We have some bridges back there that we want you to put demolitions on.We were in the officers barracks and we watched the P51s and P47s and watched them bombing the buildings around that Courthouse.We stood up there and watched them bombing and strafing.
A couple of days later one of the officers, it might have been Capt. A German commander evacuated most of the 160,000 civilians and offered to surrender the city on September 13, 1944. Aachen was an historic city where Charlemagne had been born and later crowned Holy Roman Emperor.[Charles] Farley called us out and said, "We have a job for you.We have no idea what is going to happen and we don't know what is going on but we are going to send you back into Belgium.
He had the commander arrested and transferred several thousand troops to hold the city.The ultimate battle was in the streets involving every building and at times every room within the buildings. troops were killed but the Germans lost 5,000 troops and another 5,600 were taken prisoner.The Americans poured 5,000 artillery shells per day into the city followed by tons of bombs. An unconditional surrender was signed on October 21, 1944 and Aachen became the first German city to fall to the Allies.After weeks of battle, Aachen, and segments of the Siegfried Line around it, were secured. In Germany, men of the 300My platoon was in Aachen taking care of booby-traps and mines. troops, moving quickly toward the German border as the Battle of the Bulge was being fought, first crossed into Germany.Hitler wouldn't have anything to do with surrender.