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Today in World War II History—December 26, 1944

Soldiers of US Third Army fighting to relieve besieged troops at Bastogne, Belgium, Dec. 1944 (US Army photo)

Soldiers of US Third Army fighting to relieve besieged troops at Bastogne, Belgium, Dec. 1944 (US Army photo)

75 Years Ago—December 26, 1944: US Third Army under Patton opens a corridor to Bastogne, relieving the defenders.

German Ardennes Offensive grinds to a halt due to stiff opposition and to supply problems caused by Allied bombing.

In Italy, Germans launch counterattack against US Fifth Army in the Serchio Valley, retaking territory.

US Army allows blacks to volunteer for combat infantry duty in black platoons in existing white units.

Tennessee Williams’s play The Glass Menagerie premieres in Chicago.

2 Responses to “Today in World War II History—December 26, 1944”

  1. Laura Pittington

    I love the books by Sarah Sundin! Having been born very early in World War II, I was always aware of the war being fought, partly because my four adored uncles (brothers!) were fighting overseas, and partly because of the efforts being made at home to support “our boys”. One of my uncles landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day and so was involved in the push to liberate Europe as was another. One was in the Navy aboard ship and the other was in the South Pacific in the war there. I was so proud of all of them. These books of Sarah Sundin’s speak to me!

    • Sarah Sundin

      Thank you for visiting, Laura! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the stories. And I’m so thankful for your family’s service!