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Hürtgenwald in Kreis Düren, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
 

German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel

Hurtgenwald-Erinnerung und Begegnung Ehrenfried Hurtgen

 
 
German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel Marker-Right side in English image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 2, 2008
1. German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel Marker-Right side in English
Inscription. From mid September 1944 until the end of February 1945 fierce battles raged in the region between the ridge line of the Hautes Fagnes and the Roer River,-a phase of World War II better known as “The Huertgen Forest Campaign”. American soldiers dubbed it “The green Hell of Huertgen” , alternately “The Death Factory”, and during the bitterly cold and snowy winter on 1944/45: “A Hell of Icicles”. Ten thousands of American and German soldiers died during the six months of the fierce and bloody fighting. From mid October to early December 1944 Vossenack lay in the center of the battles. The little town changed hands several times. From time to time, the frontline even ran through the center of the local church.

At the end of World War II, the Huertgen Forest presented a scene of sheer horror: vacated and destroyed towns, devastated fields and pastures, a shell shattered and contaminated forest of charred and splintered tree trunks, broken pencils like, pointing skyward. The forest radiated in a ghastly manner-even long after the war-an image of “Burnt Earth”. Following the request of the next of kin, the remains of most American soldiers were repatriated to U.S. soil for interment in a National or private cemetery. Those who were not, received a permanent grave at ‘American

German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel Marker-Full size with bottom missing image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 2, 2008
2. German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel Marker-Full size with bottom missing
Military Cemeteries’ on foreign soil. Internment in former enemy countries, as for instance Germany and Japan, was excluded. The remains of German soldiers who lost their lives during the Huertgen Forest Campaign found their final resting places on German War Cemeteries, especially Huertgen and Vossenack, or communal cemeteries in the area. A larger part of fallen German soldiers had been transferred by elements of the ‘American Graves Registration Service’, a military branch of the Quartermaster Corps, to Belgium and the Netherlands on German War Cemeteries there.

The Huertgen Cemetery was constructed on the strategic site, by the “German War Grave Commission” (Volksbund Deutschde Kriegsgrabefursorge e.V.) during the years 1950 to 1952. Today the cemetery contains the graves of 3,001 war Dead: 2,925 German soldiers, 35 civil victims, 27 Soviet, 13 Polish soldiers and one Belgian soldier. Among the German victims you can find more than 100 men who lost their lives during post-war operations as members of a “Ammunition and Search Removal Team”.

The cemetery was inaugurated on 17 August 1952.
 
Location. 50° 42.283′ N, 6° 21.58′ E. Marker is in Hürtgenwald, North Rhine-Westphalia, in Kreis Düren. Marker is on Hohenstrasse (399). Touch for map. Marker is in this

German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel Grave Markers image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 2, 2008
3. German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel Grave Markers
post office area: Hürtgenwald, North Rhine-Westphalia 52393, Germany.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. German War Cemetery Vossenack/Eifel (approx. 3.4 kilometers away).
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, World II
 
German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 2, 2008
4. German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel
English version: No man hath greater love than he who layeth down his life for his enemy. In Memory of Lieutenant Friedrich Lengfeld, 2nd Co., Fues, BN., 275th Inf. Div. Here in Huertgen Forest on November 12, 1944 Lt. Lengfeld, a German officer, gave his live while trying to save the life of an American soldier lying severely wounded in the "Wilde Sau" minefield and appealing for medical aid. Placed at this site on October 7, 1994-The Twenty Second United States Infantry Society-World War II "Deeds Not Words"
German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel Grave Markers image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 2, 2008
5. German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel Grave Markers
This marker is for three known German Soldiers and an unknown German Soldier
German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel Grave Marker with flower vase. image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 2, 2008
6. German War Cemetery Hurtgen/Eifel Grave Marker with flower vase.
 
 
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