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  INEX: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Battle of Hurtgen Forest)
The Germans were heavily entrenched in the forest and inflicted heavy casualties in the longest single battle the American Army has ever fought in its history.
There is an ongoing discussion whether the American battle plan made sense; one possibility is that they grossly underestimated the strength remaining in the German military at this point in the war.
The Battle of Hurtgen Forest by Charles Whiting, 274 pp.
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  Battle of Hurtgen Forest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Battle of Hurtgen Forest (German: Schlacht im Hürtgenwald) is the name given to the series of fierce battles fought between the American and German forces during World War II in the Hürtgen forest (or Huertgen forest).
In this phase, the U.S. 4th Div was to clear the northern half of the forest between Schevenheutte and Huertgen, capture Huertgen and advance to the Roer south of Duren.
Hurtgen was taken on 29th November and the battle continued to Kleinhau, 1 mile north.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Battle_of_Hurtgen_Forest   (2677 words)

The work of the aid men during the battle of Hurtgen Forest, and the operation of the battalion aid station, presented many difficulties, according to Lt. George Kozmetsky, Assistant Battalion Surgeon.
During the period of the campaign, and especially during the early stages, some of the more serious casualties were not even tagged at the forward aid station, but were rushed back to other aid stations or to the rear for treat men.
Most of the men in the rifle companies agreed that it is far more trying on the nerves to sit motionless and try to get protection against artillery and mortar fire than it is to move forward in assault and be able to fire at where the enemy is known to be.
history.amedd.army.mil /booksdocs/wwii/HuertgenForest/4thIDCIHF.htm   (1891 words)

 The Hurtgen Forest
The Hurtgen Forest lies along the middle eastern portion of the forest barrier located south of Aachen in front of the Roer River.
The towns of Eschweiler to the northwest, Duren to the northeast, Rvtgen to the southwest, and the Schwammenaul Dam to the southeast formed the four corners of the battlefield.
The "Hurtgen Forest" is free and may be distributed freely as long it is unaltered and the original documentation is included.
www.stanford.edu /~hills/CC/Support/hurtgen.html   (732 words)

 Army History Research
On 16 November 1944, the 4th Infantry Division attacked into the Hurtgen Forest as one of the ten divisions participating in Operation Queen, a combined offensive by the First and Ninth U.S. Armies to seize the Rhine River crossings into Germany.
In a battle many believed mattered little in the big picture, the 22d suffered 2,773 casualties, or 85% of its normal complement of 3,257 soldiers, to take one village and 6,000 yards of forest.
Throughout November, temperatures in the Hurtgen remained near freezing, with a seemingly never-ending mixture of snow, sleet and rain.
www.armyhistory.org /armyhistorical.aspx?pgID=868&id=108&exCompID=32   (1959 words)

 YouTube - Battle of The Bulge / Hurtgen Forest Recollections 1 of 2
Battle of The Bulge / Hurtgen Forest Recollections 1 of 2
He was proud to be a part of this Battle, and he was proud to survived the Battle, after the War he went every Year to the Battlefield to pray for his fallen Comrades, and the fallen Allies.
Battle of The Bulge / Hurtgen Forest Recollections 2 of 2
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 Battle of Hurtgen Forest
Battle of Hurtgen Forest is name given to series of battles fought in the Hurtgen Forest, afterwards known to both Americans and Germans simply as the Hurtgenwald.
The battles took place between September 13, 1944, through February 10, 1945, in a corridor barely 50 square miles on the border of Germany.
They were characterized by the American High Command not recognizing the true objectives of the forest, the dams that controlled the height of the Roer River, until December.
www.world-war-2.info /battles/bt_10.php   (208 words)

