Bastogne Part 1

First published December 10 2009

This is what the weather is supposed to be for the “Bastogne Walk” that Matt is taking the boys to this weekend. He is leaving this afternoon with MY babies and coming back tomorrow. Mind you, I am NOT complaining about the fact that I will not be walking in the cold all day, I am just worried about them getting a cold over it. BUT it will be a nice Father/sons time I am sure and I will take my daughter to the upstairs and get her to do some stuff with me tomorrow! LOL!!

For those of you who don’t know what BASTOGNE is and where it is here is a little knowledge that came out of my hat (thanks Wikipedia!) 😉

Liberated by the Allies in late 1944, Bastogne was attacked by German forces shortly after. Hitler was, again, looking for control of the Ardennes. The goal was to advance to Antwerp, to cut off supply and separate British from American troops. On December 16, taking advantage of the cold and the fog, the German artillery started the so-called Battle of the Bulge by attacking the sparsely deployed American troops around Bastogne. A few days later, Brigadier General McAuliffe and the 101st Airborne Division along with elements of the 10th Armored Division arrived to counter-attack but, after heavy fighting, got encircled in the city. On December 22, German emissaries asked for the American surrender, to which the General answered quite briefly, “Nuts!” The next day, the weather cleared up, allowing air retaliation and the parachuting of much needed food, medicine, and weaponry. On December 26, the troops of General Patton broke the deadlock. The official end of the Battle of Bastogne only occurred three weeks later, when all fighting finally stopped.”

For whatever reason the image that I have of the “Battle of the Bulge” is from a movie (which I don’t have any idea if it is actually true or not) where the German and American come upon each other on Christmas Eve and decide to have a “cease-fire” for the night and actually celebrate together! If this happen or not, I don’t know. I have seem multiple movies that depict this scene (you will remember that I am married to a military man who LOVES war movies and therefore will excuse me for that!) 😉

Anyway, (coming back to the reason of this post/blog entry). Matt is taking the boys and I should be able to put some pictures about this on a later blog! So enjoy this part and a few pictures!

More later!!

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