The Winter Battle: Remembering the Bulge

On December 16, 1944 eight German armored divisions and a total of 250,000 men launched a surprise attack in foggy, rainy weather in the Ardennes Forest initiating what became known as the ‘Battle of the Bulge.’ Ultimately, more than a million men were involved, with nearly 200,000 total casualties inflicted. It was Nazi Germany's last major offensive campaign on the Western Front and briefly succeeded in penetrating up to 65 miles into the allied lines, the so-called 'bulge,' before it was stopped, reversed and the original lines were reestablished by January 21, 1945. Among the lasting images of the campaign are scenes from the siege of Bastogne where the famous 101st Airborne Division was surrounded, and where Brigadier General Anthony C. McAuliffe responded to a German demand for surrender with his famous 'Aw, Nuts!'. The battle has been described and portrayed in numerous books and films, among them: Alex Kershaw's The Longest Winter, Gerald Astor's A Blood-Dimmed Tide, Gregory Orfalea's Messengers of the Lost Battalion, Charles B. MacDonald's A Time for Trumpets, S.L.A. Marshall's Bastogne, Battleground, Saints and Soldiers, and Battle of the Bulge


All I can say is "Nuts"!