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General Anthony Clement McAuliffe (July 2, 1898 - August 11, 1975) was the United States Army general who commanded the defending 101st Airborne troops during the Battle of Bastogne, Belgium, during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. He was famous for his single-word reply to a German surrender ultimatum: "Nuts!"
Born in Washington, DC on July 2, 1898, McAuliffe was a student at West Virginia University from 1916-17, and graduated from West Point in November of 1918. He rose through the ranks from Second Lieutenant in 1918 to General in 1955.
According to various accounts from those present, when McAuliffe was told of the German demand for surrender he said "Aw, nuts". At a loss for an official reply, Lt. Col. Kinnard suggested that his first remark summed the situation up well, which was agreed to by the others. The official reply: "To the German Commander, NUTS!, The American Commander" was typed and delivered by Colonel Harper and Major Jones to the German delegation. Harper had to explain the meaning of the word to the Germans.
Some sources have suggested that McAuliffe's initial remark was in rather stronger language. In an interview McAuliffe gave in his office in the spring of 1954 to a group of ALOs (Air Liaison Officers), McAuliffe was asked what he really said, and McAuliffe replied he said "***" in response to the German demand
The Mardasson Memorial was erected near Bastogne to honour the memory of the 76,890 American soldiers who were wounded or killed during the Battle of the Bulge. Besides the memorial is the Bastogne Historical Centre, which houses uniforms, vehicles, and other memorabilia. It also shows a 24-minute movie assembled from footage shot during the battle.
Directions: Right outside the historical center
All the exhibited equipment and uniforms are authentic. Still nowadays, the exceptional collections of the museum keep growing richer notably thanks to donations made by collectors and veterans and thanks to constant research.
And this is how the general of armoured troops, the baron Hasso von Manteuffel gave the museum the leather coat he was wearing during the battle. And how the artillery captain Bernard Jacobson sent back the roadsign « Bastogne » well known thanks to the famous photo of the general McAuliffe with two officers showing this roadsign to the world.
These two objects still appear in good place in the museum’s glass cases.
A very rich collection of weapons, uniforms and objects necessary to life during the conflict is also presented through the whole museum.
The audioguides that the museum has recently acquired allow visitors to understand even better the Battle of the Bulge thanks to detailed comments.
And when you finish the tour, don't miss the commemorative temple right outside the museum.
Address: Colline du Mardasson
Phone: +32 061 21 14 13
When you arrive in Bastogne main square, you can start your trip back into the WW2 simply looking in the middle of the square, you'll see a fantastic old thank.
A little but very nice museum not far from the main square.
Inside the museum you can find a little bit of everything about WW2. But as well few things about ancient local jobs.
At the entrance a small shop, where you can buy real souvenirs from WW2.
Address: Rue de Neufchateau 20
Phone: +32 061 21 49 11
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