WWII Aged Steel Sign – Aachen (33″ x 12″)
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New Made Item: No two signs are exactly the same. Why? Each one is individually handcrafted in 18 gauge steel, aged, distressed and totally unique with battlescars and even bullet holes!
Approximately measures: 32.8 L x 12 H (833mm x 300mm).
Aachen was heavily damaged during World War II. The city and its fortified surroundings were laid siege to from 12 September21 October 1944 by the US 1st Infantry Division with the 3rd Armored Division assisting from the south. Around 13 October the US 2nd Armored Division played their part, coming from the north and getting as close as Wuerselen, while the 30th Infantry Division played a crucial role in completing the encirclement of Aachen on 16 October 1944.With reinforcements from the US 28th Infantry Division the Battle of Aachen then continued involving direct assaults through the heavily defended city, which finally forced the German garrison to surrender on 21 October 1944.Aachen was the first German city to be captured by the Allies, and its residents welcomed the soldiers as liberators.The city was destroyed partially and in some parts completely during the fighting, mostly by American artillery fire and demolitions carried out by the Waffen-SS defenders. Damaged buildings included the medieval churches of St. Foillan, St Paul and St. Nicholas and the Rathaus (city hall), although…