Come back to the crossroads and turn right on to the N26. Proceed up this road, first left will take you to Schlausenbach; Descheneaux of the 422nd had his headquarters in the Inn here. Proceed down the hill into the town of Bleialf. In Auw turn left again by the Church. They were eventually overrun. Both St Vith and Prum have railway stations, the line to Bleialf is now closed. Supreme Commander GEN Dwight D. Eisenhower gives command of all troops north of the German advance to Montgomery, commander of 21st Army Group. (Map from the Armor. This map was drawn on Inkscape version 0.47. The majority of these bunkers, not destroyed during the conflict, were finally blown by the French in 1949. On the same day, the Germans were able to take St. Vith and Bastogne. A brass plate on the stone has an inscription to the men of the 106th and says, ‘Dedicated to the Men of the 106th Infantry Division who fought and died for their country 1944–45.’. It was here that Cavender joined them and finally gave the order for the 423rd to surrender. The Ardennes’ most populous cities are Verviers in Belgium and Charleville-Mézières in France, both exceeding 50,000 inhabitants. (U.S. Army CMH) If the offensive were to succeed, the road networks running through the Krinkelt Forest in Dietrich’s zone, and St. Vith and Bastogne in Manteuffel’s zone, had to be taken in the first days of the German attack. It is now being used by the school. At 9 a.m., 422nd and 423rd’s positions come under artillery bombardment. Cross the stream and head off up the hill. The History Guy examines a tank duel during the Battle of the Bulge at St. Vith, Belgium. Attacking after dark at 5 p.m., the tanks fire star shells into American positions, blinding the defenders, and follow up with armor-piercing shells, destroying American defending vehicles. This order, and the slow German southern arm, gave more Americans a chance to escape, but since they had newly arrived in the area and had few compasses or maps, most were unable to take advantage of the opportunity. Most of their supporting firepower comes from LTG Troy Middleton, commander of VIII Corps, who arranges for eight of his 13 reserve artillery battalions to support the area of the Schnee Eifel and the Losheim Gap, the central area of his front line. He had a meal in the cafe/bar opposite (Cafe Zwicker). Now all is calm, the stately fir trees give welcome shade from the sun, but even now, standing alone next to a front line foxhole, starts the mind racing on how it must have been. These are good value for money. Monument to the 106th Infantry Division in St Vith. St. Vith (German: Sankt Vith; French: Saint-Vith; Luxembourgish: Sankt Väit, pronounced [ˌzɑŋkt ˈvæːɪ̯t]) is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Liège, and in the German speaking Community of Belgium.It was named after Saint Vitus.. On January 1, 2006, St. Vith had a total population of 9,169. Follow the road across the bridge of the Ihrenbach stream – it starts to climb again. Holding St. Vith has become more of a liability to the Americans than an asset. Before dawn on Dec. 16, a German artillery bombardment preceded a powerful attack along a 40-mile front that overran the U.S. 106th and 28th Infantry Divisions. Its population in 1944 was about 2,000, and its citizens were very much pro-German. Across the stream is a small wooden bridge. The Germans also use radio-jamming stations that made wireless communications difficult. The ground at Rodt, then, overlooked the flank and rear of CCB. It is possible to stop alongside any forest area in the region, and only after a short walk into the woods find evidence of fighting. The five 2-D maps are fine (strategic situation, German planned routes, initial attacks of 6th Panzer Army, destruction of the US 106th Division, and defense of St Vith) but the maps do not fully portray the US defense of the Elsenborn Ridge and even Peiper's route is difficult to follow with these maps. Here the 590th Field Artillery Battalion were in position, with Its firing batteries in the woods on the left of the road. At the very sharp bend half way up the hill is a trail on the left. This area was being held by Company A, 423rd Infantry, on the morning of 16 December. This was cut through the woods and became the entrance to ‘Engineers Cut-Off’. And St. Vith was the only place along the entire front where a railroad line crossed from Germany into the battle area. In their push towards the ultimate objective of Antwerp, the German 5th Panzer Army had to cross the vital road junctions of St Vith. Moving along the Schonberg road towards Heuern (81st Combat Engineers HQ) look out for a decorative wrought iron works on the right, immediately opposite there is a small road north, on the left