Monday, June 13, 2005

We went to Haguenau and searched for de street Rue de la Liberation. We were searching on a map when an old woman asked us where we wanted to go. We followed her leads and found the right street. We were just trying to find out where exactly we had to be when the old woman talked to us again. She was now by the car and invited us to get in and she would tell us about the war. It was only a few meters but she lived here during the war so she could tell us something. For the story of BoB we had to walk back afterwards to where we were when she originally spoke to us.
Haguenau was liberated for the first time on December 10. But the Germans took it partly back on January 21 and this city stays in the frontline until March 16.
Easy Company had to relieve another division at the front next to the river Moder in Haguenau. Between February 5 and 20 they stayed there. On February 15 they had to cross the river and take a few German prisoners. They succeeded but they also lost one man; Jackson.

We knew that there was a monument for this war at the local cemetery. We also found a couple of gravestones with bullet marks on them. There must have been a heavy battle here.

Haguenau Canal of the river Moder The river Moder Here took the crossing place
Here took the crossing place The German side The German side The German side
The American side Easy Company used these houses next to the river Easy Company used these houses next to the river Easy Company used these houses next to the river
Easy Company used these houses next to the river The Moder was crossed here in March 1945 to liberate the northern Alsace again Monument for all the victims of both World Wars Monument for the people who had to serve in the German army
Monument for the French soldiers Bullet holes in the grave stones Bullet holes in the grave stones Bullet holes in the grave stones