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Heroes of Hosingen – Untold Story of K Company.

August 29, 2017 joedemadio 7 Comments

In the town of Hosingen, Luxembourg, K Company of the 110th Infantry Regiment held out for two days as the Germans advanced to the west during the Battle of the Bulge. K Company’s efforts to stop the Germans resulted in a delay in the German troops on their way to Bastogne. With only 7 killed and around 10 wounded the American defenders inflicted more than a 1000 casualties on the German side, including 300 killed.

© Alice Flynn 2015

In the video below we follow Thomas Flynn, who was the Executive Officer of K Company during the Battle of the Bulge. His daughter Alice Flynn wrote a book about her dad’s unit called Heroes of Hosingen. In my video I’d like to take you back to Hosingen to briefly explain what K Company went through and how they managed to keep fighting. What does the village look like now and which traces of war can still be found?

For those who want to visit these historical sites I created a map that has the locations pinpointed on them. Next time on your visit to Luxembourg, make sure to stop by Hosingen.

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  1. Dan Webster
    August 29, 2017 - 3:25 pm

    Great blog and very interesting story, I always like reading your reports. Thanks for keeping up the hard work.

  2. kees vd loo
    August 29, 2017 - 3:39 pm

    great story i have been several times in Hosingen

  3. Kayleen
    August 29, 2017 - 4:55 pm

    You put a lot of work into your blog. Kudos to you for that. Our WWII tour group visited the American military cemetery in Luxembourg in June. Lovely and well-tended.

    • joedemadio
      September 2, 2017 - 12:28 pm

      Wow thank you so much Kayleen!

  4. Bronson
    August 31, 2017 - 10:45 am

    Good job on your research (as always)! It was the small pockets of resistance such as that of K Company that greatly influenced the outcome of the Battle of the Bulge.

    On another note, I really like it when you show the actual sites and their significance. I wanted to get to Hosingen just to see the water tower but didn’t get there.

    • joedemadio
      September 2, 2017 - 12:28 pm

      Thank you so much Bronson. I felt like I could’ve done better, so I’m gonna work harder for my future documentaries. Glad you enjoyed the video!

  5. Paul J. Cassavechia, M.A.
    September 10, 2017 - 10:39 am

    Battle of the Bulge letters from family archives

    Staff Sgt. Chester A. Blasko, U.S. Army, 4th Armored Division, Company B, 51st Armored Infantry Battalion writes to his sister Helen of Bridgeport, Connecticut, The Arsenal of Democracy with 500 war materiels factories in operation during WWII including the bazooka assembly lines of General Electric Company hdqts flagship military industrial complex and 1.5 million tommy guns made at Auto-Ordnance Company:

    France, December 7, 1944

    Dear Helen:

    “Received your letter written Sept. 11 and was very glad to hear from you. The pictures you sent me were really swell; thanks a million for sending them. They are the only pictures I have now. If I didn’t tell you in one of my other letters I will tell you now what happened to my other pictures.
    When I was in England after I got wounded somebody stole my wallet during the night and got all of my money, pictures and a few Nazi souvenirs I was hanging onto. Well the wallet was found two days later behind one of the buildings. All that was left was my address book and civilian and army drivers licenses. I was really mad. I would have used my bayonet on the guy if I caught him.
    The weather here is still muddy and rainy. It’s been so long since my shoes were dry that I won’t know how to wear a pair of dry shoes.
    Just think Helen, the 12th of this month will make me 43 months in the service. That is quite a long time to be in one man’s army. I sure hope this war would end soon so some of us can go back to the states if we are able to.
    Well Helen, this is all for now so give my best regards to Julius and Jimmy. Write soon. Love to you three, Chet”

    July 3, 1945 Holenfels, Germay

    “Dear Helen,
    Well here I am again and no mail from you. I know you haven’t forgotten, I guess it is just because you are busy making your home to suit the summer.
    Right now it is raining cats and dogs. It has been raining for the past week. I’m glad that the war is over; as it’s hell to fight in rain and mud.
    Well Sis I will be headed for home in a week or two. I will be going home for good. I also got some junk, in other words some Nazi loot to bring home with me. I have two cameras, a 32cal German pistol, an ink well and other small souvenirs. Wait until Julius sees the nice camera I took away from an S.S. soldier. Boy it sure is a honey. I think I know how it operates. If not, well Julius knows cameras and he can explain to me how all the dials work on it.
    Right now I am in charge of 10 men out on an outpost. We check all German passes. We are about three miles away from the rest of the company so we have it made out here. No officers come out to bother us or anybody. Our post is set in a valley among three mountains. I’m really a honey at mountain climbing. Once I get to the top I look down and wonder how in hell did I do it.
    Mother tells me that Jimmy is spending the summer with her. I’ll bet he sure is having a swell time with his Grandma. Well Sis this is all for now so until I hear from you I hope this letter finds you all in the best of health. I’ll be around to see you all soon I hope.

    All my love, Chet”

    Uncle Chet received the Bronze Star for combat in the Ardennes. His archive indicates from 7Dec44 in France to 3Jul45 on occupation duty in Germany he did not write letters due to constant combat during most of this time frame. He entered service in 1941 at Pine Camp, NY and moved to Camp Forest for the Cumberland Mountains maneuvers then to the Mojave Desert training center then to Camp Bowie then to Camp Miles Standish then to England then to Utah Beach. His unit spearheaded Patton’s Third Army from Operation Cobra to Luneville crossing the Saar River to attacking Bastogne and moving from Luxembourg City to Worms crossing the Rhine and liberated Ohrdruf Nazi concentration camp. He was one of six brothers who served during WWII. Three served in ETO and three stayed stateside. The other two in ETO escaped Nazi POW camps and were highly decorated with the Rainbow Divison and the 90th Division respectively.

    Au Revoir et Auf Wiedersehen, Paul J. Cassavechia, M.A. Balto U.S.A.

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