Re: 1st Division battles, Dec 44 to Jan. 45
Greetings, Jerry Goodman !
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Briefly, the division had experienced a heavy German
counterattack in the area of Merode, 29 Nov44;
it was relieved by the 9th Infantry Division, 5 Dec 44,
and was sent to a rest area in the Luchem-Langerwehe-Juengerdorf-Merode area;
when the German drive on the Ardennes started, 16 Dec 44, the division was brought on line in the Malmedy sector;
it proceeded to clear the area south of Eupen, withstanding many German attacks, in the Butgenbach-Faymonville sector;
it fought at Elsenborn Ridge, 21-28 Dec 44;
the Germans penetrated the division lines there, 22 Dec 44;
the line were restored in short order;
it next attacked and took Steinbach, 15 Jan 45, which opened a clear path for the 7th Armored Division, as it attacked toward St. Vith.
Since this is a little bit beyond the time frame you set, I will end here.
Your dad had some rough duty !
That battle is regarded as the hardest fought campaign ever, and our victory there was essential to our final victory over Germany.
I hope that this helps in your quest for more light.
With best regards,