Saw Freddy's post below so I thought I would put a couple of pics I took on recent road trip round Europe.
A double rainbow over the campsite at Camp Hammer, just on the borders of Hurtgenwald in the Eiffel National Park. Right at the bottom of a river valley, stunning scenery.
A view into the valley. The battle was fought up one side and down the other. Picture doesn't do justice to how deep the valley is.
The Kall trail itself. We were walking up but the Americans would have been fighting down into the valley while getting shelled from above on the other side. This was very steep, more the 45 degrees in places, and you can't see more than a few meters in any direction as the trees are to dense. The valley was very at the bottom, only a few yards before you had o climb back up again. (guy in the pic is Figure11, hes played a with us before, mostly on DH)
A german '88 in the little museum at Vossenack. Sadly it was closed when we visited.
Section of Sherman tank track.
Hurtgen was a stunning place. Hard to imagine such a wonderful place could be the scene of such slaughter. The sides of valley was so steep, you can barely imagince climbing it at all, let alone while carrying your weapon and ammo. I am planning to go again, as we only had a day in the area, and there is so much to see and explore.
On the way back home, we stopped off in Belgium, and spotted a familiar sign.
Recognize the name???
Looking downhill towards the village of Foy. This was taken from level with the woods the Americans used for cover.
A quick walk in the wood, and you can find the remains of the fox holes where the Americans dug in. There is a clear foward defensive line around the edge, with deeper holes further in, some of these holes were 3 or 4 foot deep, others no more big enough for one man and his rifle. Some you could easily see where the dug for 3 rifleman covering a wide angle.
We've all fought long and hard over this building in the game.
The buildings directly opposite the church, same as in the game.
Walk up the street from Foy, only a few of the original buildings remain, some very recognisable as in the DH map, the barn next to the church for example. Most of the buildings are full of bullet holes, very sobering to see how hard fought this little village was. A mile or so up the road was Noville, which again, was instantly recognisable from the DH map, but we were short on time so couldn't explore.