Pursuit Through the Low Vosges

1 - 20 December 1944





During the pursuit of German 1st Army units to the Maginot Line, the tenaciously delaying 361st Volks-Grenadier Division traded terrain for time to prepare stronger defenses to the north. Some towns were strongly defended while others...


....were simply mined or otherwise barricaded to slow down the Century Division's pursuit. Since it was impossible to tell which was which, careful reconnaissance had to be conducted of every piece of defensible terrain, and this in itself slowed the Division's pursuit.