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  • December 17, 1944:  The German Ardennes Offensive shifted the 44th to a defensive posture, once Simserhof was captured. As other forces were redirected to stop the Germans in the Bulge, the 44th defended an expansive front.  The 44th is temporarily reinforced with a 4th Regiment, the 253rd.
  • January  1945:  Battle of Nordwind
  • C.O. BG William Dean (later promoted to MG)
  • January - March 1945: Defense with limited tactical battles primarily to shorten lines.
    Paul Jolma, 119th Medical Bt, Company B, from Clatskanie Oregon, Sarreguemiens Christmas 1944


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