As winter sets in, US Rangers must capture Hill 400, a strategic peak on the German border.
Nazi die hard and fanatics fight to the last man to stop Allied forces from freeing Europe, keeping an unrelenting grip on the naval bases, citadels and fortresses of occupied Europe.
Hitler’s Last Stand episode 3 – Forest of Death – Hill 400
Hill 400 (German: Burgberg) is the name given by Allied forces during World War II to a 400.8 metres high hill located 1 kilometre east of the centre of Bergstein, a village in the Eifel region of Germany. The hill, which in medieval times was the site of Berenstein Castle, as well as a section of the Siegfried Line from the Second World War, now has an observation tower at the summit.
After Berenstein Castle was destroyed around the year 1200, the material was used to build Nideggen Castle and the tower of the church in Bergstein. Today this hill is predominantly called by its civil name Burgberg (English: castle hill). This small mountain provides a view over the entire Hürtgen Forest (German: Hürtgenwald) area and was strategically important as a vantage point and German artillery station during the Battle of Hürtgen Forest in 1944.
On Thursday, December 7, 1944, the New York Times reported that the 2nd Ranger Battalion had captured Bergstein, and castle hill. In a follow up report on the December 11 the Times reported that “enemy attempts to regain Hill 400 east of Bergstein have been repulsed.”