The taking of Bitburg – A Veteran’s Story

By Edgar Valderrama from C Company, 11th Infantry Regiment The following story was passed on to me by Edgar Valderrama, a veteran of the 11th Infantry Regiment of the 5th Infantry Division. Valderrama was in C company and probably joined the division before the division’s battle at Metz. His name is in the official 11th regimental roster, […]

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The 5th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge – Photo series

The 5th Infantry Division To Luxembourg  Picture: Through heavy snow in the night, units of the 3rd Army, including the 5th Infantry Division, reached Luxembourg from the Saar in the afternoon of December 20th, 1944. Photo: IWM, London.   Picture: Pvt. Charles Breston from Nicholasville, Kentucky, brushes snow from his 30-calibre machine gun. He belongs […]

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Patton across the Sauer River – Battle of the Bulge

‘How human beings could endure this continuous fighting in sub-zero temperatures is still beyond my comprehension!’ – General George Smith Patton, Jr. Nowadays, the people of Diekirch, Luxembourg, do their daily groceries at the local Lidl or Cactus Shopping Center. Little do they know that this particular part of the city played a big role […]

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Missing in Action Germany: Private Carl D. Altomonte – February 18th 1945

During the spring of this year I started a research project on Private Carl D. Altomonte. When browsing through the 2nd Infantry Regiment’s casualty list I came across his name, Carl was listed as missing. Later on I found out that he was also on the wall of missing soldiers at the American Luxembourg Cemtery […]

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