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U.S. 99th I&R Battlefield Memorial

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    U.S. 99th I&R Battlefield Memorial
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U.S. 99th I&R Battlefield Memorial
U.S. 99th I&R Battlefield Memorial
The Battle of Lanzerath took place here on the first day of the Battle of the Bulge a during the World War II (December 16, 1944), near the village of Lanzerath.
During a day of confrontation, the American reconnaissance troops inflicted dozens of casualties on the Germans and delayed the advance of the entire 1SSS Panzer Division, spearhead of the German 6th Panzer Army, for almost 20 hours.
The Germans finally defeated and captured the American forces at nightfall. Only one American, an advanced artillery observer, was killed, while 14 others were wounded while German losses totaled 92. The Germans stopped, believing the woods to be full of Americans and tanks. It wasn't until the Standartenführer SS Joachim Peiper and his Panzer tanksarrived twelve hours later than planned oit at midnight, that the Germans realized the nearby woods were empty
Due to the loss of communications with the battalion, then with regimental headquarters, and the capture of the unit, the American commanders were unaware that it had succeeded in delaying the advance of the 6th Panzer Army that day. Lieutenant Lyle Bouck considered the wounds of most of his men and the capture of his entire unit a failure
When the war ended five months later, the men of the platoon, split between two prisoner of war camps, simply wanted to go home. Only after the war did Bouck learn that his platoon had prevented the leading German infantry elements from advancing, and had delayed the advance of their armored units by some 20 hours.
On October 26, 1981, after considerable lobbying, a congressional hearing and a letter written by Bouck, all members of the unit were finally recognized for their valor that day, making the platoon the most decorated American unit of its size during World War II.
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