The offensive against Aachen consisted of thrusts both north and south of the city to encircle it. The American 119th Infantry Regiment secured the town of Bardenburg on the afternoon of 9 October and pushed on towards North Wuerselen, leaving only a depleted company in Bardenburg to defend their flank and rear. Unbeknownst to the Americans, Panzer Brigade 108 was moving to Bardenburg to counterattack the American advance. The Germans had not yet learned of Bardenburg’s fall and ran into the defensive positions of Captain Ross Simmons’ company on the outskirts of the small town. A group of 20mm FlaK halftracks led the attack on the American roadblock. . .
Attacker: German (Advanced elements of Panzer Brigade 108)
Defender: American (Depleted company of 119th Infantry Regiment)