Holzinger’s orders from the 5th
Armored Division urged caution, but added, “Should probing indicate great weakness in some portion of the frontier line, penetration may become possible.” The sergeant detected great weakness. With the limpid water barely reaching their foot cuffs, he and his two comrades sloshed twenty yards across the Our to become the first Allied soldiers into Germany.
Up the slope for four hundred yards they trudged to a clutch of houses, where a farmer reported that the German rear guard had scuttled off the previous day. With the man impressed as a guide – “in case he was lying,” Holzinger later explained – the GIs hiked to the crest of a knife-blade ridge half a mile above the river for a panoramic view. Raking the hills with his field glasses, Holzinger counted twenty concrete pillboxes tucked among the glades and brakes, including one with a chicken coop attached.
His Each appeared to be vacant. As dusk thickened, he hurried back across the river to report by radio that his men had found the Siegfried Line.” : S/Sgt Holzinger was erroneously reported as KIA near Wallendorf. However, in the June 2001 issue of The Victory Divison News, Will Cook, 5th
Armored Divison Association Secretary-Editor, printed the following information on page 76 at the bottom of the second column: “…After Paths of Armor was written, a mistake was discovered.
Death and burial ground of Holzinger, Warner William.
Warner Holzinger was not KIA. He died 05-06-1988, age 72 and is buried on the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery King, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, USA, Section 4N. He was a resident of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, when he died.