 When Trumpets Fade
The Battle of Hurtgen Forest (September 19, 1944 to February 10, 1945) was fought in two main phases.
Responsibility for Hurtgen Forest fluctuated between the V Corps and VII Corps.
The American 4th Div had the task of clearing the northern half of the Hurtgen forest between Schevenheutte and Huertgen, capture Huertgen and advance to the Roer south of Duren.
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 Battlefield 1942
The battle takes place in the deserts of Kasserine surrounding the ever famous Kasserine Pass that the Allied forces desperately tried to hold to trap the Germans in North Africa.
Yet it was not until a month later that the Japanese had been pushed to the sea and the battling finally came to an end.
Map Description - Battle of Hurtgen Forest pits the Germans against the American in the Hurtgen Forest, an area that is in Western Germany.
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 Bloody Hurtgen Forest
In late November and early December, the Fifth Armored was committed in the bitter and ill-considered Battle for Hurtgen Forest.
This combined with the dense pine forest prevented the trademark coordinated attacks at which the division excelled.
The month in the Hurtgen Forest was the darkest period in the division's combat history.
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 Wikinfo | World War II:Part 2   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Americans continued to grind away at the defenders in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest.
The Doolittle Raid in April was a token but morale-boosting air attack on Japan, and although the US Navy was narrowly defeated in tactical terms at the Battle of the Coral Sea, it still managed to derail the Japanese plan to invade Port Moresby.
The crucial Battle of Midway followed in June: the fortunes of war could easily have given either side the victory, but Japanese naval aviation suffered a devastating defeat from which it never recovered.
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The Hurtgen Forest, covering roughly fifty square miles just south of ancient city of Aachen along the German-Belgium border, was described by those who were there, as a "weird and wild" place.
They were to pick up the battle and move on after the classes of 1940 and 1941 had driven this far to the German border but now were too few in numbers to press on.
This order was based on the necessity of providing replacements for battle losses in time to insure that the initiative would not be lost in battle situations where the enemy was on the run but might recover if replacements were not quickly available.
www.5ad.org /hurtgen_joe.htm   (3398 words)

 Historiography of the Huertgen Forest Campaign 1944-1945
Battle for Hurtgen Forest begins harmlessly enough by openly questioning the legitimacy of the Huertgen operation and describing the brutality of the fighting and the harshness of the unforgiving terrain.
In fairness, Whiting makes some legitimate points concerning the Huertgen Forest battles and it is safe to assume that few readers are naïve enough to think that officers at the highest level did not enjoy considerable more creature comforts than the combat rifleman sweating it out in a foxhole in the Huertgen Forest.
The importance of The Bloody Forest: Battle for the Huertgen: September 1944- January 1945 is its heavy reliance on oral history.
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 The Battle of Hurtgen Forest
Mack Morris described the situation, "Hurtgen had its firebreaks, only wide enough to allow two jeeps to pass, and they were mined and interdicted by machine-gun fire.
Rolf von Gersdorff said of the battle, "I have engaged in the long campaigns in Russia as well as other fronts and I believe the fighting in the Hurtgen was the heaviest I have ever witnessed." (Ambrose, 178)
The decision to fight the battle was one of the worst decisions made by the Americans in the war.
www.libertylib.com /battle-of-hurtgen-forest.shtml   (1003 words)

 HistoryNet - From the World’s Largest History Magazine Publisher » Battle of Hurtgen Forest: Fight for ...
It is impossible to understand this battle without understanding the complex and tortuous ground that almost totally dominated the tactical action.
His own unit commanders were absorbed in fighting for their lives, General Davis was running the battle for Schmidt and Vossenack, and Cota had to salvage a rapidly deteriorating operation.
The Hürtgen Forest campaign came to an abrupt halt on December 16, as all Allied forces reoriented and attempted to react to the Ardennes offensive.
www.historynet.com /battle-of-hurtgen-forest-fight-for-schmidt-and-kommerscheidt.htm   (6037 words)

 Hurtgen Map - circa 1944
The forest could have been bypassed to the south, with the dams as the objective.
The forest without the dams was worthless; the dams without the forest were priceless.
Thus did the Battle of Hurtgen get started on the basis of a plan that was grossly, even criminally stupid.
members.aeroinc.net /breners/buckswar/map.html   (522 words)

 2nd Battalion 13th Infantry Regiment History
It participated in the battles of Hayes Bluffs, Champion Hill, Black River, and on May 19, 1863 took part in the assault at Vicksburg.
It occupied a position on the Siegfried Line and was involved in the bloody battle for Hurtgen Forest.
It was subsequently relieved from assignment to the 8th Infantry Division and reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters Company, 22nd Battle Group, 13th Infantry Regiment and assigned to the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado under the Combat Arms Regimental System.
www.jackson.army.mil /213/history.htm   (547 words)

 Interview Transcript: Kenneth T. Delaney: Veterans History Project (Library of Congress
I was still in the hospital from the wounds that I received in the Hurtgen Forest Battle back in November.
I was recuperating from the wounds received in that battle at a hospital, like I said, in Liege.
One thing we were told was never to take a path that is already made in the woods or the forest for fear of land mines being planted there.
lcweb2.loc.gov /diglib/vhp-stories/loc.natlib.afc2001001.01930/transcript?ID=sr0001   (1143 words)

 YouTube - Battlesim.com - Hurtgen Forest Promo Video
Hurtgen Forest was the longest and one of the b...
Hurtgen Forest was the longest and one of the bloodiest battles in American History.
Over shadowed by the Battle of the Bulge, little attention is given to this historic battle.
www.youtube.com /watch?v=slyAFCXJaJc   (313 words)

