Report of breaching the Siegfried Line and the capture of Aachen. by United States. Army. Infantry Division, 1st.

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The reader will come away with a general idea of how Aachen was captured, and some idea of the horror the troops experienced, but the reader will finish the book wishing that some other author would take up the challenge to report the capture of Aachen in a manner that the event truly deserves/5(6).

1st Inf. Div, Report of Breaching the Siegfried Line and the Capture of Aachen, November 7, G-1 Report of Activities, September-OctoberJune G-2 Report of Operations Ousseltia Valley, January Febru G-3 Report of Operations, Kasserine Breakthrough, FebruaryThe records include a special account, Report of Breaching the Siegfried Line and the Capture of Aachen, dated 7 November A division history, Danger Forward (Atlanta, ), is primarily a collection of impressions by war correspondents, of little value for this study.

Rothe-Erde to capture the high ground northeast of Aachen and. to prepare to attack the factory district between that point. and the city. Or: the 12th, one company of the 1st Battalion. was to the 26th to cover the south approach­ es to the city. This released the remaining company of the ~.

Some highlights include the breaching of the bunkers of the West Wall, the encirclement and capture of Aachen, clearing the Stolberg Corridor, the repeated drives toward Schmidt, the capture of Linnich, Julich, Duren and the important dams. These and many more objectives will face the Allies as they head for the Roer River.4/4(8).

British troops east of Geilenkirchen have broken into the heart of the Siegfried Line, and American troops, moving forward under a thunderous barrage, are advancing east of Aachen and are fighting in the streets of Metz.

The first breach of the Siegfried Line and the battle to capture the first German city, Aachen, in October gave the Allies hope that the war could be won by Christmas.

Little did they know what Hitler had planned. First Army’s capture of Aachen and breach of the Siegfried Line in the adjacent Stolberg corridor left barely 20 miles to traverse before the Rhine.

Here lay the most promising frontage on the entire Allied : Ehoward. The Siegfried Line, known in German as the Westwall, was a German defensive line built during the s opposite the French Maginot stretched more than km ( mi); from Kleve on the border with the Netherlands, along the western border of the old German Empire, to the town of Weil am Rhein on the border to Switzerland – and featured more t bunkers, tunnels and tank traps.

Starting first piercing of the Siegfried line and the capture Aachen, Charlemagne’s capitol, and the thru the crossing of the Roer River, Mr. Yiede gives a good detailed account of the battle. His approach is remarkably even handed. He tells the strategy and tactics from both sides/5. Siegfried Line in this sector was a continuous obstacle exten:iing across the mole Corps front.

It was here constructed to implemmt the natural obstacles formed by the Wurm River and, in the N 5 Ion of the sector, the Wunn and Reel' Rivers.

The only portions of the line. Southwest of Aachen the forces of the Panzer-Division (Gen Siegfried von Waldenburg) enjoyed an uneventful night from September 11 to September This enabled them at on September 12 to occupy positions in Belgium along the railroad from Hombourg to Moresnet, and from Moresnet along the Gueule River Creek via Hergenrath to Hauset.

The line ran from the Belgian coast, including the banks of the Schelde estuary--which might be employed to deny use of Antwerp even though the port had been lost--southeastward along the Dutch-Belgian border to the West Wall (the Siegfried Line) and along the West Wall to the western boundaries of Lorraine and Alsace.

The records provide information on such operations and activities as breaching the Siegfried Line; crossing the Rhine; Operations Cobra, Neptune, and Overlord; and the occupation of Germany.

The Allied advance from Paris to the Rhine, also known as the Siegfried Line campaign, was a phase in the Western European campaign of World War II. This phase spans from the end of the Battle of Normandy, or Operation Overlord, (25 August ) incorporating the German winter counter-offensive through the Ardennes (commonly known as the Battle of the Bulge) and Operation Nordwind (in Location: Along and around the Siegfried Line, (France.

the Siegfried line Task Force X of the 3rd Armored Division penetrated the Siegfried Line near Aachen. Here, one of the division's M4 tanks drives through some dragon's teeth, the first layer of the Scharnhorst Line.

XIX Corps begins drive to breach Westwall north of Aachen. VII Corps begins attempt to encircle Aachen and. The fortifications were known to the Germans as the West Wall and to the Allies as the Siegfried Line.

South of Aachen, American soldiers accompanied by an M-4 Sherman tank advance past “dragon’s teeth” tank obstacles on the Siegfried Line.

To describe Bradley’s 12th Army Group as a “juggernaut” would be understating the case. The 30th was also instrumental in breaching the Siegfried Line in Octoberand the capture of Aachen, Germany, the 1st large German city to be captured by the Allies in WWII.

The 30th made a rapid advance around the north side of the Ruhr Industrial Pocket, capturing Brunswick and finally capturing Magdeburg on the Elbe River on 17 April Supported operations against Siegfried Line in October and attack to Roer River beginning 16 November Shifted to Ardennes on 17 December, fighting in Malmedy, Stavelot, and Stoumont.

Took part in attack on Bulge from the north in January Shifted back to Aachen area in February and supported Ruhr River crossing. This banner text can have markup.

web; books; video; audio; software; images; Toggle navigation. occasional resistance held both armor and infantry outside the West Wall until too late in the day for an attempt to penetrate the line.

