By Steven J. Zaloga, Howard Gerrard, Peter Dennis
Книга Osprey crusade №145. conflict of Bulge 1944 (2) Osprey crusade №145. conflict of Bulge 1944 (2) Книги Исторические Автор: S.J.Zaloga Формат: pdf Издат.:Osprey Страниц: ninety eight Размер: 7 Mb ISBN: 084176 810 6 Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:Сериявоенных книгCampaign от Osprey.
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This tank destroyer was the fastest tracked combat vehicle of World War II, designed to fulfill the Tank Destroyer Command's motto of "Seek, strike, destroy". In fact, by the time it entered service, its effectiveness was undermined by the inadequate performance of its gun against the new generation of German armored vehicles such as the Panther and the Jagdpanzer IV770. The more powerful M36 tank destroyer with its 90mm gun was the preferred choice in the winter of 1944-45. (Peter Dennis) Air resupply was critical to the defense of Bastogne.
The terrain in this sector was very rugged, the area being known as "Little Switzerland". Two regiments led the German attack over the Sauer River using rubber boats. The main opposition to the crossing proved to be the river itself. 320 near the main objective of Echternach failed due to the swift current, and the regiment had to be landed three miles downstream, delaying the attack. Although radio warnings went out to the widely dispersed 12th Infantry outposts in the early morning, many US units did not receive them, and were unaware of the German attack until German patrols appeared in mid-morning.
30HRS, 19 DECEMBER: Kampfgruppe Fallois pushes into Neffe, but spots an approaching patrol from the 3/501 st Parachute Infantry Regiment. 7. EARLY AFTERNOON, 19 DECEMBER: A trapped column consisting of elements of the CCR, 9th Armored Division and Team Cherry, 10th Armored Division are attacked and destroyed by elements from three German divisions. 8. Team O-Hara is attacked by Kampfgruppe Fallois, Panzer Lehr Division, which pushes them out of Wardin and back towards Marvie. 9. 19 DECEMBER: The 26th Volksgrenadier Division attempts to break in to Bizory after dark, but the attack is stopped by paratroopers with heavy artillery support.