Nuts

What? You thought this was about last night’s debate, didn’t you? It’s not. It about what may well be the greatest battle victory in American history. It happened only seventy-one years ago, but most of us have forgotten it. From Great Satan’s Girlfriend.

On or about this date in 1944, Americans woke to read in alla papers that a war that was almost won looked like it might just get lost.

Beleaf it or don’t – few Americans are aware of the Battle of the Bulge in the last millennium. Nineteen thousand American soldiers were killed with more than 70,000 casualties. It was the largest combat action in the history of the American military.

And it lives evermore with those This We’ll Defend cats

After a day of hard fighting, the Germans broke through the American front, surrounding most of an infantry division, seizing key crossroads, and advancing their spearheads toward the Meuse River, creating the projection that gave the battle its name.

Stories spread of the massacre of soldiers and civilians at Malmedy and Stavelot, of fallschrimjager paratroopers dropping behind the lines, and of English-speaking German soldiers, disguised as Americans, capturing critical bridges, cutting communications lines, and spreading rumors. For those who had lived through 1940, the picture was all too familiar. Belgian townspeople put away their Allied flags and brought out their swastikas.

Police in Paris enforced an all-night curfew. British veterans waited nervously to see how the Americans would react to a full-scale German offensive, and British generals quietly acted to safeguard the Meuse crossings. Even American civilians who had thought final victory was near were sobered by the Nazi onslaught.

But this was not 1940. The supreme Allied commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower rushed reinforcements to hold the shoulders of the German penetration. Within days, Lt. Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. had turned his Third U.S. Army to the north and was counterattacking against the German flank. But the story of the battle of the Bulge is above all the story of American soldiers.

Often isolated and unaware of the overall picture, they did their part to slow the Nazi advance, whether by delaying armored spearheads with obstinate defenses of vital crossroads, moving or burning critical gasoline stocks to keep them from the fuel-hungry German tanks, or coming up with questions on arcane Americana to stump possible Nazi infiltrators.

At the critical road junctions of St. Vith and Bastogne, American tankers and paratroopers fought off repeated attacks, and when the acting commander of the 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne was summoned by his German adversary to surrender, he simply responded, “Nuts!”

Within days, Patton’s Third Army had relieved Bastogne, and to the north, the 2d U.S. Armored Division stopped enemy tanks short of the Meuse on Christmas Day. Through January, American troops, often wading through deep snow drifts, attacked the sides of the shrinking bulge until they had restored the front and set the stage for the final drive to victory.

Never again would NSDAP Time Deutschland be able to launch an offensive in the West on such a scale. An admiring British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill stated, “This is undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war and will, I believe, be regarded as an ever-famous American victory.” Indeed, in terms of participation and losses, the battle of the Bulge is arguably the greatest battle in American military history.

Source: GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Battle Of The Bulge

I’ll only add a couple tidbits, Patton’s drive up to Bastogne was led by the 37th Tank Battalion of the 4th Armored Division, commanded by a guy by the name of LTC (later GEN) Creighton Abrams. His boss, General Patton said of him, “I’m supposed to be the best tank commander in the Army, but I have one peer — Abe Abrams. He’s the world champion.” He went on to be the Chief of Staff of the Army, and yes, the M1 tank is indeed named for him.

Lots of legends came out of this battle, one is about the “Damned Engineers” who did an effective job of slowing down the panzers, sometimes by setting American fuel dumps, flowing down the hill towards the Germans, and then lighting the fuel. Improvised defenses at their best!

This is also the battle when somebody, probably a paratrooper said, “They’ve got us surrounded, the poor bastards.”

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12 Responses to Nuts

  1. I think you might get an argument from some about the battle of Okinawa, from both the American Navy and the Marine Corps, with also some Army? And thank God there was never an American invasion on mainland Japan! The first day losses would have been maybe well over a hundred-thousand?

    But indeed God Bless the men and memory of those in The Bulge!

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    • NEO says:

      I know, that’s why I didn’t get very positive. Might even from those original Teufel Hunden. Nimitz was right but about all of them, “Uncommon Valor was common.”

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      • I can remember my one Irish Great Uncle who fought the Japanese in Burma arguing with my other Uncles who fought the Germans, and they would go round and round about battles and the enemy, who and what was worse? Of course both were bad, but I would favor the nastiness of the “Jap’s”, historically! Though of course too the SS German who lead the Bulge, shot both American prisoners and some Canadian one’s!

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        • NEO says:

          Hobson’s choice, ain’t it? Evil is pretty much evil.

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        • Btw, the Communist NVA and the VC were pretty “evil” also in the Nam! Yes, pick your poison! Now of course we have the evil of Radical Islam!