Although a battalion of the 1st Division's 16th Infantry got well into the line south of Aachen in the Aachen Municipal Forest, where pillboxes were sparse, a counterattack by about eighty Germans discouraged farther advance for the evening. Breaching the German Frontier Bunker.

The Allied advance grounded to a halt as it encountered the Siegfried Line, a network of bunkers, minefields, and barbed wire built into hilly terrain. The Allies first encountered the Siegfried Line (Westwall) fortifications in Septemberhaving pursued the retreating Wehrmacht through Belgium and the Netherlands.

The border area around Aachen had been fortified with a double line of bunkers, and both the terrain and the weather made things difficult for the Allies/5(8).

Unlike the grand sweep of the pursuit, the breaching of the West Wall called for the most grueling kind of fighting. Huge armies waged the campaign described' in this book, but the individual soldier, pitting his courage and stamina against harsh elements as well as a stubborn enemy, emerges as the moving spirit of these armies.

BREACHING THE SIEGFRIED LINE. ing the ALBERT CANAL position and crossed into Gennarv with Corps. Siegfried Line in thia sector was a continuous obstacle across N 5 of the sector, the Wum and Roer Rivers. The only of the line lying behind a water barrier were Immediately N and of Aachen.

This city a ridge line leading intk) t from the. For their “Diversionary attack in the Battle of Aachen Gap” Company E, th Infantry Regiment received a Presidential Citation. The first breach of the Siegfried Line and the battle to capture the first German city, Aachen, in October gave the Allies hope that the war could be won by Christmas.

Little did they know what Hitler had planned. Taking up positions along the Wurm River, the 30th launched its attack on the Siegfried Line, 2 Octoberand succeeded in contacting the 1st Division, 16 October, and encircling Aachen.

The intense fighting along the Siegfried Line and in Aachen convinced the U.S. Army of the need for a more heavily armored tank to provide close support. A solution was already in the works since February in the form of the M4A3E2 assault tank.

This tank had the same 75mm gun as the normal M4, but had thicker armor on the turret and hull. 30 Mar - The Battle of 'Bloody Aachen' in WW2. See more ideas about World war two, World war and Siegfried line pins. Buy The Siegfried Line Campaign by MacDonald, Charles B. (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store.

Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders/5(4). The book is excellent. For the military historian it would be an excellent first book on the Roer River “The Roer River Battles: Germany's Stand at the Westwall, ” by David Higgins gives a detailed examination of the “broad front” where the United States forces encountered some of their most difficult battles in Europe/5.

The division was activated at Camp Livingston, Louisiana. The division was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters, 28th Infantry Division, the brigades were disbanded, and the th Infantry Regiment was detached and reorganized as a separate regimental combat team, initially used to guard important Eastern Seaboard industrial facilities.

The crossing itself marked an important turning point in the war against Germany. The "impregnable" Siegfried Line defenses had been torn open; the German defense line along the Boer River had been smashed, and now the last remaining natural obstacle -- the Rhine -- had been crossed. The stage was set for the final, crushing blow of the offensive.

- Explore bokphilsberry's board "Siegfried Line", followed by people on Pinterest. See more ideas about Siegfried line, Wwii and World war ii pins. Committed to battle on 10 July near Carentan. Participated in Cobra breakout in late July; widely separated elements helped capture Mayenne and defeat Mortain counteroffensive in early August.

Raced east to Mons, Belgium. Supported operations against Siegfried Line and capture of Aachen, Germany, in October. Fought in Hürtgen Forest in November. The portion of the Siegfried Line guarding the Saar industrial region of Germany proved a sinister gateway into western Germany for Lt.

Gen. George Patton’s Third Army in late By the time Patton’s troops arrived at the fortified line, the German engineers had improved it to the point that it was the strongest section of the entire   It was instrumental in breaching the Siegfried Line in Octoberand in the capture of Aachen, Germany, the first large German city taken by.

Siegfried Line – The campaign kicked off in earnest in late September with the encirclement and eventual capture of Aachen, the first major German city to fall to the Allies. costing thousands of lives but it also impacted supplies to US 1st Army at a time when it was trying to breach the West Wall/5(6).

British Tanks At The Siegfried Line:Goch, one of the main fortress towns of the Siegfried Line lying in the path of troops of the Canadian 1st Army in their drive towards the Rhine, was virtually cleared of all enemy resistance on Feb.

21st after a 3 day, stubborn house-to-house battle. The Siegfried Line campaign was one of the most frustrating and bloody series of battles fought by the US Army in Northwest Europe during World War II ().In order to break through the German-Belgian border north of the Ardennes and eventually reach the Rhine, the First and Ninth divisions of the US Army dispersed themselves along the German Siegfried campaign Released on: Ma.

General Craig now had his orders: The 9th Infantry Division was to break through the German West Wall, the Siegfried Line, and push through into the Ruhr River area. A new long battle was about to begin.

After a 3 day battle the 47th Infantry Regiment was the first Allied unit to completely break through the Siegfried Line on September 17th The backbone of the antitank screen was provided by 20 assault guns and the mm.

and mm. pieces of both divisions. The st Tank Battalion with 31 Tiger tanks and the th Assault Gun Battalion with 21 assault guns were held in reserve.

Neither General Blumentritt nor the commander of the LXXXI Corps, General Koechling, had any doubts that the Allies would resume their drive to the.Hoffman entertains at reunion of 30th Infantry Division.

By instrumental in breaching the Siegfried Line in October The 30th Infantry Division played a role in the capture of Aachen.

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