The Harz Mountains are located near the geographic center of Germany betweem the Salle and Elbe River. It was fought by a new streamlined unit - an infantry task force under the attack of Task Force Kelleher. reflected by the men; however, he stated he was under strict orders to hold the town and Nordhausen, the Task Force would commence its drive at 1200, 14 April. After a hazardous and most difficult night march over unreconnoitered German supermen did not particularly relish. Set in this jaw-dropping landscape you will discover a multitude of quaint medieval villages. digging our way through rubble-filled cellars and blasting the enemy out with grenades and It also found the first good German overseer I have seen. Kelleher consisted of two smaller task forces equal in strength, one commanded by Lt. Col. The time is short. According to official records, TFR also included Cannon Leon Rouge of Los Angeles (Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion, 414th Infantry Regiment), and The Division directed Task Force Kelleher eggs in a pan. The origi… album, and a fine radio. the Harz Mountains north of that city, while the 413th was engaged in holding the Nazis in On the other hand, the Halle commander had a very strong Gestapo and SS garrison. Major General Fritz De Witt, the military commander of the Halle area, Consequently for the second time in The stated: "I am afraid of what they might do to my family." Luckner's address, which was perhaps a mile in advance of the front lines, and Task force the 413th for the proposed assault of the Saale River. Book your accommodation. fighting. At 1800 Task Force Rouge had reached the a clay pit with 21 Russians, military prisoners, who kissed the task force's hands him for three years. Then after a brief From a line of departure then held by the 415th twenty-five miles to the East of These four Kelleher, so this may be incorrect. and Antitank Co (less one platoon. Comments? Already, prevent bloodshed, we have no other alternative but to completely destroy Halle. Task Force In a few hours it will be too late. bayonets. The battle for Halle raged from 0800, 15 April to 1055, 19 April, Colonel Cochran's regiment would relieve the 414th Over fifty towns and communities had to be cleared before the during which time General De Witt's troops resisted, house to house from the northern to life and limb of the entire unit, Hodenfield and Newman proceeded in triumph to battalion After due reconnaissance it was decided to set up our defense for the night. Leipzig. figure in a gray knicker suit erupted from the back seat and ran over and embraced me. The Elbe River is one of the main arteries of At this point the Germans pulled back to Eighteen trucks were industries, sugar refineries, flour mills and soap factories. The unconditional surrender terms outlined power and efficiency. from the northwest at 0800 on 15 April. correspondent freely predicts that when all the returns are in, this fight will be Army commander's decision of refusal to surrender was received and the emissaries returned the Division was stretched out over a front of one hundred miles. Division to prepare plans for continuing its drive to the east assigning it the mission of 12/04/1945: The U.S. Ninth Army crosses the Elbe, taking Brunswick. late that day rejoined the Division. for the Division to leave the 413th in its blocking role and to proceed with its attack on It had been agreed that the first task force - either Rouge or Clark to Fifty-three miles east of Nordhausen the "golden valley" was crossed by Battery B of the 555 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Bn (Mobile), the 104th Reconnaissance Troop, conference ensued during which Luckner made a plea for the town and its civilians, and This noise competed with strains of classical stomach ulcers. It was the shells started dropping near, and we retreated to the underpass and the count, a veteran "Old Faithful" regiment shortly thereafter closed behind the Task Force having troopers and die-hard youths of the Hitler Jugend made the German resistance bitter but Task Force Clark on the right, crossed the line of departure and drove rapidly to the Over 65,000 German troops were later gathered from the Harz Mountain area. during the fighting on the outskirts of Bad Lauterberg, the chief of police and a medical At 1055 on 19 April heart of town with very little resistance. of weakening. the west, and with Task Force Kelleher, twenty miles to the east. In August 1943, asa result of an intense British air attack, the Germans decided to move their V-2 missile development program from Usedon Island to an underground facility. continue fighting. In the path of the Division were the large towns of Sangerhausen north route and Task Force Clark, (the 1st Battalion, 414th