after a farmer near Bütgenbach cleaned part of his field the first
parts of the Panzerjäger IV 'Lang' where found. First piece is
front armor plate that came out of the marsch. It looks like the German
tankdestroyer has been one of the victims, belonging to the Heavy
Panzerjäger unit 560. Maybe left behind on the battlefield and
shoved into a bomb crater, or just went into a swamp, and blown up by
his own crew.
(more info will follow).
After several months of being 'under the weather', and not able to do
much, I picked up the pieces where I left, and hopefully will be back
on track asap.
One of the major things I work on now is getting the book on the 106th
Infantry Division ready.
Also I did a Staffride in the meantime again with the Westpoint
Academy, meeting with the German veteran Rolf Odendahl, and one with
the Dutch Military School.
December 2007: The ceremony of the
64th Anniversary of the Battle
of the Bulge was this time special. We had former Capt. James W. Love,
Commander of the Anti Tank unit of the 38th Inf Rgt (2nd Inf Div.)
from the USA to meet with his former and direct opponent of his outfit,
Baumann, Unterscharführer of the 12th SS Panzer-Division
and a Tankdestroyer
Commander of the Panzerjäger Bn.
Also from the USAG Benelux (under the command of Major Sonja Granger
received a full Color Guard to support us. Also the Dutch Army sends a
and volunteers from the Air Mobile
support the wreath laying.
We were greeted on the morning of 16 December in Krinkelt / Rocherath
Mayor and it was there were both veterans shaked hands, and together
wreath for the 2nd Infantry Division. This is the first time in
veterans of these two units came together.
After the ceremony in Krinkelt / Rocherath, we laid a wreath for the
Rgt 'The Blue Spaders' at their Monument at the Dom Bütgenbach,
Sonja Granger - Dyer held a speech written by my good friend August T ‘Mac’
McGolgan, just two days before he died, for the ceremony of 2006.
We continued to St Vith, and laid a wreath for the 106th Infantry
because Capt. James W. Love was their prior to the Battle of the Bulge in position close
Bleialf, he said a few words about the presence of the unit there. Also
speech held by the Mayor of St Vith, Christian Krings, included the
written by the son of Major Bill Garlow (Cody), the great grandson of 'Buffalo Bill',
We ended that day at the Crossroads of Baugnez, where we had the
wreaths for 3
units, the 7th Armored Division, the 526th Armored infantry Battalion
30th Infantry Division. Here I asked Major Sonja Granger - Dyer to hold
short speech, written by Capt. Mitchell, the CO of A Company of the
We had that day support of the AFN (Armed Forces Network) who covered
day and made two short movies of it, as well as local Press covering
in a great article in the German / Belgium Newspaper 'Grenz Echo', that
included an interview with Hans Baumann.
Video of the Battle of the
made by AFN (Armed Forces Network) during one of my tours with
the Dutch Army. Special Guest was Rolf Odendahl, German veteran of the
3rd Fallschirmjäger Division. He told his story about the
fightings in January 1945 and how he - after being captured - was being
interrigated by US Troops. (his complete story is in the book
'Operations of the 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division' during the Battle
of the Bulge).
Victory Tour with the 7th Armored Division veterans
Robert W. Hasbrouck Jr was amongst the 7th Armored veterans group; He
writes (see questbook)
"Thanks for a great job in planning and carrying out the Belgian
of the 7th Armored Division Victory Tour on May 28 and 29. It was a
rewarding experience for all the participants."
For more info
go to: >>
7th Armored Division Victory Tour (under construction). Coming up soon. Book on the 106th Infantry
With many new stories from both the German and American side. Did you
know that the Grandson of 'Buffalo Bill' fought in the Battle of the
Bulge? Also very unique photo's of the German Artillery unit standing
ready for the attack. German vehicles covered with camouflage in the
snow waiting for the attack, and also photo's of 591st Artillery Bn of
the 106th in the Schnee Eifel. Photo's that haven't been in any book
ARDENNES BATTLEFIELD TOURS:
We now offer a combined tour which includes the Normandy Battlefields.
details of this, our new web link will be open soon.
tours of the Ardennes explore sites
strategic importance, where the heaviest fighting took place. Read more
these by clicking on the link below.
of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Association
on the logo to go directly to the VBOB site)
Update January 2007 On 17 December 2006 we organised a
wreathlaying at several US Monuments along the North Shoulder sector.
We cooperated at Baugnez with the CRIBA. On the right column you will
find the links to the several places we went.
Update October 2006 (New) A new book is added to the book list. 'To
Safe Bastogne', from Mr. Robert E Phillips, veteran of the 110th Inf
Rgt, 28th Inf Div. To
see the book click here.
This week I had the change to talk with
Tina, the girl (now an eldery woman) who played a crucial part in the
Battle for Lanzerath Hill. I added the story of what she told me to the
A book on the 9th SS Panzer Division 'Hohenstaufen' will be released
around November 2006. Not a complete history, but two accounts of a
Panzergrenadier and a Flak member are put together, because accounts of
any Hohenstaufen vets are rare, but both accounts do give a very good
insight vieuw of the daily 'routine' and the horror of war of a
Panzergrenadier that was at the frontline.
Update September 2006
(should be ready,
unfortunately due to flu it
will be more towards December) Setting up a new site in German for the
German readers. Already available is the link to the German Books on
the Battle of the Bulge. To see the page click here.
(German / Deutsch)
Hoffentlich wird in September 2006 die deutsche Ausgabe dieser Homepage
'online' sein. Wohl noch nicht ganz fertig, aber schon einen link zu
den deutschen Büchern über die Ardennenoffensive gibt es hier.
Book Nr. 7 in progress.
