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December 17, 2004

bravo

Thanks to kim du toit I am reminded that yesterday was the 60th anniversary of battle of the bulge, Germany's last gasp at stopping the inevitable advance of Allied troops in WWII. That was an ugly event.

More than a million men fought in this battle including some 600,000 Germans, 500,000 Americans, and 55,000 British. The German military force consisted of two Armies with ten corps(equal to 29 divisions). While the American military force consisted of a total of three armies with six corps(equal to 31 divisions). At the conclusion of the battle the casualties were as follows: 81,000 U.S. with 19,000 killed, 1400 British with 200 killed, and 100,000 Germans killed, wounded or captured.

No mention of panties being put on anyone's head there.

I don't know if we have the stomach for that kind of sacrifice anymore. We have too many Michael Moore babies pussifying this country today.

I've always been fascinated with reading about that battle. The "Battered Bastards of Bastogne" earned their name and some incredible tales of guts and heroism abound in that story. Those were some tough bastards.

To me, two incidents stand out about that fight. The first one is the intended massacre of American prisoners by that Nazi shit Peiper.

The same day some Americans were taken prisoner at Baugnez and were shot by Colonel Peiper's unit while on a road headed for Malmeddy. Of the 140 men taken prisoner 86 were shot and 43 managed to survive to tell the story of what had happened.

The Americans were herded into a group, the Germans moved in some trucks loaded with machine guns, and they started firing away. But the Americans did something the Germans weren't accustomed to. The GIs didn't sit there and take their planned execution meekly. They scattered like a covey of quail and high-tailed it through the snow. Fuck just sitting there. They made moving targets and 43 got away. That's what Americans do. We're difficult to kill and we damn sure ain't gonna take it just sitting there.

The second incident is the response Brigadier General Mcauliffe gave when he was surrounded, in deep shit and asked to surrender. Do you REALLY believe that he said, "Aw, NUTS!"? I don't.

I believe that some selected editing occurred in that report. Of course, newpapers didn't print things like "FUCK YOU!!!" or "KISS MY ASS" or even "BALLS!!!" back in those days, but I suspect that his reply was a little saltier than "NUTS!" I could be wrong, but I don't think so. Mcaullife never struck me as the kind of man to keep a civil tongue in his mouth in a situation such as that one.

The entire affair was a waste of Germany's time, because the war was lost already, but a lot of good men froze their asses off and died there. It was one hell of a fight.

I should have remembered that fact yesterday.

Comments

Back in May at the WWII Memorial Dedication, I met a survivor of that battle. Obviously he was quite old. But I quite literally stood in awe of him. He didn't talk much about it, but he did answer my questions. Living history...

Posted by: Deliverance on December 17, 2004 03:59 PM

Back in 1990, I had a chance to visit Bastogne and spend some time in the museum and war memorial there. You would look out at that beautiful Belgian countryside and try to imagine what had been going on 46 years earlier on that very spot.

They really were "The Greatest Generation." We owe it to them to shape up, stop whining, and Get On With Business.

Posted by: Steve on December 17, 2004 04:15 PM

Michael Moore babies pussifying......not a whole lot of combat hardend vets on these blogs. I'm not,you?

Posted by: frank on December 17, 2004 05:22 PM

This is really a super double-extra stairwell remark, on the account of someone else who might laugh at me if he read this and were still alive (Gen'l McAuliffe), but I think it's worth writing.

Had the General been more familiar with German history and culture, he might not have had to have his rejoinder translated. There was a very famous German knight, surrounded with his few comrades and besieged by many, several hundreds of years ago.

When called upon to surrender, I believe he said something like "Lueck mir im Arsche!" (Lick my ass!)


His name was Goertz von Berlichingen.

The Germans would have understood instantaneously, had Gen'l McAuliffe said either "Goertz.." or just "Kiss my ass!"


Good communication is always important; sometimes to tell people how much you like them, sometimes to tell people how much you dislike them.