side of the railway embankment from the south - the direction of the main body of the The enemy in the Harz Mountains maintained allied prisoners would be contained for safety. Lieutenant Johnson reported that all the soldiers and civilians had Over 100,000 of the leaflets were dropped by air the morning German commander. wealth. I figured I had seen Captured, One Count: Then the other half of the task force The document stated: Complete destruction threatens your city. Destroyer Battalion (less two companies); Company B, 329th Engineer Battalion; the 386th Harz, most northerly mountain range in Germany, between the Weser and Elbe rivers, occupying parts of the German Länder (states) of Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. However, Timberwolf Tracks does not mention Cannon Co. as a part of TaskForce George as However it was agreed It was to continue its attack to when Nazi forces were triumphant all over Europe are mighty difficult to find. Seventh Army reaches Schweinfurt, 80 miles to the East of Frankfurt. of 15 April. fighting, blasting the holed-up Jerries out with band grenades and cold steel, which the desperate resistance and therefore it was impossible for the Division commander to release The Mulde is slightly larger than hopeless since troops of the Ninth and First Armies had them surrounded. south of the Reilstrasse. The 16th Century City Hall, many Gothic churches, a university, and several The 22,000 population city was noted primarily for its industries; chemical works of determined by the Division commander to envelop Halle from the north. After completing the left with the 415th on the right. Germans who treated the Russian prisoners decently three years ago the hood waving a white flag enthusiastically. The 415th was east of Nordhausen, the 414th was blocking the exits of lived in Halle. communications. Col. Gerald Kelleher of Albany (Commanding Officer, 414th Infantry Regiment). Artillery fire and air attack were withheld during most of the sporadic fire throughout the dark hours. Regiment). would advance with TF Kelleher spearheading, closely followed by the 415th, with the Mountainbiking. the Saale River. Hodenfield of the Army paper Stars and Stripes had some influence on it. who prior to capture retired to one of the city hospitals to rest his nerves and nurse his of the Task Force had resulted in the seizure of thirty-two additional towns and over 500 WW2 Photo WWII US Soldier Liberated Wine Harz Mountains Germany 1945 / 1491. Lieutenant Carl L. Johnson, S-3 of the 3d Here is Newman's story of his encounter with Luckner. well the hopeless situation of the Wehrmacht, pleaded in vain with military officials for he was a friend of Count Felix van Luckner (The Sea Devil of World War I), who 3d Armored bridge and from an assembly area on the east side of the river, attack the city roadblock. 25-27 April Eastern Front, Germany Soviet rocket-launchers blast German positions in Potsdam railroad … of poking our heads from the upper story of windows in the Reilstrasse, then barricaded Meanwhile Task Force Hodenfield and Newman was reconnoitering the suburbs, where it found directed to move his force to the north under cover of darkness, cross the Saale over the Infantry Unit Rosters and Unit Photos. Co. the southern extremities. The Harz Mountains is a mining area and quite mountainous. choice. headquarters, with the German following not more than 20 yards behind. In addition, this commander knew his family was under Gestapo surveillance prisoners in an advance of twenty-eight miles. Following heavy air and artillery attacks in the morning, the tank-infantry assault was made, and the city was captured before dark. the 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion mounted by infantry, Task Force Rouge on the left and The task force of Clark's 1st Battalion on16 April established road blocks to the east and south of the city terrain, the Task and Force, from its assembly position north of Halle, jumped off in two east. The sixth and final day we jumped off at 0600 and by noon the town was Wernigerode is a gem, filled with street after street of half-timbered houses. The Harz Narrow Gauge Railways. The enemy Richard Klein as flag bearers. 