Currently reading MacDonald's "A Time for Trumpets", and am particularly riveted by the accounts of the last stand and surrender of Company E, 12th Inf, in the town of Echternach. For several years as a kid I actually lived in Germany just a few miles upstream from Echternach, and within 300 meters of the Sauer River. Most likely assault crossing points for the Volksgrenadiers were within a stone's throw of my home. I was never aware that fighting had been so intense where I lived, though. Anyway--after his account of the isolation and surrender of Co. E, MacDonald makes this statement: Comments? Having served in Light Armored Reconnaissance myself (USMC, not US Army), I tend to believe that MacDonald is a bit hard on the tankers, esp given the specific circumstances in the Echternach fight--night time, house to house fighting, and of course the Germans had Panzerfaust as he pointed out. The tankers refused to enter the town at night, instead planning to wait until morning for the relief effort--by which time it was too late. I don't think any armor crewman would be enthused about driving unescorted into a built up area infested with man portable AT weapons, at night, esp in the age before night vision was available. MacDonald wrote another autobiographical book, "Company Commander," in which he speaks of his own role as CO of an infantry company in the Ardennes during Wacht Am Rhein. I believe his experiences and natural prejudices color his judgement of the performance of armor at this point in the battle.