Ardennes

Operation Stösser: The last Parachute drop of the Fallschirmjäger

Friedrich-August Freiherr von der Heydte was the highly decorated commander of Germany’s First Parachute Army’s Battle School. In December 1944, when Germany’s General Kurt Student was notified that within eight days, he was to launch an airborne attack in support of the Sixth Panzer Army, he called upon von der Heydte to command a parachute …

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Nathan G. Slater Interview

WATCH: Interview with WWII Veteran Nathan G. Slater serving in Normandy & Ardennes

Nathan G. Slater was born in December of 1924 to Aaron and Ella Jane Slater. He was the 5th of 10 children (7 boys, 3 girls). His father, Aaron, was a blaster and a water well driller. His mother, Ella, was a  home maker. Nathan and four of his brother (Kenny, Roy, Russell and Aaron) served in …

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WWII vets Bill Guamere (left) and "Babe" Heffron (right). (Credits: Michael Bryant via WWII Foundation)

Soldiers who survived the bloodiest American battle of World War II tell their stories

On Dec. 16, 1944, the German army launched a massive surprise offensive into the Ardennes forest in Belgium which became known as “The Battle of the Bulge.” The battle, launched 70 years ago, would become the largest American engagement of the war — and the bloodiest — resulting in nearly 20,000 U.S. troops killed over five …

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German captives walk past a disabled tank as they are led into captivity by U.S. troops, on Jan. 25, 1945, north of Foy, Belgium, in the final days of the Battle of the Bulge.

Veteran’s Day – Julian Sargentini, A ‘Bulgebuster’, Remembers

In 1944, now 91 year old Julian “Sarge” Sargentini was then part of the “Bulgebusters”. Here Sarge remembers the first time he experienced the horrors of war. Along with witnessing the death of many of his fellow friends he broke his pelvis after the explosion of a mine. When was your first taste of it? …

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Staff Sgt. Rocco Moretto (left) with Tech Sgt. Bob Wright (later killed in action) at Bütgenbach, Belgium in December 1944. (Credits: Robert F. Dorr)

An Infantryman in the Battle of the Bulge

When Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945, Staff Sgt. Rocco J. “Rocky” Moretto was one of only two men in his infantry company who’d landed on D-Day and fought through to victory without being killed, wounded, or captured. Moretto belonged to Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, “The Big Red One.” …

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Storycorps - Battle of the Bulge story

Storycorps – Killing this Soldier was the saddest memory of my life

Joseph Robertson, was an infantryman in the US Army during World War II, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The stark black and white images in this short video haunt the viewer, just as Robertson is haunted by his memories from that battle. In this poignant StoryCorps video, he tries to explain the …

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A knocked out Panzerkampfwagen IV in front of the Church of Foy.

Foy, Belgium in 1945 – Then & Now with Easy Company

In the wood behind this monument, on 18 December 1944 “E” Company of the 506th P.I.R. 101st Airborne division U.S. Army dug their foxholes in the Bois Jacques Woods as part of the defence perimeter of Bastogne City that was soon to be surrounded by several enemy divisions. The circumstances were dreadful with constant mortar, …

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