This Day In History: 1945-01-05

Battle of the Bulge. 13th (Lancashire) Battalion, Parachute Regiment (formerly 2/4th South Lancashires) continues its fight for Bure, Belgium, into a third day. Despite near-exhaustion caused by the intensity of the fighting, the Paras slowly occupy more of the village by ‘mouseholing’ holes in the walls of adjoining buildings. Around midnight they are ordered to withdraw, causing anger and dismay since so much blood had been shed. But the Germans had been outflanked and there was no need for further casualties. As it was the 3 days of fighting cost the battalion 68 killed and 121 wounded.