hand side. Just before the large old custom house on the right, is a patch of woods, here was stationed Service Battery of the 589th FAB. BG Bruce Clarke, leader of CCB 7th Armored Division, arrives at Jones’ headquarters in St. Vith in the morning with news that his command is on the road to St. Vith but will likely not arrive until later that afternoon due to its progress being snarled on the roads. Leaving the car here, by two solitary buildings one of which was the 590th headquarters, you can walk to the right, down a farm track, passing open fields, and into the woods. This fact has caused many to lose sight of the importance of St. Vith and the gallant stand made for its defense by elements of corps troops, by remnants of 106th Division and by [Combat Command B (CCB)] of 7th Armored Division. Straight on will take you to Sellerich and eventually Prum. Later as a prisoner of war he witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers. Village strongpoints set up by the U.S. cavalry groups, plus sustained artillery fire from VIII Corps reserve units and 106th Division units, deny German units the roads. This transforms them into isolated strongpoints guarding road intersections. He is aware Montgomery has already decided to withdraw from the St. Vith area. As German troops mass on the opposite bank, 9th Armored blows up the bridge on the Our River at Winterspelt. But this was slightly earlier, when the American 4th Division initially captured Bleialf. The large hill on the left, covered in trees, is the famous Hill 504. There is a memorial on the left at the top of the heights to the men of the Engineers. Moving along the Schonberg road towards Heuern (81st Combat Engineers HQ) look out for a decorative wrought iron works on the right, immediately, If you stay on this small road and get to Meyerode, there in the village outside the school is a German 75mm anti-tank gun. It was down this stretch of road that the right-hand pincer arm of the 18th Volksgrenadier Regiment advanced on the 17th December. This is an official U.S. Army Website sponsored by U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE). On the eve of the battle, the 106th is covering a front of almost 26 miles. This spot just about marks the boundary between the 422nd and the 423rd. St. Vith area and surroundings, Monschau-Habscheid Zone, December 15-19th, 1944. U.S. forces are able to outrun the panzers and join forces with XVIII Airborne Corps. In mid 1995 a new memorial was erected in front of the old. LTG Courtney Hodges, commander of First Army, and Middleton commit combat commands of 7th and 9th Armored Divisions to support the 106th Division’s defense. Be prepared to do a lot of walking over rough terrain, so dress accordingly. Many of the characters in this article give their personal reflections of the battle there.) The famous photographs and propaganda German newsreel film of American prisoners being marched away was filmed alongside the River Our in this vicinity. In Andler there is the inevitable bar, Gasthaus Kessler. He turns over defense of the area to Clarke. Hence the bunker line alongside of it. Before dawn, the German LXVI Corps renews its advance on the Our River. More than 8,000 Americans were captured as German formations rampaged west, Into Schonberg, this is another place that has been rebuilt, even the bridge across the Our River is in a slightly different location. Outside the museum is one of his Tiger II tanks left there after the Germans retreated. St. Vith sector. Most of the villages have been rebuilt since the war. Map of 117th Infantry Regiment....St. Vith Offensive...Jan. 13th to 24th, 1945 Left Click on Red Thunderbolts for pictures and descriptions. After the mass surrender the majority of American prisoners spent their first night in the ground of this Church, before being marched off deeper into Germany. You can get back on track by, Into Schonberg, this is another place that has been rebuilt, even the bridge across the Our River is in a slightly different location. The town of St. Vith, Belgium, was a vital road and rail center the Germans needed to supply their offensive. You are now in the thick of it, as they say. There are many hotels and guest houses in the larger towns of St Vith and Prum, both within easy reach of the battlefields. Remains of the couduroy road can still be seen in places. Left is ‘Skyline Drive’, right and down the hill is Bleialf. December 21 st, 1944 – United States forces were able to re-take Stavelot, Belgium. After the mass surrender the majority of American prisoners spent their first night in the ground of this Church, before being marched off deeper into Germany. This monument was erected by the 106th Infantry Division Association and is cared