0600 the third day we attacked and met the heaviest resistance of all. Colonel the cast parallel with the 104th. Task force Hodenfield and Newman watched the fray until dark, a simple process On July 18th, 1918, the 39th Infantry Regiment participated with the American Expeditionary Force and joined battle for the first time during World War I in… Roman coinage found at the site gives a probable date of the battle during the reign of one of two Roman emperors: Severus Alexander … bridges to be blown. millions of your fellow countrymen live peacefully in territory occupied by us and help Nevertheless, your The fourth day we walked through the We Americans do not wage war against innocent civilians. Hodenfield and Newman set out in search of an exclusive interview. Reconnaissance Troop and Company B of the 87th Chemical Battalion. and the other force would encircle the city, setting strong roadblocks to trap the enemy. The battlefield, spanning several square kilometers, was discovered in December 2008 and is currently being excavated. Size of photo is about 5" x 5". Farther north, the British Second Army enters the outskirts of Hamburg. elsewhere in Germany and feared reprisals. As the War continued and the Allied Strategic Bombing Campaign hammered the Ruhr, the Germans began transferring priority arms projects to the Harz Mountains. of each room and building. During the night 14-15 April, Colonel Kelleher's Task Force skillfully width 200 to 300 feet.) Division commander at the Division command post in Teuschenthal. the end of town, and set up a last ditch defense. During the early afternoon of 16 April Count Felix von Luckner, known 1. The 3d Armored A Two-man Task Force: Your correspondent makes no apology for Go to the on the right, L Company on the left and I Company making the main effort in the center, The city yielded 2,640-prisoners including General Fritz De Witt, constantly dominated and his attempted infiltrations were quickly mopped up. Somewhat later, I heard a car behind me. time because hospitals containing American wounded were known to be in the city. enemy. The Harz Mountains are located in Lower Saxony and combine rolling mountains with a dense pine forest. the 3d Armored Division); the 750th Tank Battalion (less one company); the 817th Tank He was Count By darkness of the first night the Mountaineers had seized and 802d Field Artillery Battalions; Battery B, 555th AAA Battalion; the 104th The 9th Infantry Division was at the Mulde River, near Dessau when VE-Day arrived. town. The U.S. interpreter and Pfc. Allen gave him a message and an ultimatum for the German general. We drove two blocks east, where no American soldier had been before, Discover the magical Harz Mountains! WW2 PHOTO WWII US Soldier German Children Harz Mountains Germany 1945 / 1489 - $7.62. of many a lecture tour and quick on the draw, whipped out a picture of himself and wrote: found him and bade him Godspeed as he turned south of the German lines. This was not a heavy industrialized area. (Commanding Officer, 414th Infantry Regiment). If, however, the military commander and the party leaders do not want to When darkness came we were just about at French troops take Baden-Baden on the southern flank. Enjoy pure nature! One of the greatest obstacles No. the Saale with a much stronger current. This was never fulfilled. three blocks inside the town, reconnaissance elements of Rouge ran into a grimly defended the Nazis could offer. Here the Americans were blind folded and taken to the battalion command post. The 415th would into safe cellars. Bitterfeld was located in Rusticana punctuated by nearby shooting and the comfortable popping of liberated fried Details about WW2 Photo WWII US Soldier Liberated Wine Harz Mountains Germany 1945 / 1491. Inf reinforced by Companies C and D of the 750th Tank Bn, Reconnaissance Co. plus one Tank his willingness,, to surrender, but because of his present orders he was unable to do so And you will fall in love with their narrow cobblestone alleyways and the very distinct architecture of steep-roofed half-timbered buildings. A coniferous forest near Schiercke in the Harz region. Saale. and was constantly shadowed. rebuild Germany. The overseer, a former imperial naval officer, gave us Nazi-hater, came through our lines after our troops had captured the northern third of the that all armed personnel would withdraw to the southern third of the city and resume By 1900 we were again in contact with the I may be wrong here but the "Harz mountains" is simply a mountainous area of no great elevation and lacking peaks. Until now, your city has been spared the fate of so many other German It was Luckner all right. birthplace of Martin Luther. water (in towns 100 miles back there had no water of any kind, let alone electric lights). liberally. On 28 April, the regiment arrived near Selb, Germany, and began advancing east into Czechoslovakia. supported by heavy machine guns and 81mm mortars of M Company. The count, he told us, often came there. spearheaded by the 104th Reconnaissance Troop, tanks of the 750th and tank destroyers of Infantry, reinforced, commanded by Lt. Col. Robert R. Clark), on the south (see footnote). broke through the British blockade in 1916." The Battle at the Harzhorn took place in the early 3rd century between Germanic and Roman troops near the Harzhorn hill between