Hasselpfad

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In August 2009 and October 2009 we visited the location Hasselpfad, a forest area near the Elsenborn ridge. During the battle of the bulge this area was held by both German and U.S. troops. In the forest you can find earth bunkers, a U.S. aid station and several grenade impacts. 

The U.S. troops engaged at this site were troups of the 395. regiment of the 99. U.S. infantry division. The German troops comprised the 1. battalion of the 989, regiment of the 277 Volksgrenadierdivision.  

A video (Dutch About the Hasselpfad)

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German trenches

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Fox hole

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Batteries

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An other fighting position

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More batteries

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U.S. aid station

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German position

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A human bone?

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Iron parts (a shell?)

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More iron parts

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In May 13, 2000 veterans from both sides were present at the opening of the memorial. The site is a memorial place. Everywhere you can find remains of the battle, cloths, various iron parts from e.g. shells. Please treat the site a memorial and don't go treasure hunting!  

You can reach the site near the N658 which is the road from Wahlerscheid to Malmedy. After 5 miles from the heartbreak crossroad there is is little sign at the left of the road. Please note that the road can be closed if shooting practices are performed at the nearby Elsenborn camp (visit www.camp-elsenborn.be/D/schiessuebungen.html for details). Furthermore at the Elsenborn camp there is a museum, visit there site for details. The GPS location noted from the book noted below is N 50 27,533 E 6 18,649

Sources used:

  • - Zeitreiseführer Eifel 1933-1945, Alexander Kuffner, Helios Verlag Aachen, 2007, ISBN 978-3-938208-42-7
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kPEAtvdeF20

Article created on 11/3/2009 by rene.
The last change was made on 11/20/2012 by rene.

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