Battle of the Ardennes Intensifies!
January 5th, 1945
German Wehrmacht High Command
Yesterday the battle in the northern
Ardennes increased in violence still further. In combine fire by all
arms, the American divisions tried once again to break through but
bogged down after slight initial success. In the area of Bastogne,
our armored forces continued to exert strong pressure; enemy attacks
failed. Our front lines are shifting between Saargemünd and the
Rhine. Despite counter-attacks by enemy troop reinforcements, our
soldiers are advancing again, especially in the lower Vosges
mountains in northeastern France. We have liberated the town of
Weissenburg in Alsace, as well as a number of places in Lorraine,
and have crossed the Lauter River in the south....
Source: Tank War,
1939-1945 by Janusz Piekalkiewicz, pg. 299