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Christmas at Bastogne
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 Posted: Fri Dec 23rd, 2016 05:17 PM
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 Posted: Fri Dec 23rd, 2016 06:28 PM
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NUTS!



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 Posted: Fri Dec 23rd, 2016 07:04 PM
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I bet the NUTS were served with very hot or VERY cold but with great satisfaction.



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Is the man in the upper left wearing a German jacket??? The color is a bit strange in that picture but it sure doesn't look like GI camo. Looks like flecktharn to me.



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The one in the upper right looks the same. I have a feeling that if they were warm they wore them. A bit dangerous in combat but better the chance than to freeze to death in colder clothes. RD



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Does anybody have a positive I.D. on the three rifle muzzles in the picture?
Not sure but two of them look like Garands and the middle one looks like a 1903 Springfield.
Any thoughts ?



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I think they are all Garands. The middle one is just turned a bit so it looks thinner in the forestock.



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I'm leaning toward all three Garand's just the one is cocked enough to hide some of its features. Its fuzzy and hard to get a good view even when its blown up.

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Here's a link to a brief but nice video about Bastogne narrated by General Kinnard who was there. Thanks to IrishBirdDog for sharing this link in an e-mail. RD

http://www.americanveteranscenter.org/2014/12/gen-kinnard/



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I suspect the two in the camo are German prisoners, and that may be the point of the picture. (The one on the right has a frostbitten hand, which he will no doubt lose.)

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Later... Managed to track this photograph down. IT was made on 12-24-44 and is USArmy Signal Corps photo 111-SC-200856. In the version I found the right soldier's jacket no longer appears to be camo. The left soldier's still appears to be some sort of camo, which I don't think our troops were wearing at the time, except for white winter over-smocks in the snow. It no longer looks much like flecktharn and could even be oil stains. The right soldier's right hand no longer looks so dramatic, but still looks frost-bitten. German bombers broke up this service right after the picture was taken.

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http://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=59170
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This link a has a letter written General McAuliffe on 12/24/1944. This link also has some more very interesting history both past and more recent.



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daboone, Thank You for a wonderful Christmas present of the stories enclosed in your link. Very heartfelt writing. RD



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Great picture.
I found out a few years ago that one of my first-cousins from Marathon Texas, fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a small quiet person, never talked about it. Don't know what outfit he was with.



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And today (12-26) is the aniversary of the day the 4th Armored broke the siege.



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The history of the 101st has been glorified in movies and such, but in reality they suffered some of the heaviest losses for the short period of time they were actually involved in the war.
When I went through jump school at Ft. Benning, we were constantly reminded of the sacrifices and hardships endured by our predecessors.
Bastogne, was the worst for morale and non battle related injuries due to the extreme cold. Those coats mentioned above are GI issue, but were likely covered in blood, mud, and God knows what else. The one on the right appears to be a wool jacket worn by members of English bomber crews.

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Likely a very soiled issue field jacket. The guy on the upper right appears to be wearing an old wool Mackinaw. My Dad gave me his when I was a kid.



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