No Greater Valor: The Siege of Bastogne and the Miracle That Sealed Allied Victory
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Jerome Corsi’s newest opus, No Greater Valor, examines the Siege of Bastogne—one of the most heroic victories of WWII—with a focus on the surprising faith of the Americans who fought there.
In December of 1944, an outmanned, outgunned, and surrounded US force fought Hitler’s overwhelming Panzer divisions to a miraculous standstill at Bastogne. The underdogs had saved the war for the Allies. It was nothing short of miraculous.
Corsi’s analysis is based on a record of oral histories along with original field maps used by field commanders, battle orders, and other documentation made at the time of the military command. With a perspective gleaned from newspapers, periodicals, and newsreels of the day, Corsi paints a riveting portrait of one of the most important battles in world history.
great need of immediate nursing attention. This girl cheerfully accepted the herculean task and worked without adequate rest or food until the night of her untimely death on 24 December 1944. She changed dressings, fed patients unable to feed themselves, gave out medications, bathed and made patients more comfortable, and was of great assistance in the administration of plasma and other professional duties. Her very presence among those wounded men seemed to be an inspiration to those whose
encountered stiff resistance from four different sources: a group of four tank destroyers from the 705th; Sherman tanks accompanying Team Cherry of the 10th Armored called up from reserves to join in the fight; the 463rd Parachute Field Artillery Battalion; and bazookas handled by the 327th Glider Infantry. As S. L. A. Marshall observed, “The German tanks were fired at from so many directions and with such a mixture of fire that it was not possible to see or say how each tank met its doom.”17
wife to Bastogne. For both, it was a mission of memory—the memory of a Christmas when he and his men battled against overwhelming odds, and Helen McAuliffe, three thousand miles away, endured every hour of the battle with her heart.”6 The visit for McAuliffe was clearly emotional. “It’s the contrast that gets you,” General McAuliffe thought back as he stood on the site of his old command post. “To see it, you would have thought that the spirit of Christmas had vanished from the world,” McAuliffe
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US troops retreating from the Bastogne region on the very road they needed to travel. Throughout the night, all parts of the 101st Airborne caravan heading to the front in Belgium were forced to buck the mass of vehicles streaming back from the front lines in retreat. S. L. A. Marshall noted: Every time the column of retreating vehicles came to a halt for a few minutes, some of the drivers fell asleep from exhaustion. When the road was again free for a few minutes and the forward vehicles got in