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The Battle of the Bulge. The Nazi’s amassed three of their armies for an enormous attack against the Allies in the Ardennes Forest. The Germans soon surrounded the 101st Airborne Division in southern Belgium and demanded their surrender. U.S. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe answered in one word: “Nuts.” This response confused the Nazi commander, causing him to hesitate. Three days later relief came and the Allies began a counterattack. In his order given this day, Dec. 22, 1944, Gen. Eisenhower stated: “By rushing out from his fixed defenses the enemy may give us the chance to turn his great gamble into his worst defeat. So I call upon every man, of all the Allies, to rise now to new heights of courage … with unshakable faith in the cause for which we fight, we will, with God’s help, go forward to our greatest victory.”

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