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  • DEC. 22 - Battle of the Bulge-the largest, bloodiest WWII battle on Europe's western front

    12/22/2013 8:58:40 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 47 replies
    http://americanminute.com/ ^ | December 22, 2013 | William J. Federer
    The Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest battle during World War II on Europe's western front, with casualties of 81,000 Americans and 100,00 Germans. It began at the end of 1944 when National Socialist Workers Party amassed three armies for an enormous attack against the Allies in the Ardennes Forest. eneral Eisenhower stated in his order, DECEMBER 22, 1944: "By rushing out from his fixed defenses the enemy may give us the chance to turn his great gamble into his worst defeat. So I call upon every man, of all the Allies, to rise now to new...
  • Ike's Son Remembers George S. Patton Jr.

    12/22/2013 10:26:40 AM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 23 replies
    American Heritage Magazine ^ | Summer 2012 | John D. Eisenhower
    <p>On the morning of December 19, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower strode into the gloomy school building in Verdun that housed the main headquarters of General Omar Bradley’s Twelfth Army Group. He had called a meeting of all the senior commanders under Bradley. More than just the building was gloomy; the weather outside was a dark gray, and the tactical situation facing the American Army in Europe was also dark. Adolf Hitler’s gigantic Ardennes counteroffensive had been launched three days before, and German Gen. Hasso von Manteuffels’s Fifth Panzer Army was about to surround the all-important road junction at Bastogne. The news had reached the United States, and near panic reigned from across the ocean.</p>
  • The American Flag Daily: NUTS!

    12/22/2013 5:03:36 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | December 22, 2013 | FlagBearer
    On this date in 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, American forces were surrounded in the town of Bastogne when a group of German soldiers passed a message to the American commander demanding his surrender. General Anthony McAuliffe, the American commander, was said to have reacted to the message by saying, "Us surrender? Aw, nuts!" The reply was then written: To the German commander: NUTS! The Germans attacked Bastogne, but the American soldiers held on until bombers and reinforcements could arrive. The Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive in World War II, ended in late January,...
  • December 16th, 1944: The Bulge

    12/16/2013 6:30:04 AM PST · by OKSooner · 98 replies
    Various sources ^ | 12-16-2013 | Vanity
    Sixty nine years ago, the largest land battle ever fought by the US Army started today. Do you know anyone who was there? Or maybe someone from your family was there and didn't come back, or came back changed in some way?
  • WWII Vet, Oldest Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies

    10/05/2013 2:07:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | Saturday, Oct 5, 2013
    A World War II veteran and the nation's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient has died in New Jersey. Nicholas Oresko, an Army master sergeant who was badly wounded as he single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945, died Friday night at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, hospital officials announced Saturday. He was 96. Oresko had been hospitalized after injuring himself in a fall at an assisted living center in Cresskill. He died of complications from surgery.
  • Al Jaffe, WWII hero who inspired movie role, dies in South Florida

    09/02/2012 5:26:13 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 11 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | September 2, 2012 | ELINOR J. BRECHER
    Al Jaffe was a scrappy, streetwise Jewish kid from the Bronx who climbed into a P-51 Mustang fighter plane in the last year of World War II and flew it into history. Second Lt. Abraham “Al’’ Jaffe completed 77 reconnaissance missions in Europe, including one that helped turn the tide of the war during the pivotal Battle of the Bulge. He was also involved in holding the bridge at Remagen, Germany, enabling U.S. troops to cross the Rhine River two months before the war ended. His exploits inspired Henry Fonda’s character, Lt. Col. Daniel Kiley, in the 1965 feature film...
  • Christmas 1944, when we said NUTS to the enemy

    12/18/2011 5:50:58 PM PST · by NEWwoman · 43 replies
    smithsk.blogspot.com ^ | December 17, 2011 | smithsk
    December 1944 World War Two was in overdrive. The major powers were slugging it out about the world - in Europe, Africa, and in the Pacific for 5 long years already- since 1939. The United States had entered the fray when the US Congress had declared war on Japan (December 8, 1941) for attacking Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941). Then on December 11, 1941, Germany and Italy had declared war on the United States. We were in the war for the long haul. Early December 1944, we had thought the war, at least in Europe, would be over in a...
  • Vivid new Battle of the Bulge photos offer never-before-seen look....

