Accession Number : ADA182833

Title :   Manchus at the Crossroads: Defending the Northern Shoulder of the Bulge.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : McMillin,C D

PDF Url : ADA182833

Report Date : 20 May 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : In seven days of battle, in December 1944, the 1st Battalion, Ninth Infantry suffered over 500 killed, wounded and missing. What began as an attack to penetrate the final defenses of Germany soon became a fierce defensive battle for an obscure crossroads on the German-Belgian border. By standing firm at a critical place and time, and seriously delaying Hitler's last great offensive at a crucial phase, the battalion made a significant contribution to eventual victory in the Ardennes. This paper examines the action of one battalion, as well as its parent regiment and the 2nd infantry Division in securing the northern shoulder of the Bulge. In so doing, it also attempts to illustrate the linkage between successful tactical actions and decisionmaking at the operational level.

Descriptors :   *BATTALION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, *DEFENSE SYSTEMS, *REGIMENT LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, *INFANTRY, BATTLES, GERMANY(EAST AND WEST), WOUNDS AND INJURIES, TACTICAL WARFARE, ATTACK, DECISION MAKING, DIVISION LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS, BELGIUM

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE