Visiting the Siegfried Line – 5 Locations You MUST See

The Siegfried Line near Wallendorf is probably the best spot to dive into the Battle of the Bulge in Luxembourg. The defensive structures around the village are part of a 630km defensive line full of pillboxes, tank traps and other stuff. I travelled to Wallendorf to see some of these defenses. Around the village you […]

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The First Across The Rhine!

The 5th Infantry Division was the first division to cross the Rhine River. On the night of March 22nd 1945, they crossed the river and within 24 hours the whole division was across. They managed to establish a six-mile deep bridgehead and capture 19.000 demoralized German troops. Their crossing was also the first crossing ever […]

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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 to […]

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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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