Friday, December 16, 2016
December 1944: The Battle of The Bulge
On Wednesday, Bill wrote a good one: AN ANNIVERSARY TO OBSERVE
"Today is the 65th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Offensive.
On December 16th, 1944, Nazi Germany, only months away from defeat, launched a surprise attack on Allied troops on the western front, hoping to drive a wedge in our line and ultimately wreck the Allied advance into Germany.
The German attack, after bitter fighting, failed.
The Battle of the Bulge lasted a bit more than five weeks.
The United States lost 19,000 men.
We were a nation of about 138 million at the time.
Today the United States has a population of approximately 305 million.
Put in proportion to today's population, the Battle of the Bulge cost the lives of more than 40,000 American soldiers.
It was, for us, the costliest engagement of World War II."
Perhaps, PBS will run The American Experience documentary about the battle!
Check the documentary's website.
We recall the men who died in the battle and all of the soldiers who fought back the Nazi attack.
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