Hell of the Hurtgen Forest WW2 Tour

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(including 28th Infantry, 4th Infantry, 8th infantry, 9th Infantry, 78th Infantry, 2nd Ranger Battalion etc)

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2019 is the 75th anniversary of the “Battle of the Hurtgen Forest”

SUGGESTED LOCATIONS

Hurtgen – The beautifully rebuilt Hurtgen Church & nearby battle scarred house. Plus some great “Then & Now” photos., inc at the location of the so-called “Hurtgen Hotel” – American C.P. Plus a discuusion about the hand to hand, house to house close combat, that ensued, to wrestle the vital town from the Germans. (121st Infantry, 8th Division)

Vossenack Church & the extremely heavy battles for the village. Plus a visit to the excellent Vossenack Museum. Fantastic collection of Battlefield relics here, uniforms, weapons, maps, photos etc (However – museum only open on Sunday’s)

The Lochmuhle (German aid-station), near Vossenack

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Below photo: Construction of ” the infamous Dragon’s Teeth” of the “Westwall” near Lammersdorf

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THE “DEATH FACTORY”

The 4 very impressive and intact, “Der Buhlert” camouflaged German Bunkers, hidden deep in the forest, near Schmidt (optional long hike, but well worth it). We can enter one of these to see how they were built and how the young German soldiers lived

The 2 ferocious Battles for Schmidt (28th & 78th Infantry Division’s)

The Germeter – Hurtgen road and the location where a Sherman tank fell into a huge crator

The former massive German “Wildesau” (Wild Sow) Minefield location, on the Germeter-Hurtgen road (b399)

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Field Marshall Walter Model’s grave & The Vossenack German Military Cemetery (Hill 470). 2,347 are buried here)

The Hurtgen German Military Cemetery (3,0001 burial’s) and the story about Lt Lengfeld – The German officer who lost his life, trying to aid a severely wounded American soldier, in the minefield in this location

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HEARTBREAK CROSSROADS

 

A Field grave, in the forest, near Germeter, of a young 19 year old Luftwaffe soldier -Benno Schott

Field grave of an American soldier (Sgt Lemuel Herbert) at Kommerscheidt

The fighting in and around Obermaubach and it’s important bridge

Untermaubach

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ROETGEN “THEN & NOW” PHOTOS

THE “GREEN HELL OF THE HURTGEN”

Below: Personal items I recovered from a 2 man American foxhole, (110th Infantry), in the Hurtgen, in October 2018. Items include 2 silver spoons, a coffee ration packet, various uniform buttons, keys for opening K ration tins, shrapnel, M1 Garand rifle bullets, an Artillery uniform button, wire and the best discovery of all – a sewing thimble. The GI’s were from the 110th Infantry. This discovery tells a story. The soldier was obviously sewing buttons onto his uniform and eating and drinking his rations, in this freezing foxhole, before German mortars have hit their positions. (because i found a German mortar shell nearby, crators and several other foxholes)

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Gey

Gressenich

Kesternich – a village where 2 ferocious battles occurred, house to house, hand-to hand combat and the story of how a medal of honor was won

Langenbroich

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Below photo: Huge piece of shrapnel I found, on the edge of an American foxhole, near Grosshau, in January 2019

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Ordensburg Vogelsang (Massive former Nazi training/education complex in the Eifel)

Paustenbach (Hill 554) – The heavy fighting to take this strategic hill, that lasted 2 weeks and cost many lives on both sides. The exploded and buried German bunkers and a long impressive stretch of Dragon’s Teeth can be seen here. (39th infantry)

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Rabenheck, Ernest Hemmingway’s route, Paul Boesch’s route of march and attack and “Death Valley” (optional long hikes in the Weiser Weh Valley)

The mass of German positions, trenches, minefields, foxholes, field graves, memorials, huge shell crators & bunkers on the “Ochsenkopf” hill, near the notorious Raffelsbrand road junction.

Jagerhaus

House Brandt (German C.P) near Kleinhau. Nicely preserved American foxholes in this area (121st Infantry) and Germanpositions inc observation post

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Schmidt Church & memorial made entirely from shrapnel

The former improvised American Aid station location, on the Kall trail, in the Kall Valley

The Kall Trail hike, from Vossenack to Schmidt & Kommerscheidt, including a Sherman tank track burnt into the ground (optional)

The Kall Bridge,”A Time for healing” memorial & foxholes by the trail itself, plus a discussion about “The All Souls Day Battle” and the unofficial ceasfire that occured

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Below: Guiding American Film director – John Herzfeld and his wife around the Hurtgen in October 2018. (John’s father fought in the Strass area (330th Infantry of the 83rd division)

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Anker’s MG Squad Memorial – Kleinhau

The Todtenbruch – Dead Man’s Moor – blown German Bunkers , foxholes and an American field grave

The battles around Rollsbroich

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Merode – a fine example of extensive German trenches can be clearly seen here, in the now peaceful forest. Plus an insight into the  6 day battle here, the heavy fighting in and around the beautifully restored Merode Castle (39th Infantry) and a bullet scarred house in the village itself. A discussion about the terrible battles that were fought here, at a very heavy cost to the American 1st Infantry Division and the German 3rd  Fallschirmjager division

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Below photo:  Battle scarred house Merode

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The German “Der Buhlert” Bunkers, near Schmidt. 4 large intact bunkers

Simonskall German Bunkers, including a uniquely restored , former German aid-station bunker, with original beds, stretchers and other equipment

Gey (American positions & foxholes)

Nideggen Church & Castle

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Hill 400 Bergstein

 

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The Brandenberg/Bergstein Ridge & the ferocious battles for the strategic and vital”Castle Hill” -Hill 400 (inc 2nd Ranger Battalion) Plus the story of the Anderson Brothers, who died here. Also a look at German MG positions and foxholes on the Brandenberg-Bergstein ridge

Location of the field grave & memorial cross, to PFC Paul Peternell (121st Infantry 8th Division), who died on the 9th of December 1944. His body was found in July 1981

The battles for the heavily defended Raffelsbrand Road Junction Bunkers & extensive trench systems

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Remnants of ” The Westwall” (Dragon’s Teeth) at Simmerath, Paustenbach & Lammersdorf

Rott (Norman “Dutch” Cota’s Command post -28th Infantry Division)

James E Rudder’s Command Post – Germeter (2nd Ranger Battalion)

Roetgen/Rott (Dragon’s Teeth) – 1st penetration of the Siegfried Line – September 1944-Task Force Lovelady – 3rd Armored division. German bunkers here and M.G position

Hill 203 – Heistern -many American 18th Infantry foxholes here

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The heavily defended town of Lammersdorf. American Jump-off positions from this town on the “Siegfried Line”  (Huge German water bunker hidden in the forest). Dragon’s teeth etc & rebuilt church

Simmerath and a great example of a long line of “Dragon’s teeth” of the “Siegfried Line”

Schevenhutte and the battles for this strategic town, inc some nice “Then & Now” photos

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The Schwammenauel  Dam

The battles for Strass, Bergheim & Hill 375 – Well preserved American 330th Infantry (83rd division) foxholes in the forest and German positions can be seen here

Winden – excellent bridge memorial & heavily battle scarred building, where the Germans were firing from, covering the bridge itself

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Kleinhau Church & excellent Memorials

Grosshau Church & excellent Memorials

Zweifall German bunkers & American command post with memorial. (Jump off-positions began here). Site of blown bridge

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