A Deserted Panther Tank
James Gordon and Private Rainwater inspect a deserted Panther tank formerly of the Panzer Division Das Reich near Grandmenil, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge, 1944
The 10th Armored Division, Bastogne
Sergeant John Opanowski of the 10th Armored Division, emerges from a dug-out built under snow in the Bastogne area. The 10th Armored Division and the 101st Airborne Division were pinned down in the Bastogne area by General von Manteuffel's crack Panzer Divisions - the 2nd and the 116th Divisions
Low Flying C-47 Transport Planes, Bastogne
Low flying C-47 transport planes roar overhead as they carry supplies to the besieged American Forces battling the Germans at Bastogne, during the enemy breakthrough on January 6, 1945 in Belgium. In the distance, smoke rises from wrecked German equipments, while in the foreground, American tanks move up to support the infantry
Gen Maxwell D. Taylor CO 101st Division Back in Bastogne
General Troy H. Middleton, CO VIII Corps shakes the hand of General Maxwell D. Taylor CO 101st Division in Bastogne on January 18, 1945. They are in front of "The Bastion of the Battered Bastards of the 101st" sign.
King Tigers No.105, in Stavelot, Belgium
The first of Peiper’s King Tigers to be lost was this No.105, commanded by the SS-Obersturmführer Jürgen Wessel, which was abandoned after it got stuck in debris on Rue St. Emilion in Stavelot on 18 Dec, 1944. Belgian civilians examine the knocked out German VI King Tiger tank, destroyed by US, troops fighting in Stavelot (Belgium) during the Battle of the Bulge, January 1945
The Link-Up Spot and Breaking The Siege of Bastogne [ 1 ]
On this spot from the road, Lt. Charles Boggess of the 4th Armored Division met up with engineers of the 326th, who were part of the 101st Airborne. Lt. Boggess led his tank, Cobra King, north of Assenois and he saw the engineers attacking Germans in this pillbox. Boggess put three rounds into the pillbox. Within 25 minutes, Lt. Boggess was shaking hands with General McAuliffe. Credit; Dalton on Flickr.
General Patton in Bastogne
On December 26, 1944, the first spearhead units of the Third Army's 4th Armored Division reached Bastogne, opening a corridor for relief and resupply of the besieged forces. Patton's ability to disengage six divisions from front line combat during the middle of winter, then wheel north to relieve Bastogne was one of his most remarkable achievements during the war. He later wrote that the relief of Bastogne was "the most brilliant operation we have thus far performed"
Two American Soldiers Examine a German Parachute
Two American soldiers examine a German parachute found in an area where German paratroopers were dropped at the beginning of the Ardennes offensive in December 1944.
Sacrifice Forgotten, The 333rd Field Artillery at The Battle of the Bulge
"The Wereth 11 Massacre". The 333rd Field Artillery Battalion was a segregated African American unit. Firing in support of the retreating American infantry in Ardennes. The Germans broke into their positions, shattering the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, killing or capturing half of its men. On December 17, the SS men drove 11 POW into the forest. Savagely tortured them with rifle butts and bayonets before cutting off many of their fingers and running over them with vehicles.
Air-Support Fighting General Weather !
Operating in blinding snow and freezing temperatures Douglas A-20 Havoc bombers of The US 9th Air Force taxi around the perimeter track of their snow-bound airfield towards the cleared runway at the start of a mission against German positions in the Ardennes. An American artillery observation plane under camouflage netting in a snow-bound field near Erezee. The Germans relied on bad weather to keep the Allied air forces grounded and for a short while their hope was fulfilled
The Last Battle for Paratroopers of the 509th Regiment
Paratroopers of the 509th regiment walk past the M3 Stuart tank of the 7th Panzer Division in the vicinity of the Belgian city of St. Vith. 24,01,1945. The 509th Infantry Regiment's service during WW II concluded at the end of January 1945 near St. Vith, Belgium. Of the original 700 paratroopers who entered the battle, approximately ninety-three percent were injured. Effective 1 March 1945 it was disbanded, and the soldiers who remained were reassigned as replacements in the 82nd Airborne…