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11th Infantry Regiment in the Battle of the Bulge

During the Battle of the Bulge the 11th Regiment was sent to Luxembourg with the rest of the 5th Infantry Division to push the Germans back across the Sauer river. They attacked the most southern shoulder sector at a village called Christnach. They formed the left flank of the division and attacked towards the village of Haller on the morning of December 24th. From Haller the regiment had some resistance in the Hallerbach Ravine north of Haller, but they were able to move up to Beaufort and on the the highground overlooking the Sauer river.





Tactics for the next battles are forged near Echternach on February 6, 1945
“SC 201197 Luxembourg… Soldiers of Company F, 2nd Battalion of the 11th Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, talk over the coming attack, near Echternach. Date: 02/6/45” Photo: US Signal Corps / Collection: MNHM




Medical units of the 11th Infantry Regiment near Berdorf: Then & Now

5th ID Colour

Medics of the 5th Infantry Division near Diekirch. Picture colorized by me.

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  1. Doug Love
    November 16, 2017 - 10:25 pm

    My dad started off Ft. Custer, Battle Creek, MI. He was in 11th infantry, C company. That group later became part of the 3rd Army, 5th infantry. In July, 1944 they were sent to France. I do have his discharge papers but that’s about all I have. How do I find more information about that group, maybe even pictures. Thanks

  2. Shawn Smith
    December 30, 2017 - 5:13 am

    Hi Doug. My brother-in-law is doing research on his uncle Henry Vanpeteham. Sounds very similar history as your father. Same division, etc. Contact him at His name is Ken. Thank you.

  3. Leslie Wirpsa
    February 15, 2018 - 4:29 pm

    My name is Leslie, and my dad Victor J. Wirpsa was in the Infantry Antitank Company 11th. He died 51 years ago toady, when I was 4 years old, and I know very little about him. I would love to be in contact with anyone with a connection to the 11th!

  4. Mike B
    September 21, 2018 - 9:13 am

    Hi Leslie,

    maybe that I can held you in finding some information about your dad. What you wanna know exactly?

    Kind regards,

  5. Heather
    November 7, 2018 - 4:28 pm

    My grandpa is 93 and was in the 11th company C and in the 5th infantry “Red Devils”. He fought in the battle of the Buldge. Feel free to email me . My grandpa has some pics .

  6. Elizabeth
    November 12, 2018 - 3:32 am

    Any information on where Company K was? (Doing research on my grandfather – in 11th Infantry, Company K). Thanks!

  7. keith
    January 7, 2019 - 4:17 pm

    Heather, do you have an email address? My grandpa also served in the 11th infantry division.

  8. Lonnie Rietscha
    January 22, 2019 - 7:22 pm

    My Great Uncle Leo N. Rietscha with in this division. He was KIA March 16th 1945 and buried in the American Cemetery in Luxomberg. Never met him. Came across his purple heart and the scroll that it came with at my grandparents farm in Nicktown, Pennsylvania. He lived in Michigan after leaving the farm and sadly never returned. He met a woman who tended his grave frequently we were told.

  9. Adam Wilde
    May 19, 2019 - 7:23 am

    My grandfather was Paul F. Wilde and he served in the 11th Infantry Regiment as well. I would most definitely like to know more.

  10. Demian Lundfelt
    June 7, 2019 - 7:19 pm

    Looking for information about 11th Infantry Company B and their role. This was my grandfathers group out of Ft. McClellan.

  11. Lori Byrum
    June 23, 2019 - 5:07 pm

    My grandfather was in the 5th Infantry Divison, 11th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Company M. May be making a trip to the Battle of the Bulge area and would like to trace his steps. Any suggestions on where to start? Anyone else have a relative in this same company, by chance?

  12. Lori Byrum
    August 10, 2019 - 4:25 pm

    Repeating my post from June 23, 2019 and adding my email address:
    My grandfather was in the 5th Infantry Divison, 11th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Company M. May be making a trip to the Battle of the Bulge area and would like to trace his steps. Any suggestions on where to start? Anyone else have a relative in this same company, by chance?

    Thanks to anyone with any info!

  13. Daryl Melvin
    September 8, 2019 - 8:31 pm

    My father Lunsford R Melvin was in the 2nd infantry division co b army , Omaha Beach invasion d1 I believe , trying to find out his regiment. Any help appreciated

  14. Rose
    October 4, 2019 - 9:57 am

    My dad was in WW2 army, Company C 11th infantry. He is passed away now but when alive he would not talk about the war at all. I would like to know what he went through. Please contact me at if you have any info. thanks, Rose

  15. Cheryl Bishop
    February 3, 2020 - 12:08 am

    My father, Frank A. Bishop, was in 4th Squad,, 3rd Battalion, 11 Infantry Regiment, Communication’s Officer. Like others, he hardly ever spoke of his experiences. I do know that he was very lucky one night. He and a buddy were in a foxhole. My dad moved to get a cig.. It was then that a German soldier threw a hand grenade into the foxhole. It killed his buddy. He survived. He died young – only 54 1/2.

  16. Jeffrey Royce
    February 19, 2020 - 3:35 am

    My grandfather was in the 5th infantry div. 11th infantry reg.. I’m looking for a veteran, or a family member of a veteran, who received a silver star in a battle in the vicinity of Frankfurt-on-Main on March 27, 1945. The information I’m looking for is the “Award of the Silver Star Medal Citation” that came with the Silver Star Medal. If there is a veteran out there his nickname was “Pappy” because he was the oldest member of the reg. If any one has this citation please email me any help received would be appreciated thanks, Jeff

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