Osprey Publishing, 2010, ISBN 978-1-84603-683-5. WW2 Vosges Forest Fallen - Bronze Star hero Cike Kawano, 442nd Infantry Regiment In conducting Operation Dragoon, the Allies sustained around 17,000 killed and wounded while inflicting losses numbering approximately 7,000 killed, 10,000 wounded, and 130,000 captured on the Germans. After maintaining defensive positions it took part in clearing the Colmar Pocket, 23 January18 February 1945, and on 15 March struck against Siegfried Line positions south of Zweibrucken. On 15 August 1944, another D-day, the Division landed at St. Tropez, advanced up the Rhone Valley, through the Vosges Mountains, and reached the Rhine at Strasbourg, 26-27 November. Steven Zaloga: Operation Nordwind 1945 – Hitlers’s last offensive in the West. In this particular campaign, the two sides were more or less evenly matched in numbers of troops, weapons, supplies and support echelons. This was south of the Rhineland. Battle of Vosges or Battle of the Vosges may refer to any of the following battles: Battle of Vosges (58 BC) Battle of Trippstadt, 1794 battle that occurred in the lower Vosges Mountains; Battle of the Vosges (First World War) Battle of the Vosges (Second World War) This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Battle of Vosges. Keith Bonn: When the Odds Were Even: The Vosges Mountains Campaign, October 1944–January 1945. Presidio Press, 2006, ISBN 0-345-47611-5. South of the Rhineland, the Rhine constituted the pre-War border between France and Germany. Nickname: Rock of the Marne Division. The Vosges Mountains during World War I was the scene of severe and almost continuous fighting between the French and Germans. John Keegan: Der Zweite Weltkrieg. On 13 November 1944, it jumped off in an attack northeast, forcing a passage through the Vosges Mountains east of Leintrey to Dossenheim, took Avricourt, 17 November, and pushed on to liberate Strasbourg, along with the 2d French Armored Division. The rugged terrain in the Vosges Mountains, north of the Swiss border, was a serious obstacle to major operations in that region because of the difficulty of maneuvering and supplying any consider-able number of troops during an advance. Bonn's study of combat operations in the Vosges Mountains of France in late 1944 and early 1945 provides a rare opportunity to compare German and American armies in WW II. In August they landed in the invasion of Southern France opon which they advances through the Rhone Valley and Vosges Mountains reaching the Rhine river in November 1944. Aftermath . The 3rd Division continued across the Rhine and eventually captured Augsburg and Munich and was near Salzburg when the World War II Europe ended in May of 1945. The pursuit of Blaskowitz ended shortly thereafter when the remnants of Army Group G assumed a position in the Vosges Mountains. Shortly after their capture, work began to … Rowohlt Berlin, 2004, ISBN 3-87134-511-3. After regrouping, the division returned to the attack, taking Ratzwiller and entering the Ensemble de Bitche in the Maginot Line.