Scenes from the German Ardennes offensive in Battle of the Bulge during World War II
Poteau Belgium Date:1944, December 18 Duration:1 min 29 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Aftermath of initial encounter during German Ardennes offensive in World War 2. These scenes are from an area where the German "Kampfgruppe Hansen," engaged elements of the U.S. 14th Cavalry Group near Poteau,Belgium, during the "Battle of the Bulge." Americans were forced to abandon much equipment and supplies, as these scenes show. Abandoned armor and guns along the roadway. A United States 3" anti-tank gun abandoned at the roadside. A German Jagdpanzer 38(t) "Hetzer" tank destroyer drives past. German soldiers sit under a wrecked United States armored car and smoke American cigarettes. German infantrymen walking past the scene. A German soldier distributes cigarettes. (Note: German gunner, with belt of ammunition around his neck, seen at TC:1:18-1:20, is Walter Armbrusch aka Hans Tragarsky. This image of him is well known. But his true identity is the subject of much speculation and debate.)
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