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My trip in the Huertgen Forest and the Ardennes


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The museum has many helmets on display.

Here are a few.

 

100th Division medic.

 

 

 

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"Did Americans want heroes ? Well, we were willing at that point to be satisfied with survival."

Looking for 45th, 86th Infantry Division and 106th Cav items.

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Another medics helmet.

 

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"Did Americans want heroes ? Well, we were willing at that point to be satisfied with survival."

Looking for 45th, 86th Infantry Division and 106th Cav items.

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And a third one.

 

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A nice 29th Infantry Division helmet.

 

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Here we have the link to the Huertgen Forest battle.

 

A Helmet from a member of the 28th Infantry Division "Keystone"

 

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And this would be a centerpiece of every US helmet collection.

 

A paratroopers helmet with markings of the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion.

 

This was donated by the veteran pictured in the background display.

 

 

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Uniforms worn during the Ardennes offensive.

 

 

 

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American Flyboy.

 

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A German Luftwaffe display.

 

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A German PAK crew.

 

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Last but not least , a fully equipped 101st Airborne paratrooper.

Sorry, it was a too dark

 

This museum is a worth a visit.

 

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This was it. I was walking a few times during my vaccation through the woods of Huertgen alone for myself or i was running through them.I haved stopped a few times at the tank tracks or the former american aid station, walked over the Kall bridge and tried to imagine what was it like in 44/45. It was a weird feeling, passing through the battlegrounds where so many died 62 years ago and now it's so peacefull alone in the woods.

 

Yes, it was a great holiday and it was a great trip. Saw a lot of history and well known places.

 

But while all the fun we have with our hobby, all the excitement we feel ,when we get a new piece we can add to our collection, let's never forgot the pain, the unbearable conditions, the homesickness, the loved ones at home, the great sacrifices made and at last the millions of dead that are connected to our hobby.

 

We should never forget this.

 

I hope you like this topic and is of any value for you.

 

 

Regards,

Stephan

 

 

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Stephan, just awesome! As a history instructor I am very jealous of your trip. I love the "before and now" pictures.

Great presentation, Stephan. Thank you for posting!

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Stephan,

 

Excellent. Really excellent. Even my wife sat down and went through the thread with me. She also enjoyed it (which may help my cause in getting a trip there before I die!!).

 

Such beautiful country too. Thanks very much for taking the time to post this. thumbsup.gif

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Great to hear Jim thumbsup.gif

I hope you can talk your wife into this kind of vaccation.

 

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Stephan

"Did Americans want heroes ? Well, we were willing at that point to be satisfied with survival."

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Need a guide, Jim? :lol:

 

Rattle, this is a great topic.

I have toured around in that area (Ardennes) quite a lot.

Maybe I should follow your example and post some photos as well?

 

Erwin

704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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Need a guide, Jim? :lol:

 

Rattle, this is a great topic.

I have toured around in that area (Ardennes) quite a lot.

Maybe I should follow your example and post some photos as well?

 

Erwin

 

Please show them thumbsup.gif

 

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Stephan

"Did Americans want heroes ? Well, we were willing at that point to be satisfied with survival."

Looking for 45th, 86th Infantry Division and 106th Cav items.

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Stephan,

 

Thank you very much for the interesting photo tour. I'm sending the link to my dad who was at many of these locations. I'm sure he will enjoy your pictures.

 

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Greg

My collection is strictly what my dad brought back from the ETO.

Sgt. Mahlon E. Sebring, 82nd Airborne, 319th Glider Field Artillery, A Battery - Normandy, Holland, The Bulge, and Germany... finishing with occupation duty in Berlin

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Great Thread Stephan!

 

I enjoyed it thumbsup.gifthumbsup.gif

 

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Thanks for the visit Stephan thumbsup.gif As a WWII battlefield history buff i have enjoyed your post very much and must thank you for that. I've particularly appreciated the photos in the huergen forrest, a place I would love to visit. The 1944 and actual photos are just amazing.

 

Again Thanks, Yannick

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Thanks for the visit Stephan thumbsup.gif As a WWII battlefield history buff i have enjoyed your post very much and must thank you for that. I've particularly appreciated the photos in the huergen forrest, a place I would love to visit. The 1944 and actual photos are just amazing.

 

Again Thanks, Yannick

 

Thank you Yannick and the others for your nice responses.

 

It was sad for me to see this topic go down in the other forum after all the pics were lost pinch.gif

 

regards,

Stephan

"Did Americans want heroes ? Well, we were willing at that point to be satisfied with survival."

Looking for 45th, 86th Infantry Division and 106th Cav items.

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Thank you Yannick and the others for your nice responses.

 

It was sad for me to see this topic go down in the other forum after all the pics were lost pinch.gif

 

regards,

Stephan

Thanks for sharing the pictures, very intersting vacation you had!

 

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The m4 turret at the Poteau museum wasn't turned into a pepperpot during the war.

It believe it came from the Leopoldsburg training grounds, where it was used as a target for belgian Army tank crews.

 

Great write up. I enjoyed it very much thumbsup.gif

 

Best regards

Carl

ALWAYS LOOKING FOR 106TH INFANTRY DIVISION ITEMS!!

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WOW..I love these postings of battlefields as they are now, with pics of what they were at the time..I hope I can get over there in the next few years, it is a dream of mine!

 

Here is a You Tube interview with a vet of the Huertgen battle that I just found Hope you enjoy!

 

Part One

 

Part Two

 

 

Here is some video of some of the sites around the battle, also from You Tube.

 

"We want to get the hell over there. The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit."

- General George S. Patton, Jr

 

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