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Special Report

In late 1944, in the wake of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, the German army launched what was arguably the last major counteroffensive of World War II in a final desperate attempt to break and defeat Allied forces. The ensuing battle, fought over an 80-mile stretch from Belgium to Luxembourg, began Dec. 16, 1944 and ended Jan. 25, 1945. It was the largest land battle involving American Forces in World War II. More than a million Allied troops fought in the battle across the Ardennes, including about 500,000 Americans and more than 55,000 British. More than 19,000 troops were killed in action.

Top Stories

Battle Vets Honored at Fort Jackson

FORT JACKSON, S.C., Dec. 17, 2009 - In 1944, Jim Mooneyhan was an Army caption trying to figure out how to get rations to fellow soldiers who had been cut off during the Battle of the Bulge. Sixty-five years later, he and 15 other veterans were honored by soldiers at Fort Jackson, S.C. Story

National Guard contributed
in Battle of the Bulge

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 16, 2009- Four National Guard infantry divisions were involved in repelling a German counterattack on the western front in what became known as the "Battle of the Bulge" in
mid-December of 1944. Story

Boy Scouts Get History Lesson

BASTOGNE, Belgium, Dec. 16, 2009 - The Boy Scouts of America used the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge as a teaching moment for military boys living near the tri-border region of U.S. Army Garrison Schinnen, The Netherlands. Story

Veteran Recalls Front Lines

BASTOGNE, Belgium, Dec. 16, 2009 - Carmen Gisi was on the front lines of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. The now 86-year-old returned to one of his former battlefields in December 2009 as part of the battle's 65th anniversary commemoration. Gisi was drafted into the Army in 1943. Story

WWII Prisoner of War
Returns to Site of Capture

BASTOGNE, Belgium, Dec. 15,2009 - The memories of Bastogne have haunted Henry "Hank" Skowronski for years, but in December 2009, the World War II prisoner of war finally returned to where he was captured 65 years earlier. Story

Ceremonies Mark Anniversary

BASTOGNE, Belgium, Dec. 12, 2009 - World War II veterans were surrounded by service members, political leaders and appreciative citizens when the city of Bastogne commemorated the 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge during weekend ceremonies Dec. 12-13, 2009. Story

Community Covenant Seals Bond

BASTOGNE, Belgium, Dec. 12, 2009 - Cementing decades of friendship, representatives of the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux and the town of Bastogne, Belgium, signed a formal Community Covenant during ceremonies highlighting the historic bond formed during the Battle of the Bulge. Story

Veteran Recalls Historic Battle

BASTOGNE, Belgium, Dec. 12, 2009 - No sooner did 2nd Lt. Everett "Red" Andrews call the target back to his fellow troops in the 377th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, than he was struck through the mouth by shell fragmentation from the ensuing German onslaught. Story

Remembering the Battle

FORT BENNING, Ga., Dec. 11, 2009 - U.S. Army Lt. Lyle Bouck, a Fort Benning Officers Candidate School graduate, led his reconnaissance platoon of less than 20 Infantrymen to hold up a German parachute division and armored brigade for several hours at a crucial road junction during the Battle of the Bulge. Story

Battle Anniversary Remembered At Tree Lighting Ceremony

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2009 - The Army’s chief of staff stepped back in history to Christmas Eve in Belgium 65 years ago, reading one of the most inspirational letters written by a commander to his troops during the annual Union Station Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Story

Belgian Vets Salute U.S. Soldiers

CHIÈVRES, Belgium, Dec. 3, 2009 - Some Belgian World War II veterans are paying tribute to the U.S. soldiers they formed a critical partnership with to resist the German occupation 65 years ago. “We waited and we prayed for the Americans,” one said. Story

Belgians, Americans to Celebrate Anniversary of Landmark Victory

CHIÈVRES, Belgium, Dec. 1, 2009 – Sixty-five years after World War II's landmark Battle of the Bulge, U.S. and Belgian troops will again march side by side in Bastogne on Dec. 12 and 13. Story


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