“It’s hell,” he said flatly. “Pure unadulterated hell. That’s the only word for it. It’s hell.”
The Battle of Huertgen Forest was one of the bloodiest engagements of the Second World War.
Fought between American and German forces between 19th September to 16th December it was the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought.
During those three months six American Infantry Divisions — the 1st, 4th, 8th, 9th, 28th and 83rd — and part of the 5th Armored Division fought against the battle-hardened Germans.
Lt. Paul Boesch provides an eyewitness account of the horrors that he and his men saw as they struggled through the rain and mud, avoiding artillery, mortars and mines.
This book is a remarkable account of one of the most vicious battles in World War Two told honestly by a man who was there.
“A true but little-told account of what it means to be an Infantryman.” Major General William G. Weaver
“To an old soldier this book will arouse memories; to the man in uniform who has never heard a shot fired in anger this book will stimulate reflexes which are life savers when the chips are down; to the youngster who eventually will be given the opportunity and privilege of wearing the uniform of his country, this book demonstrates the heights of heroism Americans can reach under the most deadly and difficult circumstances.” Major General P. D. Ginder
Paul Boesch was awarded two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and the French Croix de Guerre for his bravery and leadership through the course of the Battle of Huertgen Forest. At the outbreak of the war he volunteered for the join the army and served with the 8th infantry Division. After the war he became a professional wrestler and promoter, most famous for his work as an announcer and promoter for Houston Wrestling. His book Road to Huertgen was first published in 1962 and he passed away in 1989.