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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 12, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseSunday december 12, 1999 stars and stripes Page 3 remembering the Battle of the bulge veterans soldiers civilians Mark 55th anniversary photos by Platt stars and stripes the Honor guard from the 1st armoured division stand at Brig. Gen. Anthony c. Mcauliffee Square in Bastogne Belgium during saturday s commemoration of the 55th anniversary of the Battle of the bulge. By Gregory Piatt Belgium Bureau Bastogne Belgium Veter ans Active duty soldiers and local residents gathered Here saturday to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the greatest land Battle of world War ii. Those attending had to March through a steady rainfall to pay tribute to what the . Military did during the Battle of the bulge. This is outstanding despite the weather said sgt. Tobby Thern Hanger from a Battery 94th Field artillery of the 1st armoured Divi Sion from Baum older Germany. Therwhanger was a part of a team of Active duty soldiers and civil ians who were dressed in . World War ii uniforms. This was a great Chance to see what our Guys went through More than 50 years ago he said. Tom Goode a teacher at ram Stein High school and part of the world War ii re enactment team agreed. I Hope the veterans Here enjoy what we do Goode said. The veterans present did appear to enjoy the event. Leo Leblanc a private with the 101st airborne division during the Battle of the bulge said every time Bastogne commemorates the Battle it is a great Celebration. These people treat veterans very Well Leblanc said. In fact they treat veterans of the Battle so Well that when he came for the 50th anniversary of the Battle in 1994, Leblanc decided to live out his remaining years in this town near the Luxembourg Border. The entourage of and Bel Gian military local residents and Tom Goode a teacher at Ramstein High school salutes As the Star spangled Banner plays in Bastogne Belgium on saturday. Goode was part of a re enactment team organized out of the 1st armoured division museum in Baum older Germany that participated in the anniversary Celebration. Veterans trudged through the rain to Lay wreaths at the Gen. George s. Patton memorial and the Brig. Gen. Anthony c. Mcauliffe memorial Here. Mcauliffe commanded the 101st airborne division in 1944, when the germans surrounded the town and ordered . Forces to surrender. Mcauliffe replied a nuts to the German order. To commemorate that famous statement the town s leaders and Active duty officers threw bags of nuts off the Balcony of a local hotel to the crowds below. Chil Dren and . Military personnel scrambled to get them. I think this is pretty Cool said pc. Jason Thompson from the 237th armoured battalion of the 1st armoured division from Fried Berg Germany As he gathered s great being an american to know that our past and current allies still appreciate what we did said air Force capt. Bill Morrison the military personnel flight commander at Span Dahl pm air base Germany. And the locals did still remember what . Troops did in those last months of the dear american friends we will never forget what you have done for us Bastogne mayor Guy Lutgen said to those Gath ered at the end of a Parade through the will always Welcome you with open email Gregory Piatt at reflections from Wii Battle we weren t expecting a German attack army sgt Frank Mcclelland s team of military police was sent to Clervaux Luxembourg on dec 16,1944, to set up a Roadblock but soon after he and his team of three jeeps arrived German artillery came rain ing Down on the Northern Luxembourg town Mcclelland and his team of my from the 28th infantry division soon had to Retreat As German troops and Armor advanced it was Tough for american pfc because when the Battle of the bulge began this was a rest and recuperation area for com Bat troops,0 Mcclelland said recently in Wilts Luxembourg a town Down the Road from Clervaux. The division was spread out All Over the place and it was a weak Point m the lines. We weren t expecting a German attack Mcclelland made his Way Back to Wilts that Day but three Days later he was Cap tured with about a there. German armies would then pus through to Antwerp Belgium a Mjor sup ply area for Allied forces and encircle Al lied troops. Hitler hoped to buy time to work on secret weapons and build up troops he was confident the plan would work because the wooded terrain of the area would pro vide cover and he hoped Winter weather would prevent the Allied air forces from participating in the Early morning hours of dec 16, eight German armoured divisions and 13 in Fantry divisions launched an offensive against five us divisions in the ardennes. Some , troops were quickly surrounded and there were mass surren Ders on next Day the . 7th armoured Divi Sion stopped the German sixth Panzer army. This slowed the germans and altered the timing of the attack German and american forces raced tos ure Bastogne an important strategic location. The , 101st airborne division got there first. The germans were not far i v v f " behind. They quickly surrounded and Laid siege to the City. On december 22, German officers demanded the surrender of Bastogne after receiving the message Brig Gen Anthony c. Mcauliffe issued Liis famous reply a the siege . Georges Patton s 3rd army counterattacked the germans surrounding Bastogne and was Able to keep the germans from taking Bastogne the allies launched a counteroffensive two Days before the new year. Day after Day soldiers wallowed through the Snow and the fighting went Back and launched an airstrike on Jan. 1 to destroy Allied airfields in Belgium hol land and Northern France although the strike destroyed 206 aircraft and several airfields Germany lost 300 planes and 253 pilots on Jan. 8, Hitler ordered his forces to withdraw from the area. By Jan. 16, the Al lies controlled their original front. The Bat the of the bulge was officially Over on jan28. Tit Gregory Piatt

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