Friday, January 8, 2010

Meyerode ...

The Ardennes Offensive ...
(16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945)
...was a major German offensive, launched towards
the end of World War II through the densely forested
Ardennes Mountains region of Belgium, France
and Luxembourg on the Western Front.

(Bataille des Ardennes)
This German offensive was officially named
Ardennes-Alsace campaign by the U.S. Army,
but it is known to the English-speaking general public
simply as the
Battle of the Bulge.
The “bulge” was the initial incursion the Germans put
into the Allies’ line of advance, as seen in maps

presented in contemporary newspapers.


German 75mm PAK-40 Gun (Anti-tank Gun)
Opposite the school is a bar,
this was once the Headquarters
for a time of
SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer und Generaloberst
Waffen-SS Josef "Sepp" Dietrich commander

of the 6.Panzer Armee.

The Sixth SS Panzer Army, under Sepp Dietrich.
Newly created on 26 October 1944, it incorporated
the senior formation of the
1. SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler
as well as the
12. SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.
Sixth SS Panzer Army was designated the
northernmost attack force, having its northernmost point
on the pre-attack battlefront nearest the German town
of Monschau, with the offensive’s primary objective
of capturing Antwerp entrusted to it.


The 7.5 cm PaK 40 ...
(7.5 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 40)
... was a German 7.5 centimetre (3 in) anti-tank gun
developed in 1939-1941 by Rheinmetall
and used during the Second World War .

... There are no real winners or losers in war, only victims
Michel del Castillon - Paris ...