The Big Picture|
Available here are
documents from the Center of Military History. It provides background
information relating to the 70th Infantry Division and its deployment into
The Battle of
Alsace...from the US Army's Official History.
Nordwind...from the US Army's Official History.
- Ted Mataxis' Paper on
The 90 Division Gamble! This document details the
reasoning behind General Marshall's decision to limit Army ground
forces to 90 divisions. It also tells why the program was
cancelled. From the book "Command Decisions" edited by Kent
The Ardennes Counter Offensive! This document details
Hitler's decision to launch the offensive. How did this affect the
70th? At the height of the German offensive, General Patton was
ordered to drive for Bastogne. He had to make a "90 degree left
turn" to head in the right direction. The holes left by Patton's
units had to be filled by General Patch's units and it drastically
thinned his line. The regiments of the 70th, (274th, 275th and
276th) arrived in late December and were formed as Task Force
Herren. They were immediately put into the line, without the
benefit of combat training. In an attempt to cut off Patch's
Seventh Army, it was under these conditions that the Germans
launched Operation Nordwind. From the book "Command Decisions"
edited by Kent Roberts Greenfield.
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