The 2nd Infantry Division tenaciously held its position during the Battle of the Bulge, preventing further German attempts to reconquer Belgium. Three days prior to the German Offensive they were attacking towards the Ruhr Dams in Germany. Their attack launched from the borders of Belgium and Germany, but at the time they had no idea of the German plan. On December 16th they fell back to the Twin villages of Krinkelt-Rocherath and they fought bravely on the Elsenborn ridge.

Although some units lost as much as 80 percent of their combat strength, the back of the German offensive in the Ardennes was effectively broken at the Twin Villages of Krinkelt-Rocherath.

The continuing efforts of the 2nd and 99th divisions, in concert with the 1st Division to the south and the 78th Division in the north, near Elsenborn Ridge, would end all German hopes for a successful drive to the Meuse River and then the vital Belgian port of Antwerp.

Infantrymen of the 9th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division crouch in a snow-filled ditch, taking shelter from a German artillery barrage in the Krinkelter woods on 14 December. (National Archives)
American soldiers of Company G, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, U.S. First Army, take refuge in doorways during mortar barrage laid down by Germans after the Americans seized a German forest stronghold camouflaged as a two-story residence. Wahlerscheid, December 16th 1944. (National Archives)
Leonard Russo, Headquarters Company, Third Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment during the Battle of the Bulge. (ETO History)
Men of the 2nd Infantry Division on the march. (United States Army Center of Military History)
Infantrymen of the 2nd Division move up towards Krinkelt, Belgium. The orange circles painted on the backs of their snow capes are for identification.
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5 thoughts to “5 Pictures of the 2nd Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge

  • Gene Liening

    Does anyone know of information about the fighting in Krinkelt on the night of Dec 19, 1944? My father was wounded that night manning a foxhole in the cemetary near the church.


      I found the two best sources of info on the fighting in Krinkelt-Rocherath to be the relevant sections of 1) Hugh Coles’ official Army history “The Ardennes: the Battle of the Bulge”, and 2) the book “Krinkelt-Rocherath: The Battle for the Twin Villages” by William C. C. Cavanagh, 1985, and republished in 2004 as “Battle East of Elsenborn”.

      What unit was your father in? My Dad was 2nd Infantry, 83rd Regiment, Company G, and in one of a few units from the 2nd ID to join with the 99th ID in the fighting in Krinkelt-Rocherath.

  • Sammy Plumley

    My dad was in Krinkelt on the night of Dec. 19, 1944. He was a medic and received a bronze star that night. He was at the rear of the column helping to care for the wounded as they retreated back to Elsenborn Ridge.

  • Joseph T Deosdade

    Am doing research on my spouse’s uncle, Telesforo S Martinez. He landed at Omaha Beach, was wounded near Vire France, fought in Brest and was later captured and sent to Stalag 2B Hammerstein Prussia. Any info on this individual would be appreciated.

  • Ron Strickland

    My Dad was a medic, 9th Reg, 2nd Inf. Will try and find his retirement papers for his Bn and Company. Contact me: Ron Strickland


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