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What became known as the “Battle of the Bulge” was the Ardennes Offensive, and the response of the Allies, the Ardennes Counteroffensive.
– The battle lasted for five weeks from December 16, 1944 to January 28, 1945, towards the end of the war in Europe.
– The 101st Airborne Division was surrounded at Bastogne and being shelled.
– “NUTS” was the (probably sanitized) reply from Brig. Gen. Anthony Mcauliffe to the letter from the attacking German Forces offering an opportunity to surrender.
– An excerpt from Mcauliffe’s Christmas Letter to his troops:
We are giving our country and our loved ones at home a worthy Christmas present and being privileged to take part in this gallant feat of arms are truly making for ourselves a Merry Christmas.
/s/ A. C. McAULIFFE
– The Sherman Cobra King that broke through to link up with the 101st Airborne Division on the outskirts of Bastogne on December 26.
– The line running down the center is a tracing from the map of enemy positions on December 25.
Includes a card with the entire Christmas letter that McAuliffe had distributed to his troops, the letter from the German Commander offering McAuliffe the opportunity to surrender his encircled troops, and the propaganda flier that the the Germans distributed to American troops encouraging them to desert.