Hosingen (Great-Dutchy of Luxembourg), January 29, 1945 : the 193rd GIR fights for the last time
I have made many many research on the 193rd GIR and I'm finishing a book (in french) dedicated to this 17th Airborne's unit. I am currently doing the layout of the Rhineland campaign chapter. On January 28, 1945, the 193rd GIR were located in the little village of Hosingen (Great-Dutchy of Luxembourg) facing the German border and the Siegfried Line (also called Westwall) delimited by the Our river. To better understand the battle, I have made a one day trip in the area and I think it is interesting to share this with you.
The operation: on January 29, 1945, the 193rd GIR has received the mission to seize the highest ground facing the Our valley to better observed the German border and movements of enemy troops. The offensive starts around 02:00 PM with A Company on left and E Company on right. Under heavy fire, A Company failed to reach its objective while E Company reaches its goal at the cost of numerous losses. The two companies are ordered to withdraw at 05:30 PM. This action will be the last one for the 193rd GIR.
Operation of the 193rd GIR on January 29, 1945 (TFH map)
Hosingen before the war & after the battle of the Bulge (from the Archives of Hosingen, available on the web):
The Battlefield today: these pics have been realized this last sunday (August 12, 2018).
Hosingen today seen from the left part of the front occupied by the 193rd GIR on January 28 & 29, 1945 :
Both companies leaved the village by the main road to Germany, exactly at this place :
The Our valley today :
The objectives of the January 29, 1945 (still seen from the left flank of the front) :
This pic realized just on the right of the E Company's goal shows very well the very hilly landscape in this area and the incredible difficulties to lead patrols at this place, especially in winter with anti-personnel mines on the ground and enemy fire over your head !
As a testimony of the battle, it is still possible to observe fox-holes. On the first pic, we seen very well a large german collective shelter with wooden roof remains. On the second one, we can seen individual fox-holes :
Or simply pieces of shrapnel lying on the ground 75 years after the battle ...
Or a commemorative plate in honor of the 17th AB Division :
And finally two other surprises on the way to home ...
This german 88mm PAK 43/41 anti-tank gun visible on the village of Heinerscheid (Great-Dutchy of Luxembourg) located 10,9 kms north of Hosingen :
And this german 150mm Schwere FH18 visible on the village of Cherain (Belgium) located 10 kms north-east of Houffalize, in the area where the 17th AB has fought during the Bulge. Of interest are the numerous impact of shrapnels visible on this battlefield relic :
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