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Die US Armee in Koblenz, 18. März 1945

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Published on Oct 21, 2011

The 87th Division was moving into Germany when Von Rundstedt launched his offensive in the Ardennes. The Division was placed in reserve from December 24 until December 28, before engaging in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium on December 29. In a fluctuating battle, it captured Moircy on December 30 and Remagne on December 31. On January 2, 1945, it took Germont, on January 10 Tillet, and reached the Ourthe by January 13. On January 15, 1945, the Division moved to Luxembourg to relieve the 4th Infantry Division along the Sauer and seized Wasserbillig on January 23. The 87th moved to the vicinity of St. Vith on January 28, then attacked and captured Schlierbach, Selz, and Hogden by the end of the month. After the fall of Neuendorf on February 9, the Division went on the defensive until the February 26, when Ormont and Hallschlag were taken in night attacks. The 87th crossed the Kyll River on March 6, took Dollendorf on March 8, and after a brief rest, returned to combat on March 13, 1945, crossing the Moselle on the March 16 and clearing KOBLENZ, on March 18-19. The Division crossed the Rhine on March 25-26 and despite strong opposition, consolidated its bridgehead, and secured Grossenlinden and Langgöns. On April 7, it jumped off in an attack which carried it through Thuringia into Saxony. Plauen fell on April 17, and the Division took up defensive positions on April 20, about 4 miles from the Czech border. On May 6, 1945, it took Falkenstein and maintained its positions until VE-day.

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