The Last Hundred Yards Volume 1

The Last Hundred Yards Volume 1

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Dash for the Saar
Following the pocketing of Metz by Patton’s Third Army on November 19, 1944, the army’s other divisions begin a drive through eastern Lorraine to cross the Saar River and pierce the West Wall. On the 24th, Combat Command B of …

Desperate Measures
The men of B and C Companies of the 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment supported by two platoons of Shermans were met by intense mortar fire when they launched their attack against the Reichelskaul road junction in the morning of …

Hold at all Cost
In the early morning hours of December 16, 1944, the 1st and 3rd Platoons of B Company and a few anti-tank guns from the 630th Tank Destroyer Battalion were dug-in for the night in Marnach, an important road junction in …

A Tough Nut to Crack
The American forces fighting around the small farming village of Kesternich, 15 miles southeast of Aachen, in mid-December 1944 were in disarray. Commanders in the area in many cases had little clue as to the situation at hand. Units of …

Black Cat Blues
Captain Cole’s L Company of the 3rd Battalion found themselves on the outskirts of the small village of Allan in Southern France. The rest of the 3rd Battalion was still 5 miles back and just now passing through Bois des …

The Sickle
The American Third Army was attempting to pin down and cut off the German Seventh Army near Le Mans, France. Like a huge sickle, CCR and CCA of the 5th Armored tore through the enemy's flank. On the night of …

Tiger in the Pen
Four days into the Ardennes Offensive, Kampfgruppe Peiper had split its forces and was pushing desperately towards Stoumont and Cheneux. Peiper had left a garrison behind in La Gleize to protect his rear and cover the crucial road back to …

Counterattack at Hatten
By December 21st, the German High Command had realized that the Ardennes Offensive was not going to reach its objectives. A sudden attack on the southern Allied front might damage the gap that Patton’s Third Army had left on its …

Chance Encounter
Allied airpower had made movement and bringing in supplies for the German armies in Normandy a nightmare. By mid June 1944, the 3rd Fallschirmjager Division had finally received the major portion of their combat units. After a brief respite where …

At Least It’s Quiet Here
Corporal Cecil Hannaford was not happy. As the assistant squad leader in the 3rd Platoon, A Company, 110th Infantry Regiment, he had just learned that his platoon had been ordered to leave the warm safe shelter of their buildings in …

The Dark Woods
The American 9th Infantry Division was the first unit to move into the unknown of the Hurtgen Forest. Poor weather had curtailed effective aerial reconnaissance, and the almost jungle like nature of the forest itself prevented combat units from…

On Their Own
The Elsenborn Ridge will always be known as one of the few sectors of the American lines that held during the Battle of the Bulge. Just east of the Elsenborn Ridge lies the twin Belgian villages of Rocherath-Krinkelt. At 0530 …
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