Re: 12th Infantry, 4th Division - Huertgen
Greetings, Rick !!!
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A little background on your father-in-law's unit, the 4th. Infantry Division.
It included three Infanrty Regiments (8th,12th,22nd), foru Artillery Battalions (20th, 29th, 42nd and 44th), plus other elements.
The division assaulted Utah Beach, France, 6-6-44, D-Day.
Following other actions, the division was
in the Zweitfall area (including the Huertgen Forest),in relief of the 28th ID 6 Nov 44.
Fighting in the Huertgen Forest , the 12th. IR was subjected to a strong German counterattack 10 Nov 44, which cut off the regimental units until 15 Nov 44.
A gap was forced between the 8th IR and 22nd IR during the forest fighting, forcing a halt in the offensive 19 Nov 44.
DURING FIVE DAYS OF FIGHTING IN THE FOREST, THE DIVISION HAD GAINED ONLY 1 1/4 MILES.
The attack was resumed 22 Nov 44, with the 12th IR closing the gap 28 Nov 44.
The battle ended for the 4th ID by relief by the 83rd ID.
The Battle of Huertgen lasted 90 days, during which there were 24,000 casualties to trench foot, disease or combat exhaustion.
Killed in Action, 4,097
Wounded in Action, 17,371
Died from Wounds, 757
Total time in combat for the 4th ID, 299
Total % of casualties, 252.3
The division commander in this period was
Major General Raymond O. Barton.
If you would like to read an excellent account of the battle, get a copy of CITIZEN SOLDIER, Dr. Stephen E. Ambroise, author,
SIMON 7 SCHUSTER, NYNY, publisher.
Sorry that I took so long to get back tp you.
With best regards,
Louie Franklin Turner