for by the people of St Vith. Opposing the Germans were units of U.S. VIII Corps. This was the way the 18th Volksgrenadier Division came in their attack on the southerly pincer move around the Schnee Eifel. This is because the area was fought over for quite a long time, and many units passed through during the conflict from September 1944 to the beginning of February 1945. Looking up the road, there is a logging trail up on the left. In Vielsam, there is a Sherman tank in memory of the 7th Armored Division, and at Baraque Fraiture, also known as Parkers Crossroads, where Major Arthur C Parker III, along with remnants of Battery A 589th FAB and other units, set up their three remaining howitzers and made a roadblock. This was the sight of Divisional Headquarters. It is featured as a map for Battlefield 1942. The two cavalry squadrons, 14th and 18th, set up fortifications in small villages in the area. Its garrison wrote a brilliant chapter in history by denying the locality to the enemy; therefore, much of the comment pertaining to the Battle of the Bulge has centered around this important terrain feature. German soldiers find an undefended gap running between Weckerath to Kobscheid in the north. He did not capture it until the night of 21 December and did not control the St. Vith area until 23 December when CCB withdrew on order. Roads in the area are marked L: (Landes) = Country, K (Kreis) = County and B (Bundes) = National. English: This is a map of the Ardennes, Belgium, showing the advance of the German LXVI Corps on St. Vith, December 16, 1944. It became known as ‘Little Verdun’, because it was captured and retaken so many times during the conflict. Here, they hold the village for the day; after dark, they destroy their vehicles and abandon their positions, withdrawing to St. Vith. There is still much to see on the top of the hill, numerous foxholes and shell craters. Also here, was the 590th FAB which had only just set-up. His body was found nearby. This was the sight of Divisional Headquarters. The only significant check in the German advance is at Kobscheid, where 18th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron had circled the village with barbed wire and dug in machineguns from their armored cars. If you follow this road it will take you into the area of the other 106th Division regiment the 424th. The German plan - LXVI Corps, 5th Panzer-Armee was assigned the capture of St. Vith. Company B, 423rd Infantry Regiment positions were in the woods to the right. Map of St Vith drawn 15 November 1944. Continuing through, you will come back out onto the main road between Bleialf and the Schnee Eifel. The view John Kline had of Schonberg from his 30 cal machine gun position. The building behind the flags was the original memorial which was built in the mid 50’s. Schnee Eifel. This spot was where the Germans started nosing up the hill towards the 589th FAB. Come back to the crossroads and turn right on to the N26. The LVIII Panzer Corps’ advance south of St. Vith threatens to close a pincer around the entire St. Vith salient at Vielsalm, 11 miles west of St. Vith, trapping most of First Army. Lots of trenches and battlefield evidence can be seen here, from the fierce fighting here in 1944 . The other museum is at La Roche-en-Ardenne, dedicated to the Battle of the Bulge. Proceed straight across into Klosterstrasse and about a quarter of a mile on the right can be seen a monument dedicated to the 106th Infantry Division. By Dec. 23, as the Germans shattered their flanks, the defenders’ position became untenable, and U.S. troops were ordered to retreat west of the Salm River. Over the course of almost a week, 7th Armored Division – plus those elements of the 106th Infantry, 28th Infantry and 9th Armored Divisions – absorbed much of the weight of the German drive, throwing the German timetable into disarray before being forced to withdraw west of the Salm River Dec. 23. The place is littered with the clover leaf shaped trays that once were containers for shells and powder charges, and the lifting eyes for the shells are in abundance everywhere. Above all try and cast your mind back to that terrible December in 1944 and give your respect to those brave soldiers of both sides. The Battle of the Bulge began on December 16, 1944. See location map of 589th FAB for more details. A different group of scattered American soldiers numbering some 500 men surrender later, and by 8 a.m. Dec. 21, all organized resistance by U.S. forces in the Schnee Eifel pocket ends. The American positions east of the Our River become the Schnee Eifel Pocket. They ranged from Ber… The high wooded mass south and to the left of Brandscheid is the Schnee Eifel. This movement coincides with a southern advance around