Memories
from the
Rundstedt-Offensive

Bauschleiden
December 1944-January 1945

Jos. Deviscour

This website is a tribute to the liberation of the population of Bauschleidens by American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.

From the memoirs and the point of view of an 8 year old child the experiences between the fronts are described.

Soldier Bus Gimblet
Josy Deviscour

Bauschleiden, the 2 January 1945

Soldat Bus Gimblet und Josy Deviscour

1

16.12.1944

Start of the Battle of the Bulge on a Saturday.                   

2

17. und 18.12.1944

Retreat of the Americans towards Bondorf (Bungeref, Bigonville). It was an endless column of war material.

3

19.12.1944

On Tuesday, December 19 at night, the first German soldiers entered Bauschleiden. From "Hungert", lying on Arsdorferstrasse, noises such as "a wire cutter" were becoming clearly audible.

In the meantime, the city of Wiltz had been surrounded by the Germans. Americans who were still trying to avoid the German ring met German guards in American uniform at the Harlinger Poteau (a road junction linking Bauschleiden, Harlingen, Boewingen and Surré). The close combat was clearly heard as far as Bauschleiden.

Countless people who wanted to escape the war were fleeing in the direction of Bondorf. Even our oxen were already yoked to the fully loaded wagon, ready to flee. Only father did not want to leave the cattle left behind in the stable alone. Although Mother and Grandmother urged him to leave, but he found that still there was always something important for him left to do.

Our family consisted of 4 adults and 5 children. Suddenly a woman with a handcart came in the opposite direction and said it was worse in Bondorf than in Bauschleiden. This was reason enough for my father not to leave and he "untied the oxen again".

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