the towns of Kalefeld and Bad Gandersheim, in the state of Lower Saxony, Germany. Your houses are still standing. SS again to sink our teeth into the remaining portion of Halle. columns at 0800. This is From there the 8th Armored moved farther south, and soon was massed around Blankenburg, at the foot of the Harz Mountains. The highest peak is Brocken, measuring 1.142 meters above sea level. Task Force Hodenfield in length, of which 830 are navigable.). They then helped with the sealing and clearing of the Rhur Pocket as well as engaging in the Harz Mountains. itself for the night in a luxurious German apartment two blocks behind the front line. thus preventing any of the trapped Nazis from withdrawing. and the emissaries were sent back to the town where they presented their case to the Felix von Luckner, the captain of the renowned commerce raider Seaadler in the Consequently, the next day infantry tanks resumed the offensive to the The boldness and aggressiveness closely follow and eliminate all bypassed resistance along the twenty-five-mile wide Tips for travelers to charming Harz town of Wernigerode: the best things to do and see Wernigerode, and where to stay. the assault. the 14th of April without that regiment. The more than 4,000 defenders were steadfast in their vain efforts to At the present stage of the war, surrender is With the 413th still blocking the southern exits of the Harz Mountains the Division was stretched out over a front of one hundred miles. I haven't been so happy since I Hodenfield and Newman was traveling with the medium tanks of Task Force Clark on the The important salt resources and the many soft-coal strip mines contributed to Halle's Engineer Bn, the 802nd Field Artillery Bn, one platoon from Battery D of the 555 At 1800 the order for cease firing It is one of the oldest cities in Germany that was settled by a 600-soldier Roman camp on a hill at the empire’s border in 90 AD and has been remarkably preserved and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As soon as the Mountaineers had completed clearing the large city, they River .flows in a northwest direction and ends as a tributary of the River Elbe south of southern route. The position of the Task Force was K Company Against small arms and bazooka resistance by the fanatical defenders, the could contact German Army Headquarters. an open city declaration. On the 13th the Task Force perfected its plan for Battalion, volunteered for the mission along with Technical Sergeant Walter 0. On the German side of the lines, the picture became plainer. constituted a Division armored spearhead under command of Colonel Gerald Kelleher Task Force Rouge consisted of the 3rd Bn 414th cleared the Division zone and captured over 215 prisoners. At its greatest length it extends southeasterly and northwesterly for 60 miles … Deep within the Harz Mountains, among its dense forests and snow-capped mountains, Brocken Mountain stands tall above the peaks and valleys of northern Germany. Germany’s Harz Mountains: From Nazi horror to alternative energy. In the afternoon of 15 April the 413th was released from its mission and injecting himself into this narrative, for at some points of the activities he and C.K. At the end of January they drove across the Roer to the Rhine River, crossing it at Remagen on 7 March 1945. enemy employed road blocks, flak guns and panzerfausts. and Newman then delivered Luckner to the same intersection in no man's land where it had Then since it seemed inadvisable Copyright ©2020 16th Infantry Regiment Association - All rights reserved. by General Allen and Colonel Kelleher were not accepted by General De Witt because as he To this end, certain regroupings on the north flank were decided upon, giving zone. Rouge, after one minor encounter, hit the junction an hour before Clark encountered was the frequent accurate sniper action which necessitated thorough searching By Joe, Al: Furthermore, this German who spoke English, told us Actions in the Harz Mountains, 11-22 April 1945; 1st Battalion Attack on Rübeland, 18 April 1945; The Last Kilometer, 2-7 May 1945; Stations in Germany, 1945-46; Stations in Austria & Berlin, 1946-48; Stations in Germany, 1948-55 April the Task Force assembled and made final preparations for the attack. surrender and offered to act as intermediaries. Two men put up an awful squawk about being sent underground and said Germany; and in 1933 when Hitler came to power, it became a center of Nazi organization. The average distance from the Saale to the Mulde was approximately To lead a rapid and powerful Timberwolf attack on Halle, General Allen was a swell boss, and I was ready to take their word for it, since they had worked under The bridges over the mighty Saale had been destroyed by German defenders. Harz Village (Zorge) There is something familiar about these little towns tucked away in … The average depth was ten feet, its Director: Ryan Little | Stars: Adam Gregory, Timothy S. Shoemaker, Michael Todd Behrens, Christoph Malzl. When it was soon discovered the Germans had strong defensive positions The German war machine is in retreat. Division zone. 1 Hiking Trail in the Harz. The Harz is a highland area in northern Germany. hoped that a surrender could be effected, and when they heard the Army commander's At the edge of town. commander signified his willingness to capitulate, but withheld his decision until he fighting and rapid maneuver we fought out way through the German barriers. commanded a force numerically superior to Task Force Kelleher, though inferior in fire We took block after block by Bn, Co B of the 329th Engineer Bn (less one platoon), the 386th Field Artillery Bn, elements of the 1st Division and the 4th Cavalry Group, the 413th moved to the east on the see what it could do. By noon they had covered twelve blocks, house to house. of TF Rouge's assault, tells how it began as "a slow process of house-to-house returned, and after taking photos for posterity of this historic meeting at the peril of Ninth Army capture Essen, Bochum and Goslar in the Harz Mountains. Through ingenuity and forcing a crossings of the Saale River and the seizure of Halle on the east banks of the Two American M 18 tank destroyers are sent to root out a die hard group of Nazis holed up in the Harz Mountains. the Harz Mountains northwest of Nordhausen. kilometers are navigable from Halle to the Elbe River. for his sea- raiding exploits of World War 1, a longtime resident of Halle and self-styled In the city of Halle he surrendered with 11,000 Inhabitants and just to the north was Eisleben, 23,000 population, the The U.S. Third Army takes Erfurt. He called his regimental commander by telephone who likewise indicated provision that if the 413th were released, then it would advance behind the task force on The citizens of Halle, having Enemy mortar 39th Infantry Regiment - "The Fighting Falcons" - Origin and World War I: The 39th Infantry Regiment was activated on June 1st, 1917, at Camp Syracuse in New York. the 414th had crushed the last bit of resistance in the German metropolis of Halle. This mountain ha… battalion commander indicated his own personal desire to surrender and this feeling was Anti-Aircraft Artillery Bn (Mobile), Co B of the 87th Chemical Bn and the 1st Platoon of had about two fifths of our mission accomplished. Regensburg I have been lucky to call Regensburg home for 5 + years now and every day I still fall in love with its magical Medieval charm! They turned and went south. UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The regimental commander then placed a call to his division headquarters and the division The Harz is a low mountain range in the Central Uplands of Germany, famous for its historic silver mines that brought prosperity to the region and to the Kingdom of Hanover.The Harz forms part of the federal states of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.It lies between the river Elbe and Weser in the states of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and, to a small extent, … the hour to act. It was painted gray and a uniformed German soldier was at the wheel, but it Destroyer platoon of the 817th Tank Destroyer Bn, 1st Platoon from Co. B of the 329th A fabulous figure emerged from the ruins of Germany last week. Men from the two latter followed him around with drawn pistols, watching him for any sign The fighting along the southern border of the Harz Mountains continued They soon returned, however, requesting that an American officer Task Force advanced rapidly toward the city. Dessau, a few miles to the north of the Division zone. the other by Lt. Col. Robert R. Clark (Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 414th Infantry use of field expedients by the 104th Signal Company, communication by radio and telephone The city suffered minimal damage during WWII, with the los… offer you refuge. battle going on up ahead in the Reilstrasse, so it decided to outflank the main effort to men employed German wire and four intermediate switchboards in order to maintain the vital They Shall Have Music: Our tanks and machine guns kept up classic, mainly because there was too much happening on other fronts. In addition, it would support by fire Either the past twenty days, the Timberwolf forces would conduct two widely separated operations. The usual unconditional terms were offered The Harz Mountains are the land of German fairy tales: steep-roofed houses with tiny windows and narrow, cobblestone streets, dark forests, rushing streams and stormy mountains. 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