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Salee. l I Between 1700 and 1800, December 19, the 501st Parachute Infantry fell back to the new defensive line. Estimating his gains and losses, Ewell didn't give his regiment too much credit. He thought that Company I had probably killed some Germans at Wardin, but since the enemy still held the town he couldn't be sure. His impression was that the execution done by his own right and center had not been very great. " Captain Ryerson's force (Company C, 20th Armored Infantry Battalion, lOth Armored Division) of Team Cherry (Map 7, page 47), having spent the day hoping that the infantry would get up to them, clung to three houses in the northwest edge of Mageret after dark.
The heavy guns with the party could not find a position from which to fire and the infantry could not do anything effective. From the rear of his column Captain Ryerson was called by his antitank officer, 2d Lieutenant Earl B. Gilligan, who told him that twenty half-tracks loaded with men had just come in. Ryerson said for Gilligan to get these men forward dismounted and send along any tanks that he might see. The new men consisted of about 200 stragglers from different units who had retreated into the Bastogne area from other actions.
An d " . . certain . " In the absence of the advance staff party Kinnard tried to function as a whole division staff during the conference. But after discussing matters with both the G-2 and G-3 sections at VIII Corps, he had only the vaguest picture of what was happening and felt altogether uncertain about both the friendly and enemy situations. 21 He gathered that some of our armored elements-the 9th Armored Division and 10th Armored Division were mentioned-were out in front of Bastogne, but he could not pinpoint the spots where their roadblocks were.