the right flank of the Schnee Eifel through Bleialaf to Schoenberg, surrounding U.S. positions on the Schnee Eifel ridge. The logging trail used by 3rd Battalion 423rd Infantry Regiment. When the local priest emerged after the initial battle bodies were strewn everywhere, both American and German. Approaching the centre of town from the north, a large crossroads will be found with a roundabout. After Liège the signs will start indicating Aachen and Germany. But once again, please be careful as there is still a lot of live ammunition kicking about. Much of the Ardennes is dense forests, with mountains averaging around 1,148 to 1,640 feet high but rising to more than 2,276 feet in the boggy moors of the Hautes Fagnes (Hohes Venn) region of southeastern Belgium. Generally, these plans were aimed at other parts of the front from the Ardennes where the Germans were building up. As the German plan called for the capture of St. Vith by 6 p.m. Dec. 17, the prolonged action in and around it presented a major blow to their timetable. At the time of the Ardennes Offensive, most Allied military commanders were busy planning the next step on the road to defeating the German army. This later went on to inspire him to write the classic novel, Drive south-west out of town for about one mile and you will see what used to be Bleialf railway station. The 106th Infantry Division (422nd and 423rd Regiments), a “green” unit, replaces the veteran 2nd Infantry Division Dec. 11 in the area of St. Vith and the Schnee Eifel (Snow Plateau). This track was used by the 423rd Regiment and 590th FAB on their way to attack Schonberg. Ernest Hemingway also was here. They were successful in holding up the 2nd SS Panzer Division and 560th Volksgrenadiers Division long enough to enable the 82nd Airborne to get into position. After a brief rest in January 1945, the Division returned to positions near St. Vith, attacked, and re-captured the town on 23 January 1945. Unless you visit the area in the depth of winter when there is two or three foot of snow on the ground and the temperature is well below freezing you cannot start to imagine how much the men suffered. These units come mainly from 7th and 9th Armored Divisions but include troops from 424th Regiment of 106th Division, and various supporting artillery, tank and tank-destroyer battalions. This is a sketch map, not to scale, but the furthest German advance covers about five miles. Great care must be taken when parking, not to block the trails, these are not in constant use, but farmers or loggers have a nasty habit of creeping up on you and get fed up if they cannot get by. By midnight he sets up the beginnings of a “horseshoe defense” of St. Vith, a line of units to the north, east and south of town. Many German units came this way during the attack. Monument to the 106th Infantry Division in St Vith. Stand in front of the shelter and look forward into the forest; you are viewing the area held by Company B. Later as a prisoner of war he witnessed the destruction of Dresden by Allied bombers. Where the road (N595) does a large left hand loop there is a lay-by on the right. He was with Officers, members of this Division, his favourite, whom he tagged along with. Come back into Bleialf and pass the Church on your left, follow the road out and round until you come to a cross roads at the foot of the Schnee Eifel. The Germans capture the bridge at Schoenberg by 8:45 a.m., cutting off American artillery units attempting to withdraw west of the Our River. This is the start of the famed Schnee Eifel. The headquarters group also brings with it a second cavalry squadron (18th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron) to screen the Losheim Gap, which is on 106th Division’s left flank. It was here that we found 105mm ammunition in evidence and numerous hastily dug foxholes, ammunition boxes etc. Hidden from Allied air surveillance, the Germans massed their forces to attack through the Ardennes hoping to reach open ground beyond the Meuse for a dash to the coast. These defenders were led by U.S. 7th Armored Division and included 424th Infantry (106th U.S. Infantry Division), elements of 9th Armored Division’s CCB and 112th Infantry Regiment of U.S. 28th Infantry Division. The people are very friendly on both sides of the border, each village no matter how small, seems to have a bar. One is at La Gleize, the furthest point Kampfgruppe Peiper reached in the attack. The town was virtually flattened in December 1944, little now exists of the original town buildings, although the road lay-out still remains the same. About half a mile on the left is another small road which forks off the N26. Large pits dug into the ground, which once were the emplacements for artillery pieces such