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1T CHAPTER 6 HOLDING THE CHATEAU C OLONEL CHERRY had been sitting on the hot seat. Having failed to get to his forward elements the night of December 18, he went to his command post, which was set up in the ch~teau 300 yards south of Neffe. " One of Cherry's men read it and snorted, 'We'll be back-Hell!
The tankers could see the Gennan infantry infiltrating by twos and threes, moving northwest toward the town, until a hundred or more had passed. They asked that artillery be put on the gully but the Bastogne artillery was occupied with the defense of Noville. Then the enemy began to fret O'Hara's immediate front again: one group came close enough to fire at a tank with a rocket that fell five yards short. Half-tracks sprayed the area with machine-gun fire and the tanks pounded away with their 75mms.
Ryerson (Commanding Officer of Company C, 20th Annored Infantry Battalion, lOth Annored Division), who had been left in command at Longvilly, to get a patrol to Mageret and reopen the road. Two squads of infantry were sent in a half-track on this mission. They dismounted before reaching the village and approached it stealthily. Within a few minutes they had located three enemy tanks and an infantry force which they guessed to be about one company, in positions around the crossroads at Mageret. They had come in along the one side of the town that was not being covered by an enemy tank, and while they waited there they heard another annored vehicle coming up behind them.