sherman Tanks to attack the village of Schmidt (Kommerscheidt)

That´s a today military map (UTM map) of that area
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with the (red) trail I walked

and that´s the profil how steep that Kall Trail is
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Re: Battle of the Bulge Trip

Post by housil » Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:58 pm

Start with a nice (english) video about the Kall Trail:


The guy wears a current Belgian uniform

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Note: At this very steep trail they drove down with Sherman tanks!!!

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Post by housil » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:14 pm

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That´s the trail I walked
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Post by housil » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:41 pm

At the second day, we made it into "Elsenborn Ridge" where you can still see the German and US positions

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See that little video I made


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Post by housil » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:47 pm

Kept going to the "Battle of the twin village place" of Rocherat



Having a MRE lunch there...

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The memorial about the battle
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Made it to Malmedy where that massacre took place
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Post by housil » Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:53 pm

Our last place of that day was the tiny village of "La Gleize" where the US troops could at least stop the spear head of the "(SS) Kampfgruppe Peiper".

Due they ran out of gasoline, they abandoned all their tanks and made it back into their own lines


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Post by housil » Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:12 pm

Third and last day, we made it to "Lanzerath".
Lanzarath is another tiny village where the very first fights of the "Battle of the Bulge" took place and where just 18 men of an I&R platoon could withstand the attack of the Kampfgruppe Peiper with tanks and 500 airborne troops.

That´s the book I read about

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That´s a video about the I&R platoon



An 1944 aerial view of the place
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The same place today
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A scetch of the US foxholes
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A German military map of that assault (our Hotel was in "Losheimer Graben", just behind)
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That was a nice three days and 1.100km trip

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Re: Battle of the Bulge Trip

Post by jaminphx » Fri Sep 20, 2013 4:42 pm

Housil,

What a great post, thank you. I will be looking more (in depth) at this post later but just had to thank you fast!

Will you give us some more details on the Trail or hike? How many miles a day did you cover, is there resupply/food/water along the way. Can anyone do it?

By the way, have you lost a little weight?

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Re: Battle of the Bulge Trip

Post by cavguy » Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:50 pm

Spent a few years in 2ID stateside. I am not familiar with that monument though, maybe one day I will get to check it out in person!

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Re: Battle of the Bulge Trip

Post by Name_not_found » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:55 am

Great post housil!

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