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Bastogne is relieved – December 26th, 1944

Completely surrounded in the town of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, elements of the 101st Airborne Division and 10th Armored Division held off besieging German forces for eight days until their relief by General George Patton’s Third Army, spearheaded by the 4th Armored Division, on December 26, 1944. The break in German lines surrounding Bastogne is shown at the center of these situation maps from December 25 and December 27, 1944.

Situation 1200 hours 25 December 1944 Twelfth Army Group”; Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II; Record Group 331

Situation 1200 hours 27 December 1944 Twelfth Army Group”; Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II; Record Group 331

Don’t miss General Anthony McAuliffe’s “NUTS!” message, issued in response to the German’s demand to surrender Bastogne, on display through January 5, 2015 at the National Archives Museum in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

More on the Battle of the Bulge at Prologue: “The Bloodiest Battle – The Battle of the Bulge Loomed Large 70 Winters Ago” →

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