|Battle of Braunau|
|Part of World War II|
|Commanders and leaders|
|George S. Patton||Hermann Balck|
|US Third Army||German 6th Army|
|Casualties and losses|
|no reliable estimates||no reliable estimates|
The Americans were able to cross the Rhine River and into Germany after the British 2nd Airborne Division secured a crossing at Wesel, and the US Third Army advanced into Czechoslovakia and Austria; George S. Patton was tasked with liberating all of the Third Reich's southern regions. The Americans did not know about the value of the town other than that Adolf Hitler was born there, and were suspicious of the last-ditch defenses put up by German infantry and tanks. The town of Braunau-am-Inn had a tunnel network where the German soldiers hid out during the bombardment, and this led to a V-2 launch facility, where the V-2 rockets could fire at Britain. The town was heavily-defended, with MG positions blocking major streets, but the Americans moved in with armor to prepare for a large-scale offensive.
The Americans crossed a bridge that led over the Inn River, and at 7:00 AM, their tanks came under fierce Panzerschreck fire from German-occupied houses near the crossing. The American infantrymen were pinned down, but some of them fought their way to the damaged houses and cleared them of the Wehrmacht troops after room-to-room combat. Next, the American soldiers seized a manor house from the German troops, and the Germans were forced to retreat to their tunnels. At the same time, the German armor was being destroyed by US tanks outside the city, and the German tanker Otto Aissmann was killed in the fighting. The Americans discovered the networks underground after a bombing raid blew a crater above an entrance to the tunnels, and a squad of the US 80th Infantry Division cleared out the areas, losing one man killed out of four troops. The Americans were also in time for a V-2 launch, so Pvt. Lucas Gibson rushed to the rocket, covered by his squadmates, and planted a charge, before fleeing to cover. As the rocket lifted off, it blew up, and hit the ground, causing a massive explosion. By then the US soldiers had retreated, and Gibson was awarded the Medal of Honor and promotion to Corporal. After fierce fighting that occured for a few more hours, the Germans were forced into submission.