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5th Infantry Division in The Battle of the Bulge

The 5th Infantry Division was moved from Saarlautern, Luxembourg to the area of south and southwest of Echternach. This was the most southern area of the Battle of the Bulge. The 5th replaced the 4th Infantry Division on December 23rd, and pushed the Germans back to the Sauer River. The 10thRegiment pushed them from Michelshoff back to Echternach. The 2ndregiment was on their left and fought their way from Consdorf to Berdorf overlooking the Sauer River. On the most left part of their front line was the 11th regiment. They pushed the Germans from Waldbillig, to Haller, to Beaufort back to the Sauer river and into Germany.

Map by Ben McGregor

In January the division was moved to the area south of Diekirch. The 2ndregiment was the first to cross the Sauer river on a second attempt on January 18th, 1945. The 5th division fought in the area north of Diekirch and were eventually moved back to the Sauer river. This time they could see Bollendorf at the other side of the river. On the 7th of February the 10th and 11th regiments crossed the Sauer river into Germany. The crossings were successful and the fighting in Luxembourg for the 5th ID was officially over.



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  1. Ivan
    January 30, 2016 - 8:50 pm

    My dad passed away and left me these collections. If you would like, I can show you Pictures of all this, Italo Balbo sitting on his gray horse and the exact same fascist blankets I have, next to Mussolini with the sword of Islam. Libya 1937.
    My dad is the Sergeant mentioned in the Provenance Below

    Description: Very rare textile (felt with linen backing) horse saddle blanket, (BLACK and RED) belonging to Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini (ll Duce) b. 29 July 1883 – d. 28 April 1945. Bearing hand stitched bullion thread Italian Eagle and The National Fascist Party (Partito Nazionale Fascista) insignia, with leather panels and a decorative Bullion threaded ribbon border. Blanket was acquired from King Victor Emmanuel III Palace, (Palazzo Pitti) Italy, during World War II by American liberators. Mussolini would use these during parades and also were used by his generals and even can be seen being used by Italo Balbo, Governor of Libya, during Mussolini’s occupation of Libya in Tripoli/Libya, March 1937. Provenance: American liberator, Staff Sergeant of the US 5th Army, 3rd division in WWII. Departing on the USS Transport “Rutledge”, his division landed at Fedhala Bay French Morocco in November 8, 1942. Invading Italy through Salerno, Italy. The company entered into the King Victor Emmanuel III Palace in September 1943. Blankets, tapestries, and tablecloths were acquired by the soldiers after Mussolini abandoned & fled. In 1944 The items were secured at Anzio, in farm storage and shipped back to the United States, where they have remained packed away for 70 years. Blanket measures approximately 28.5″ x 58″. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of history.

    Regards Ivan

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