GERMAN GARRISON SURRENDER AT AACHEN

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GERMAN GARRISON SURRENDER AT AACHEN

The Battle of Aachen took place from 2-21 October 1944. It was the first Germany city to be captured by the Allies.



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GI’s of the 26th Infantry Regiment in Aachen.

Protected by Hitler’s Siegfried Line, Aachen and its surrounding area was heavily fortified by the Nazis. To take the city, the Allies had to overcome a defensive line of inter-connected fortresses, pillboxes and bunkers guarded by minefields, anti-tank obstacles and barbed wire.

The U.S. XIX Corps attacked the city from the north, while the U.S. VII Corps attacked from the south.

After 10 days of heavy fighting against German infantry and armor, including SS units, the two American forces linked up and pushed toward the city.

On October 13, the 1st Infantry Division’s 26th Infantry Regiment entered Aachen. The regiment made slow progress against a stubbornly entrenched enemy, taking the city house by house, and rooting German soldiers out of cellars and sewers.

On October 21, the German garrison finally surrendered. The battle had cost the Americans over 5,000 casualties, while the Germans suffered over 10,600, including 5,600 who had been taken prisoner.



For More on the Battle See:

The U.S. Army’s Battle for Charlemagne’s City in World War II


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