Friday, December 22, 2006

NUTS!!! 22 December 1944

62 years ago today the German National Socialist forces surrounding the American defenders of Bastogne in the Ardennes forest ordered the commander of the 101st airborne Division General McAuliff to surrender. General McAuliff's reply "Nuts" was puzzling to the German officers and was explained by Colonel Joseph Harper:
"If you don't understand what 'Nuts!' means," Colonel Joseph Harper explained to his mystified German interlocutors, "in plain English it is the same as 'Go to hell.' And I will tell you something else; if you continue to attack, we will kill every goddamn German that tries to break into this city."

Τhe rest is history. Until of course, it is revised by the defeatists of the 21st century.

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