Old positions and cover holes, as well as a memorial stone for two American and one German soldiers, whose skeletons were found during forest work in 1976, tell of killing on both sides. Another victim: American private first class Robert Cahow. His body was found in 2000, and in 2004 relatives set up a memorial stone for her dead.
A few meters from this memorial is the place where Cahow was found. It is marked with stones as a reminder of the Irish ancestry of the American soldier. The member of the 78th US Division was probably died on December 13, 1944 in an attack on a bunker that no longer exists today.
Only 50 meters from the stone hill is the former bunker 113, which was probably blown up during the war. Bunker 113 is not the only legacy of the battle in the Hürtgenwald. Three other bunkers are on the edge of the path, blown up after the war.
At the last bunker, it is easy to determine how difficult it was to blow up the facilities, especially since the pioneers were initially inexperienced. The Americans also found it difficult to blow up the bunkers. Only when they filled the facilities with water to increase their explosive power did their efforts show success. (Source: Aachener Zeitung)
May 9, 2020
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