Hasselpath Memorial Site (page under construction)
The Hasselpath Memorial Site was
opened on 13 Mai 2000. This was done by veterans of the US 99th
Infantry Division and the German 277th Volksgrenadier Division together
with the Military Attachés from Belgium and the USA and the
On 12 September
1944 Rocherath and Krinkelt were liberated by elements of the 60th
Infantry Regiment of the 9th US
Information about this area.
the fall of 1944, the Ardennes
front became quiet and static. The 99th US Infantry
Division, about 10.000 young and inexperienced soldiers, nicknamed „the
battle-babies“, spread across a frontline between Lanzerath and
Monschau. They suffered from rain, snow and cold. This particular
occupied by parts of the 395th Regimental Combat Team of the 99th
Infantry Division. The command post was in
a hunters lodge named „Sam Suphy“, a distant from about 300 yards from
here. On 13 December 1944, they crossed Hasselpath (hill 621 and
627, known as hill 88) and
Wahlerscheid (the 'heartbreak crossroads'), to attack the Roer-dams.
During the attack, many wounded soldiers were given initial treatment
on this first-aid station.
(Photo of the recent partly rebuild
first-aid station (Copyrights by
Hans J. Wijers)
On the 16 December, the BATTLE OF THE BULGE began. The area between Losheim and Hasselpath was the main target of German troops trying with energy, to reach the roads leading to Elsenborn and Liège. The fierce combats took many lives on both sides, but Rocherath- Krinkelt (by the 2nd Infantry Division and its supporting troops) was held until all US troops from Hasselpath and Wahlerscheid had withdrawn to the Elsenborn Ridge, where a new defensive front line was established. As a result, German troops occupied the Rocherath forest and this particular area became the position of the 1st Battalion, Regiment 989 of the 277th Volksgrenadier Division. From here, they launched many attacks towards the Elsenborn ridge, to not avail. Numerous wounded German soldiers and wounded American prisoners as well, visited this first-aid camp, before being evacuated to Kloster Steinfeld. Many of them died here as well, demonstrated by the many graves found around the hunters lodge.
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