    12/17/2011 5:48:40 PM PST · by InvisibleChurch · 178 replies · 1+ views
    Dailymail ^ | 12-17-11
    Breath taking pics...
  • U.S. Honors Belgian Nurse for Valor in World War II (Angel of Bastogne finally located)

    12/13/2011 2:01:22 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/13/11
    U.S. Honors Belgian Nurse for Valor in World War II BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian nurse who saved the lives of hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II was given an American award for valor on Monday. The nurse, Augusta Chiwy, who is 93, received the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service medal from the American ambassador, Howard Gutman, in a ceremony at the military museum in Brussels. “She helped, she helped and she helped,” Mr. Gutman said. He explained the long delay — 67 years — in presenting the award...
  • (Goddess) Belgian Nurse Who Saved American Soldiers During Battle of Bulge Honored 67 Years Later

    12/12/2011 7:06:39 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    AP ^ | December 12, 2011 | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    <p>BRUSSELS (AP) -- A Belgian nurse who saved the lives of hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II was given a U.S. award for valor Monday - 67 years late.</p>
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner Plans 4 PM Press Conference After Release of Provocative New Photographs

    06/06/2011 12:53:32 PM PDT · by lbryce · 71 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 6, 2011 | Michael A. Memoli and James Oliphant
    Rep. Anthony Weiner has called an afternoon news conference Monday amid a fresh round of sordid allegations involving the married congressman, including the release of a new set of photos that appear to show him posing shirtless. The website BigGovernment.com, run by conservative rabble-rouser Andrew Breitbart, reignited the frenzy it had started involving the New York Democrat in a series of posts Monday. One photo shows a man's naked torso; the subject's full face is not visible, but pictures in the background include Weiner. The website says a young woman provided the photos, sent to her from what is allegedly...
  • The 66th Anniversary of the Private War of 1st Lieutenant Eric Fisher Wood

    12/15/2010 12:32:47 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | December 12, 2010 | Mike Vanderboegh
    As tomorrow is the 66th Anniversary, I am posting this bit of history. Much to learn from this all American HERO. There is a video embedded in the link, I'll post the link to the video in comments. It is well worth watching. Neil "But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period -- I am addressing myself to the School -- surely from this period of ten months, this is the lesson: Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in, except...
  • Red carpet rolled out for WWII vets

    09/05/2010 10:48:17 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 3 replies
    The State ^ | 5 Sept 2010 | Jeff Wilkinson
    ...“This is personal to me,” he said. “I would be speaking with a German accent right now instead of a French accent if it weren’t for you,” he told the vets. French is the national language of Belgium. Diplomats from both Belgium and Luxembourg were in attendance at both events Saturday. Belgian Air Force Brig. Gen. Mike Delobel, defense attaché for the Belgian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Consul Mario Wiesen of Luxembourg said they were there to recognize the contribution the veterans made in the liberation of their countries. “It’s a unique opportunity to say ‘thank you’,” Wiesen said....
  • Columbians, fans cheer Bulge vets (SC)

    09/03/2010 2:31:26 PM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 5 replies · 1+ views
    The State ^ | 3 September 2010 | Jeff Wilkinson
    Demetri “Dee” Paris of Silver Spring, Md., stood on the 50-yard line of Williams-Brice Stadium next to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, “2001” blaring, fans roaring and Gamecock players flooding the field in what has been called the greatest entrance in sports. “Wow,” said the 95-year-old president of the national Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge organization, who had just tossed the coin to open the game. “I live near the University of Maryland, but it’s nothing like this. This is wild!” Battle of the Bulge veteran Leif Maseng from Columbia rode with other veterans in a procession from Uptown...
  • WWII officer who said 'nuts' to Germans dies (Patton Alert)

    01/13/2009 4:57:12 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 39 replies · 2,213+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 12 09 | AP
    NEW YORK - Retired Lt. Gen. Harry W.O. Kinnard, a paratroop officer who suggested the famously defiant answer "Nuts!" to a German demand for surrender during the 1944 Battle of the Bulge, has died. He was 93.
  • VANITY: Recommended Reading / WWII History

