2-AD Vielsalm/Houffalize, 01-45

Dec 31 1944 : the German offensive had been halted short of the Meuse River. The Allied forces seized the initiative, and in a well executed and coordinated attack drove the badly mauled Nazi columns back to their West Wall fortifications. The 2nd Armored Division and the 3rd Armored Division fighting in a Corps team played an effective role in the resumption of the offense. 1st Army assigned VII Corps the mission of attacking southeast and seizing Houffalize to make juncture with Gen Patton’s 3rd Army. The drive on Houffalize was bounded on the southwest by the Ourthe River and on the east by a line Salm-Chateau, Grand-Sart, Hierlot. The principal streams of the area run along the line of the attack, a factor which was of advantage to our forces. The terrain is wooded, contains dense underbrush and is hilly and rough, vehicular movement being thereby confined to the inadequate road net.

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