Battle of the Bulge

By From page A4 | December 23, 2013

Editor’s note — The name the Battle of the Bulge came from the American press, describing the German Army’s thrust through the Allies’ poorly defended lines in the Ardennes Forest. By Dec. 21 American defenders at Bastogne had been surrounded and the German commander asked them to surrender. The reply from the American general has forever echoed in military history and our national conscientiousness. By Dec. 26 the lead tank battalion of Gen. George Patton’s Third Army relieved Bastogne and ended the siege. Below is the Christmas Eve newsletter from Gen. A.C. McAuliffe.

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