    02/24/2007 8:33:54 AM PST · by OKSooner · 7 replies · 400+ views
    Amazon ^ | 2-22-07 | John C. McManus
    Book just published that details the delaying action by certain US Army units that made it possible for the 101st Airborne (and other units) to have a Bastogne to defend.
  • A Hard Christmas at the Bulge, 1944

    12/29/2006 8:23:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 4,114+ views
    American Heritage Magazine ^ | December 25, 2006 | Fredric Smoler
    A new book tells a grim but heroic story. In the fall of 1944 the Allies had every reason to hope that the war in Europe would be over by Christmas, but on December 25, 1944, American troops found themselves stuck behind a new German line. On December 16, 30 German divisions, 10 of them armored divisions, had attacked the American Army along the Belgian-German border, achieving absolute tactical and strategic surprise. The result was the largest battle Americans have ever fought in. Some 640,000 of them took part in the Battle of the Bulge. Stanley Weintraub, Evan Pugh...
  • The Battle of the Bulge

    12/18/2006 3:00:47 PM PST · by stan_25 · 74 replies · 3,263+ views
    12.18.2006 | Stan Brewer
    Yesterday (December 16) marked the 62nd anniversary of the start of a German counter-offensive, known in the history books the Battle of the Bulge. It was also the longest fought and costliest battle the United States Army had ever fought, before or since. The details for this offensive were months in the planning by Adolf Hitler and the very highest echelons of the German high command. This plan was so top secret that none of the field commanders had an inkling that there was even one being planned until they were briefed about it six weeks before the scheduled jump...
  • This Day In History | World War II December 16, 1944 Battle of the Bulge

    This Day In History | World War II December 16 1944 Battle of the Bulge On this day, the Germans launch the last major offensive of the war, Operation Mist, also known as the Ardennes Offensive and the Battle of the Bulge, an attempt to push the Allied front line west from northern France to northwestern Belgium. The Battle of the Bulge, so-called because the Germans created a "bulge" around the area of the Ardennes forest in pushing through the American defensive line, was the largest fought on the Western front. The Germans threw 250,000 soldiers into the initial assault,...
  • SUPER-STUD FACES A SHRINKING

    12/15/2005 9:57:46 AM PST · by Callahan · 181 replies · 2,556+ views
    NY Post ^ | 12/15/2005 | Page Six
    IT'S a bird, it's a plane — it's superbulge! "Superman Returns" star Brandon Routh is supposedly giving the suits at Warner Brothers fits because of his prodigious package of masculinity. The 26-year-old beefcake's extra-large endowment is said to be so distracting through his skin-tight costume that producers may have to shrink him during post-production. "It's a major issue for the studio," a "Superman Returns" production source fretted to the London Sun. "Brandon is extremely well-endowed and they don't want it up on the big screen. We may be forced to erase his package with digital effects."
  • Historical Folly of "Exit Strategy" for Iraq

    11/16/2005 5:12:28 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 22 replies · 1,137+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 November 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    The Hill is a specialized publication, mostly for Members of Congress and those whose living depends on Congress. Still, an article in The Hill today (Wednesday) is typical of the media coverage of the Senate vote yesterday to require “reports” to Congress on the progress of the Iraq War. The title is “Needed: An Exit Strategy from Iraq.” It is written by Rep. Jane Harmon (D. Calif) and its lede includes these paragraphs. "There is now a strong bipartisan consensus that we need an exit strategy. But yet to emerge is the content of that strategy. "We have two overriding...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Revisits - The Malmedy Massacre (12/17/1944) - Dec. 31st, 2004

    12/30/2004 10:45:22 PM PST · by snippy_about_it · 92 replies · 5,592+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Christmas Eve Combat

