were practically demolished. 548th AAA AW Battalion actually
enjoyed a field day. They knocked down five FW 190s and one
JU 88. Good shooting for Joes who in three long months of
watching and waiting seldom had a good shot at a German plane.
During the early weeks of January the enemy continued to
illuminate our forward areas with a large assortment of
flares of all colors and descriptions. One hundred flares
were counted in a single night along a front of six miles.
The variety of these pyrotechnics was equalled if
not surpassed by his propaganda. Leaflets written in Russian, leaflets
addressed to the 84th Division, leaflets designed to seduce British
troops, were widely shelled over our front lines. By 16 January,
however, Poppe had either recovered his senses or replenished his
stock of literature for messages fluttering into Roerdorf were
addressed to the "Boys of the 102d" and "To the poor Devils of
the 102d". The Ozarks' only gripe concerned the fact that there
never were enough leaflets to go around. As souvenirs, demand
far exceeded supply.