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Operation Annie - December 8, 1944

Recorded Sound | RG Number: RG-91.0503

0:00: "Trojan Horse" theme 1212 Sender Announcement: "Radio 1212 is on air every day from 2-6 and reports news for the Rhineland, news from the Front for the population of the Rheinland-Gaue and the Saarpfalz."
2:19: Front reports: US troops advancing at one part of the Westwall; US ships overturned near Dillingen; German defense underway; heavy fighting at the Westwall; German fortress cannons firing at American bridgeheads.
3:09: No major attacks on the industrial cities of Saarlautern, Saargemünd and Fürtlingen; Americans have erected bridgeheads at Saarlautern only; Wehrmacht orders Saarlautern’s Volkssturm [militia] of 4000 troops to withdraw from the city following US attacks; frontal attack on Saarbrücken's defense positions anticipated.
3:57: US troops have advanced east of Vorbach and have begun their assault on the city; fleeing farmers and workers seek safety in tunnels, where water and food for 1000s of people are stockpiled; not much known about a major tank battle taking place west of Bitche; hill of Rohrbach fallen into American hands; an advance north toward Saarbrücken anticipated following the occupation of Lembach; Americans only 2 km south of Bitche.
4:53: Alsace: German troops near Colmar preparing for final fight for undamaged Rhine bridges; Americans advancing from Schleinstadt, 8km to the north; Germans forced to evacuate Gema and Ostheim; in Colmar, cars filled with the wounded swarm toward the Breisacher bridge; escape route to the Rhine now less than 30 km wide.
5:40: Encirclement of 11.000 German infantry and SS soldiers expected within 2 days; these units ordered to hold out until the last man and bullet.
6:18: Düren und Ruhr-areas: Reports about attacks in the area; no reports from the Maas-Front.
6:46: Aerial war: Last night rapid bombers attacked Cologne with heavy bomb loads; railway hub near Osnabrück targeted with heavy attacks during the day.
7:02: Wehrmacht Reports: German losses on the Western Front for the first week of this month are 20,000 wounded, captured and killed. During the same period the Americans lost 200 tanks, while the Germans lost 110; the Americans suffered heavy personnel and materiel losses as well.
7:30: Radio 1212 announcement.
7:44: Sweet music (waltz, foxtrot; orchestra with piano)
12:49: News returns. Dillingen and Saargemünd about to fall into US hands.
13:32-14:00: Trojan Horse theme (signoff)

Date
1944 December 08
Language
German
Credit
Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
 
Record last modified: 2021-07-13 13:08:10
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