History of Christmas Eve and the Battle of the Bulge: 75 Years Ago

American Troops in the Battle of the Bulge

Strasbourg

“The German Strasburg Welcomes You” at the rail station

42nd “Rainbow” Infantry Division

My father was 23 years old at the time he arrived in Strasbourg on that Christmas Eve in 1944. The 42nd Division had landed at the French port of Marseilles on December 8 or 9 from America. They were called Task Force Linden, under the command of Brigadier General Henning Linden, and they marched from the coast up to the German-held French region of Alsace as part of the 7th Army. The 42nd Division took up a 31-mile sector along the Rhine River defensive lines. They exchanged machine-gun fire with the Germans on Christmas Day. The Germans tried to send a boat across the river but were turned back by automatic weapons fire.

Trail of Rainbow

Battle of the Bulge

The “Bulge” of the Battle of Ardenne
42nd Division hunkered down

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