 When Trumpets Fade, Fire The Generals! - When Trumpets Fade - Epinions.com
The Hurtgen Forest is was on the Siegfried line on the Belgium, Germany border.
This battle was the forerunner to the famous Battle of the Bulge.
The Hurtgen Forest was indeed a dark, wet, gloomy place referred to by the soldiers as the death factory or the valley of death.
www.epinions.com /content_271961788036   (1394 words)

 Ron Eldard as David Manning in "When Trumpets Fade"
Numerous military experts have written that the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest, a three-month nightmare, was unnecessary and resulted in the killing or wounding of more than 24,000 GIs.
It is dedicated to "the men who fought the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest" in the autumn and winter of 1944.
Most people probably haven't heard of the battle or the forest, but 24,000 died or were injured before it was over.
www.ron-eldard.com /whentrumpetsfade.htm   (2304 words)

 The Battle For Hurtgen Forest - Wild Bill Guarnere.Community
Everybody knows D-day, market garden, the bulge, but this was a major battle as well, there were over 50.000 casualties and Ernest Hemmingway did compare the battle with ww1 Passchendale.
The movie, Battle of the Bulge, was a stinker too, so they have that in common.
Battle of the Bulge in a desert without snow and cold.
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The Battle of  Hürtgen Forest was fought in an area of heavy forestation, of some 50 square miles in an area that begins about 5 miles south and east of Aachen, Germany and falls into a triangle outlined by Aachen, Düren and Monschau. ;
The Battle of Hürtgen Forest was overshadowed by the American victory in the Battle of the Bulge, and as a result, few books and articles have been written about it. 
It is for this reason, for those who may not have heard of the battle or for those who simply want to learn more about the battle, that this website was developed.
www.hurtgen1944.homestead.com   (156 words)

 Hurtgen Forest
Battle of the Hurtgen Forest by Robert S. Rush, 5th Armored Division
The Worst of the Worst: The Battle for the Hurtgen Forest by Ernie Herr
Miller, Edward G. A Dark and Bloody Ground The Hurtgen Forest and the Roer River Dams 1944-1945.
history.sandiego.edu /gen/WW2Timeline/hurtgen.html   (913 words)

 HistoryNet - From the World’s Largest History Magazine Publisher » Battle of Hurtgen Forest
The forest, largely planted and nurtured by the Third Reich, presented an almost solid growth of trees that reduced visibility to a few yards.
On November 2, the 28th Division entered a disfigured forest area that was littered with debris from the battered 9th Division and the German defenders.
The pine forest, which comprised 99 percent of the forest, was littered with branches, and it was difficult to go in a straight line because of all the debris.
www.historynet.com /battle-of-hurtgen-forest.htm   (2361 words)

 The Battle of Hurtgen Forest : Books : Oxfam's Online Shop
Thirty thousand American GIs were killed or wounded in the longest battle ever fought by the US Army - a battle that has been ignored for more than fifty years, a battle that should never have been fought.
The High Command, from the relative safety of their headquarters, miles away from the forest, refused to admit there had been a mistake.
The battle of Hurtgen Forest is a classic account of the price fighting men must pay for the prideful blunders of their commanders.
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 Brutal Battle In the Forest (washingtonpost.com)
It was a war fought largely by young men who were drafted or enlisted fresh out of high school and who had few of the technological gadgets, protections and conveniences of modern warfare.
Hurtgen Forest featured all those harsh conditions, as well as a foreboding setting.
From Sept. 19, 1944, to Feb. 10, 1945, American commanders sent one division after another into a forest that was too dense for tanks to maneuver in, under inclement weather that often made air support all but impossible.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A50381-2004May23.html   (763 words)

 Memories of War | Registration | Thanks
A short time back I came upon a book about the Hurtgen Forest which answered a lot of questions that had bothered me for years.
He explains where from Sept. '44 to Feb. '45 eight U.S. Infantry and two U.S. Armored Divisions were thrown into the green hell of the Hurtgen's 50 square miles of thick wooded hills loaded with Germans.
This place must have been the closest to hell one could get without entering the gates, but what I can’t understand is how these divisions left their fallen troops behind.
www.memoriesofwar.com /veterans/christensen.asp   (1596 words)

 Hurtgen Forest
He was there quite a while and from all that any family members remember is that it took quite some time for him to come around.
Apparently he also had some very emotional battle scarring.
I remember from an Uncle who is now too old to remember, telling me that he actually had to go to Mass and literally force him out of the bed and make him walk.
1-22infantry.org /history/hurtgen.htm   (2011 words)

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