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North of DIEKIRCH, LUXEMBOURG, 17 December
1944: Only four infantry divisions were assigned by the Germans
to cover the southern flank of their assault armies during the
Battle of the Bulge. Their mission was to establish a bridgehead
across the Sure and Our rivers and make limited advances westward
to take blocking positions south of Bastogne. The 352nd Volksgrenadier
division, composed mainly of ex-Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine soldiers,
had to assault a sector defended by the 109th U.S. Infantry Regiment.
On December 16, after an opening artillery barrage, the 915th
Volksgrenadier regiment crossed the Our and pushed aside the American
outposts achieving a fast penetration to the northeast of Diekirch.
However, its other sister regiment was pinned on the river banks
by the well-directed fire of the U.S. artillery batteries emplaced
near Diekirch. On the 17th, the Germans, hampered by U.S. counterattacks,
spread through the rear areas near the ridge-line road that the
Americans called "Skyline Drive". There, they threatened
the gun positions of the U.S. field artillery batteries. By mid-afternoon
the Germans were closing in on the U.S. batteries emplaced northwest
of Diekirch. The gunners fought as infantry while the fire from
a neighboring battery blasted the woods east of the road in which
the enemy assembled. Hard pressed, the gunners were relieved by
two friendly counterattacks. Two AAA halftracks raced up the Skyline
Drive, and drove into the files of German infantry on the road,
their quad .50-caliber machine-guns blazing. One was destroyed
by enemy fire while the other fought its way to the batteries.
A tank platoon with supporting infantry, previously sent to the
north to help the Hoscheid garrison, came back into the fight,
rumbling into the midst of the enemy. The batteries were saved.
What you get!