Boyer at St. Vith:
Major Donald P. Boyer's
"Personal Report: Narrative Account of Action of 38th Armored Infantry Battalion,
7th Armored Division, Battle of St. Vith, 17-22 December 1944"
"Notes - The Battle of St. Vith, 17-22 December 1944"

Transcribed and Indexed by Wesley Johnston
(son of Walter Johnston, AT/B/38 AIB, 7th Armd Div)

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An important historical work on the Battle of the Bulge reprinted, with a complete index.

In the late 1940's, Donald Boyer (former 38th Armored Infantry Battalion S-3 Officer and task force commander at St. Vith) was asked by Gen. Bruce Clarke to write his personal account of the battle at St. Vith, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge (the Ardennes Offensive), as part of the documentation for a Presidential Unit Citation. Now Donald Boyer's narrative account and notes have been transcribed and fully indexed in book form. The first edition of the book is 65 pages (15 of which are the extensive index), with no cover, bound by 3 staples (to keep costs low and make the book affordable).

The "Personal Report: Narrative Account" gives a complete account of this critical battle during the first days of the Battle of the Bulge (the Ardennes Offensive): the 38th Armored Infantry Battalion's travel from Ubach, Germany to St. Vith, Belgium, the defense of St. Vith, Belgium (many other units mentioned) with particular emphasis on the perimeter on the Prumerberg to the east of St. Vith, the fall of St. Vith, and the setting up of defenses at Crombach (Krombach), Belgium.

The "Notes", despite including Dec. 17-22 in their title, are a detailed personal diary of the events of December 16-17, 1944, the first two days of the Battle of the Bulge (the Ardennes Offensive). They detail the move of the 38th Armored Infantry Battalion from Ubach, Germany to St. Vith, Belgium, the situation that was encountered, the coordination with other units, and the efforts to bolster the thin defenses of St. Vith by the end of the day on December 17, 1944.

The cost is $40, which includes shipping and handling.

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All copies are 8 1/2" x 11" pages, staple-bound, with no cover.

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