Author(s): Walter S. Zapotoczny Jr.
In the early hours of 16 December 1944, the 28th Division received a message from headquarters informing them to ‘Hold at all costs’. From 05.30 that morning until 18 December, the men of the 110th Infantry Regiment fought and held, giving ground only when forced out, but buying precious time for General Dwight D. Eisenhower to find and move reserves from France.
That these scattered and battered 110th units could hold at all against such odds, delaying the Germans as long as they did, was by any standard an incredible feat. The 110th Regiment alone fought elements of three German divisions.
Early on, the force ratios reached ten to one in favour of the Germans, and still the 110th held on. The toll on the Germans was so costly in men, equipment and time that the race for Bastogne was lost where it began, among the widely-scattered outposts of the 110th Infantry Regiment.
The 110th Holds in the Ardennes: The Blunting of Hitler’s Last Gamble and the Invasion of the Reich details the heroic combat actions of 110th Infantry units in eight Luxembourg villages.
|234 x 156 mm
|15 May 2017
|33 black-and-white photographs