There is a special feeling when combat veterans get together. It's not friendship; we all have friends. Maybe it's because we shared those horrible days of war. Maybe it's because we are survivors and our lives could have ended at any time. We may have less hair on top and a few more inches in the waist, but deep within us is the same comradeship we shared at a most difficult time. We have all been to hell and back. Our relationship has been forged by a common experience from basic training to absolute horror. Nothing can separate us. We remember when all we had was each other.
        With the passage of time, World War II is rapidly becoming a distant memory that fewer and fewer Americans share. Decreasing budgets and academic indifference have combined to bring about a worrisome decline in the teaching of military history in both elementary and secondary schools. Our younger generation should see the movies "Saving Private Ryan" and "Pearl Harbor." They should know that freedom is not free. Too many have made the supreme sacrifice.


        The Battle of the Bulge which lasted from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945 was the largest land battle of World War II in which the United States participated. More than a million men fought in this battle including some 600,000 Germans, 500,000 Americans, and 55,000 British. The German military force consisted of two Armies with ten corps (equal to 29 divisions). While the American military force consisted of a total of three armies with six corps (equal to 31 divisions). At the conclusion of the battle the casualties were as follows: 81,000 U.S. with 19,000 killed, 1400 British with 200 killed, and 100,000 Germans killed, wounded or captured.



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