    12/23/2004 7:13:11 AM PST · by SuzyQ2 · 2 replies · 465+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 23, 2004 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    "Surprise attacks in supposedly secure areas. A spike in casualties. A few baffled American commanders. Suspicions of degrading morale within some units. Outright refusal to carry out lawful orders in others. Troops stretched too thin. Blame heaped on planners and those said to be responsible for unreliable intelligence. Sound familiar? It all began 60 years ago — this very Christmas season — when the German army, in a last-ditch effort, smashed through the Ardennes and struck the primary Allied lines in Belgium."
  • Ship a gift to war effort

    12/21/2004 12:48:10 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 257+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, December 21, 2004
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — With the Battle of the Bulge raging in Western Europe during World War II, workers at a Brunswick shipyard were determined to deliver one more ship by year's end. To get the job done, laborers were needed around the clock on Christmas Day. About 1,500 volunteered, and they worked without pay. Newspapers across the United States carried the story in their afternoon editions Dec. 25, and 60 years later, their hard work and generosity remains a point of pride in the coastal city.
  • 60 years later, Battle of the Bulge still haunting

    12/20/2004 2:31:20 PM PST · by TChris · 24 replies · 1,323+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 12/20/2004 | Dawn House
    Louis Slama peered out over his foxhole to see what looked like thousands of ants dressed in white, all marching toward him in the moonlit snow. It was Christmas morning, 1945, near the Belgium-German border in the Ardennes Forest during the bloodiest fight for U.S. troops in what would become known as the Battle of the Bulge. More than 1 million troops fought in the bitter cold from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945, in Nazi Germany's last desperate bid to stop the Allied advance toward Berlin. The 80,000 U.S. casualties represented the greatest loss of American soldiers since...
  • Ga. Town Proud of WWII Christmas Legacy

    12/20/2004 9:25:27 AM PST · by mwyounce · 9 replies · 497+ views
    Earthlink ^ | 12-20-04 | AP
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. - With the Battle of the Bulge raging in western Europe during World War II, workers at a Brunswick shipyard were determined to deliver one more ship by year's end. To get the job done, laborers were needed around the clock on Christmas Day. About 1,500 volunteered - and they worked for free. Newspapers across the United States carried the story in their afternoon editions Dec. 25, and 60 years later, their hard work and generosity remains a point of pride in the coastal city. "We were Santa Claus," recalled 81-year-old Nanelle Surrency Bacon. The shipyard built freighters...
  • Belgium, Luxembourg roll out the red carpet for their Battle of the Bulge liberators

    12/19/2004 8:59:40 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 4 replies · 307+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 19, 2004 | Kevin Dougherty
    BASTOGNE, Belgium — Whether it is on the beaches of Normandy or the streets of Bastogne, American World War II veterans get the royal treatment whenever they attend a remembrance ceremony at an old battleground. Such was the case this past week for many of the veterans who traveled to Belgium and Luxembourg to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. On Saturday in Belgium, even with the country’s sovereign, Albert II, present, the veterans drew the king’s share of the attention. “The reception has been incredible,” said Carl Dalke, who served with the 506th Parachute Infantry...
  • Sixty years later, local veterans of the Battle of the Bulge tell of the warfare at Bastogne

    12/19/2004 9:50:52 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 12/19/2004 | KRIS WERNOWSKY
    NANTICOKE (PA) - Sixty years ago, George Waters spent Christmas Eve in a cellar in Bastogne, Belgium, taking shelter from German air attacks. Across the street, the gunner from Waters' half-track lay in a hospital with wounds to his face. As Waters sat in the basement he could hear the bombs. Then one hit. "After dark they bombed the hospital and my gunner was killed," he said. Waters, a member of the 10th Armored Division, entered the Army on May 28, 1943, a few days after he graduated high school. A year and a half later he was fighting in...
  • Belgians honor WWII veterans

    12/19/2004 8:26:30 AM PST · by knighthawk · 21 replies · 417+ views
    AP Wire | December 19 2004 | Robert Wielaard/AP
    Battle of the Bulge survivors return to parades and applause on a cold, wintry day BASTOGNE, Belgium -- Amid snow flurries and a chilling wind, Belgium's King Albert II honored U.S. soldiers who died fighting Nazi Germany 60 years ago in the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle for American forces in the war. Veterans from across the United States returned Saturday to find this market town covered in snow and buffeted by wind -- much as it was during that bitterly cold December in 1944. The old soldiers, wearing military berets and caps, were greeted with warm...
  • 60 years later, Virginia man remembers WWII massacre

