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NEWS: Services Held Yesterday in Belgium Commemorated the Battle of the Bulge

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posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 01:32 AM
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Yesterday, King Albert of Belgium led a ceremony attended by hundreds of veterans and other officials commemorating the Battle of the Bulge. The Nazi offensive took the allies by surprise when Hitler's panzer division created a bulge in the front lines deep into Belgian territory. It is estimated that 19,000 Americans died in the six-week battle.
 



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Belgium's King Albert yesterday was to lead US officials and war veterans in a 60th anniversary commemoration of Americans who died in the deadliest single battle in US history -- the 1944 Battle of the Bulge.

The ceremony at the vast star-shaped Mardasson Memorial commemorates those who died in fighting off Nazi Germany's last offensive against allied forces advancing toward Berlin.

The six-week Battle of the Bulge was the largest World War II land battle that US forces took part in.

King Albert -- joined by Dennis Hastert, speaker of the US House of Representatives, Tom Korologos, the US envoy to Belgium and hundreds of war veterans -- will pay homage to 80,000 Americans who died or were wounded in fighting that also claimed 120,000 German lives.




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When the Nazi panzer divisions advanced into Belgian territory in December 1944, the US was taken completely by surprise. Chaos reigned until the Allies could mount an effective counter-assault. Eventually, the Allies prevailed in the numbing cold, but not before an estimated 19,000 Americans died.

We should pause during the celebrations this year to remember the sacrifices of those who came before us and sacrificed so much that we can live our lives in relative safety and with such bounty.

At the same time, we should remember that today we have servicemen around the world sacrificing their lives for the same principles and ideals.

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posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 02:28 AM
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Grady,

Thank you for your rembrance of this famous battle. My grandfather, a proud member of the 101st Airborn was there. Patton made his famous move that disengaged his 3rd army and moved to rescue the 101st at Bastone. When the German General asked for the American surrender, the General in command of the U.S. forces (His name escapes me) replied "nuts"



posted on Dec, 19 2004 @ 03:18 AM
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That General would have been Tony McAuliffe. A first hand account of the Nazi's surrender ultimatum and McAluliffe's response can be found here. O, that we had more Americans like him and those who fought the Battle of the Bulge.

www.thedropzone.org...

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[edit on 04/12/19 by GradyPhilpott]



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