December 20, 1944

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Pressure around Bastogne tightens the perimeter as Team Desobry of the 10th Armored Division  is pushed out of Noville by a German tank division.  Desobry falls back on the 1st Battalion of the 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment defending Foy.

 

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Dec 20th 1944

Weather bad, no­ planes in the air.

We’ve been surrounded since early this morning.[1]  Don’t know what happened to Berry and Lt. Johnson

Cummings or Bradish never got here either.[2]

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Can’t get radio to work.  Wouldn’t do any good, don’t have any freq[uency]. or crystals.

All of us are a little worried.

Didn’t get much sleep last night

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Footnotes    (↵ returns to text)
  1. The fog intensified on the 20th as a cold front entered the Ardennes region.  By this point, the Germans had succeeded in capturing Schnee Eifel, St. Vith, Wiltz, and Spa.  Understanding the situation, many commanders and soldiers assumed Bastogne would be the next to fall.  But as long as the 101 could hold-out and keep the Germans from gaining access to a network of roads radiating out of the village,  hopefully the Germans would be starved of supplies and support.  If the weather did not cooperate the same fate would meet the 101.
  2. Pcf. Bert R. Cummings, Bradish – unidentified.  Since Bastogne was surrounded, any remaining convoys that had not made it to the village were trapped outside and unable to penetrate without threat.

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