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1944 Battle of Hilversum
1219193404167 A desperate band of lost G.I.s
Beginning:

December 18, 1944

End:

December 22, 1944

Place:

Hilversum, the Netherlands

Outcome:

A decisive Axis victory

Major battles:

Hilversum

Combatants

Flag of Romania România
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Germany

US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick USA
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 Canada
Flag of Belgium Free Belgian Forces
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch resistance

Commanders

Flag of Romania General Anton României
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Walther Model
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Ernst Von-Stegger.

US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick General Otis Pfizer
US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick Lieutenant Harry Pfister
Flag of the United Kingdom Sargent Edward Ian Chamberlain
Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 Sargent Paul Anton Leclerc
Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 Sargent Ian Sean MacKay.

Strength

≈ 5500

≈ 4500

Casualties and Losses

≈ 2300 (including Reichskriegsflagge38-45Ernst Von-Stegger.

≈ 1100 (including Flag of the United Kingdom Sargent Edward Ian Chamberlain,
Canadian Red Ensign 1921-1957 Sargent Ian Sean MacKay
US flag with 48 stars by Hellerick General Otis Pfizer).


Overview

A mixed American, UK, Canadian Belgian resistance mechanised unit had pushed way too deep in to the Netherlands and the Axis forces decided to act, one the Allie supply chain had broken down. The mechanised unit then withdrew in to an evacuated village and fortified as best they could as a Romanian infantry unit surrounded it and the Luftwaffe bombed it. Later German infantry raids on the a by then well-defended Allied encampment had taken its toll leading to a compete defeat at the hands of the Axis forces. Sargent Paul Anton Leclerc emerged as being the tactical hero, unlike Sargent Edward Ian Chamberlain and General Otis Pfizer who were to busy bickering over who to was blame for the over-stretch (the UK/USA rivalry thing) to be of any use to their squad.

Causes of the conflict

A mixed American, UK, Canadian, Belgian resistance mechanised unit had pushed way too deep in to the Netherlands and the Axis forces decided to act, one the Allie supply chain had broken down.


Tactics

The Romanian encirclement flowed by German hit and run attacks and dive bombing of a well-defended Allied encampment.

Result

A decisive Axis victory

Political outcome

The Americans and Canadians concluded that it is best to call a medium-term truce on the Western Front whilst they were wining and they they were probably better off fighting Japan in the Pacific in the long run.


Also see

Hitlers World

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