Old School Tactical: Phantom Division

Old School Tactical: Phantom Division

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Any Day the Ruhr Pocket
Germany collapsed as the US 1st and 9th Armies divided the already encircled Ruhr. Some towns greeted the Americans with white flags while others fought to the death. In many towns, the men of the 9th Armored Division encountered …

Big Boys
The Germans threw everything that they had at the Remagen bridgehead. The Arado Ar234 Blitz jet bomber, massive artillery barrages, V2 rockets (their only tactical use in WW2), and frogmen. However, a well-coordinated, crushing ground assault never…

We Can Try This
After breaking through the Siegfried Line, the 9th Armored Division raced into Germany. On the afternoon of March 7th, C Troop of the 89th Reconnaissance Squadron, which was part of Task Force Engemann, rolled onto a ridge overlooking the small …

The Shell Begins to Crack
After several days of battle, the goose egg that was the American’s St. Vith perimeter began to crack. Early in the morning of 21 December, a mixed force of German infantry and AFVs overran elements of the 27th Armored Infantry …

Southeast of St. Vith, the village of Elcherath was captured by the 190th Regiment of the 62nd Volksgenadier during the morning of the 18th. In the early afternoon, 2 companies of the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion were ordered to retake …

A Bit North of Here
While the American infantry fought for and captured the Elcherath hills, most of 9th Armored CCB fought a day long tank duel with elements of the 1st SS Panzer Division North of St. Vith. The Panzer Division was told they …
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