    12/19/2004 6:45:42 AM PST · by csvset · 48 replies · 2,825+ views
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 17 DEC 2004 | ROBERT MCCABE
    60 years later, Virginia man remembers WWII massacre By ROBERT MCCABE, The Virginian-Pilot © December 17, 2004 Last updated: 12:23 PM Bill Merriken was a member of Battery B of the 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion in 1944, many of whom died in the ''Malmedy Massacre.'' Jill Nance BEDFORD — Exactly 60 years ago today , Bill Merriken was among about 120 young American soldiers captured by a fast-moving German SS Panzer unit near Malmedy, Belgium, the day after the start of the Battle of the Bulge. After herding the American prisoners into a field on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 17,...
  • Town of Bastogne gathers to remember its American liberators

    12/19/2004 6:11:58 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 23 replies · 1,038+ views
    Lubbock AVALANCHE-JOURNAL ^ | December 19, 2004 | AP
    BASTOGNE, Belgium (AP) — Amid snow flurries and a chilling wind, Belgium's King Albert II honored U.S. soldiers who died fighting Nazi Germany 60 years ago in the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle for American forces in war. Veterans from across the United States returned Saturday to find this market town that was at the center of the fighting much as it was on that bitter cold December in 1944 — covered in snow and buffeted by wind. The old soldiers, wearing military berets and caps, were greeted with warm applause, hugs and kisses from a grateful...
  • US veterans, Belgian king recall Hitler's last gamble

    12/18/2004 9:41:53 AM PST · by yonif · 8 replies · 1,048+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | 12-18-2004 | AFP
    BASTOGNE, Belgium (AFP) - In snow and a chilling wind, US veterans and the king of Belgium paid tribute to Allied forces who, in a freezing winter 60 years ago, repulsed the last big German counter-attack of World War II. The Battle of the Bulge, fought in the towns and densely forested hills of the Ardennes, was according to one veteran here, "hell all the way through." With a blanket of snow underfoot -- just as it was in late 1944, one of the worst European winters in memory -- and a chilling wind which blew across the hilltop, King...
  • Veterans remember Battle of the Bulge

    12/17/2004 1:31:46 PM PST · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 594+ views
    AP Wire | December 17 2004 | Yves Logghe/AP
    BASTOGNE, Belgium -- U.S. veterans laid wreaths at ceremonies across southern Belgium and Luxembourg on Thursday, marking the 60th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge, in which U.S. forces defeated Nazi Germany's last bid to reverse the rapid advance of Allied forces toward Berlin. The commemorations marking World War II's largest land battle in which U.S. troops participated were held at memorials and cemeteries across the hilly and wooded Ardennes region that formed the battlefield that bitterly cold winter of 1944. In the battle, more than a million troops -- 600,000 Germans, 500,000 Americans and 55,000...
  • Heroic Battle of The Bulge Survivor Recounts his story

    12/17/2004 6:57:45 AM PST · by timtoews5292004 · 13 replies · 1,447+ views
    CNN ^ | 12-17-2004 | Brian Todd
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After 58 years of marriage, Lyle Bouck and his wife, Lucy, are still helping each other down the front walk. "I didn't think we'd live that long," laughs Lucy. At one point, Lyle didn't even think he'd make it to the altar. Sixty years ago, Bouck was a young, whip-smart lieutenant, commanding a U.S. Army intelligence and reconnaissance platoon made up of 18 elite soldiers -- the eyes and ears of a fragmented Allied force pushing through Belgium toward the German border. By mid-December 1944, they had just about reached the border. But there was a huge...
  • War Unwinnable In Face Of Renewed German Offensive

