Around midmorning, Leiper and his men spotted some armored vehicles and infantry moving along the ridgeline that ran from the eastern edge of Rechicourt to Bezange opposite their location. After returning to his launch point, Abrams sent a team composed of tanks and armored infantry to the north of the Parroy Forest. Perhaps compared to the greater drama of the Battle of the Bulge, this battle seemed so lop-sided. The Germans called them Jabos for jager-bomber, which means fighter-bomber. Frustrated by the series of delays, Hitler ordered the offensive to begin regardless of whether all of the allotted forces had arrived at the staging area. This is the description of the battle of Arracourt. Once the Allies crossed the Rhine, it would only be a matter time before they captured the Ruhr, the industrial heart of Germany, and the Saar River region of the Reich.
But C Company of the 704th Tank Destroyer Battalion, in hull defilade behind the center of the cavalry line, succeeded in destroying three of the German tanks. There is no such designation in either American records or in German records. The Hellcat rocked backward from the hit as the armor-piercing round penetrated the gun shield. The Germans held only two villages near their starting end of the table, worth 11 victory points. The 111th Panzer Brigade subsequently withdrew from the area. Radular, north of the road that linked Lezey with Bourdonnay. Lamison hurriedly sent a platoon of Shermans to a commanding ridge near Bezange-la-Petite to trap the retreating foe.
In compliance with the wishes of the Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. But while the Germans were reorganizing for a continuation of the attack some American tanks entered the town, under cover of smoke and artillery fire, and killed about 135 of the grenadiers-abruptly terminating this phase of the enemy maneuver. A Panther of Panzer-Brigade 111 enters Bures-sur-Yvette on 20 September 1944 Elsewhere, the Fifth Panzer Army had been no more successful on 19 September. The Americans started with a company of Shermans and a platoon of M-5 Stuarts in ambush in designated areas of the table. In compliance with corps orders, the entire 4th Armored Division reverted to the defense on 26 September. Panzer-Brigade 111 surprised the Americans but was unable to turn this surprise into victory due to the quick American reaction. All the other tankers in the company still were armed with the stubby 75s.
That last title neatly summed up the nature of the engagement. Spotting a company of German advancing towards Arracourt, Carpenter dived through a barrage of German ground fire in a continuing series of attacks against the German panzers, firing all of his bazooka rockets in repeated passes. B Company arrived at its destination 45 minutes later. On September 16, the Americans vigorously attacked the town from the south, fiercely opposed by panzergrenadiers who had been reinforced a day earlier by six tanks and an equal number of antitank guns. The back of the Fifth Panzer Army attack was broken on 29 September; nor was there any further possibility of creating a new force for a continued effort to reach the Moselle River.
Arracourt denied the Germans a successful counterattack, prevented their regaining any lost ground, and then became a bastion from which Third Army launched its Ardennes winter offensive in November 1944. We were given a few weeks' grace to rebuild our battered forces and get ready to meet the next onslaught. They bumped into American Cavalry forces, which were protecting the main force of the American forces of the U. . Poor reconnaissance and map reading by the Germans contributed heavily to the failure of the attack. From 19 to 22 September 1944, the 4th Armored Division broke the back of the German counteroffensive near Arracourt, destroying 107 tanks and 30 assault guns for the loss of only 14 M4 tanks and 7 M5A1 light tanks. For the next hour, the two sides continued their game of cat and mouse in the lingering mist and rain.
After nearly three hours of hard fighting, the Germans began to disengage. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas April 1986. The observation post telephoned back to the M4 crews, who were waiting for the unsuspecting Panthers. The second scenario pits the experienced German 11th Panzer Division against Combat Command A and the newly arrived Combat Command B, now hampered by restricted fuel supplies. It initially comprised two panzer corps headquarters, the , and the 111th and.
The morning of 22 September was fogbound and murky, giving the German assault force protection from the dreaded Jabo's. They used their antitank guns to repulse a half-hearted attack by the Germans probing their positions. Arracourt became the base from which the Third Army winter offensive was launched In November. Although our attacks were very costly it appeared at the time that they had achieved their purpose, and had effectively checked the American. In sharp fighting, the understrength U. In an interview for a television documentary, Leach recalled his meeting with Colonel Clarke. Additional Reading by Richard H.
One by one, the vulnerable German tanks started to pop and explode. Meanwhile, the 110th Panzergrenadier Regiment supported by tanks from the 11th Panzer Division attacked C Company and a platoon of tank destroyers holding Hill 265. While mopping up an enemy infantry platoon, one was hit by a panzergrenadier armed with a panzerfaust. Poor tactical deployment of the German tanks soon exposed their weaker side armor to Shermans which flanked and knocked out 11 panzers using the fog as cover. His crews killed more than 200 enemy soldiers while losing only three tanks in return.