Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Roll On

Last week saw the dedication of Pittsburgh's World War II Memorial on the North Shore.

Rarely mentioned these days is another Pennsylvania WWII anniversary coming up next week. December 16th is the anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. At the center of the attack was the 28th Infantry Division.  The 28th division was formed from, and remains, the core of the Pennsylvania National Guard.  The division took heavy losses in fighting the 5th Panzer Army, but in doing so was able to hold off the attack for 3 days, severely upsetting the timetable of the German advance. The reason the 28th ID was where it was? It had been placed in a 'quiet' sector to rest after difficult fighting in The Battle of Hürtgen Forest, said to be the longest single battle ever fought by the U.S. Army. 

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