December, 2004 • Sixty Years Later
The Battle of the Bulge took place in the Ardennes region of eastern Belgium and northern Luxembourg between December 16, 1944 and January 25, 1945. It is widely known to be the largest single battle ever fought by the United States Military.
The Bulge was the last major offensive of the Third Reich, whose
objective (never achieved) was to punch through to the River Muese and Antwerp.
In advance of the 60th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, Ryan Hegg, Director of Stories of Service, contacted AWON about sending letters, pictures, and other artifacts to be included in an exhibit to commemorate the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne in December, 2004, and in a second exhibit planned in September, 2005 at the United Nations in New York City to commemorate the end of WWII.
Patricia Gaffney-Kindig, AWON Board President, met with Ryan Hegg and with Christophe Gaeta of Generations of History to discuss the project in New York. For the full story of the request, Click Here!
Bastogne, in the heart of the
Bulge, was held primarily by the 101st Airborne,
under the command of General Anthony C. McAuliffe. Other units involved
included part of the 10th Armored Division, part of the 9th Armored Division
and elements of the 705th Tank Battalion.
When the surrounding Germans
asked for a surrender on Christmas Eve,
General McAuliffe sent back his terse reply . . . "Nuts!"
The December, 2004 exhibit in Bastogne was housed in this building.
The pictures here and on the two pages that follow detail the Bastogne exhibit.
To see the second of three
pages on the exhibit in Bastogne, Click