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Those d*mn*d engineers who defeated Hitler.

First across the Rhine : the 291st Engineer Combat Battalion in France, Belgium, and Germany St. Paul, MN : Zenith Press, 2006  David E. Pergrin with Eric Hammel World War, 1939-1945 Regimental histories United States, United States. Army. Engineer Combat Battalion, 291st Book. 337 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. maps ; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-228) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG

The monument was established to the 2nd Platoon, A-Comp., 291st Engineer Combat Battalion. This squad blew up the bridge over the Lienne on which Kampfgruppe Peiper was unable to push to the Meuse. By this the goal (Antwerp) was no longer feasible and the Germans had to withdraw from that moment.

In what quickly came to be called the Battle of the Bulge, the 291st Engineer Combat Battalion found itself directly in the path of the German spearhead. With heart-stopping suspense, Colonel David Pergrin describes one of the European theater’s critical delaying actions as his unit destroyed bridges, planted mines, and defended roadblocks in the face of oncoming tank columns. Here, in gritty detail, is the story of how “”those damned Engineers”” ruined Hitler’s winter offensive, and how the 291st, with a reputation almost as big as its accomplishments, went on to build a 1100-foot pontoon bridge across the Rhine at Remagen in 32 hours—in the face of fierce opposition and near-impossible odds. Pergrin follows the battalion from its formation and training through the campaigns in France, Belgium, and Germany, making us witness the genuine heroics, skill, and spirit that lifted the 291st to the realm of legend.

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