Skip to comments.Christmas 1944, when we said NUTS to the enemy
Posted on 12/18/2011 5:50:58 PM PST by NEWwoman
World War Two was in overdrive. The major powers were slugging it out about the world - in Europe, Africa, and in the Pacific for 5 long years already- since 1939.
The United States had entered the fray when the US Congress had declared war on Japan (December 8, 1941) for attacking Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941).
Then on December 11, 1941, Germany and Italy had declared war on the United States. We were in the war for the long haul.
Early December 1944, we had thought the war, at least in Europe, would be over in a few weeks and we'd be home for Christmas.
But Adolf Hitler had other plans and fought back with everything he got.
(Excerpt) Read more at smithsk.blogspot.com ...
Patton's weather prayer: http://movieclips.com/mkY8-patton-movie-a-weather-prayer/
Now Obama travels the world,in search of butt to kiss.
Is there more worth reading?
Can you share it here? Excerpts are kind of lame.
Creighton Abrams was the commander of the lead battalion in the relief of Bastogne.
God, what a group of men. Every damn one of them.
I don’t think it was “nuts”; more like FO.
Interesting. There are volumes of information on this. Thanks for sharing.
You probably are right. But that’s what was in the movies.
It was “Nuts”.
From what I have read McAuliffe was woken and told of the surrender demand. He said “aw nuts”. When ask what to tell the Germans he said that his first statement was good enough, to just tell them “nuts”.
The movie “Battle Ground” was a pretty damn good account of the Bastogne siege. Not the story of the Battle of the Bulge, but real good about Bastogne.
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I was four months old...
This Christmas, I have a son that is ten months old :)
Better late then never, but the world is still in a big mess,
and getting worse.
So why don’t we have anyone who has the cajones to say that worldwide? What’s the MATTER with us????
Just in case y’all missed it. . . See this thread from yesterday and click on the dailymail link for pics :
I read that in some of the sites when I was researching the blog. The General said - “aw, nuts.” So the General put Nuts in his written response.
Now - I’m asking for some friendly advice, so I can be a better FRer. I had been adviced not to put excerpts for blogs. (I did if for its hard to get many hyperlinks & embedded clips in the body.)
Is that breaking any rules? Is it a major turn off? Any opinion?
“Cajones” also works. ;’)
Our military and nation can never be great without such men of faith.
I read something like that Crazy Ivan. Those men had ... real balls.
Great link! Thanks.
Seen some clips on YouTube. Got to get that movie.
Why, you virile Bad Boy, you :-)
Merry Christmas to the family
Thanks GGG - good stuff.
I’m sure you are making the world a better place for your son. We all must. And as Churchill said - Never, never, never give up.
To set the record straight on General Anthony McAuliffle’s ‘’Nuts’’ reply. He was in his command post in Bastonge when a note was bought to him by one of his subordinate officers. It was a note from the Germans demanding the surrender of the town. As somewhat harried and frustrated McAuliffle simply said at first ‘’Aw nuts’’. He then polled his staff on their opinions or an answer to the demand. Lt. Col Harry kinnard, the 101st.’s operations officer said “That first remark of yours could be hard to beat’’.The rest of McAuliffles officers agreed and so that reply was sent.
Saw that article tweeted on twitter. Bookmarked it.
“Why, you virile Bad Boy, you :-)”
Yes, it is common here in the Philippines, and he will compliment my 28 year old daughter, back in Memphis :)
Little Alex is now a dual citizen.
Merry Christmas to you, too.
Did you mean “cOjones?”
Is that breaking any rules? Is it a major turn off? Any opinion?
I really don't know. It certainly is a turn off to some here. It hasn't come up with me. It seems that the hot button is when someone is using this site to promote their own blog rather than engage in serious discussion. I would contact one of the site administrators and ask them.
Maligayong Pasko to you and yours, Alex.
“Im sure you are making the world a better place for your son.”
I wish, but saving the world is a bit above my pay grade :(
My greatest fear is what the world will be like when little Alex becomes a man....If the world last that long.
You are the eternal optimist.BRAVO SIR, BRAVO.
“You are the eternal optimist.BRAVO SIR, BRAVO.”
Spoken like a true FReeper, thank you sir.
Many, however, would call me the eternal fool, haha.
I meant whatever Monkey Face meant.
My pleasure, and thanks for the kind remarks.
I thank you for the compliment Sir.I stand by my opinion of you. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
On December 22, 1944, through a party consisting of a major, a lieutenant, and two enlisted men under a flag of truce that entered the American lines southeast of Bastogne (occupied by Company F, 2nd Battalion, 327th Glider Infantry), General von Lüttwitz sent the following ultimatum to Gen. McAuliffe:
To the U.S.A. Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne.
The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A. forces in and near Bastogne have been encircled by strong German armored units. More German armored units have crossed the river Our near Ortheuville, have taken Marche and reached St. Hubert by passing through Hompre-Sibret-Tillet. Libramont is in German hands.
There is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A. troops from total annihilation: that is the honorable surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the presentation of this note.
If this proposal should be rejected one German Artillery Corps and six heavy A. A. Battalions are ready to annihilate the U.S.A. troops in and near Bastogne. The order for firing will be given immediately after this two hours term.
All the serious civilian losses caused by this artillery fire would not correspond with the well-known American humanity.
The German Commander.
McAuliffe square BastogneAccording to various accounts from those present, when McAuliffe was told of the German demand for surrender he said “nuts”. At a loss for an official reply, Lt. Col. Harry Kinnard suggested that his first remark summed up the situation well, which was agreed to by the others. The official reply was typed and delivered by Colonel Joseph Harper, commanding the 327th Glider Infantry, and his S-3, Major Alvin Jones, to the German delegation. It was as follows:
To the German Commander.
The American Commander
Great info, US Navy Vet -
Inspiring. When things look hopeless, never, ever give up. So timely for these days.
Thanks for sharing
My mother-in-law remembers this very well. She was a school girl at the time and tells me that holiday season the whole country was transfixed over Bastogne and whether those boys would be rescued in time. (I know, the 101st has always maintained they didn’t need any rescuing. :-)))
Good grief, woman, can you please lady up? We women are diminished when we sink to such language.
There are many decent expressions that describe fortitude.
* can you please lady up? *
the expression is “Cowboy up” where I am from, Big Sis. :)
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