Thursday, June 09, 2005

 

In search of WWII: Bastogne

On December 22, 1944, in the opening days of the Battle of the Bulge, the Germans sent an emissary into Bastogne to demand the surrender of the U.S. 101st Airborne division and other army units defending the town. The U.S. forces were entirely surrounded, but rejected the surrender demand and fought on for five days until an armored division from PattonĀ“s Third Army broke the German ring around the city and ended the seige.

Question: What was the famous one-word reply by the U.S. commander, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe, to the German surrender demand?

Visit Bastogne for a hint:

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Battle of the Bulge grahpic novel, Tourist Info Office, Bastogne.


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Gift shop mannequin, same location.


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Advertizement, Bastogne main square.


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Cafe, Bastogne main square. Love the apostrophe!

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Comments:
I would like a glass of Le Nuts following my savage liver dumplings.

This is the best tour of Europe I have ever been on.
 
I'm a little freaked by that starry-eyed mannequin.
 
So what did McAuliffe say? Just kidding.

That mannequin is sort of creepy. It's like a dark Micheal Jackson.
 
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