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  2. This looked of interest… http://marinesmagazine.dodlive.mil/2009/12/14/wwii-marines-in-europe/

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    • And this is a must read! http://marinesmagazine.dodlive.mil/2010/06/29/fallujah-looking-back-at-the-fury/ Semper Fi! God Bless the USMC!

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    • ‘Overshadowed in history by Marines who fought World War II’s
      Pacific island battles, fewer than 6,000 Marines participated
      in the Atlantic, North African and European campaigns.

      Before World War II, Marines served in various European and
      North African embassies as attaches. However, that role
      changed with the outbreak of hostilities between the United States
      and the Axis powers in 1941.

      The first Marine unit of combat troops to serve on land in the
      Atlantic theater was the 1st Marine Provisional Brigade. More
      than 4,000 Marines commanded by Brigadier General John
      Marston arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland, in July 1941. The Marines
      augmented the British forces already in place to prevent Iceland
      from falling to the Germans. Iceland was strategically located
      for air and naval control of the North Atlantic lifeline between the
      British Isles and North America.

      Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Marines assigned under
      Marston received orders to leave Iceland. They began
      departing on Jan. 31, 1942, and were completely gone by March
      9, 1942.

      Masters of amphibious warfare tactics, Marines served as
      planners for the North African, Mediterranean and Normandy
      invasions. The brief and violent raid by a 6,000-man Canadian
      and British commando force on the French port city of Dieppe
      on Aug. 19, 1942, was planned in part by Marine Brigadier
      General Harold D. Campbell, the Marine Corps advisor to the
      British Staff of Combined Operations. He was awarded a Legion
      of Merit for his expertise in developing techniques for
      large-scale amphibious operations against heavily defended
      beaches.

      Marines trained four Army infantry divisions in assault from the sea
      tactics prior to the North African landings. Leading the way
      during Operation Torch, the November 1942 North African
      invasion, Marines went ashore at Arzeu, Algeria, and moved
      overland to the port of Oran, where they occupied the strategic
      Spanish fortress at the northern tip of the harbor.

      Another Marine detachment aboard the cruiser USS Philadelphia
      landed Nov. 10, 1942, at the port of Safi, French
      Morocco, and secured the airport against sabotage until Army
      forces arrived the following day.

      Nine months earlier, on Jan. 7, Brigadier General Lewis G. Merritt,
      a Marine Corps pilot serving as an observer with the
      Royal Air Force in Egypt, was aboard a Wellington bomber shot
      down by ground fire behind German lines in the Halfya Pass.
      He and the crew were rescued by a special United Kingdom
      armored car unit that broke through enemy lines.

      Assigned to the secretive world of spies and saboteurs were 51
      Marines who served with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services
      to engage in behind-the-lines operations in North Africa and
      Europe from 1941 to 1945. These OSS Marines served with
      partisan and resistance groups in France, Germany, Yugoslavia,
      Italy, Austria, Albania, Greece, Morocco and Egypt; on the
      islands of Corsica and Sardinia; in Rumania; and in North and
      West Africa. Ten of these OSS Marines also served with forces
      in Ceylon, Burma, Malaya and China.

      Marine Colonel Peter J. Ortiz was twice awarded the Navy Cross
      for heroism while serving with the French Resistance.

      Shipboard detachments of Marines served throughout the
      landings in North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Normandy
      invasion as gun crews aboard battleships and cruisers. A
      200-man detachment was normally carried aboard a battleship,
      and
      80 Marines served aboard cruisers to man the secondary
      batteries of 5-inch guns providing fire for the landing forces.

      During the June 6, 1944, Normandy invasion, Marines, renowned
      as expert riflemen, played a vital role reminiscent of the days
      of the sailing Navy when sharpshooters were sent to the fighting
      tops. Stationed high in the superstructures of the invasion fleet,
      Marine riflemen exploded floating mines in the path of the ships
      moving across the English Channel to the beaches of
      Normandy.

      On Aug. 29, 1944, during the invasion of southern France,
      Marines from the battleship USS Augusta and the cruiser USS
      Philadelphia went ashore in Marseilles harbor to accept the
      surrender of more than 700 Germans who had fortified island
      garrisons.

      Although few, these proud Marines played a vital role in the
      Atlantic, African and European campaigns of World War II.’

      *This was written by an American Navyman, so the historical must be checked-out, but it appears to be real?

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  3. the unit says:

    Still some of those at the debate. Nuts. Includes hosts, of course.

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    • NEO says:

      Yep! but better than it has been.

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      • the unit says:

        While in a lull, reset your anchor ’cause ‘should the political winds shift in an ugly direction’ you get a stormy sea from I,I,I,me,me,me. lol

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