Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Hürtgen Forest: America’s Longest, Most Costly Battle During World War II
In truth, the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest ended up as one of the Army’s most colossal military blunders, right up there with the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. Army leadership gravely misunderstood the impracticalities of the difficult geography, which limited air support, logistical resupply, and the use of armor for infantry support. To boot, much attention was focused on the taking of the villages of Schmidt and Vossenack — two locations with very little military value — while almost no attention was paid to the far more strategic targets of the Ruhr dams to the north (at least until late in the battle), which would have provided unfettered access to the German war machine."