bigpigeon.us webpage WWII - Germany > ETO > Enemy Counteroffensives > The Middle Bulge, updated by RAC 23 Jul 2022. Incomplete.
Topics to include:
- The fall of the 106th Infantry Division.
- The Battle of St. Vith.
- Battles to the west.
The Fall of the 106th Infantry Division
The green 106th Infantry Division replaced the 2nd Infantry Division in the northern portion of the First Army's sector on ?? December. Two regiments, the 422nd and 423rd, were stationed east of the Our River near the west side of the Schnee Eifel ridge; the third regiment, the 424th, was several miles to the southwest on the west side of the Our.
The 422nd and 423rd regiments came under artillery fire early on 16 December and hunkered down rather than withdraw from their vulnerable positions. By 17 December, when a withdrawal was attempted, they were surrounded. They surrendered on the 19th, losing over 6,000 men to the German prison camps.
The remainder of the 106th Division then participated in the defense of the road junction of St. Vith to the west.
Sources for the WWII Enemy Counteroffensives > The Middle Bulge webpage:
- Wehrmacht attacks, the Middle Bulge, 16 December 1944 map - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_St._Vith#/media/File:St_Vith_Map_Ardennes.svg.