Louie - They were not first in Hurtgen. They were with the 28th Division there and if there ever was a debacle (know it all female civilian's opinion) that was it and the thing that gets me there is that they stayed put with only 24 -48 hours to refit and the 28th was removed. And they were just among the first at Remagen. After all that bridge didn't stay up all that time.
And I have just been reading about the winter in the Apennines (sp). That too was a "something else" too bad to describe, I gather. Mary