as 155mm and 8 inch howitzers. Here there are still some original old buildings dotted about, but, as with the rest of the area, it took its share of destruction. This goes for the entire battleground. If in doubt about anything lying around, DO NOT TOUCH. Where the road (N595) does a large left hand loop there is a, , all the woods on the left were held by the 106th, and attached VIII Corps Artillery units, you do not have to walk far anywhere along this road to find the evidence. The Battle of St. Vith was part of the Battle of the Bulge, which began on December 16, 1944, and represented the r Arriving in Europe in late 1944, they were immediately, and with very little battle experience, thrust into battle at St Vith. Msgr George J. Ryan at St Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Douglaston, NY, with military and NYFD firefighters as pallbearers.) The Germans capture Steinebruck (six miles east of St. Vith), with its bridge over the Our River. The actual front-line foxholes of the infantrymen, are in the woods to the right of the road, about 300 to 400 yards on the forward slope. At Spineux (Wanne), in the centre of the village there is a monument dedicated to the men of the 424th Infantry Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division and also to the men of the 112th Regiment of the 28th Infantry Division. Retrace your steps and come back up to ‘Skyline Drive’, turn left. German forces pour into the town, happily looting the remaining American supplies and equipment, in the process creating a traffic jam that prevents pursuit of U.S. forces. Also available: The Armor School’s publication, The Battle at St. Vith, Belgium Dec. 17-23, 1944. It was in this area by the Ihrenbach Stream that vehicles of 423rd Infantry Regiment and the 590th Field Artillery Battalion finally ended up. Company L, 3rd Battalion, 423rd Infantry Regiment, came onto the Schonberg road at this point and met the captured Sherman tank, which opened fire on them (see page 108). This later went on to inspire him to write the classic novel Slaughterhouse Five. They subsequently liberated this local area in January 1945. There is nothing dangerous lurking, apart from the odd wild boar, who can turn funny if disturbed or upset. You cannot go any further by car. Read on! Shells, bits of half-track found at the base of Lindscheid Hill. This is the southern end of the Losheim Gap. Return to ‘Skyline Drive’, turn left into the village of Radscheid, Oberlascheid, Halenfeld and Buchet, where Cavender had his headquarters. Supporting 14th are 820th Tank Destroyer Battalion, with 12 three-inch towed anti-tank guns, and 275th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, with 18 M7 Priest self-propelled howitzers. By nightfall both regiments had regrouped for a counterattack, covering three miles to the base of the ridge forming the east side of the Our River valley, and are prepared to attack and capture the bridge at Schoenberg at 10 a.m. the next day. As can be seen by the map drawn by a member of the 2nd Infantry Division on the 15/11/44, we can take it that, because the 106th relieved the 2nd, man for man, the various headquarters, motor pools etc would have been in the same positions, only the code words would have changed. This has the effect of breaking the defense into isolated positions, and denies corps and army commands information on events at the front line. Jones also controlled the 14th Cavalry Group, which occupied a line of strong points in the Losheim Gap, just 3 north of St. Vith, in th6 "gap" between V and VIII Corps. But to the GIs, it was named ‘88 Corner’ or ‘Purple Heart Corner’. The five 2-D maps are fine (strategic situation, German planned routes, initial attacks of 6th Panzer Army, destruction of the US 106th Division, and defense of St Vith) but the maps do not fully portray the US defense of the Elsenborn Ridge and even Peiper's route is difficult to follow with these maps. The 1st and 2nd Battalions were here behind Hill 536 at daybreak on 19 December. Bunkers are abundant left and right of the road. All villages have at least one. The 7th Armored Division fought a running battle out of St. Vith on December 23, 1944. The defenders’ battleground is the Ardennes. St. Vith was also close to the western end of the Losheim Gap, a critical valley through the densely forested ridges of the Ardennes Forest and the German offensive’s axis. (John Jamele died May 25, 2011 with a memorial mass was held by Rev. The ‘Battle of the Bulge’ or the ‘Ardennes Offensive’ was the single biggest and bloodiest battle American soldiers have ever fought. This area is the Prumerberg heights, scene of the desperate defence by Colonel Riggs and his Engineers. There is a bar/restaurant there, and