December 22, 1944 (page 2)

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Weather bad again my morale sure is bad off.  No planes in the air.  But plenty of Jerrie shells[1]

Shaved today but it really hurt my face.  Water was cold but I do feel a little better.

Name of the town we’re at

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is Bastogne.  Its an important road center to Spa and Fiege.[2]

No wonder the damn Jerries want it so bad.[3]

That rail gun is still booming away at night.  It hides out in the daytime so that none of our recon[naissance][4]

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Footnotes    (↵ returns to text)
  1. Snow has accumulated about 2 inches by December 22.  Very few enlisted men had winter overcoats.  Many of the Germans were wearing white suits and covered their vehicles to disguise themselves in the snow.  The Americans scoured the village for any light colored sheets the civilians might have to help camouflage troops on the perimeter. 
  2. Bastogne had been a headquarters for German troops since 1940 until taken over by the Americans in fall of 1944.  The village was ideal for occupation because it served as a hub of several roads leading to Belgium, France, and Luxembourg.  A railroad also went through the town offering optimal supply transportation.
  3. Because so many key roads radiated from Bastogne it was crucial for the German offensive to have access to these routes in order to resupply and cut off the Allies entry into Germany.
  4. Reconnaissance refers to military surveys or observation of enemy activity.

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