Initial Assault on Herrlisheim by the 56th AIB and 714th Tank

Initial Assault on Herrlisheim by the 56th AIB and 714th Tank

This account involves the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion and the 714th Tank Battalion, with B Company of the 119th Engineer Battalion and the 494th Armored Field Artillery Battalion in direct support, all a part of the 12 Armored Division’s Combat Command B. It deals with their bloody and costly bid to capture the city of Herrlisheim during the period 8-11 January 1945, the first of many subsequent and fruitless attempts. The information for this action was obtained from the above units between 23 February and 1 March 1945, after their participation in the successful drive which cleaned out the Colmar pocket.

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