Some Of The Most Brutally Intense Infantry Combat In World War II Occurred Within Germany S Hrtgen Forest Focusing On The Bitterly Fought Battle Between The American D Infantry Regiment And Elements Of The German LXXIV Korps Around Grosshau, Rush Chronicles Small Unit Combat At Its Most Extreme And Shows Why, Despite Enormous Losses, The Americans Persevered In The Hurtgenwald Meat Grinder, A Battle Similar To Two Punch Drunk Fighters Staggering To Survive The RoundOn November , The D Infantry Entered The Hurtgen Forest As Part Of The US Army S Drive To Cross The Roer River During The Next Eighteen Days, The D Suffered Than , Casualties Or About Percent Of Its Normal Strength Of About , Officers And Men After Three Days Of Fighting, The Regiment Had Lost All Three Battalion Commanders After Seven Days, Rifle Company Strengths Stood At Percent And By Battle S End Each Had Suffered Nearly Percent CasualtiesDespite These Horrendous Losses, The D Regiment Survived And Fought On, Due In Part To Army Personnel Policies That Ensured That Unit Strengths Remained High Even During Extreme Combat Previously Wounded Soldiers Returned To Their Units And New Replacements, Green To Battle, Arrived To Follow The Remaining Battle Hardened Cadre The Attack Halted Only When No Veterans Remained To FollowThe German Units In The Hurtgenwald Suffered The Same Horrendous Attrition, With One Telling Difference German Replacement Policy Detracted From Rather Than Enhanced German Combat Effectiveness Organizations Had High Paper Strength But Low Manpower, And Commanders Consolidated Decimated Units Time After Time Until These Ever Dwindling Bands Of Soldiers Disappeared Forever Killed, Wounded, Captured, Or SurrenderedThe Performance Of American And German Forces During This Harrowing Eighteen Days Of Combat Was Largely A Product Of Their Respective Backgrounds, Training, And Organization This Pre Battle Aspect, Not Normally Seen In Combat History, Helps Explain Why The Americans Were Successful And The Germans Were NotRush S Work Underscores Both The Horrors Of Combat And The Resiliency Of American Organizations While Honoring The Sacrifice And Triumph Of The Common Soldier, It Also Compels Us To Reexamine Our Views On The Requisites For Victory On The Battlefield
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- 424 pages
- Hell in Hurtgen Forest: The Ordeal and Triumph of an American Infantry Regiment
- Robert S. Rush
- 27 July 2019 Robert S. Rush