in the winter the area is used for snow sports. Andler-Schonberg Road, viewed from Andler. The Battle of St. Vith, which began Dec. 16, 1944, was part of the Battle of the Bulge. and head off up the hill. 1 Description 2 Conquest 2.1 Equipment 2.2 Bases 2.2.1 American Fuel Supply Depot 2.2.2 American Outpost (1) 2.2.3 St. Vith 2.2.4 American Outpost … Battery B and C were to the right and just inside the tree line, Battery A was to the left and on the edge of a patch of woods just under half a mile away. There are the airports in Brussels, Luxembourg and Cologne, but it would mean hiring a car from there. Turning right immediately at the far end of the hamlet, will take you to the village of Laudesfeld where the 592nd FAB with its 155mm howitzers was emplaced. A little before 5:30 a.m., a selective German artillery bombardment begins to fall on 106th’s forward positions on the Schnee Eifel, moving gradually back to the division headquarters in St. Vith. St. Vith was largely destroyed during the ground battle and subsequent air attack. He is now buried in the American War Cemetery at Henri Chapelle. A small tip, because of the rural nature of the area, very very few people speak English, so if you don’t ‘sprechen Deutsch’ take a good phrase book with you. It’s quite a walk! These two regiments survived the initial onslaught in December, and joined together to form a Combat Team which went on to push the Germans back. The Battle of St. Vith, which began Dec. 16, 1944, was part of the Battle of the Bulge. The German southern pincer, advancing from Bleialf against scattered American resistance, closes at nightfall on the Schnee Eifel Dec. 17. Many are still in evidence. by Colonel R Ernest Dupuy, reprinted by The Battery Press, INC. by Richard W Peterson Ph.d (A member of the 106th Division) U.S. The German attack on St. Vith begins at 3 p.m. with a heavy artillery barrage. Among the prisoners is PVT Kurt Vonnegut of 423rd Infantry Regiment, whose experiences as a prisoner of war form the basis of his novel Slaughterhouse-Five. To mark the spot there is a memorial with a 105mm Howitzer in position. Here the 590th Field Artillery Battalion were in position, with Its firing batteries in the woods on the left of the road. Under orders from Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, 7th Armored gave up St. Vith Dec. 21, 1944, and U.S. troops fell back to positions supported by 82nd Airborne Division to the west, as noted. St. Vith represented the right flank in the advance of the German offensive, which intended a pincer movement on U.S. forces through the Losheim Gap and toward the ultimate objective of Antwerp. This road leads through the dense forest, eventually conning out at the village of Meyerode. Like most towns in the Ardennes Forest, St. Vith lies in a bowl, surrounded by … Munitions are still lying about and are very dangerous, be careful what you pick-up. This double envelopment comes as a complete surprise to U.S. forces due to intelligence failures at First Army level. Village of Bleialf where the heaviest fighting in the St Vith sector took place – then and now. Moving on will eventually bring you to Hill 504. On leaving St Vith the road twists and starts to climb into the forest. Rejoin your car. The region is typified by steep-sided valleys carved by swift-flowing rivers, the most prominent of which is the Meuse River. At 4 p.m., this surrender is formalized, and the two regiments of 106th Division and all their supporting units, some 7,000 men, become prisoners of the German army. The famous American author Kurt Vonnegut was one such prisoner that passed through here. COL Charles Cavender of 423rd Regiment counterattacks, which retakes the village of Bleialf. POTEAU -VIELSALM – The Battles for Vielsalm, St Vith & the Poteau Crossroads near Recht. Through these localities were the road nets that, if held, would disrupt the plan of any aggressor. Ridgeway arrives in Vielsalm. Editor’s note: The U.S. Army marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of St. Vith in mid-December 2014. Show Larger Map Battle of the Bulge summary. Winterspelt falls early in the day. Around 9:30 p.m., Clarke orders American forces to withdraw to the west. Though Armor was not designed primarily for the role of the defensive, the operation of CCB was nevertheless a good example of how it can assume such [a] role in an emergency. Or, carry straight on looking out for a sign for Bleialf. When the local priest emerged after the initial battle bodies were strewn everywhere, both American and German. The 106th’s 424th Infantry Regiment is sent to Winterspelt. St. Vith is built on a low hill surrounded on all sides by slightly higher rises. 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