Tuesday Dec. 16th will be the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of The Bulge. The Ardennes area of Belgium and Luxembourg was the scene of the bloodiest battle of WWII. The area has dense forests and narrow valleys, a wretched place to fight a military battle. Six hundred thousand American troops took on the German armies and for six weeks of bitter cold they fought. There were 80,300 casualties on the American side and 81,800 on the German side. The Americans suffered 10,300 dead and the Germans 12,700. Thousands more, on both sides, became MIA.
The US side prevailed and immediately thereafter the allied forces attacked the Germans, from several fronts in unison, eventually leading the Nazis to surrender.
Yesterday, the 13th, a parade and other activities took place in Bastogne Belgium to commemorate the anniversary. The Belgians continue to display some gratitude for the American sacrifices there.
Wars are stupid and barbaric wherever they may be fought. The people of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, England and elsewhere lived through a few of them and they know better than we Americans how senseless, futile, and destructive the acts of war can be.