A “Bit” of Looking Back – Malakoff Boy Led Squad That Stopped German Penetration (November, 1944)

Malakoff Boy Led Squad That Stopped German Penetration

From The Malakoff News
Friday, November 17, 1944

Sergeant Arthur Miles Thompson
Company I, 505th PIR
82nd Airborne, USA
November, 1944

WITH U. S. AIRBORNE FORCES IN HOLLAND – A rugged squad of Parachute Infantry, of the 82nd Airborne Division, whose members fought in Sicily, Italy, and Normandy, is credited with having recently thwarted a German attempt to penetrate American-held salient into the German lines near the Holland-Reich frontier.

Led by Sergeant Arthur M. Thompson of Malakoff, Texas, the squad was assigned the task of securing a road block just outside the small town of Bruuk, near Groesbeck, Holland.  Most of the day had been quiet when at dusk Sgt. Thompson suddenly spotted a company of Germans in the act of slipping into the village from the other end.

The Germans were difficult to distinguish against the background of trees and undergrowth, but the squad immediately opened fire with machine guns, using tracer bullets.  The German advance was stopped.  Dead Germans were found the next morning and  many more were wounded, but they had been carried back to the German Lines.

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