The Service Diary of
German War Prisoner #315136
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The Service Diary of German War Prisoner #315136
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Squad Leader, First
Platoon, Second Squad
UPSETTING THE GERMAN TIME TABLE
The battle is known to the American soldier as The
We were known as the Golden Lions, because of the shoulder insignia we proudly wore. We were ready, we thought, to handle whatever came our way. We were young, brave and with honor. We have no reason to apologize to any person, State or Nation for the way we conducted ourselves in battle.
The Golden Lions of the 106th Infantry Division, due to the surprise attack, may have taken a few faltering steps in those snowy winter days of mid December 1944. Yet, as the German High Command soon realized, those young Golden Lions were capable of recovering and fighting fiercely.
As after action
reports of the
Hitler's orders were
to bypass all pockets of major resistance. His main objective was
His first objective, in the 106th's area, was to take St. Vith and its network of roads. He underestimated the time that it would take to overpower the Golden Lion Division.
Entrenched high atop the Schnee Eifel, the 422nd and 423rd Infantry Regiments of the 106th Infantry Division were bypassed on the North and south flanks. However, they chose not to stay in their positions. Instead, they withdrew and engaged the enemy, who had closed the pincers behind them at Schönberg. In doing so, they kept the enemy occupied during the crucial hours at the start of his counter offensive.
The delay which
resulted from their action, combined by the stubborn resistance of the
424th Infantry Regiment to the South, blunted the enemy's drive. The
Germans burned precious fuel, wasted troops and lost time that would
never be recovered.
In the final analysis their resources and time ran out.
The days lost and the men sacrificed, cost the Germans more than they
had bargained for.
This year also, Spring
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