Remembering: 16 Dec 1944, Europe

Jules on The Bulge.

It began at dawn on Dec. 16, 1944, 64 years ago today, with rapid assaults through the Ardennes forest, as the Germans blitzed one last time, hoping to split the Allied armies and take Antwerp. As Guderian reportedly liked to say, “Man schlägt jemanden mit der Faust und nicht mit gespreizten Fingern.” You punch with the fist and not with the fingers spread.

See the essay for pictures, comments, and links to some good reading about the history of this battle.

The outside thermometer this morning was in the single digits near Reno. Snow covering the ground. Cold. Remember those who were outside in similar weather without a warm RV at hand but only a shovel to find shelter from enemy shells.

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