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The Battle at St. Vith, Belgium, 17-23 December 1944

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The Battle at St. Vith, Belgium, 17-23 December 1944: An Historical Example of Armor in the Defense
  • Edited by Ray Merriam
    • Merriam Press World War 2 History Series
      • Fifth Edition 2012
      • 104 6x9-inch pages
      • 9 photos
      • 11 maps
      • 2 order of battle charts
      • 4 appendices
This is a brand new edition (not a facsimile reprint) of a booklet originally published by the U.S. Army Armor School at Ft. Knox in 1966.
     At the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge two of the most important localities were Bastogne and St. Vith, with their the road nets which, if held, would disrupt the plan of any aggressor.
     Bastogne was an important communications center and has received much of the attention, causing many to lose sight of the importance of St. Vith and the gallant stand made for its defense by elements of the 106th Division and CCB, 7th Armored Division. It was CCB which influenced the subsequent action and caused the enemy so much delay and so many casualties.
     Though armor was not designed primarily for the role of the defensive, the operation was nevertheless a good example of how it can assume such role in an emergency.
     This is a detailed, well-written history of a highly significant battle.
 
Contents
  • Foreword of 1966
  • Foreword
  • Editor’s Note
  • Introduction
  • The Front on 16 December 1944
  • The German Strike
  • The March to St. Vith
  • The Defense is Organized
  • The Line Holds on 18 December 1944
  • Events of 19 December 1944
  • Events of 20 December 1944
  • Events of 21 December 1944
  • Events of 22 December 1944
  • The Seventh Day: 23 December 1944
  • Supply Difficulties
  • An Inventory
  • Lessons
  • Back to St. Vith
  • Appendices
    • Allied Order of Battle, 0530, 16 December 1944
    • German Order of Battle, 0530, 16 December 1944
    • Troop List, 7th Armored Division
    • Honors
  • Bibliography

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