The same 28th Division had just been mauled at the Heurtgen and was sent to the Ardennes to refit and ‘rest’ then found itself again in a savage fight...this time to buy time for reinforcements (the 101st) to come up. They traded time for their lives.
Twice, the dead, and the survivors of the ‘Bloody Bucket’ deserved much better senior leadership (Corps and above) than they received.
Merry Christmas, Keystone Division bump...
My Pop fought in the Huertgen Forest with the 4th I.D. Jumped into a well [thought it was a foxhole] while trying to rescue a surrounded infantry unit. Got such bad frostbite they had to medevac him to England.