|October 6th, 1944|
October 6th, 1944. To support the US attack on Aachen, the 9th Infantry Division was ordered to attack enemy positions in the wooded area south of Aachen. During this first attack on Schmidt, the 39th Infantry Regiment's objective was to cross the Weisser Wehe valley, occupy Germeter and advance to Vossenack to secure the northern flank of the attack. They were facing the German 275. Infanterie-Division, which was well prepared even though they suffered heavy losses in Normandy. Neither side expected this to be the start of one of the bloodiest battles on the Western Front, the Battle of Hurtgen Forest.