    12/17/2004 6:50:17 AM PST · by NonZeroSum · 60 replies · 1,903+ views
    Transterrestrial Musings ^ | December 17th, 2004 | Rand Simberg
    December 17th, 1944 PARIS (Routers) Long-time critics of the Roosevelt administration declared themselves vindicated today, as the Germans began a renewed offensive yesterday in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium, opening a huge hole in the "Allied" lines and throwing back troops for miles, with previously unimaginable US casualties. Early yesterday morning, eight German armored divisions and thirteen German infantry divisions launched an all-out attack on five divisions of the United States 1st Army. Hundreds of heavy guns, howitzers and multiple-rocket launchers were fired on American positions. The 5th and 6th Panzer armies, consisting of some eleven divisions, broke through the...
  • A hero remembers the Battle of the Bulge (Amazing Bulge Story)

    12/16/2004 11:26:15 PM PST · by TFine80 · 15 replies · 1,866+ views
    CNN ^ | December 16, 2004
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After 58 years of marriage, Lyle Bouck and his wife, Lucy, are still helping each other down the front walk. "I didn't think we'd live that long," laughs Lucy. At one point, Lyle didn't even think he'd make it to the altar. Sixty years ago, Bouck was a young, whip-smart lieutenant, commanding a U.S. Army intelligence and reconnaissance platoon made up of 18 elite soldiers -- the eyes and ears of a fragmented Allied force pushing through Belgium toward the German border.
  • The FReeper Foxhole Revisits John Kline & The Bulge (Dec. 16-19, 1944) - December 17th, 2004

    12/16/2004 10:19:02 PM PST · by snippy_about_it · 83 replies · 1,722+ views
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    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • When the (Battle of the) Bulge almost broke

    12/16/2004 3:44:13 PM PST · by Fintan · 5 replies · 757+ views
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 12/16/04 | CHRISTOPHER GIBBONS
        THE LIGHT snow fell steadily in the Ardennes Forest of southern Belgium during the early morning hours of Dec. 16, 1944.American soldiers slept soundly. The prevailing opinion was that the German army was nearly defeated and couldn't mount an offensive of any significance. But at 5:30 a.m., the stunned U.S. 1st Army division found out how badly they had miscalculated.Eight German armored and 13 infantry divisions launched an all-out attack. It was the beginning of what came to be known as the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle of World War II in which the...
  • Battle of Bulge Heroes Demonstrated Age-Old Army Values

    12/15/2004 7:13:25 PM PST · by TFine80 · 22 replies · 914+ views
    American Forces Information Service ^ | December 15, 2004 | Donna Miles
    CLERVAUX, Luxembourg, Dec. 15, 2004 — The courage, determination and patriotism demonstrated by U.S. soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge are the same qualities exhibited throughout the Army's history and among today's soldiers, an Army official told veterans gathered here today to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the battle. Daniel Denning, principal deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs, thanked about 100 veterans of the Battle of the Bulge for their "sacrifice and courage under incredibly difficult conditions." In December 1944, Clervaux was the headquarters of the 28th Division's 110th Regimental Combat Team,...
  • NATO Honors 'Battle of the Bulge' Veterans

    12/15/2004 11:56:28 AM PST · by knighthawk · 13 replies · 295+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | December 15 2004 | Mark John
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO honored Allied veterans of the "Battle of the Bulge" at a ceremony on Wednesday to mark the 60th anniversary of a World War II battle seen as having cemented the transatlantic alliance. The six-week battle to repel a last-ditch German offensive on Dec. 16, 1944 was the bloodiest land battle of World War II involving U.S. troops, who suffered some 80,000 casualties, of which 19,000 were killed. Total German casualties were over 100,000. "Had it not been for their courage and sacrifice, we might not have had today this great alliance," John Warner, a U.S. Republican...
  • 60 years ago: Hitler's desperate last push, The Battle of the Bulge

    12/12/2004 8:58:43 AM PST · by knighthawk · 127 replies · 2,343+ views
    AP Wire | December 12 2004 | Richard Pyle/AP
    The Battle of the Bulge: The personal aide to McAuliffe recalls the fight and the famous answer to Germans' call to surrender Vincent Vicari knows about the Battle of the Bulge, not from books, movies or a TV mini-series, but because he was there. He remembers Dec. 16, 1944, when the field phone rang in the command post of the 101st Airborne Division's artillery regiment near Reims, in eastern France, and a voice told him to wake his boss, Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe, and have him report immediately to HQ. He recalls that as McAuliffe went out the door, he...
  • Remembering The Battle of the Bulge

