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Today in World War II History—December 22, 1939 & 1944

Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe’s Christmas letter to the US 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne, Belgium in which he recreated the German surrender demand and his response (Source: US Army)

Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe’s Christmas letter to the US 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne, Belgium in which he recreated the German surrender demand and his response (Source: US Army)

80 Years Ago—December 22, 1939: Finnish Army Group Talvela overruns Soviet 75th Division at Ägläjärvi, Finland.

75 Years Ago—Dec. 22, 1944: Germans demand surrender of surrounded Bastogne, Belgium—US Brig. Gen. Anthony McAuliffe replies, “Nuts!”

US Third Army under Gen. George Patton launches offensive on the southern flank of Bulge.

Movie premiere of Winged Victory, with Army Air Force men in the cast and with Red Buttons in his debut.