I looked forward to seeing the Vosges Mountains

Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
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Notre Dame Cathedral, Strasbourg

Flag of France  , Alsace,
Monday, November 4, 2013

Nov 4, Sun: STRASBOURG, France, has an interesting history between France and Germany.   It was a free imperial city of the German Empire in 1262, and was occupied by France in 1681.  Germany again reoccupied it in 1871, and France recovered it in 1919 after WWI.  

We were able to visit Notre Dame Cathedral by taking their tram to and from our ship, and walk a short distance to take a boat ride in the River III.  It rained.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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VOSGES MOUNTAIN
After lunch, I took the optional Alsatian Highlights excursion through the foothills of the Vosges Mountains where the 442 Infantry fought and saved the Texas Lost Battalion during WWII.  I wanted to see the terrain for myself after hearing and reading about their exploits during WWII.

From Wiki.
"The Lost Battalion" refers to the 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry (36th Infantry Division, originally Texas National Guard), which was surrounded by German forces in the Vosges Mountains on 24 October 1944.[1]Against the advice of his senior officers, the battalion was committed to an engagement by Maj. General John E. Dahlquist. After it was cut off by the Germans, two failed attempts were made to rescue the unit.The third attempt was conducted by the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a unit composed of mostly Japanese Americans. In five days of battle, from 26 October to 30 October 1944, the 442nd broke through German defenses and rescued about 230 men. The 442nd suffered over 800 casualties.[2] I Company went in with 185 men; eight walked out unhurt. K Company began with 186 men; 17 walked out. Additionally the Commander sent a patrol of 50-55 men to find a way to attack a German road block by the rear and try to liberate the remainder of the trapped men. Only 5 returned to the "Lost Battalion" perimeter, 42 were taken POW and were sent to Stalag VII-A in Moosburg, Bavaria, which was liberated on 29 April 1945.The 442nd is the most decorated unit in U.S. military history for its size and length of service, with its component 100th Infantry Battalion earning the nickname “The Purple Heart Battalion.”   

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
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