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
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
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...