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Watch this 1944 World War II video footage of actual combat and see the hardship that our American forces had to endure at the Battle of the Bulge. It is said December 24th time period was the coldest on record. 20 below zero with wind!! Men were freezing to death. Guns wouldn't shoot because they were frozen. Trucks had to be started and run every thirty minutes or the engine oil would freeze solid.
The 101st Airborne Division was surrounded and besieged and was holding the Bastogne precariously.
Then General Patton was heard to have said, let's go save those brave men.
General Patton's prayer:
“Almighty and merciful Father, we humbly beseech thee, of thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for battle. Graciously hearken to us soldiers who call upon thee that, armed with thy power, we may advance from victory to victory and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies, and establish thy justice among men and nations. Amen.”
The weather cleared and General Anderson’s B-26s and A-20’s took off. The problem was that Vandenberg’s headquarters, skeptical of the forecast, failed to alert the Ninth’s fighters in time to protect Anderson’s bombers. Instead, Luftwaffe fighters met the bombers in shot down 44 of nearly 600 bombers in about 5 minutes before the Ninth’s fighters arrived to rid the skies of Germans.

NEXT TIME YOU SEE A WORLD WAR II VETERAN, SAY THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND FREEDOM.

LEST WE FORGET...
 

The 101st Airborne Division in Bastogne during The Battle of the Bulge, December 1944.

 

Battle of the Bulge Through Soldiers' Eyes

 

 

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