The Ardennes Offensive, better known as The Battle of the Bulge, began 65 years ago today. Five days later on December 21, 1944 the Germans had the 101st Ariborne surrounded at Bastogne. The Americans were low on supplies of food and ammunition in the middle of a bitter cold winter. The German commander requested the Americans to surrender. General Anthony McAuliffe scribbled his reply on a paper to be delivered to the German commander in just one word, “Nuts.”
Soon after supplies of food and ammunition were air dropped to our side and the German offensive began to slowly lose ground until it was defeated five weeks later. It took 19,000 American lives before the battle ended in defeat for the Germans.