December 19, 1944

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In the afternoon of December 19, a trapped column of troops from the 9th Armored Division and Team Cherry from the 10th Armored Division are attacked by the Germans and Longvilly falls.  Likewise, Team O’Hara is pushed out of Wardin and pulls back to Marvie.

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Dec. 19th 1944

Moved into this town don’t know the name don’t make much difference either[1]

Some shells landing near but the Jerries got kick out by the 506th Regiment[2]

Bright sunny day but theres was a fog in the afternoon.  No planes over here dammit.[3]

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Sleeping in a german barracks[4] with Geiger and some other guys from the company

Still some shells coming in, hope I get some sleep Georgia.  Anyway I can’t write but still thinking about you and yours.

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Footnotes    (↵ returns to text)
  1. While stopped in Bastogne for a briefing on the situation before moving on to Werbomont, Major General Troy H. Middleton, commander of the VIII Corps, informed General McAuliffe of the 101st Airborne that they were to stay and defend Bastogne.  The information of the attack, known at that time, suggested the Germans were headed to Bastogne hard and fast.  Had General McAuliffe continued on to Werbomont instead of stopping in Bastonge the village would have had no defense and the central transportation hub would have meant Ally defeat if taken by the Germans.
  2. Colonel Robert F. Sink’s 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment which included “Easy Company” documented in Band of Brothers. The 506 was on the eastern perimeter around Bastogne.
  3. The weather played a key German advantage under cover of heavy fog and winter weather they were able to advance while the Allies were unable to get air defense or relief to Bastogne for several days.
  4. After arriving in Bastogne and receiving orders to stay put, General McAuliffe set-up the division Operations Room in one of six vacated German barracks (known as the Heinz Barracks) in the northwestern edge of Bastonge.  The Message Center where the Signal Corp set-up was in the end room of the 10-room barrack

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