Wolfpack Marches in Belgium

In their Father’s footsteps
La Glieze, Belgium – Wolf pack Troopers follow the trail marched by the 82nd Airborne. (U.S. Army photos) (click photos to enlarge)

2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment
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Vilseck, Germany

La Gleize, Belgium – Freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, and bitter cold winds mixed with thin soled boots and enemy fire can lead to many interesting stories. In conditions much like these, minus the enemy fire, 3rd Squadron 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment Soldiers traveled to Belgium to participate in the 82nd Airborne All American Historical Society’s March in the Footsteps of the 82nd Airborne Division. The 23-kilometer-long march took place on Saturday, February 20, 2010 beginning in La Gleize, Belgium and followed a course through the villages of Brume, Rahier, Cheneux, La Vaux Renard, and ended back in La Gleize.

The march was dedicated to the troopers of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment who were a part of the famous 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. On December 16th, 1944 the German Army launched a surprise offensive to the Ardennes Forest that caught the Allies completely off guard. The 82nd moved into action on December 17th in response to the enemy ambush and stopped the German units from breaching northern American lines. On December 20th, the 82nd attacked in the Vielsalm-St. Vith region and the 504th PIR took Monceau. This fierce attack forced the German units back across the Ambleve River the next day.

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