“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”
Silhouetted in the golden glory of a Pacific sunrise, crosses mark the graves of American boys who gave their lives to win a small atoll on the road to the Philippines. A Coast Guardsman stands in silent reverence beside the resting place of a comrade. 1944
Merry Christmas, gang!
Troopers of the 101st and their jeeps on a street in Berchtesgaden, 1945
Welcome to the 2012 giveaway for Once Upon A Time In War (@demons)!
I’ve been holding out on doing this since Thanksgiving so I could top my first giveaway. However, considering I’m more or less sans a laptop right now (so please, feel free to donate into that fund because I’m using commandeered computers and my phone) I figured giving y’all something like this around the holidays would be lovely.
The three (3) winners will be decided by a random number generator like I did for my first giveaway and the order selection will decide the prize each winner gets.
- HBO’s mini-series Band of Brothers DVD (Region 1) set
- The Soldiers’ Story: Vietnam in Their Own Words by Ron Steinman
- Authentic Vietnam-era jump wings from the US Army (detailed view)
How To Enter/Rules
- You must have a tumblr account. Duh.
- This is open to anyone in the world. Global society, y’all.
- You must reblog this post; one Reblog per-day.
- You can also “like” this post; one Like per-day.
- No giveaway/contest-only accounts (I’ll be lurking).
- Cut off date to enter is 25 December 2012, 11:59 PM EST.
If You Win
- Winners will be announced 26 December 2012.
- Your ask/messages must be open when I contact you for shipping info!
- You must reply back to my message within 48hrs.
- If either of the aforementioned isn’t done or followed I’ll select another winner.
Happy hunting and may the odds be forever in your favor!
Yay! Fingers crossed!
68 years-ago today, 16 December 1944, it caught Eisenhower completely by surprise to hear that at 05:35 hours, nearly 2000 guns had opened up in the Ardennes. The weather had been bad, and continued to be, so the Allied air forces were grounded. The Germans quickly developed a salient 50 miles deep into the Allied lines.
It was Churchill who dubbed and dismissed the battle as the “The Battle of the Bulge,” an engagement that would become, in the history of the United States’ military, as the single bloodiest engagement overseas.
Otto Skorzeny’s Waffen-SS commandos fooled no one and most of them faced the firing squad as enemy spies when caught wearing American uniforms. The Sixth SS Panzer Army, using the surprise to their advantage, made significant gains but were unable to exploit them due to lack of fuel. The Fifth Panzer Army reached Celles, six miles short of the River Meuse, where it was halted when the weather cleaned and the Allied air forces were able to take to the skies.
The Fifth Panzers’ supply route ran directly through the town of Bastogne, which was held by the 101st Airborne division under the command of Brigadier-General McAuliffe. It was McAuliffe who, when asked to surrender, replied famously: “Nuts!” As a result, the 101st held out for six days, supplied only by air. Meanwhile, Patton’s Third Army turned north to attack the left flank of the German forces, while the Field Marshal Montgomery attacked the right.
By 22 December 1944, Field Marshal von Rundstedt was refused permission by Hitler to withdraw. On Christmas Day, the Sixth Panzers suffered a crushing defeat and on the following day, Bastogne was relieved. The cost? 3900 American lives and 12000 Germans. 15900 lives in total. Armor wise, the Americans lost 150 tanks to the Germans’ 450.
By early January 1945, the German front line was almost back to where it had been before the Battle of the Bulge began. By then, the casualty numbers were high—the Germans had lost 100,000 men and the Americans 81,000 and the British, who had played only a minor part in the engagement, had lost 1400.
To my American followers: Happy
ThanksgivingJoe Toye Day!
Happy Thanksgiving Joe Toye Day!
RAF Hawker Typhoon pilots (of No. 181 Squadron) leave their briefing tent at Bazenville to begin their midday sortie over the Normandy battlefield.