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On December 30th German High Command's plan to capture Bastogne called for a push from the west simultaneously with another from the east. The object of these two forces was to pinch the corridor at Assenois south of the town. …
On December 30th German High Command's plan to capture Bastogne called for a push from the west simultaneously with another from the east. The object of these two forces was to pinch the corridor at Assenois south of the town. With the ring closed they would turn north and with attacks by the forces surrounding the city, Bastogne would fall. The Western Pincer assembled the tanks and infantry of the Fuhrer Begleit Brigade and the 3rd and 15th Panzer Grenadier Divisions. Their initial progress toward Sibret was good. But meanwhile southwest of Bastogne, the new U.S. 11th Armored Division along with the 87th Infantry had been ordered to drive north. As the early morning fog lifted it revealed that both sides were advancing in force on this front. The result was that the two attacks ran right into one another. The American armor attack went nowhere after Task force Pat was ambushed by German panzers. While the 87th Infantry on the American left did take the villages of Moricy and Remagne only to be forced back by a determined counterattack by the Panzer Lehr Division. Heavy casualties on both sides brought the bitter fighting in this sector to a close. The German western pincer had failed. Patton although disappointed in the results of the American drive noted, 'had we not hit the Germans head on they may have again closed the corridor into Bastogne'.
The Siege of Bastogne was an engagement in December 1944 between American and German forces at the Belgian town of Bastogne, as part of the larger Battle of the Bulge. The goal of the German offensive was the harbor at Antwerp. In order to reach it before the Allies could regroup and bring their superior air power to bear, German mechanized forces had to seize the roadways through eastern Belgium. Because all seven main roads in the densely wooded Ardennes highlands converged on Bastogne, just a few miles away from the border with neighboring Luxembourg, control of its crossroads was vital to the German attack. The siege was from 20 to 27 December, until the besieged American forces were relieved by elements of General George Patton's Third Army.
Wikipedia: Siege of Bastogne
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