By Michael Tolhurst
Via Christmas 1944, the Allies have been at the threshold of victory, having remorselessly rolled the Germans again to the very borders of «The Fatherland». Then, the surprise of a big Nazi counter-attack during the Ardennes within the intensity of wintry weather threw the Allies into confusion. Bastogne was once on the very centre of this dramatic and most threatening setback.
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The following day Keitel released a message to all commanders on the Western Front, knowing full well that it would be intercepted by the Allies, to the effect that no counteroffensive was possible and that all forces must be deployed for imminent defence of the Fatherland. This, it was hoped by the German High Command, would explain to Allied Intelligence why there was a build up of forces and a flurry of activity behind the German line. Jodl returned to Hitler with the revised plan on 21 October and Hitler was delighted, giving it his seal of approval.
Approx 193 men DIV Division. Approx 14,253 with 2,012 vehicles. ENG Combat Engineer Battalion (Approx 647 men) FAB Field Artillery Battalion (Approx 500 men split into 3 batteries. GI Government Issue. Anything Issued to the American Soldier, Including himself. GIR Glider Infantry Regiment Approx 2,980 men GMC General Motors Corporation 6×6 utility truck and was the workhorse of the US Army. G3 Corps and Divisional Operations Officer. HALF-TRACK An armored personnel carrier. M2/M3 were the basic carriers.
Colonel Hurley Fuller. The 110th Regt was in the centre of the Division with its two sister regiments either side, the 112th Regt to the north and the 109th Regt to the south. Of the 100th’s three battalions only the 1st and 3rd battalions were actually in the line, the 2nd Battalion was in the rear, in the village of Donnange, and was marked as divisional reserve. The Hotel Claravallis in Clervaux. This served as the Command Post for the 28th Division’s 110th Regiment. Vehicles of Panzer Lehr Division on the move in December 1944.
Bastogne Battle of the Bulge by Michael Tolhurst