Posted by: Justthisguy on December 17, 2004 05:41 PM

I always wondered about Mccauliffe's response myself. A friend of mine recently retired from the Navy, and when he first went in in the late 60s many of his senior chiefs were Seaman firsts at Pearl Harbor, and he said they all agreed that the famous signal sent out at the beginning of the attack was "Air Raid, Pearl Harbor, this is no shit!"

Posted by: JohnW on December 17, 2004 05:42 PM

We have too many Michael Moore babies pussifying this country today.

Holding Bush accountable for lying his way into war resulting in thousands of deaths is not pussifying. Firing that sack of shit was the one thing you people should have done last month.

Fucking pathetic.

Posted by: Mikelx on December 17, 2004 05:49 PM

The greatest generation would have slapped Michael Moore and Mikelx until the peed their pants. My father survived the Battle of the Bulge and he would have bicth slapped both of those punks when he was on his death bed.

Posted by: James Old Guy on December 17, 2004 05:55 PM

Insulting 62 million people because they're not "enlightened" enough to share your abject and irrational hatred of George W. Bush -- that's pussifying.

Posted by: McGehee on December 17, 2004 07:26 PM

Insulting 62 million people because they're not "enlightened" enough to share your abject and irrational hatred of George W. Bush -- that's pussifying.

The biggest flaw in the point you are tryingt to make, is that 62 million people didn't vote for that lying sack of shit that some call President.

Posted by: Mikelx on December 17, 2004 11:58 PM

All my life I knew my uncle Buster as a kind , gentle man from southern Miss.It was only at his funeral that I learned of his citations for capturing a German tank at the Battle of the Bulge. As for the out of context mewling from Mikelx regarding the election of my president...shut the fuck up.You stain the memory of my uncle and that pisses me off.Four more years asshole,get used to it.

Posted by: eh on December 18, 2004 09:31 AM

True, 62,000,000 didn't vote for President Bush, but enough DID to ensure that POS kerry LOST!!!

Posted by: 0007 on December 18, 2004 09:42 AM

As for the out of context mewling from Mikelx regarding the election of my president...shut the fuck up.You stain the memory of my uncle and that pisses me off.Four more years asshole,get used to it.

Your president is fucking up my country, and I hold people like you accountable for all of his upcoming fuckups.

You people should be ashamed of yourselves for enabling this massive failure of an administration.

Posted by: Mikelx on December 18, 2004 03:18 PM

You anti Bush twits just don't get it do you? Rob posted to honor the memory of those brave soldiers,including my uncle,who gave their all for you and I and you somehow feel it appropriate to come in and spew your hatred for my president.So mikelx I reiterate...fuck you and shut the fuck up.

Posted by: EH on December 18, 2004 06:31 PM

You anti Bush twits just don't get it do you? Rob posted to honor the memory of those brave soldiers,including my uncle,who gave their all for you and I and you somehow feel it appropriate to come in and spew your hatred for my president.So mikelx I reiterate...fuck you and shut the fuck up.

Eh, it was Acid who made Michael Moore the issue. Mr. Moore is best known for his very succesful and truthful movie showing that dispicable sack of shit for what he is.

And nuts like you are so blinded by fear and ideology, that you will vote against your best interests. Bush deserved to be fired for his massive failures.

You, as an American passed up a huge opputurnity to hold that massive failure accountable for his failed foreign policy and blowing up the debt.

You should be ashamed.

Posted by: Mikelx on December 18, 2004 08:32 PM

The consequence of doing nothing after 9/11 would have been far worse than are the consequences of doing something, which is what Bush finally did.

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis on December 22, 2004 01:15 PM

At long last ! On 17 December 2007 a new museum is to be opened next to the site of the malmedy Massacre and in memory of the young American soldiers who were murdered there. They gave their all for their countrymen and it is only just that this not be forgotten. You can read all about this opening in the presence of a asurvivor and other veterans who were captured by the same German unit. go to the following website:

http://www.tours-international.co.uk/Tours/Malmedy+Massacre+Tours

Posted by: Will Cavanagh on March 23, 2007 02:46 AM
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