The Schützenloch closest to the road was probably the command post of the German-born company commander of the 8th US Division, Paul Boesch.In his memoir "Road to Huertgen, Forest in Hell" he described the dark premonitions that were so typical of many who moved to the Hürtgenwald and who had even Hemingway felt. Boesch also describes the absurdities of the war: how the regimental staff insists on giving their turkey to the soldiers in the front lines on Thanksgiving Day and that several soldiers are killed by this action. How Boesch and his unit spend forty-eight hours in a depression near Hürtgen under German fire without any help from him, and instead he is ordered by radio to send two soldiers to Paris for vacation.
March 5, 2018
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