    05/30/2004 7:07:28 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 32 replies · 297+ views
    Cox News Service ^ | May 30 2004 | Cheryl Blackerby
    HAMM, Luxembourg - A pair of massive iron gates is decorated with gilded laurel wreaths and bronze eagles, the national emblem of the United States. The country is Luxembourg, but the 17-acre cemetery on the other side of the gates is American soil -- a green meadow that holds the graves of 5,076 American soldiers. They died during one of Europe's coldest winters in a battle that began Dec. 16, 1944, and became known as the Battle of the Bulge. Among the graves at the American Military Cemetery in Hamm are 23 pairs of brothers and 101 "Unknowns." There are...
  • What to Do about the Abuses at Abu Ghraib? In the Army, Ignorance is No Excuse

    05/13/2004 9:52:58 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 8 replies · 161+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 15 May, 2004 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    First, we put the abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib in proper context. One meaning of this story is to demonstrate that we are in a battle between two civilizations. Ours is a modern one, in which people who violate civilized standards on treatment of prisoners will be prosecuted and punished. On the other side is a barbaric civilization, in which graft, torture and mass murder are not only not punished, the perpetrators are praised and supported. No one should doubt at this point that we face a conflict as clear as that between the Romans and the Goths....
  • A Wartime Christmas, 2003

    12/22/2003 6:28:06 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 7 replies · 154+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 23 December 2003 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Two thousand years ago, sometime during the summer, a woman gave birth to a boy child in the Jewish city of Bethlehem, and named him Jesus. The years and time of year are based on the historical, not religious, records. Once the Roman Church was well established, it changed the date of Christmas (literally, “Christ Mass”) from the summer to the end of December, to compete with and overwhelm the Roman holiday of Saturnalia, a generalized party that occupied the five days at the end of the year, left out of the established months. Given the wreckage that the federal...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers the 110th Infantry at the Bulge (12/16-19/1944) - Dec 16th, 2003

    12/16/2003 12:04:21 AM PST · by SAMWolf · 177 replies · 5,490+ views
    www.historynet.com ^ | Gary Schreckengost
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Will Rogers Jr. & the Battle for St.Vith (Dec/1944) - Oct. 1st, 2003

    10/01/2003 12:00:05 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 162 replies · 2,249+ views
    www.military.com ^ | Calvin C. Boykin, Jr.
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. Welcome to "Warrior Wednesday" Where the Freeper Foxhole introduces a different...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers The Malmedy Massacre (12/17/1944) - Sep. 2nd, 2003

    09/02/2003 12:00:25 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 52 replies · 6,168+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. God Bless America...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers John Kline & The Bulge (Dec. 16-19, 1944) - July 23rd, 2003

    07/23/2003 12:00:55 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 94 replies · 647+ views
    Dear Lord, There's a young man far from home, called to serve his nation in time of war; sent to defend our freedom on some distant foreign shore. We pray You keep him safe, we pray You keep him strong, we pray You send him safely home ... for he's been away so long. There's a young woman far from home, serving her nation with pride. Her step is strong, her step is sure, there is courage in every stride. We pray You keep her safe, we pray You keep her strong, we pray You send her safely home...
  • Vet describes WWII ordeal for posterity

    07/04/2003 8:49:14 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 256+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 04 2003 | BRENDA WARNER ROTZOLL
    What Harry Wilkinson remembers most about World War II is the cold. More than half a century later, his feet still hurt sometimes because they were so badly frostbitten during the Battle of the Bulge. "The cold was terrible because there was no place to go to get out of it," says Wilkinson, 78, a retired watchmaker from Chicago who now lives in Oak Forest. "Whenever you found a place to sleep at night in a sleeping bag, it was usually outside because, if I went into a building, they were going to blow it apart. I was in General...
  • GROWN IN OFFICE: BLAIR PACKS ON THE POUNDS AS WAR DAY NEARS...

    03/17/2003 8:21:03 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 28 replies · 255+ views