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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

October 15th, 1944 - The Battle of Aachen

Conflict: World War II

Combatants: Americans vs. Germans

Location: Germany

Outcome: American victory

On October 13th of 1944, the American First Army commanded by Lt. General Courtney Hodges fought its way into the German town of Aachen across the Siegfried Line. After eight grueling days of combat, Aachen would go down as the first German city to fall to the Allied forces.

GI machine gun crew in Aachen by unknown photographer

Points of Interest:

  • Aachen was the first penetration of the Siegfried Line by the Allies.

  • A week after the victory in Aachen, Eisenhower would launch a November offensive to establish bridgeheads into Germany.

Lt. Gen. Courtney H. Hodges by an US Army photographer

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