Skip to comments.Americans and Belgians mark 70th anniversary of Battle of the Bulge
Posted on 12/13/2014 12:15:44 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
Belgiums King Philippe, right, and Queen Mathilde throw nuts to the public, during the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, in Bastogne, Belgium, on Saturday. The tradition dates from when the Germans asked for the US surrender in Bastogne, to which General Anthony McAuliffe answered: Nuts! Photograph: Yves Logghe/AP
Braving snowy weather, Americans and Belgians gathered in the Ardennes on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the biggest and bloodiest US battles of the second world war, the Battle of the Bulge.
Jean-Claude Klepper, 62, of Virton, Belgium, said we must never forget what happened in 1944. Many American soldiers came here to defend Europe. We must honour them for what they did.
The British prime minister, Winston Churchill, hailed the ultimate result as an ever-famous American victory. But it came at a high cost: 80,987 US casualties, including 10,276 dead, 47,493 wounded and 23,218 missing, according to the US armys official history.
Total German casualties are estimated at 81,834, including 12,652 dead and 30,582 missing.
In the town of Bastogne, where soldiers of the 101st Airborne held out despite being cut off and surrounded, shops and windows were decorated Saturday with American and Belgian flags. One local restaurant posted a drawing of an American flag and the message thank you.
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She throws like the imposter.
She throws like a young woman. the impostor throws like a girl. Is it possible that Obama is actually a girly man child!
She’s pegging the hot meter. Not guilty.
“Is it possible that Obama is actually a girly man child”
You’re going to get a visit from Captain Obvious!
Quite appropriate that it’s snowing, that being how it was during the battle.
My understanding was that he did make reference to "Nuts" but not the sort they are throwing at the public.Nevertheless a great way to commemorate a great american victory.
In before the usual “Patton rescued the 101st” nonsense ...
Ooohh yeah, she does indeed! She is a very pretty Queen.
She's a girl, she gets to throw cute.
Obama, on the other hand... well let's just say he doesn't.
The Siege and Relief of Bastogne During the Battle of the Bulge
General George S. Patton and the Battle of the Bulge
Cavalry to the Rescue: Patton’s Cavalry in the Relief of Bastogne
The tradition dates from when the Germans asked for the US surrender in Bastogne, to which General Anthony McAuliffe answered: Nuts!
Lovely! I had not heard of this tradition. Nice to read a good story.
My dad was there-—99th Infantry Division.
On his table was an 82nd Airborne insignia cap. I stopped and asked him about it. He said he was with the 82nd at Ardennes. We talked for quite a while. In the end, I shook his hand, thanked him for his sacrifices and bought his dinner for him. I also arranged for a $50 gift card for him after the manager told me he was a regular there. Quite a guy. Quite an experience.
PFC Martin, wherever you are, thank you and may God's Light ever beam upon your face.
Good on you, Sam.
Would love to hear more of your conversation.
He told tales of some really nasty fighting at the BoTB...hand to hand at times. He also was deployed to the Pacific with the 82nd. He finished his military career as an ‘advisor’ at the Pentagon. He was 98 when I met him.
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