Thursday, December 22, 2005

To The German Commander: "Nuts!" The American Commander

Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe

Today, December 22, 61 years ago, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe gave that famous one word reply to a German demand for surrender. How did he say it? Why?

During the Battle of the Bulge the American forces at Bastogne were surrounded and given a surrender paper by the Germans, on which McAuliffe wrote or dictated that famous reply you see in the title of this post. Not many people know that his assistant added:
"If you don't know what 'Nuts' means, in plain English it is the same as 'Go to Hell'. And I'll tell you something else, if you continue to attack we will kill every goddam German that tries to break into this city."

It is one of my very favorite WW2 stories.

For more information on the Battle of the Bulge, click on the link above, as the wiki entry is fairly short and will give you a fairly good idea of what happened in the snow in Belgium all those years ago.

Photo credit here, along with the wonderful detailed story of "Nuts!"

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