Already research has started on book nr 7. This book will all about the
28th Infantry Division during the first days of the battle of the
Bulge. Interesting part is that a German Company Commander of the Rgt
77 of the 26th Volksgrenadier Division, who captured Hosingen with his
unit, wrote a unique detailed part of the fight for Hosingen.
Exercise with the Dutch Army (103 ISTAR Bn) was a great success. This
time we had a large number of German vets at the meeting. Click here to see some pictures.
Whilst writing the book on the pushback of the German 3rd
Fallschirmjäger Division, I have decided to make an extra series
of books about the counterattack all along the North Sector, so not
only in the sector of Schoppen, Faymonville, in which units like the
30th, 1st and 2nd Infantry participated, but also from the Elsenborn
In the next volume we will talk about the last attacks of the German
troops along the frontline at Elsenborn, and than the counterattack of
the 99th Infantry Division and its supporting units in January /
February 1945. The Capture of towns like Udenbreth, Hollerath, etc
supported by a whole range of pictures taken by Lt. Col (later General)
Thomas N Griffin, exec officer of the 393rd Infantry Regiment, out of
his Personal Photograph Collection during his trip along the
battlefield just after the war. Also we will talk about the artillery
support that was given to all those units from Elsenborn Ridge.
An extra book will appear on the pushback
of the German troops at the area south of Malmédy. Here elements
of the German 3rd Fallschirmjäger Division were defending this
area since Christmas 1944. Elements of the 30th and 2nd Inf Division
took part in this 'push-back', in towns like Thirimont, Schoppen,
Weywertz, etc. Many of these towns had to be taken after house-to-house
combat and the Germans had choosen several of the Hills (like Haut
Sarts) to stiffen its defense here. An unkown part of the Battle
of the Bulge. Click
here to see the frontcover of
Update Winter 2005 / 2006 On 16
December 2005 again I was asked for doing the wreathlaying at several
monuments in the Ardennes. This time I was honoured with the help of
the active unit of the 'Blue Spaders', 26th Inf Rgt., 1st Inf Div who
supported us with a Colour Guard. Also a re-enactment group from The
Netherlands plus many other friends were with us that day. Storm, hail
and rain and freezing cold did give us the feeling that it was
something that had to be done under any circumstances, and we choose
the worse weather in days. We managed to go to the monuments of the 1st
Infantry Division, the 2nd Infantry Division, the 7th Armored at
Baugnez, the 9th Armored monument at Ligneuville and to St Vith to pay
tribute to the men of the 106th Infantry Division. We hope to do more
the latest (newest) book on the North Shoulder, book nr 4
'Seize the Bridges' - "Spearhead to Antwerp" is
ready and with that one I managed to tell with the 4 books about the
battle fought at
the North Shoulder during the opening days of the Battle of the
here to see the frontcover of the book.
Update Winter 2004 / 2005 On December
16, 2004 it is 60 years ago, that the German Army one more time tried
to change the luck of war at the Westernfront. One more time in the
whole Ardennes (Belgium and Luxembourg) veterans from both sided will
come together and remember their KIA and MIA friends of the
battle. A 3rd book, called "Hell at Bütgenbach" tells about
the battle in the
Bütgenbach - Büllingen - area and is now
available. Many veterans of the 12th SS Pz. Div. and the 3rd
Fallschirmjäger Division are telling their story. Many pictures of
privat source that were taken after the fightings are published now for
the first time. Click
here to see the frontcover of the book.
Now close to an end is the German translation of the first book. It
will be finaly available September / October 2002. Click
here to see the frontcover of the book. This book will contain
newly discovered accounts of the Kampfgruppe Peiper and of a Hauptmann
from the FJR 9.
If you click here you will find a book review from the son of the
Hauptmann Heinrich Fick, KIA at Amel 20th of January 1945.
We finally started off with the first Battle Field Tours. I have now a
small team that can prepare and organise in future, Battle Field Tours
all over the former Battle of the Bulge Battlegrounds. Small Groups but
also groups up to 25 - 30 persons and even bigger ones on special
request. Click here -
the result of the first trip that was on March the 20th 2002!
Since December 2001 the first book on the Northern Shoulder is ready.
After more than 6 years research in the area with the help of numerous
veterans from both US and German side, finally the first book out of a
series of 3 - 4 on the Northern Shoulder is ready. For informations and
readers review click here
Also the book on the 2nd Infantry Division is currently in progress of
being written, and will be ready Winter 2002 / 2003.
An new page is added to my site. It is called "search /wanted". On this
"search" page I will add names of persons that where found on relics
from the Ardennes. With this new page I hope to find any information to
these persons or its family. The "wanted page" will contain requests
for help on items I'm currently working on.
to see a list of Links, go to the
If you have visited my homepage, it would be nice of you, if you
leave your message, suggestions, etc at my guestbook:
2008: A photo of a group of
soldiers of the Dutch Military School after they finished the reccon of
the area of the 2nd Inf Div. and paid their respect to the men of the
2nd Inf. Div.
from left to right:
Susanne, Rebecca, Mascha, Yasmin, Milou, Ingrid,
Laurel, Myrthe, Esther.
Wreathlaying at the 99th Infantry Division
Krinkelt / Rocherath by Sgt 1st Class Carola Houwert
of the Dutch Military School of Weert (The Netherlands).
Below , Carola carrying a MAG and ammo.
more than 63 years the suitcase of
2nd Lt. George E. Hammond, who
died during the
Battle of the Bulge on 19 December 1944 returns
the photo to read the full story:
The Battle for Lanzerath Hill. Herewith I like to give every reader,
who heared about The fight for
Lanzerath Hill, the opportunity to read
what really happened outthere.