Originally Posted by nightfighter
All the sources I've seen for the Hurtgen Forest Battle give aproximatly 32,000 "casualties", the number you use, but do not break it down to how many of these were killed in action, and how many were wounded. This 32,000 number includes both. Typicaly there are 2 to 3 times as many wounded as killed in a battle so I would guess that around 10,000 of the above number were KIA, and 22,000 or so were wounded. From my reading a large number of the wounded were weather related, so the KIA number may in fact be even lower.
Most sources for the Battle of the Bulge give a the following figures:
Killed in action: 19,000
Wounded in action: 47,000
So not including the captured the Battle of the Bulge had approximatley 68,000 casualties
It is a shame the Hurtgen Forest campaign gets so little notice. If you read unit histories of the Divisions that fought there it plays a prominent part in their stories. Since much of the fighting in the Hurtgen Forest occured at around the time of the Battle of the Bulge it gets over shadowed.